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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) - 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) - 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.]
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) will unveil a plan Tuesday to split the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) into two separate agencies, with one handling immigration enforcement and the other handling administrative matters, according to a committee spokesman.The legislation accompanies criticism about INS' ability to administer and enforce the nation's immigration laws, especially in light of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican controlled legislatures in large, politically important states such as Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan have several Democratic incumbents in their crosshairs as they finalize their 2002 congressional redistricting plans. But while redistricting could spell trouble for the Democrats in those states, the party might be able to achieve gains in other states.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Republican National Committee (RNC) is demanding an apology from the Los Angeles Times, and urging Republicans to boycott the newspaper. This follows a recent political cartoon in the newspaper that depicted an elephant, the symbol of the GOP, dressed like a member of the Taliban holding a smoking rifle."We're asking for an apology from the Los Angeles Times," RNC spokesman Trent Duffy said. The RNC believes the newspaper's decision to run the cartoon is "inexcusable."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com) - A conservative seniors' group Wednesday touted a 21-year-old Texas alternative to Social Security as an example of what a privatized Social Security system could become if Congress were to adopt a similar reform plan. The United Seniors, an organization representing 550,000 members, believes that a system crafted in several Texas counties during the early 1980s, known as the "Alternative Plan," could serve as a model for the Bush administration's plans to reform Social Security.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An amendment to the education bill, aimed at giving parents the right to inspect their child's educational materials and shield the child from invasive questions and medical examinations at school, faces a powerful foe - Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.Kennedy, who chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is one of four members of Congress currently trying to hammer out a compromise version of the education bill that would be acceptable to both the House and Senate.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Only weeks before President Bush's address to the United Nations General Assembly, a Capitol Hill battle is brewing between the Bush administration, which wants to repay the nation's back dues, and conservative lawmakers, who insist that American military personnel be given immunity from prosecution at the hands of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(Correction: Task Force report was issued Friday, Nov. 16)(CNSNews.com) - A Congressional anti-terrorism task force claims the establishment of a Palestinian state with Yasser Arafat in charge could further undermine peace in the Middle East because of Arafat's alleged use of terrorism as a political tool. A memo from the task force was released Friday, in anticipation of a speech by Secretary of State Colin Powell in which he endorsed the idea of a Palestinian state.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Jewish rabbi has told the annual meeting of an international Catholic organization that "[Pope] Pius XII saved more Jewish lives than any other person, including Raoul Wallenberg and Oskar Schindler," contrary to press accounts over the last several years that claimed Pius XII did little or nothing to prevent the holocaust. Several Jewish organizations have also criticized Pius XII for his alleged failure to act.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A California congressman charges that Clinton administration holdovers at the U.S. State Department are blocking the delivery of aid to the Iraqi opposition.Republican Rep. Christopher Cox said Congress passed the Iraq Liberation Act three years ago, over the objections of many in the Clinton administration, to help fund the Iraqi National Congress' efforts to topple Saddam Hussein. However, according to Cox, the State Department has blocked its implementation.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A taxpayers' group is asking the gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey to safeguard Internet usage from taxation with a 17-word pledge.The pledge, sponsored by the Association of Concerned Taxpayers (AOCTP), asks Mark Warner (D) and Mark Earley (R), the nominees for governor of Virginia, and Jim McGreevey (D) and Bret Shundler (R), the New Jersey candidates, to pledge, "As governor I will veto any legislation that comes across my desk that will tax the Internet."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One of America's most determined opponents of race-based preferences is sponsoring a measure he hopes will block attempts to subvert California's anti-affirmative action law known as Proposition 209.More than five years after being approved by California voters and more than four years after being upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, Proposition 209 is still under attack, according to Ward Connerly, who fought for the law's passage in 1996 and is the author of the new measure called the Racial Privacy Initiative.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-family advocates are up in arms over a hate crimes bill under consideration in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would create special protections for homosexuals.The GOP-controlled Pennsylvania State Senate passed an amendment to an agricultural bill on June 21 that would add "actual or perceived mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity" to the commonwealth's ethnic intimidation statute.