December 25, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week. The Senate was not in session. Social Security tax cut. Voting 229-193, House Republicans on Tuesday rejected a Senate bill (HR 3630) to extend through February Social Security payroll-tax cuts, long-term unemployment benefits, and current Medicare reimbursement levels for doctors, all paid for by increases in fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The vote embraced a rival House version of the bill that would extend the three measures for one year and pay for them with cuts in domestic spending.
October 30, 1988 |
SPEAKING at the annual Chester County Republican dinner is U.S. Labor Secretary Ann Dore McLaughlin (above). She addressed the group Wednesday in Downingtown. At left, Earl Baker (in dark suit) running for state Senate, and Richard T. Schulze, running for Congress, show signs of confidence.
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 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.