December 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, 88, the influential Democrat who broke racial barriers on Capitol Hill and played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals, died Monday. Sen. Inouye, in office since January 1963, was currently the longest-serving senator and was president pro tempore of the Senate, third in the line presidential succession. His office said Monday that he died of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital.
March 9, 1997 |
The afternoon of Feb. 26 told a lot about Rick Santorum and how he has changed after two years in the Senate. As Republicans gathered for a meeting in the office of Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, Santorum smiled broadly and shook hands with his colleagues, who in turn patted him on the back and engaged in small talk. Once the meeting began, though, Santorum was all business - and not content to be just one of the guys. Flying in the face of the party leadership, he calmly announced his opposition to a probe of Democratic Party fund-raising if it also looked at broader issues of campaign finance.
September 14, 2011
PENNSYLVANIA'S blue-state streak of delivering its electoral votes to Democratic presidential candidates could end next year under a plan pushed by top state Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi is seeking co-sponsors for a bill to award electoral votes by congressional district. Currently, the state (like 48 others) has a winner-take-all system: The popular-vote winner gets all the state's electoral votes. Pileggi, in a memo to colleagues, writes that his change "will more accurately reflect the preference of Pennsylvania voters.
August 7, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Debt ceiling, deficit curbs. Voting 269-161, the House on Monday passed a bill (S 365) that raised the national debt ceiling by $2.7 trillion to about $17 trillion on Aug. 2, while requiring $2.7 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years. The Senate followed suit, and President Obama signed the bill into law. The new law curbs nondefense discretionary spending to reach about $1.1 trillion of its $2.7 trillion in deficit reduction and leaves it up to a newly created congressional committee, evenly divided between the parties, to find the remainder.
August 21, 1986 |
The House of Deputies yesterday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would legalize divorce in this predominantly Roman Catholic nation. The bill, approved by a vote of 177 to 35, now goes to the Senate for debate. The proposal, bitterly opposed by the church, was supported in the House by the governing Radical Civic Union, a center-left party, as well as most Peronists, who form the largest opposition bloc. President Raul Alfonsin has remained neutral on divorce, an issue that has prompted a bitter war of words between liberal politicians, who accuse the clergy of meddling in politics, and conservative church leaders, who say legalized divorce is a step toward "moral decadence.
July 14, 1987 |
If a well known congressman hadn't decided to retire, and if Americans in general hadn't voted the way they did last November, the full Congress still might be scheduled to meet in Philadelphia on Thursday. The final shape of Thursday's event - which apparently now will involve less than half of Congress - was influenced by factors as specific and general as that. Last year, House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, D-Mass., and Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan., the Senate majority leader, agreed that the full Senate and House would meet in Philadelphia this summer for the Constitution bicentennial.
December 27, 2012 |
HONOLULU - Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz of Hawaii was appointed Wednesday to succeed the late Sen. Daniel Inouye. Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the appointment after receiving a list of three candidates from the state Democratic Party earlier in the day. The other candidates were U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and Esther Kiaaina, a deputy director in the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. Inouye died Dec. 17 of respiratory complications at the age of 88. He had sent Abercrombie a letter that day, saying he would like Hanabusa, 61, to succeed him. "Sen.
May 6, 2011 |
Track and field legend Carl Lewis finally found a court willing to help him get into the race for the New Jersey state Senate - but there's a chance his run will be fleeting. A three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Lewis' name should be included when the ballots are printed for the 8th Legislative District Democratic state Senate primary. While the three-judge panel granted that emergency request, it didn't make a final ruling on whether he's eligible for office.
June 27, 1987 |
At least 169 members of Congress - and possibly many more - will visit Philadelphia on July 16, when the city holds ceremonies honoring the bicentennial of the Constitution, officials on Capitol Hill said yesterday. So far, 157 members of the House of Representatives and 12 members of the Senate, along with their families, plan to attend commemorative events involving the legislators, which will be held at Independence Hall and nearby Congress Hall. Many of their fellow lawmakers are expected to join them, and they have until July 1 to decide whether they will make the trip, according to the Senate and House historians who have been involved in planning the observances.
February 28, 2012 |
When he first ran for Congress from Western Pennsylvania in 1990, Rick Santorum campaigned as an outsider, attacking his Democratic opponent as a creature of Washington too far removed from voters to understand their concerns. But over time, Santorum didn't so much fight the Washington establishment as join it. He mastered the complex dance members of Congress had to learn in order to thrive, and he put those skills to work again after he lost his 2006 reelection bid to Democrat Bob Casey Jr. As a member of the Senate from 1995 to 2007, Santorum pushed for hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks for institutions and businesses at home in Pennsylvania, according to one analysis.