NewsHour Coverage of the 105th Congress
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Participate in an ongoing dialogue with twelve new members of Congress.
Follow the first year in Congress of Freshmen Reps. Kay Granger (R-TX) and Jay Johnson (D-WI)
December 26, 1996 -- Recharting Education. Earlier this month the Democrats released their education package for the 105th Congress. Amongst the proposals were: annual tax reductions to help families pay for college and federal funding to upgrade school technology. To take a closer look at what all this means, Margaret Warner talks with two members of Congress.
December 23, 1996 -- Embattled Leader. This weekend, House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted giving incomplete and inaccurate information to the House Ethics Committee regarding the role of a Political Action Committee in a college course he taught. After a background report on the charges, Elizabeth Farnsworth talks to Martin Frost (D-TX) and Peter King (R-NY) about the Speaker's chances of re-election, and what we can expect from Congress come the new year.
December 9, 1996 -- Politics of Race. Is gerrymandering necessary to assure minority representation in Congress? The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a Georgia case that centers on that question. Our coverage begins with this report by Kwame Holman, and then on to a discussion with Margaret Warner.
November 29, 1996 -- Newsmaker: Tom Daschle. Both Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Trent Lott (R-MS) were re-elected to the top of the Senate leadership. Lott is back as Majority leader, Daschle is the Minority leader. Senator Daschle talks to Jim Lehrer about the mood of "cooperation and bi-partisanship" in Congress and reports of his recent "independence" from the Clinton White House.
November 12, 1996 -- Second Time Around. The budget, the second-term President, and the newly re-elected Republican Congress. The two sides came together this afternoon at the White House. Kwame Holman begins our coverage..
November 12, 1996 -- Budget Wrangling. And now to one key participant at the White House budget meeting, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi. We invited a representative from the White House and the Democratic leadership, but they declined.. man looks at the new Senate.
November 28, 1996 -- Money Games. In the wake of record-breaking spending on congressional and presidential elections, there are calls to resurrect the campaign finance reform process that came to a halt this summer. After a background piece by Kwame Holman, Margaret Warner discusses possible reforms with three Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-NJ) and Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA).
November 20, 1996 -- The State of Newt. Kwame Hollman takes a look at Speaker of the House Newt Gincrich as he prepares to lead the Republican House delegation in the 105th Congress.
November 20, 1996 -- Newsmaker: Rep. Newt Gingrich. As Newt Gingrich enters his second term as Speaker of the House, he tells Jim Lehrer that while the 104th Congress was about a revolution, he thinks that the 105th will be about implementation. He also discusses his unpopularity, the President's rightward turn, this Congresses freshman class and the death of his stepfather earlier in the day.
November 18, 1996 -- Newsmaker: Rep. Dick Gephardt. Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri would rather have the title "Speaker," but he was again elected by House Democrats to his second term as Minority Leader. In a Newsmaker interview with Jim Lehrer, Gephardt addresses the relationship between congressional Democrats and President Clinton, campaign finance reform, his relationship with Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich, and new dispatches of new U.S. troops to Bosnia and Zaire. Background information provided by congressional correspondent Kwame Holman proceeds the interview.
November 14, 1996 -- New Faces for the 105th. A new group of House freshmen make their NewsHour debut. Margaret Warner is in charge.