House panel derails veto override

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday saved Gov. Bill Richardson the embarrassment of a veto override. The committee tabled a bill that Richardson had vetoed last year — a veto that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly to override. The bill would have forced state agencies […]

Senate votes to override second Richardson veto

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican For the second day in a row, the state Senate has voted overwhelmingly to override a veto by Gov. Bill Richardson of a bill passed last year. The Senate voted 34 to 4 Tuesday to override Richardson’s veto of Senate Bill 460 from last year’s session. The […]

GOP sinking in fiscal woes sends an SOS

Freedom Newspapers I t may be too late for Republicans to restore their lost luster as the party of fiscal responsibility, at least in time to prevent a drubbing in the coming elections. But at least some of them are trying. A few senators are pushing the SOS bill, the Stop Overspending Act of 2006, […]

House can learn from military in self-regulation

Freedom Newspapers The most gratifying development in the nationís capital in recent months was the 90- 9 vote in the U.S. Senate last week to set clear limits on the techniques the U.S. military can use when interrogating detainees in military custody throughout the world. Now itís time for the House to do likewise. Setting […]

Bush veto threatened if BRAC delayed

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is threatening to veto a sweeping defense bill if lawmakers try to delay the latest round of military base closures to spare installations back home. In a statement, the administration said it would “strongly oppose any amendment to weaken, delay or repeal” the base-closing […]

Highway bill prime example of pork-barrel projects

Freedom Newspapers It would be almost a shame for President Bush to spend his first presidential veto on a bill filled with typically tawdry pork-barrel projects rather than on some more epic piece of irresponsibility by Congress. But better to use it on a new highway and transit spending bill than never to wield it […]