November 14, 2009
You repeated a common error by stating in your Nov. 8 lead editorial, "Small steps on climate change," that the Senate "refused to ratify" the Kyoto Protocol, which set targets for greenhouse gas emissions. Nobody asked it to. Before the protocol was finalized, in July 1997, the Senate resolved by a 95 to 0 vote that the United States should not sign any agreement that omitted binding targets for developing countries or that would seriously harm the U.S. economy. Although the United States signed the protocol more than a year later, in November...
November 18, 2009
Steven Pearlstein has done a great public service by calling attention to the undemocratic ways of the U.S. Senate ["Want real reform? Let's start with Congress," Economy & Business , Nov. 11]. It is time for the Senate to get back to majority rule and stop caving to the threat of a filibuster. As Mr. Pearlstein points out, the "wholesale disregard for majority rule" violates the U.S. Constitution, which "expressly delineates a limited number of instances in which anything other than a majority vote is required.
October 4, 2009
WASHINGTON -- It's going to take a little longer for the last congressional committee writing health care legislation to finish its work. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana had hoped for a final vote by his panel on Tuesday, but a cost analysis from the Congressional Budget Office isn't ready yet. Committee aides say Wednesday would be the earliest Finance members can vote. The $900-billion, 10-year measure would expand health insurance coverage, impose new taxes and fees, and make major changes to Medicare and Medicaid.
January 8, 2009
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December 14, 2009 |
The Senate cleared for President Obama's signature on Sunday a $447 billion omnibus spending bill that contains thousands of earmarks and double-digit increases for several Cabinet agencies, the latest target for Republicans seeking to make growing federal deficits a focal point of the 2010 elections. The House may vote this week to raise the federal debt ceiling by at least $1.8 trillion, as the current limit is set to be breached by New Year's Eve. Republicans and Democrats are also engaged in a rhetorical war over how to use...
October 12, 2008
VIRGINIANS WILL cast a defining vote in the state's history when they go to the polls in three weeks to select a successor to U.S. Sen. John W. Warner (R). Virginia needs a senator who can sustain Mr. Warner's 30-year tradition of label-defying leadership, in which he put his state and country before his political party. Voters also must choose a candidate who can grasp the nuances of erratic financial markets and who will bring a deft touch to the difficult decisions that will determine the country's fiscal future.