Thursday, September 29, 2005

Reuters Politics Summary

Reuters Politics Summary: "Blunt picked to replace DeLay as US House leader


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously elected Roy Blunt of Missouri as their majority leader, replacing Tom DeLay, who was forced to step down after being indicted by a Texas grand jury, lawmakers said. After a closed-door meeting of House Republicans, lawmakers said Blunt's position was an interim arrangement for the rest of the year and that he would share some leadership responsibilities with Rep. David Dreier of California. Blunt had been the third-ranking Republican member of the House with the title of majority whip.

Senate set to confirm Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Roberts, a 50-year-old conservative who told Congress judges should act like impartial umpires, seems certain to win Senate confirmation on Thursday to become the 17th chief justice of the United States. All 55 Senate Republicans and about half the chamber's other members -- 44 Democrats and one independent -- were expected to back Roberts, President George W. Bush's nominee to head the Supreme Court.

Hurricane bonds crucial to Gulf recovery-governors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Expanded use of tax-exempt bonds are crucial to rebuilding shattered Gulf Coast economies, the governors of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi told U.S. senators on Wednesday. In a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said she placed a high priority on congressional authority for a proposed $30 billion in private activity 'Hurricane Recovery Bonds' to rebuild key businesses and bring jobs back to her state.

DeLay case gives US Democrats new political punch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The indictment of House No. 2 Tom DeLay on Wednesday added to a growing list of political woes for Republicans ahead of next year's congressional elections, providing new fuel for Democratic charges that Republicans"

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