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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...

2006-03-06 10:54:47

Please read in second paragraph .... special interest spending ... instead of ... special spending ... A corrected version follows. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush announced on Monday he would propose legislation to Congress to give him a line-item veto, or the power to cancel specific items in federal spending bills. Bush said the proposal would be designed "to meet Supreme Court standards" and would "give me the authority to strip special interest spending and...

2006-03-06 10:55:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush announced on Monday he would propose legislation to Congress to give him a line-item veto, or the power to cancel specific items in federal spending bills. Bush said the proposal would be designed "to meet Supreme Court standards" and would "give me the authority to strip special interest spending and earmarks out of a bill and then send them back to Congress for an up or down vote." The Supreme Court rejected as unconstitutional a...

2006-03-05 22:02:30

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will soon make a formal request to Congress for a line-item veto -- authority that would give him power to cancel specific spending items in budget bills, an administration official said on Sunday. Many presidents have sought such authority on the argument it would help cut down on wasteful spending in the budget. In a rare yielding of some of its powers of the purse strings, Congress passed legislation granting a line-item veto to...

2006-03-02 17:36:31

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate took a step on Thursday toward imposing new controls on lobbyists following a major lobbying scandal, but a key committee rejected the creation of a public integrity office to monitor Congress. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, by a vote of 16-1, sent to the full Senate a bill requiring lobbyists to disclose contributions to lawmakers and fund-raisers they host. Lobbyists would also have to file...

2006-01-05 19:18:45

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush bypassed Congress to appoint a new top legal officer on intelligence matters whose nomination had been blocked by a Senate protest over detainees, officials said on Thursday. Benjamin Powell, who until recently had advised Bush on intelligence issues, including reform, was appointed general counsel to U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte on January 4 while Congress was in adjournment, officials said. Powell's nomination was approved...

2005-12-15 15:47:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration warned on Thursday that Congress must strengthen legislation aimed at overhauling traditional pension funding rules if it wants to avoid a presidential veto. Shortly before the U.S. House of Representatives voted on its version of the pension bill, the White House issued a statement saying it supported passage. But it said that tougher pension funding requirements must be added during negotiations with the Senate on a final version. "If...

2005-12-04 09:25:00

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON -- Members of the Republican-led Congress resume battle this week on matters from taxes to security and health care as they try to wrap up work for a year rocked by scandals, divisions over the Iraq war and public discontent. With congressional elections approaching in 2006, lawmakers returning from the Thanksgiving Day holiday are also certain to unleash more verbal fire at each other and at President George W. Bush, whose clout has waned as his public approval...

2005-11-18 11:30:47

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday approved a resolution to keep the federal government running through December 17 as Congress struggled to complete work on outstanding spending bills. The measure, approved on a voice vote, now goes to President George W. Bush for signing into law. The House of Representatives passed an identical measure on Thursday. This is the second such measure that was needed since the federal government's fiscal year started on October 1. The...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.