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2006-07-26 18:06:30

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Both chambers of Congress on Wednesday voted to tighten rules for approving foreign takeovers of American companies, prompted by an uproar over the Bush administration's backing of an Arab company's acquisition of the operations of several major U.S. ports. But a fight was brewing between the House of Representatives and Senate, which passed different versions of the legislation. The Senate bill, passed by voice vote, would require the U.S....

2006-07-25 12:25:34

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Finance Committee granted U.S. business groups two wishes on Tuesday by announcing plans to begin work on Vietnam and Peru trade bills later this week. Business groups have been worried the trade bills could fall victim to the tight legislative schedule ahead of the U.S. congressional elections in November. The collapse of world trade talks in Geneva on Monday also has intensified interest in showing the rest of the world the United States has other...

2006-07-24 17:46:33

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Senate Republican said on Monday he will challenge U.S. President George W. Bush's practice of claiming a right to ignore or not enforce sections of bills that he signs into law. Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said he plans to introduce legislation this week that would give the U.S. Congress the right to bring a lawsuit against Bush's "signing statements." Bush has used these statements to reserve the right not to enforce...

2006-06-22 17:21:05

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives handed President George W. Bush a victory on Thursday when it approved a bill giving him more power to control federal spending that has risen dramatically since he took office. By a vote of 247-172, the House backed giving the president modified line-item veto powers. Supporters hope the legislation will also meet constitutional concerns that killed a tougher, 1990s version of the measure. Under the revised...

2006-06-20 17:58:15

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's drive for line-item veto power to control deficit-spending is facing resistance in the U.S. House of Representatives where the outcome of a vote scheduled for Thursday is in doubt, a top Bush aide said on Tuesday. White House budget director Rob Portman, on Capitol Hill trying to win over skeptical Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee and other lawmakers, acknowledged to reporters that the vote...

2006-04-06 19:40:04

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives failed to bridge their internal difference on Thursday on a budget plan for fiscal year 2007, forcing leaders to cancel a vote on the $2.8 trillion measure, a Republican aide said. Annual budget plans do not have force of law but set broad limits for spending bills. Without those limits, Congress might edge into even greater deficit spending. The aide, who asked not to be identified, said his...

2006-03-29 17:46:37

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers would be prohibited from accepting meals or gifts from lobbyists under a bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday to clean up how the U.S. Congress operates. Critics said it did not go far enough. Prompted by the scandal surrounding disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the measure was approved on a vote of 90-8 and would also require lobbyists to be more open about their activities and increase fines for those who break the rules....

2006-03-21 17:20:26

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional watchdog group filed a suit on Tuesday in federal court challenging the constitutionality of a $39 billion spending-cut law that passed each chamber of Congress in different forms. Under the U.S. Constitution, the president signs into law only bills that are passed in identical form by both chambers. "We have filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration for trying to sign into law something that is unconstitutional," said Public Citizen...

2006-03-21 12:50:00

WASHINGTON -- A congressional watchdog group filed a suit on Tuesday in federal court challenging the constitutionality of a $39 billion spending-cut law that passed each chamber of Congress in different forms. Under the U.S. Constitution, the president signs into law only bills that are passed in identical form by both chambers. "We have filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration for trying to sign into law something that is unconstitutional," said Public Citizen President Joan...

2006-03-09 12:20:40

By Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House warned on Thursday that rebellious House of Representatives Republicans could jeopardize funding for Iraq, Afghanistan and hurricane rebuilding if they attach a bid to stop the Dubai ports deal to emergency spending legislation. The White House refused to back away from a veto threat against legislation that would stop the deeply unpopular plan for a state-owned Arab company to take over management of six...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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