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July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected the controversial comprehensive immigration reform bill when supporters couldn't gather the 60 votes required to invoke cloture and end debate on the bill.With 2008 presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) presiding over the proceedings, senators voted 53-46 against ending debate and voting on the bill. Obama and his Democratic presidential rival Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York both voted for cloture.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes details on the legislative action on the bill.) (CNSNews.com) - The Democratic chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Friday morning that he hopes to bring the controversial Children's Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act out of committee and to the full House of Representatives by the end of the day, despite Republican efforts to stall the process.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said during the Democratic presidential debate Wednesday that combat troops may have to continue fighting in Iraq throughout the next president's first term. When asked by debate moderator Tim Russert if they would have combat troops out of Iraq by the end of their first term, both Clinton and Obama avoided commitment, arguing that troops may remain in a fighting capacity through 2013.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Taking a swipe at politicians who already have declared plans to run for president in 2008, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Saturday that he would decide in September whether to seek the Republican nomination.Gingrich promised conservatives gathered at a conference in Washington that he would make a decision "around Labor Day."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have established a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were brought into the United States as children and who make an effort to contribute to society.The DREAM Act, sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) would have rewarded illegal immigrants who were brought into the United States by their parents and who seek a college education or enlist in the military.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Republican congressman on Wednesday wouldn't rule out legislation as a way to prod American consumers to switch from traditional incandescent light bulbs to more efficient modern bulbs.Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) called legislation a "last choice" but did not rule it out as an option in the long term. Manzullo spoke at a news conference in Washington, D.C., with representatives from the energy industry and environmental interest groups promoting the modern bulbs.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A panel discussion on global climate change Tuesday found Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) staff agreeing with representatives for the leading Democratic presidential contenders. A cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, they agreed, is the most promising solution to "global warming."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from President Bush.) (CNSNews.com) - Conservative grassroots organizers claimed victory in convincing 18 senators to reverse course and vote against cloture on the controversial comprehensive immigration reform bill that died in the Senate Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two senators have proposed increasing the federal tax on tobacco to fund the reauthorization of a program that pays for children's medical care, a move the tobacco industry says would be unfair and unreliable.Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released a statement in June supporting an increase in the tobacco tax to fund the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), which is due for reauthorization this year. Kennedy and Hatch were the original sponsors of the program when it was created in 1997.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A fact-finding trip to Greenland has renewed Sen. Barbara Boxer's desire to pass legislation aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions, according to the senator who has been promising such legislation since early in her term as chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
On the Spot (CNSNews.com) - Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is under fire from liberal media critics and some Democrats in Congress for using the term "phony soldiers" to describe Jesse Macbeth, who was sentenced to five months in prison for falsifying his military records.Macbeth claimed to be the recipient of several medals, including the Purple Heart, and further claimed in Internet videos to have witnessed U.S. soldiers committing atrocities. It was later revealed that Macbeth had served for only six weeks and never saw combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Hoping to become the second former Arkansas governor to take up residence in the White House, Republican Mike Huckabee on Sunday announced his intention to run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination."People want an authentic conservative who has a proven record of results," Huckabee said in a statement. "I've concluded that I should take this necessary and vital step to bring a new kind of optimistic leadership to the public square."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday accused Democrats of using the fires burning in Southern California as a distraction so they can reintroduce a contentious children's health care bill.Democratic leaders in the House have scheduled a vote on the bill for Thursday afternoon. The bill had already passed, but supporters were unable to override President Bush's veto of the reauthorization and $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the House prepares to debate legislation Thursday that would authorize more funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan - and set a September 2008 end-date for funding - conservative analysts condemned what they said was excessive "pork spending" in the bill.The U.S. Troop Readiness, Veteran's Health, and Iraq Accountability Act would allocate $103 billion in additional funding for military operations, and to care for wounded troops. But it also contains $21 billion in so-called "pork spending."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Anti-war Congressman Dennis Kucinich took to the House floor Wednesday to try to block legislation that would establish benchmarks for progress in the Iraq war, alleging that the measure hides the Bush administration's real motive - to "steal the oil resources of Iraq."The supplemental military funding bill under consideration contains numerous benchmarks for progress in Iraq, including one for President Bush to report on whether the Iraqi government enacts "a broadly accepted hydro-carbon law that equitably shares oil revenues among all Iraqis."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Sen. John Edwards is the Democratic presidential hopeful best suited to combat global climate change, according to liberal activists voting in a recent poll sponsored by MoveOn.org.Nearly one third of MoveOn members voted for Edwards in a poll conducted following a "virtual town hall" during which members used the Internet to question the 2008 Democratic presidential hopefuls about their global warming policies.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) Tuesday criticized Democratic handling of a bill that would reauthorize and expand funding for children's health insurance and pledged that Republicans would "express their outrage" when the measure comes to the House floor this week."I think our members are outraged by the process that's been employed by the majority over the consideration of this bill," Boehner said in a conference call with reporters.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The United Nations Security Council has voted to impose sanctions on Iranian nuclear and missile programs, but some American conservatives argue that U.S. state governments can have a greater impact on Tehran's nuclear activities by pulling money out of companies that do business with the terror-sponsoring nation."Security Council sanctions on Iran are virtually useless, they're so watered down," Christopher Holton told Cybercast News Service on Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Video report (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) said Tuesday that he introduced a House resolution to support Rush Limbaugh because the conservative talk radio host "needs defending" from Democrats who have introduced resolutions and made statements condemning him for using the words "phony soldiers" on his radio show.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Hundreds of college students on Friday gathered at George Mason University (GMU) near Washington, D.C., to rally for Sen. Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat who is exploring a bid for his party's 2008 presidential nomination.The rally was organized by Students for Barack Obama, a grassroots group using a popular social networking website to build support for the first-term senator.