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July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - If the Bush administration fails to get its energy bill through Congress, it won't be for a lack of effort on the part of the Teamsters' Union, whose top energy adviser joined House Republicans and the U.S. labor secretary Tuesday in arguing that oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is both a safe and smart idea.Drilling in the 19 million acre ANWR is strongly opposed by environmental groups who argue that it will disturb the ecological balance of the Arctic wilderness area.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pair of tax reform groups are calling on Congress to re-examine the capital gains tax rates in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the United States September 11 and Monday's 684-point plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Consumer activist and 2000 Green Party Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader told reporters Monday a special prosecutor is needed to investigate the financial collapse of the energy giant Enron. Nader believes the political contributions by Enron and its accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, to Democratic and Republican officials have undermined the ability of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Congress, and the Justice Department to conduct a proper investigation, thereby making the appointment of a special prosecutor necessary.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - The American Life League (ALL), a conservative pro-life organization, warned Friday that President George W. Bush will "cave" on his campaign pledge to oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and, as a result, will jeopardize his pro-life credentials. The group originally issued a press release indicating it had an inside scoop on what the president would decide regarding future government funding of the research. However, the White House Friday quickly dismissed the idea that Bush had already made up his mind.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate is preparing to consider its own brand of tax relief for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) has introduced legislation that would forgive federal income and inheritance taxes owed by the victims of the attacks and their survivors.Allen's bill is similar to one that recently passed the House of Representatives, but has certain key differences.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group of liberal scholars, allied with consumer activist Ralph Nader, this week said a re-regulation of the utility markets is the only way to prevent crises like the California electric shortage and the Enron financial collapse from happening again.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Religious conservatives are concerned that the recent removal of the phrase "so help me God" from the oath given to witnesses during confirmation hearings held for several Bush nominees since the Democratic takeover of the Senate, is evidence of the Democratic Party's hostility towards religion. The controversy came to light following an executive session of the Senate Judiciary Committee held on Thursday, August 2, 2001, in which Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) protested the omission of the phrase to Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two nuclear watchdog groups have issued calls for beefed up security at America's nuclear power plants in the wake of the kamikaze attacks against the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The Washington, D.C. based Nuclear Control Institute (NCI) and the Los Angeles, Ca. based Committee to Bridge the Gap are convinced that America's 103 nuclear power plants would be poorly protected from possible terrorist attacks such as the ones that occurred on September 11.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Recent research at the University of Minnesota, demonstrating that adult stem cells might offer the same medical promise as embryonic stem cells in fighting diseases like arthritis and muscular dystrophy, could also provide conservatives with the ammunition they need during the upcoming cloning debate in the Senate. The House approved a ban on the cloning of human embryos last July. The Senate is expected to take up legislation on the issue next month.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite her support for legislation requiring gun locks and background checks at gun shows, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) has accepted an invitation to speak Wednesday night to the Orange County Member's Council of the National Rifle Association.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Texas state judge's ruling could make Democratic chances of retaking the United States House of Representatives more difficult. In fact, the congressional redistricting map approved by Judge Paul Davis could help Republicans gain five seats in the Lone Star state alone, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In the end, President Bush decided not to decide. The Congressionally-approved $34 million budget for a United Nations agency that pro-lifers accuse of promoting abortion in third world countries, will sit in a reserve account.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group of conservative House members is worried that President Bush might be willing to compromise with Democrats on his Faith-Based Initiative and force religious organizations to stop excluding homosexuals as potential employees.Nineteen members sent Bush a letter regarding his recent meeting with Senators Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.). The letter expresses concern that the president "might be willing to modify the language in H.R. 7 related to the hiring practices of religious organizations."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Labor and business groups are taking their battle to the airwaves as Congress prepares to vote on whether or not to give President Bush broader power to negotiate trade agreements. The AFL-CIO launched an ad campaign to pressure undecided members of Congress into rejecting a bill that would grant the president "fast track" trade negotiation powers. The Business Roundtable has launched its own ad campaign in defense of the plan, to counter the AFL-CIO's anti-fast-track ad campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate has already passed a campaign finance reform bill, but it appears reluctant to take up another bill that would require much more disclosure about donations to presidential libraries.The legislation, already passed by the House, would make donations to presidential libraries subject to the same sort of scrutiny that campaign donations now receive.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Few Americans are as attentive to tradition as the Amish, yet they currently find themselves struggling to maintain those traditions, especially their labor practices, which were frequently attacked by the Clinton administration and are still criticized by one consumer group for being "dangerous to young people."During the 1990s, the Clinton Department of Labor slapped huge fines on Amish owned sawmills and woodshops that employ Amish youth, according to Bill Wichterman, the chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.)
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Congressional day of prayer and remembrance would give the nation's political leaders an opportunity to seek "grace, guidance and reconciliation," in the aftermath of Sept. 11, according to House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas). However, a spokesman for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, says the gesture would be meaningless.Legislation creating a "Day of Prayer, Reconciliation and Unity" has already been approved in the House and is currently winding its way through the Senate with bipartisan support.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Members of Congress are gearing up for a battle over the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, just as the appropriations process is slated to begin in September. Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) have indicated that they feel the $100 million figure mentioned by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press is inadequate for the scientific community's needs.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Several members of Congress this week suggested that the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (INS) be abolished because of the agency's alleged failures to track and deport illegal aliens. Reps. Thomas Tancredo (R-Colo.), Virgil Goode (I-Va.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), and Marge Roukema (R-N.J.), members of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, told reporters the INS is failing to do its job despite huge funding increases.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Amid President Bush's all-out effort to court Hispanic voters, a poll released this week shows overwhelming support among Hispanic parents in America for Bush's education reform plan. And even the National Council of La Raza, a Democratic-leaning Hispanic civil rights organization, credits the Bush administration with "doing a much better job than the previous administrations [on Hispanic issues.]