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2005-12-21 19:22:28

By Richard Cowan and Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tortured, year-long debate in Congress over legislation to cut spending took a new twist on Wednesday after Senate Democrats succeeded in forcing the House of Representatives to take another vote on the controversial $39.7 billion bill. With Vice President Dick Cheney casting a rare tie-breaking vote, the Senate approved the bill, which would make it more expensive for the poor and elderly to get health care and for students...

2005-12-21 16:46:48

By Richard Cowan and Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tortured, year-long debate in Congress over legislation to cut spending took another twist on Wednesday after Senate Democrats succeeded in forcing the House of Representatives to take another vote on the controversial $39.7 billion bill. With Vice President Dick Cheney casting a rare tie-breaking vote, the Senate approved the bill, which would make it more expensive for the poor and elderly to get health care and for...

2005-12-21 12:44:54

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to muster enough votes to keep a measure to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a $453 billion defense spending bill. The House of Representatives earlier this week passed the defense budget bill with the oil drilling provision. However, with the Senate unable to end the filibuster by Democrats and a few moderate Republicans, the provision to give oil companies access to the refuge...

2005-12-21 04:41:27

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney will be on hand on Wednesday in case his vote is needed to break a tie on legislation to cut spending in what is expected to be a close budget vote. Lawmakers were braced for a narrow vote on the nearly $40 billion spending bill, probably a 50-50 tie. In his role as Senate president, Cheney could break any tie on the legislation backed by the White House. A senior administration official said Senate Majority Leader...

2005-12-20 20:17:27

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney cut short a Middle East trip on Tuesday to return to Washington in case his vote is needed to break a tie on legislation to cut spending or open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling. Lawmakers expect a close vote Wednesday on the spending bill, probably a 50-50 tie. A separate defense bill that includes a provision for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is also likely to be close. In his role as...

2005-12-20 17:31:27

By Charles Abbott and Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats said on Tuesday they had nearly enough votes to force the Senate to drop from a military spending bill a plan to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Republicans agreed the Wednesday vote would be close amid last-minute arm twisting over the fate of the Alaskan refuge, which shelters caribou and migratory birds in the summer and a polar bear nursery in the winter. The House of...

2005-12-20 13:34:27

By Charles Abbott and Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats have nearly enough votes to force Republicans to drop a provision attached to a massive defense spending bill that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the chamber's second-ranking Democrat said on Tuesday. The fate of the Alaskan refuge, which shelters caribou and migratory birds in the summer and becomes a polar bear nursery in the winter, has been debated in Congress for...

2005-12-20 12:48:47

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney cut short a Middle East trip on Tuesday to return to Washington in case his tie-breaking vote is needed in the Senate on a White House-backed spending cut bill and to help usher through a measure to open the Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling. Lawmakers expect a very close vote on the spending bill, possibly a 50-50 tie. And there will be several potentially close votes on a separate defense bill that includes a...

2005-11-02 18:50:18

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading Senate Democrat on Wednesday questioned the independence of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito but several members of a key bipartisan group of senators praised the conservative judge. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said he was worried because right-wing groups had immediately embraced Alito after forcing President George W. Bush's prior nominee, Harriet Miers, to withdraw because they were...

2005-11-01 17:19:08

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With interest groups across the spectrum gearing for a battle over conservative Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, the fate of the nominee may well rest in the hands of the Senate's bipartisan "gang of 14." The "gang" of mostly centrists, striving to reduce tensions over President George W. Bush's conservative judicial nominees, won't gather until Thursday to discuss Alito. But one Republican member, Mike DeWine of Ohio, called Alito a...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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