Archive for March, 2005

March 3, 2005

House Panel Approves $284B Highway Bill (AP) »

  • Young said it was essential that Congress pass a bill before the latest extension expires on May 31. “The American people deserve solutions to the problems of congestion, crumbling roads and delayed shipments of freight,” he said.

Byrd Denies Comparing Republicans to Nazis (AP) »

  • Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said Byrd’s remarks showed “a profound lack of understanding as to who Hitler was” and that the senator should apologize to the American people. He called the comparison “hideous, outrageous and offensive.”

Bush Reassures CIA Employees About Agency (AP) »

  • “There are many parts” to the legislation overhauling the intelligence community that passed late last year, McClellan said. “And we’re moving forward on that to make sure that this is an integrated effort where everybody is focused on the same goal of doing all we can to protect the American people.”
  • At the CIA, Bush will thank the employees “for their great work and thank them for what they do,” McClellan said. “They work 24-7 to protect the American people. They are the men and the women who are on the front lines in the war on terrorism, and many of them are often unheard of — or aren’t heard from.”

High Court Debates Commandments Displays (AP) »

  • “It’s a profoundly religious message, but it’s a profoundly religious message believed in by a vast majority of the American people,” Scalia said.

March 8, 2005

Text of Bush Speech on Terrorism, Mideast (AP) »

  • Today I have a message for the people of Lebanon: All the world is witnessing your great movement of conscience. Lebanon’s future belongs in your hands, and by your courage, Lebanon’s future will be in your hands. The American people are on your side. Millions across the earth are on your side. The momentum of freedom is on your side, and freedom will prevail in Lebanon.
  • Three-and-a-half years ago, the United States mourned our dead, gathered our resolve and accepted a mission. We made a decision to stop threats to the American people before they arrive on our shores, and we have acted on that decision. We’re also determined to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.

March 10, 2005

In the first defeat of his second term, Bush’s pollution bill dies in Senate (AFP) »

  • “Today senators on both sides of the aisle stood up for the American people against a corporate scheme to weaken federal law and delay the day we all can enjoy breathing clean air,” John Walke, clean air project director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.

Bush Travels to Back Social Security (AP) »

  • In Washington, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Bush had floated two proposals, one, “private accounts that would seriously undermine the solvency of Social Security. And the other, which is the indexing to prices rather than wages, would lead to benefit slashes of about 40 percent. Again, these are nonstarters with the American people,” she said.

March 11, 2005

Ukrainian President to Visit White House (AP) »

  • “In the course of this visit, he’s going to inform the president and the American people about a new beginning in Ukraine…in terms of democracy, and also he’s going to discuss the issues of reactivation of a strategic partnership with the United States,” Tarasyuk said.

March 12, 2005

Democrats Block Ethics Panel Over Rewritten Rules (Los Angeles Times) »

  • “If you aren’t going to create an ethics committee right, don’t create it at all,” he said. “Otherwise, it is a great farce on the body, not to mention the American people.”

March 13, 2005

AP Review: Gov’t Reducing Access to Info (AP) »

  • “The Freedom of Information Act is an invigorating mechanism that helps keep our government more open and effective and closer to the American people,” he said. “FOIA has had serious setbacks in recent years that endanger its effectiveness.”

March 14, 2005

White House Defends Video News Releases (AP) »

  • “Many federal agencies have used this for quite some time as an informational tool to provide factual information to the American people,” he said. “And my understanding is that when these informational releases are sent out that it’s very clear to the TV stations where they are coming from.”

March 15, 2005

Democrats Warn of Slowdown Over Judge Rule (AP) »

  • In his statement, Frist said: “I am committed to getting the work of the American people done in the Senate, which includes advice and consent on the president’s judicial nominations as outlined in the Constitution. Never before in the history of the Senate has a nominee with clear majority support been denied an up or down vote on the Senate floor because of a filibuster.”

March 16, 2005

Dems Take Social Security Fight on Road (AP) »

  • DeMint said before the vote: “The time to act for Social Security change and reform, to change and strengthen Social Security, is now. If we do nothing, the American people will pay for generations.”

March 17, 2005

House, Senate pass 2.6 trillion budget bills (AFP) »

  • “Tonight, the Senate passed a fiscally responsible budget that meets the current and future needs of the American people,” top Senate Republican Bill Frist said after the vote.

March 20, 2005

Bush: Saddam’s Ouster Inspired Reformers (AP) »

  • “I know that nothing can end the pain of the families who have lost loved ones in this struggle, but they can know that their sacrifice has added to America’s security and the freedom of the world,” he said. “Because of our actions, freedom is taking root in Iraq, and the American people are more secure.”

March 21, 2005

Morality, Politics Bubble Up Over Schiavo (AP) »

  • House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas accused three Senate Democrats of having “put Mrs. Schiavo’s life at risk to prove a point — an unprecedented profile in cowardice. The American people are not interested in squabbles between Republicans and Democrats, or between the House and Senate.”

March 23, 2005

Cheney Defends Bush Appointments ( »

  • “We are the host country, we’re the biggest contributor to its budget, and success long-term, I think, depends on the continued support of the U.S. and the American people,” he continued. Cheney said the fact that Bolton has been a critic of the United Nations will give him “a great deal more credibility” tackling the challenges there.

March 25, 2005

White House Payments to Columnist Probed (AP) »

  • Lautenberg said the Bush administration has violated the trust of the American people.

March 29, 2005

Bush Concerned for Earthquake Victims (AP) »

  • “On behalf of the American people, Laura and I offer our condolences to the victims of yesterday’s earthquake in Indonesia,” Bush said as he opened a speech on Iraq in the White House’s Rose Garden. “The people of Indonesia can know as well that they have our prayers and that our government is ready to assist.”

WMD Panel to Fault Intelligence Agencies (AP) »

  • “Making sure we have the best possible intelligence is critical to protecting the American people,” McClellan said. “We will carefully consider the recommendations and act quickly on the recommendations as well.”