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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he was filled with both pride and regret after Republicans following an all-night session blocked an amendment that would have mandated a withdrawal of troops from Iraq.Reid said he felt "pride for my colleagues - Democrats and Republicans - who have risen to this crucial cause and given the American people the debate they deserve." But he said he feels "regret for my colleagues who have blocked the will of the people and the majority of the Congress."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Editor's note: During her "first 100 hours" as speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi has identified seven key agenda items, one of which is to cut in half the interest rates on college loans.) (CNSNews.com) - Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has promised to make it easier for low- and moderate-income students to afford college tuition, but some political experts predict the cost of such promises could hurt the Democratic agenda and the very students the party says it wants to help.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Anti-war congressmen on Wednesday pledged to continue to introduce troop withdrawal measures in Iraq-funding legislation despite previous failures and presidential vetoes.Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said at a news conference near the U.S. Capitol that he and his anti-war colleagues hope to attach a withdrawal provision onto an upcoming Iraq supplemental request.Moran acknowledged, however, that "it's going to be an uphill climb." He noted that passage of a withdrawal provision "depends on getting 218 votes and it has been difficult."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday he supports a decision by a district court judge that halts new Department of Homeland Security rules designed to make businesses accountable for employing illegal immigrants -- but the senator seemed confused over the court decision itself.The new rules set guidelines for companies to follow when some of their workers' Social Security numbers do not match federal records. The point is to correct any number discrepancies and, in some cases, uncover illegal workers.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Friday made a bid for the hearts and minds of wary conservatives by connecting himself to former President Ronald Reagan and extolling his own conservative traits in a speech to the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC).Giuliani, a frontrunner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, may have a tough time reaching more conservative voters who are unimpressed by his liberal stance on social issues such as abortion and homosexual marriage.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill that would extend "hate crimes" protection to homosexuals and other specified groups, but religious leaders were already praising the White House for issuing a threat to veto the bill if it passes.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Fifteen states will hold primary elections on Feb. 5, and in preparation for what some are calling a "national primary," a non-partisan group of political and technology analysts is organizing a "National Presidential Caucus" to give Americans an opportunity to discuss issues and candidates before voters in a few states decide the frontrunners.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday blamed the Republican minority for sinking congressional approval ratings, calling recent poll results "a referendum on Republican obstructionism." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blamed President Bush.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Editor's note: During her "first 100 hours" as speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi has identified seven key agenda items, one of which is to reduce the price of prescription drugs.)(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is promising to work to make prescription drugs more affordable, but some critics on both sides of the aisle are skeptical that her plan will work - if it even passes.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday said it would be "unrealistic" to expect Congress to pass 12 appropriations bills by the end-of-September deadline."We hope to pass all 12, but we are obviously late, because the Senate has not passed 11 of their 12," Hoyer said in a briefing with reporters. He praised the House's ability to pass all of its appropriations bills before the August recess.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In their push this week to try to override President Bush's veto of an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), congressional Democrats called on singer/songwriter Paul Simon to press their case and to press Republicans to join in the attempted override.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After three days of intense campaigning by some of the 2008 Republican presidential hopefuls, conservatives at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday chose former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as their top two candidates.Both men addressed the mega-conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, another Republican presidential hopeful, also addressed the gathering and placed third in the poll.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats hoping to win control of the White House in 2008 must seize the "golden opportunity" presented by failures in the war in Iraq and rethink their approach to national security, according to a security analyst and former staffer for Vice President Al Gore.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberals gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Take Back America conference this week selected Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina as their top picks to win the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, snubbing the nationwide frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The war of words between Republicans and Democrats on an amendment that would mandate the withdrawal of an unspecified number of troops from Iraq continues Tuesday as Democrats prepared for an all-night session leading to Wednesday's cloture vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(Update: The House passed the bill by a vote of 299-128, with many Republicans questioning both its cost and effectiveness.)(CNSNews.com) - As the U.S. House of Representatives was preparing to pass a massive homeland security bill Tuesday without holding hearings beforehand, the Senate took a more considered approach, opening hearings to determine how to implement the remaining recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday criticized Republicans and Democrats on their approach to the war in Iraq and their singular focus on Gen. David Petraeus' progress report to Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would allocate $200 million of federal money to fund benefits and training for professional child care providers."Too many child care workers today cannot even afford to stay in the profession," Clinton said at a news conference in Washington, D.C. "The average child care worker earns $18,820 a year, well below the poverty rate. We ask them to take care of our children for a salary that often makes it nearly impossible for them to support and care for their own children."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called on Republican and Democratic 2008 presidential hopefuls to avoid personal attacks during their campaigns, for the sake of the nation."We will not defeat the [Sen. Hillary] Clinton machine by being negative," Gingrich told the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. He called for "idea-oriented, positive dialogue" during the campaigns.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two of the frontrunners for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination this week agreed to co-sponsor legislation aimed at curbing global warming by putting caps on carbon emissions.Sen. Barbara Boxer, chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced Tuesday that Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois are co-sponsoring the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act.