Monthly Archives: February 2007

Troops’ needs not met, psychological group says Gregg Zoroya, USA Today – February 25, 2007 A task force of the nation’s largest group of mental health professionals warns that the U.S. military is not fully addressing the needs of troops … Continue reading

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Throughout the next week, Appropriations subcommittees will begin hearings on the fiscal year 2008 budget. The process begins with evaluating the president’s budget request, and moving on from there. Chairman David Obey released a document comparing the President's budget request … Continue reading

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The Oversight committee has requested documents from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) amid recent reports that the TSA web site collected personal information without basic security measures to ensure privacy protection. Chairman Waxman writes: There have been many problems with … Continue reading

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Pelosi Seeks Tougher Oversight on Ethics John Heilprin, Associated Press – February 22, 2007 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for tighter ethics rules in federal agencies Wednesday after government officials approved the purchase of a $980,000 vacation home by a … Continue reading

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One of the most interesting and disturbing exchanges from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Hearing on Homeland Security Contracting was this one between Rep. Elijah Cummings and Comptroller General David Walker discussing contractor bonuses for “attitude and effort” … Continue reading

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A New York Times story today details Pentagon plans to send National Guard troops back to Iraq next year without standard time between deployments in order to sustain President Bush’s plans for escalation in Iraq. The latter part of the … Continue reading

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Next week in Chairman Waxman’s Committee: Oversight and Government Reform Committee Schedule for the Week of February 26, 2007 Wednesday, February 28, 2007 10:00 a.m. Full Committee Business Meeting, immediately followed by a Full Committee Hearing on Reforming the Presidential … Continue reading

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Ways & Means Chairman Charlie Rangel of New York during last week’s debate:

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Vice President Cheney continues to question the patriotism of those of us in Congress who challenge the Bush Administration's misguided policies in Iraq, but his latest attack is beneath the office of the Vice President, especially at a time of … Continue reading

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From the House Armed Services Committee: Skelton Statement on Conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Washington, DC — House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) released the following statement today regarding news reports concerning the condition of facilities … Continue reading

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