May 20, 2011
by Zach Zagger
Top US congressional leaders agreed Thursday to put forth a clean extension of controversial provisions of the USA Patriot Act until 2015. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) agreed to extend several key ...[read more]
July 23, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
The US Senate will not pass broad climate legislation during this session, according to statements made Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Reid said that the body lacks the 60 votes necessary to end debate on the bill and pass the legislation, but also indicated that he would ...[read more]
July 17, 2009
by Christian Ehret
The US Senate approved a bill Thursday that would expand hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender. The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act would provide federal assistance to state and local authorities to prosecute hate crimes and would allow the federal ...[read more]
May 20, 2009
by Brian Jackson
The US Senate on Tuesday voted 90-5 to pass the Credit Card Holders' Bill of Rights. Among the provisions included in the bill are restrictions on retroactive interest rate increases, a mandatory 45-day notice for all proposed interest rate increases, and a requirement that credit card companie... ...[read more]
July 8, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina
US President George W. Bush called on Congress Tuesday to reject amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that would deny telecom companies retroactive immunity for participating in the NSA warrantless surveillance program. In a letter sent to Senate Majority leader Harry ...[read more]
May 17, 2008
by Devin Montgomery
Hans von Spakovsky, nominated by President Bush to serve on the six-member US Federal Election Commission (FEC), withdrew his name from consideration for the appointment Friday. The withdrawal ends a two-and-a-half-year stalemate between the administration and Senate Democrats. The former Counsel ...[read more]
December 18, 2007
by Jeannie Shawl
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Monday that a Senate vote on whether to extend immunity to telecommunications companies from lawsuits related to their participation in the NSA warrantless surveillance program would be delayed until after the Senate returns from the holiday recess. ...[read more]
October 9, 2007
by Alexis Unkovic
A military court in Jordan Tuesday sentenced Dr. Ahmad Oweidi al-Abbadi, a former member of parliament and head of the Jordanian National Movement, to two years in prison after convicting him on charges that included slandering officials, harming the government's reputation, and violating gove... ...[read more]
September 15, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts
President Bush Friday signed what he described as a minimal ethics reform bill designed to force lawmakers to disclose pet projects and divulge more details about campaign contributions. The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 was passed last month in the Senate after being... ...[read more]
September 13, 2007
by Joshua Pantesco
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters Wednesday he would lead opposition to the nomination of former US Solicitor General Theodore Olson to the post of US attorney general. Olson was mentioned as a potential candidate on a short list floated by the White House earlier this ...[read more]

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