Bush signs .3 trillion tax-cut bill
Joined by a bipartisan group from the House and Senate, President Bush signed a $1.3 trillion tax-cut bill into law Thursday morning. The package marks the biggest legislative victory in Bush’s young presidency and follows years of Republican frustration over former President Clinton’s successful efforts to
Democrats took control of the Senate
As Democrats took control of the Senate Wednesday, their new majority leader, Sen. Tom Daschle, told NBC News that he hoped to convince President Bush that “we can govern together” and that both parties “have to come to the middle” on issues like education, energy and patients’ rights. Control of the Senate changed hands for the first time in history without an election, after Sen. Jim Jeffords made his defection from the Republican Party official.
Gore, Bush spar over tax cuts
Buoyed by new figures showing the nation's economy remains strong, Democrat Al Gore went on the offensive Thursday, attacking rival George W. Bush's proposed tax cuts as too much for too few. Bush countered by trying to portray Gore as a free-spending friend of big government.
Bush says Cheney is his choice
Texas Gov. George W. Bush unveiled his choice of former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney as his running mate in Austin, Texas, Tuesday. “I picked him because he is without a doubt fully capable of being the president of the United States and I picked him because he will be a valued partner in a Bush administration,” Bush told cheering supporters. The low-key Cheney smiled wryly as Bush announced his selection.
Bush chooses Cheney as running mate
Texas Gov. George W. Bush Tuesday offered former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney the vice-presidential slot on the GOP ticket; Cheney is said to have accepted the offer. A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Monday found that 45% of Americans rate Bush's choice as pretty good. Ten percent rated it as excellent; 26% as fair. The selection of Cheney, who has had multiple heart attacks and has undergone a quadruple bypass, prompted his doctors to state that his past health problems should not interfere with his ability to campaign and to hold office. Nearly three out of four voters in Monday's poll said they are "not concerned" that his heart problems would prevent him from serving as president if necessary. Cheney, 59, is a former member of Congress from Wyoming who ran the Pentagon during the Persian Gulf War and, earlier, served as President Ford's chief of staff. He headed Bush's search for a running mate.
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