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On Wednesday, Speaker Boehner convened the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) which voted 3-2 along party lines to direct the House General Counsel to initiate defense of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) using outside lawyers. This afternoon, … Continue reading

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Despite claims that earmarks for the ‘bridges to nowhere’ were eliminated, Alaska has spent more than $71 million in federal funds on the two bridges: The Gravina Island bridge is a $304 million project that would serve an island of … Continue reading

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Democrats are committed to living within our means while investing in the future, cutting the deficit, and continuing to aggressively attack waste, fraud and abuse. The GOP “So Be It” spending bill (H.R. 1) that passed on February 19th fails … Continue reading

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As Dana Milbank explains in the Washington Post today, the GOP spending bill on the floor this week (HR 1) includes $450 million dollars for a jet engine the Pentagon didn’t ask for and doesn’t even want: Among the savings … Continue reading

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Every Member of Congress takes an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. While Members of Congress are all united in their commitment to protect our country against its enemies, they should be equally united to uphold the Constitution. Today, … Continue reading

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Today Rep. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Pallone released an analysis of the impact of the Republican repeal efforts on patients’ rights, protections, and benefits contained in Affordable Care Act for all Congressional … Continue reading

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This afternoon at 1pm EST, the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee will hold a hearing on the impact of the Republican plan to repeal patients’ rights guaranteed to millions of Americans and to put insurance companies back in charge … Continue reading

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Today, the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling released their report on steps the federal government and the oil industry should take to prevent similar disasters in the future. In the 111th Congress, the … Continue reading

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Tonight, the Senate passed legislation that would provide funding for the African American farmers’ and Native Americans’ settlements reached in the Pigford and Cobell class action lawsuits against the federal government. Speaker Pelosi: I have long urged my colleagues in … Continue reading

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Secret money from corporate special interests – that favor shipping American jobs overseas, turning Social Security over to Wall Street and turning Medicare over to the insurance companies – is funding the not-so-secret Republican agenda. Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President … Continue reading

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