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.
July 11, 2013
The Senate can show a modicum of civility this summer by confirming qualified nominees to a trio of important federal agencies. Senators should stop sitting on President Obama's March nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy joined the EPA in 2009 after many years as a state regulator. Also in limbo is the leadership of the Department of Labor. In March, Obama nominated Thomas Perez, whose background as head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division makes him well qualified to head the department.
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.
December 2, 2014
LET'S TAKE a moment to think about what lies ahead if the Legislature decides to hold a voting session in early January. You heard about this, right? Emboldened by picking up stronger Republican majorities in the House and Senate, some GOPers are considering exercising those majorities to, you know, get what they want and stick it to the incoming Democratic governor. Hey, that's what people with power do. It's misnamed a "lame-duck" session. But newly elected and re-elected lawmakers get sworn in Jan. 6; the only lame anything is Gov. Corbett.
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.
October 23, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area senators voted on major issues last week (House not in session): Senate Obama jobs plan. By a vote of 50-50, the Senate on Thursday failed to reach 60 votes for ending GOP blockage of a bill (S 1723) providing $35 billion to avert state and local layoffs of teachers, police, and firefighters. This effectively killed the bill. The bill's spending consists of $30 billion for teacher employment and $5 billion to protect law enforcement and first-responder jobs.