Archive for May, 2006

May 1, 2006

Bolten Says White House to Regain ‘Mojo’ (AP) »

  • “We’ve taken advice from a lot of folks that we ought to put the president out more in ways that the American people can see what he’s really like,” Bolten said on “Fox News Sunday.”

May 2, 2006

Lawmakers Deal With Voter Anger Over Pork (AP) »

  • “People don’t want to go home and have to defend votes like the bridge to nowhere,” Coburn said. “The American people are sick of wasteful government spending.”

May 3, 2006

War, Hurricane Funding Nears Senate Vote (AP) »

  • “The Senate emergency spending bill represents a huge spending spree,” said House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, in a statement. “The American people don’t deserve a special interest shopping cart disguised as a supplemental.”

Senators resist fast vote on decency fines (Reuters) »

  • “Let me be very clear about this: we will make a nationalissue out of this should any senator attempt to block the willof the American people,” PTC President Brent Bozell said in astatement supporting Frist.

House OKs Energy Price-Gouging Punishment (AP) »

  • The American people are quite fed up. … They know gouging when they see it and they’re being gouged,” said Rep. Bart Stupak , D-Mich.

Bush Says Moussaoui Case Over, War Goes On (AP) »

  • “We have had many victories, yet there is much left to do, and I will not relent in this struggle for the freedom and security of the American people,” Bush said. “And we can be confident. Our cause is right, and the outcome is certain: Justice will be served. Evil will not have the final say. This great nation will prevail.”

May 4, 2006

House, Senate to Work Out Lobbying Bill (AP) »

  • House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. David Dreier , R-Calif., chief sponsor of the bill, said that while the measure could be stronger, it was “a vast improvement over the status quo.” He said that with the GOP-led Congress facing a full plate of issues such as high gas prices, “for the American people to have confidence in us is a prerequisite.”

House Approves Cargo Screening at Ports (AP) »

  • The bill “will improve the safety of the American people and the security of our global supply chain,” said Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif. He said it “ensures our shores are our last line of defense, not our first.”

May 5, 2006

Boehner Sounds Optimistic Tone for GOP (AP) »

  • “When you make tough decisions like that, sometimes you’re not real popular with the American people,” he said. “No one likes to see war.”

May 9, 2006

Democratic Hawks Urge Foreign Policy First (AP) »

  • Despite poor approval ratings for Bush and his party, Democrats “still have a hurdle to cross with the American people in convincing them that we can be both tough and smart,” Bayh said.

Rumsfeld Defends Choice of Hayden for CIA (AP) »

  • At a Pentagon news conference, Rumsfeld was asked how confident the American people should be in the reliability of the intelligence that is being produced on Iran and its nuclear intentions, given what happened with Iraq.

May 12, 2006

CIA Nominee Hayden Defends NSA Programs (AP) »

  • CIA director nominee Gen. Michael Hayden on Friday defended the secret surveillance programs he oversaw while head of another spy agency as lawful and designed to “preserve the security and the liberty of the American people.”
  • “Everything that the agency has done has been lawful. It’s been briefed to the appropriate members of Congress,” Hayden told reporters outside a Senate office. “The only purpose of the agency’s activities is to preserve the security and the liberty of the American people.

GOP Hopes for Boost From $70B Tax Cut (AP) »

  • The bill passed the Senate on Thursday by a 54-44 vote. Hoping to wring some mileage out of the achievement, the White House scheduled an elaborate signing ceremony for Bush next Wednesday. In a statement, the president said the bill “prevents an enormous tax hike that the American people do not want and would not welcome.”

May 14, 2006

Mrs. Bush: Don’t Campaign on Marriage Ban (AP) »

  • The first lady told “Fox News Sunday” that she thinks the American people want a debate on the issue. But, she said, “I don’t think it should be used as a campaign tool, obviously.”

May 15, 2006

Poker Chips, Chain Saw Among Gifts Bush (AP) »

  • There is no limit on the size of gifts a president or vice president can receive from a U.S. citizen, but federal law requires him to declare them if they are valued at $305 or more, said Erin Healy, a White House spokeswoman. Multiple gifts over $100 from the same donor must be listed if their cumulative total exceeds the $305 limit. Gifts from foreign officials must be turned over to the U.S. archives on behalf of the American people.

May 16, 2006

FCC Commissioner Wants Phone Cos. Probed (AP) »

  • “There is no doubt that protecting the security of the American people is our government’s No. 1 responsibility,” Copps, a Democrat, said in a statement. “But in a digital age where collecting, distributing and manipulating consumers’ personal information is as easy as a click of a button, the privacy of our citizens must still matter.”

May 17, 2006

Hatch Says Court Briefed on Surveillance (AP) »

  • “They’re very aware of what is taking place. The American people expect their government to protect them within the laws of this country and I’m going to continue to do just that,” Bush said.

May 18, 2006

House Votes to Keep Offshore Drilling Ban (AP) »

  • The House directed the Interior Department to try to renegotiate those contracts. While it does not require oil companies to renegotiate, the measure would put pressure on them to do so, its supporters said. “Energy companies have been taking oil and gas from the American people for free and then selling it back to them at record prices,” said Rep. Maurice Hinchey , D-N.Y., sponsor of the amendment.

May 19, 2006

Hayden Says CIA Must Look Past Controversy (AP) »

  • “It’s time to move past what seems to me to be an endless picking apart of the archaeology of every past intelligence success or failure,” Hayden told the Senate Intelligence Committee at his confirmation hearing Thursday. “The CIA needs to get out of the news — as source or subject — and focus on protecting the American people.”

May 22, 2006

Bush Sees ‘Incremental’ Progress in Iraq (AP) »

  • Another questioner identified herself as a proud supporter and asked Bush to respond to journalist Ted Koppel’s keynote address to the group the previous night, in which he said there is a growing lack of trust between the U.S. government and the American people.

May 23, 2006

House Leaders Question FBI Search (AP) »

  • Gonzales said his department has “an obligation to the American people to pursue wrongdoing where it exists.” At the same time, he said, “We want to continue to work with Congress to alleviate concerns.”

Cheney tries to boost Calif. Republicans (AP) »

  • “Right now, the eyes of the nation are on the 50th District of California,” Cheney said. “We will continue making progress for the American people and it’s vital we have strong partners in that effort like Brian Bilbray in Congress.”

May 24, 2006

Fox: Wall at border won’t fix problem (AP) »

  • Utah Minutemen member Ron Musselman of Morgan said he wanted to ask Fox, “Why don’t you take care of your own social problems and stop leaching off the American people?”

Gore limits campaigning to climate change (AP) »

  • “I am involved in a kind of a campaign, but it’s not for a candidate,” Gore said in the interview. “It’s a campaign to change the minds of the American people about this climate process.”

May 27, 2006

Analysis: Elections snarl immigration bill (AP) »

  • Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., who will lead House bargainers in any compromise talks with the Senate, said fellow Republicans had “jumped all over Rove. And they said the president is not where the American people are at.”

May 28, 2006

Democratic strategist sees strong election showing (Reuters) »

  • The American people want change … because thisadministration has been incompetent. … They see anadministration that seems to substitute ideology and cronyismfor competence.”

Frist: Protecting the flag isn’t pandering (AP) »

  • “It’s important to the heart and soul of the American people,” said Frist, R-Tenn., who is considering a White House bid in 2008.

May 30, 2006

House committee chair wants new witnesses (AP) »

  • The American people should be deeply concerned that a decision to conduct a raid on Congress was made consciously and evidently at high levels inside the Justice Department and the FBI,” Walker told the panel.

Bush taps Paulson for Treasury secretary (AP) »

  • “Our economy’s strength is rooted in the entrepreneurial spirit and the competitive zeal of the American people and in our free and open market,” Paulson said. “It is truly a marvel, but we cannot take it for granted. We must take steps to maintain our competitive edge in the world.”