June 11, 2011
A state Senate vote has put Pennsylvania one step closer to enacting sensible distracted-driving rules that could safeguard the lives of teen drivers and other motorists. The Senate's approval Wednesday of a bill that will get cellphones out of the hands of all drivers, and limit passengers in teen drivers' cars, isn't the best approach, but it represents substantial progress. Among the provisions, the measure by the lead sponsor, Sen. Robert M. "Tommy" Tomlinson (R., Bucks)
February 4, 2014
THE $8 billion in cuts to the food-stamp program over the next 10 years approved last week by the House in a new Farm Bill is being described as "small. " Compared with the total Farm Bill - $950 billion over 10 years - "small" is an accurate term. But to someone trying to feed a family who may now see food stamps slashed by up to $90 a month, those "small" cuts mean more days of gnawing hunger, of going without the basics, of hungry children. And in the America we thought we lived in, the fact that millions of our own citizens are going hungry should be no small matter at all. But somehow, that America - one of the richest and supposedly most morally advanced in the world - has turned mean and suspicious of its own citizens.
January 27, 1988 |
Gov. Casey yesterday renominated Philadelphia lawyer Ida K. Chen to serve as a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge, the same post for which she was rejected by the Senate last year. Chen, 35, is a member of the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission. If confirmed, she would fill the seat of the late Judge Eugene Gelfand, who died in March. Her nomination was rejected by the Senate in October. Casey spokesman Robert Grotevant said the likelihood of Chen's confirmation was better this year because of a "willingness on the part of the Governor's Office and Senate to work together" on nominations.
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.
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.