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2006-03-02 15:07:15

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A battle over immigration reform began in the U.S. Senate on Thursday with lawmakers divided over whether to focus solely on border security and enforcement or take up a broader bill that could offer a guest worker program to some of the 11 million illegal aliens living in the United States. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said he hoped to have a comprehensive immigration bill ready for full Senate...

2006-02-27 16:10:00

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers have asked President George W. Bush to order a special probe of his domestic spying program, while a Senate Republican readied legislation that would subject the controversial program to judicial review. In a letter released on Monday, 18 House of Representatives Democrats told Bush a special counsel was necessary because administration officials including Attorney General Alberto Gonzales are too involved in defending the...

2006-02-17 18:33:26

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said on Friday that 60 senators must pledge to help an asbestos bill overcome procedural hurdles before he would bring it up again on the Senate floor for debate. The bill to create a $140 billion fund to compensate asbestos victims was shelved this week after it failed to get the 60 votes it needed to defeat a senator's objection on the grounds that it violated federal budget rules. The vote was 58-41....

2006-02-15 14:43:30

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Sen. Arlen Specter said on Wednesday the asbestos compensation bill he is co-sponsoring is "very much alive" and that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told him there would be another vote on it. The bill to create an industry-financed $140 billion fund to pay injury claims lost a close Senate procedural vote on Tuesday evening. Specter's legislation is backed by W.R. Grace and Co., USG Corp. and some of the 70 other companies...

2006-02-15 13:31:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Sen. Arlen Specter said on Wednesday the asbestos bill he is co-sponsoring is "very much alive" and that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told him there would be another vote on it. The bill to create a $140 billion asbestos victims' compensation fund lost a close Senate procedural vote on Tuesday evening. Specter, of Pennsylvania, said he did not think there could be another vote on the measure this week. He said a revote would have to wait "at...

2006-02-15 13:29:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Sen. Arlen Specter said on Wednesday the asbestos bill he is co-sponsoring is "very much alive" and that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told him there would be another vote on it. The bill to create a $140 billion asbestos victims' compensation fund lost a close Senate procedural vote on Tuesday evening. Specter, of Pennsylvania, said he did not think there could be another vote on the measure this week. He said a revote would have to wait "at...

2006-02-15 08:10:00

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to create a $140 billion fund to compensate people with asbestos-related diseases will be dead for the year if it does not survive key Senate votes this week, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said on Tuesday. "If we are unsuccessful this week in addressing asbestos, that's it for this year," Frist, a Tennessee Republican, told reporters outside the Senate. One of the key votes, on a procedural objection to the bill, was expected to take...

2006-02-14 20:11:42

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to block legislation to create a $140 billion privately financed fund to compensate asbestos victims, but sponsors vowed they would not let the bill die. The Senate vote of 58-41 sustained an objection to the legislation from John Ensign, a Nevada Republican, on grounds that the fund could violate budget rules by forcing U.S. taxpayers to pick up some asbestos costs. The legislation sought to remove asbestos...

2006-02-14 16:49:43

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to create a $140 billion fund to compensate people with asbestos-related diseases will be dead for the year if it does not survive key Senate votes this week, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said on Tuesday. "If we are unsuccessful this week in addressing asbestos, that's it for this year," Frist, a Tennessee Republican, told reporters outside the Senate. One of the key votes, on a procedural objection to the bill, was scheduled...

2006-02-14 13:34:34

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to create a $140 billion fund to compensate people with asbestos-related diseases will be dead for the year if it does not survive key Senate votes this week, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said on Tuesday. "If we are unsuccessful this week in addressing asbestos, that's it for this year," Frist, a Tennessee Republican, told reporters outside the Senate. One of the key votes, on a procedural objection to the bill, was expected...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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