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2008-07-05 00:00:23

The University of Dubuque's nursing program will receive $430,348 from the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has announced that he was successful in securing the money, which was included in the 2008 comprehensive spending package. The money will be used to purchase equipment and technology for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing portion of the nursing program, located in the recently constructed campus Science Center. "It is absolutely essential to have the most...

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2007-03-19 18:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Lifting the ban on taxpayer funding of research on new stem cells from fertilized embryos would better serve both science and the nation, the chief of the National Institutes of Health told lawmakers Monday. Allowing the ban to remain in place, Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni told a Senate panel, leaves his agency fighting "with one hand tied behind our back." "It is clear today that American science will be better served - the nation will be better served - if we allow our scientists to...

2006-07-19 15:23:13

By Tabassum Zakaria and Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush used his first veto on Wednesday to block legislation to expand embryonic stem-cell research, putting him at odds with top scientists and most Americans, including some in his own Republican Party. "It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect, so I vetoed it," Bush said. The legislation, passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, now returns to Capitol Hill, where it...

2006-05-04 01:11:26

on May 4.) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats sought on Thursday to jump-start a long-awaited debate on legislation to allow federal funding of embryonic stem cell research by considering it while it debates other health measures this month. The Democrats sent a letter to Majority Leader Bill Frist asking him to add stem cells to what Republicans have dubbed "health week." Frist wants the Senate to consider other health legislation, possibly next week, on medical malpractice and...

2006-03-31 00:24:21

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House counsel John Dean, who helped push President Richard Nixon from office during the Watergate scandal three decades ago, heads to Capitol Hill on Friday to back an uphill attempt to censure President George W. Bush. Dean, author of a book about Bush titled "Worse than Watergate," was to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a resolution to rebuke Bush for a domestic spying program introduced secretly after the September...

2005-12-14 17:49:04

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday narrowly passed a $602 billion bill to cut funds for health, education and labor programs nearly one month after a slightly different version of the measure was unexpectedly rejected. By a vote of 215-213, the House approved the legislation, which trims $1.4 billion from last year's spending for these social programs. The measure passed after House and Senate negotiators agreed to add back...

2005-11-17 15:52:29

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eleven farm-state senators from both political parties unveiled a bill on Thursday to require country-of-origin labels on packages of red meat beginning in autumn 2006, voiding a two-year delay approved by Congress earlier this month. Backers say the label would distinguish U.S.-grown beef, pork and mutton from foreign goods on the grocery store shelf. Opponents, including foodmakers and grocers, say mandatory labeling would be a costly...

2005-10-25 20:20:45

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House and Senate negotiators working on a $100 billion agriculture spending bill voted on Tuesday to allow states to privatize the food stamp program, which helps 25 million people put food on the table monthly. When they adjourned for the night, negotiators had yet to vote on a House proposal to delay for two years a requirement for foodmakers to put country-of-origin labels on red meat. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, said she...

2005-10-24 15:54:12

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - More than two years before Iowa's caucuses kick off the 2008 White House race, the state is already crowded with potential presidential hopefuls looking for a head start on the campaign. On most weekends, one or more prospective 2008 contenders stop by to shake hands, help the local party raise money, appear with local candidates or do anything else they can to ingratiate themselves with activists and build buzz...

2005-09-30 16:41:04

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Friday quickly signed into law a measure to keep funds flowing to federal agencies through November 18, averting any chance of a government-wide shutdown this weekend. The Senate sent the president the bill earlier in the day and the House of Representatives passed identical legislation on Thursday. Without the stopgap spending bill, most government agencies would not have money to continue operating after midnight, the end of the...