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Lady Bird Johnson Has Died

Posted on · Former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson drew her last breath as a Catholic priest led her family in a prayer.A family spokesman says Mrs. Johnson died of natural causes in her Austin home yesterday at the age of 94.A private family eucharist will be celebrated Friday at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.Starting […]

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Ethics Reform

Posted on · Ethics reform is one of the prime issues lawmakers are grappling with in the newly formed Democratically-controlled Congress. This comes after former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay resigned from Congress because of money laundering charges, the convictions of two other House Republicans on corruption counts and the resignation of a Florida Congressman after he sent […]

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Immigration Blame

Posted on · Congress did not pass a final immigration reform bill in the last session. That means lawmakers will start over on a unified plan when the next session begins in January. As Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill, Texas Senator John Cornyn will have a different role in this effort when Congress reconvenes. The imminent Democratic […]

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NASA Heading Back to the Moon

Posted on · The news that NASA is heading back to the Moon to build a permanent outpost there excites Shelley Sekula Gibbs, the newly elected Congresswoman whose district includes the Johnson Space Center. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill. Humans last visited the moon in the early 70s. and it’s been half a century since science fiction […]

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Sekula Gibbs Staff Quits

Posted on · On Monday, Shelley Sekula Gibbs officially took office as Tom DeLay’s temporary replacement, but by Wednesday, several members of her staff decided theyd had enough. Chad Pergram has the story from Capitol Hill. Monday night, aides briefed Shelley Sekula Gibbs as she strolled to the Capitol to be sworn-in and cast her first votes as […]

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Shelley Sekula Gibbs Goes to Washington

Posted on · For the first time since June, part of Houston and some surrounding neighborhoods has a representative in Washington. House Speaker Dennis Hastert officially swore-in former Houston City Councilwoman Shelley Sekula-Gibbs as Tom DeLay’s replacement Monday. But she won’t stay long. Sekula-Gibbs only won the right to replace DeLay until the end of the year. And […]

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Airline Pensions

Posted on · When Congress meets for a lame-duck session next week, lawmakers aren’t expected to accomplish much. But one of the few legislative items they might tackle could benefit two major airlines based in Texas: Houston’s Continental and American, headquartered in Dallas. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill. When Congress approved a pension overhaul bill earlier this […]

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Senators Believe Pension Bill is Unfair

Posted on · Texas’ Senators are steamed. They believe the House of Representatives passed a bill that isn’t fair to Houston’s Continental Airlines and Ft. Worth based American. Texas lawmakers claim bankrupt Delta and Northwest Airlines get extra time to fully fund their pension programs. And that harms Continental and American. A showdown over the bill could come […]

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Hutchison Tries to Salvage Immigration Reform Bill

Posted on · Republican Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is joining with a GOP congressman from Indiana to try to salvage an immigration reform bill stalled in Washington. Hutchison’s plan would create a private guest worker program, but not until a process that determines that the borders are secure. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill. The House and […]

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DeLay’s Last Day

Posted on · Today is the last day in elected office for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Yesterday, DeLay bade farewell to his colleagues on the House floor. And he did it in classic, Tom DeLay fashion: A speech laced with matter-of-fact and what some might consider harsh-partisan rhetoric. Chad Pergram has more from Capitol Hill. Location, […]

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Immigration Deal

Posted on · The Senate reached a tentative agreement on an immigration reform bill. The challenge is to find a compromise with a previously passed House bill. Republican Texas Senator John Cornyn will be part of a committee that will work to bridge the gap. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill. It was just before the Senate’s Easter […]

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DeLay’s End

Posted on · The halls of Congress buzzed on Tuesday with word of Tom DeLay’s pending resignation. More from Chad Pergram on Capitol Hill. Reporters peppered lawmakers from both sides of the aisle with questions about DeLay. Case in point a briefing with House Minority Whip Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland. But Democrats like Hoyer were only too […]

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Congress Could Make Decision on ANWAR

Posted on · In a few weeks, Congress could resolve one of the most contentious issues on Capitol Hill: whether to drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or ANWAR. Alaska drilling is at the center of a debate about diminishing America’s dependence on foreign oil and Congress is struggling with how to improve the country’s energy policy. […]

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Gasoline Prices

Posted on · Gasoline prices in Texas have come down since early fall. The cheapest place in the state to fill up is Corpus Christi. The most expensive is Beaumont. But fuel costs remain higher than they were a year ago. Since summer, Congress has okayed two bills in an effort to curb energy prices. Just before the […]

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The Vietnam-Iraq Comparison

Posted on · The US death toll in Iraq hit 2-thousand last month. Almost 200 of the fatalities have been Texans. The US attacked Baghdad nearly 2 and a half years ago and there’s no clear end to America’s commitment in Iraq. That’s prompted at least two prominent political figures to compare Iraq to another conflict the US […]