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2008-07-30 21:00:34

By Joseph Morton, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jul. 30--WASHINGTON -- The role of ethanol in rising food costs will be at the heart of a Senate Agriculture Committee field hearing in Omaha next month. In announcing the Aug. 18 hearing, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said Wednesday that the committee chairman, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, agreed to hold it in the face of what Nelson called an ongoing "smear campaign" against ethanol. Harkin plans to attend, an aide said. Ethanol plants have been...

2008-07-02 15:00:45

In his 2006 State of the Union address, George W. Bush formally acknowledged what many have said: We are addicted to oil. Two years later, we are going through the shudders and heaves of an addict in withdrawal. With the triple shocks of higher heating, food and gasoline prices - all linked to the unprecedented runup in oil prices - many Americans are feeling the pain. More money for fuel means less money for other things in the family budget, such as eating out or taking a summer...

2008-06-29 06:02:41

By Joseph Morton, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jun. 29--WASHINGTON -- Millions of dollars in federal funds would flow to health and education projects in Nebraska and Iowa under a spending bill approved last week by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The so-called earmarked projects were released by Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, both members of the committee. The largest of the $2.8 million in Nebraska earmarks would provide $800,000 to Tabitha Health Care Services...

2007-01-04 12:00:47

By Jake Thompson, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jan. 4--WASHINGTON -- No doubt about it, they're Bush men. The Republican senator and the Democratic senator with the best voting record supporting President Bush have something in common. They're both from Nebraska. The latest annual ranking by Congressional Quarterly shows that Chuck Hagel and Ben Nelson top the charts. The magazine, which closely tracks Congress, analyzed 70 Senate votes on issues where Bush had taken a position....

2006-06-21 14:52:14

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a debate likely to shape November's elections, the Senate fought bitterly on Wednesday over measures pushed by Democrats to wind down U.S. involvement in Iraq that Republicans derided as "cut-and-run" strategies. Republicans sought to turn the tables on Democrats over the war, depicting them as weak on terrorism and casting Iraq as the front in a terror war that would otherwise move to the United States. Democrats, banking on the war's...

2006-06-07 13:49:08

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A House panel on Wednesday approved a huge election-year bill that boosts spending for some domestic social programs while trying to cut popular items such as money for public broadcasting. With moderate House Republicans facing tough re-election bids in November and clamoring for more attention to social programs, a House Appropriations subcommittee voted to spend about $142 billion on health, education and labor programs in the fiscal year...

2006-01-26 18:50:22

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two more Senate Democrats broke ranks on Thursday and said they would vote to confirm Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court -- while two others made an all-but-certain futile bid to stop President George W. Bush's conservative nominee with a filibuster. Alito, 55, a federal appeals court judge since 1990, appears headed for confirmation by the full Republican-led 100-member Senate early next week on a mostly party-line vote. If approved,...

2006-01-26 17:03:54

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two more Senate Democrats broke ranks on Thursday and said they would vote to confirm President George W. Bush's nomination of conservative federal appeals judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sens. Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Tim Johnson of South Dakota, joined Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who had earlier declared his support. With the chances slim for any procedural roadblock to halt the nomination, the 55-year-old nominee appears...

2006-01-26 16:38:48

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two more Senate Democrats broke ranks on Thursday and said they would vote to confirm President George W. Bush's nomination of conservative federal appeals judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sens. Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Tim Johnson of South Dakota, joined Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who had earlier declared his support. With the chances slim for any procedural roadblock to halt the nomination, the 55-year-old nominee appears...

2006-01-26 13:24:24

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A second Senate Democrat broke ranks on Thursday and announced he would vote to confirm President George W. Bush's nomination of conservative federal appeals judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota said he had concerns about Alito on such matters as his "narrow interpretation of certain civil rights laws." "Even so, I cannot accept an argument that his views are so radical that the Senate is justified in...