Monthly Archives: July 2007

With the House nearing debate on the Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act (CHAMP), the House has passed several important pieces of legislation by wide bipartisan margins in just the last few hours. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which passed … Continue reading

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The House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 this afternoon by a vote of 225-199, restoring and clarifying discrimination protections in the Civil Rights Act. Speaker Pelosi released the following statement upon passage: The New Direction Congress … Continue reading

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The House has passed the final House-Senate agreement on the Honest Leadership, Open Government Act (pdf) by a vote of 411-8. This is tough legislation designed to end the culture of corruption and restore accountability in Washington. The bill ends … Continue reading

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The Oversight Committee is currently holding a hearing, “FEMA Preparedness in 2007 and Beyond.” The hearing will be focusing on the changes FEMA has undergone and not undergone in order to ensure that the federal government is prepared for and … Continue reading

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The Natural Resources Committee is currently holding a hearing, “Crisis of Confidence: The Political Influence of the Bush Administration on Agency Science and Decision-Making.” Watch the hearing live >> Chairman Nick Rahall gives opening remarks: Chairman Rahall: “The committee is … Continue reading

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The Budget Committee is currently holding a hearing, “The Costs of Military Operations and Reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Watch the hearing live >> Witnesses: Panel I The Honorable Gordon England Deputy Secretary of Defense Accompanied by: Tina Jonas Under … Continue reading

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In May, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision, in Ledbetter v. Goodyear, that tosses aside prior law and makes it much harder for workers to pursue pay discrimination claims. The court held that a worker must file a charge … Continue reading

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San Franciscans and football fans across America mourn the loss of one of the sports giants — Bill Walsh. As the head coach of three Super Bowl winning 49ers teams, Bill Walsh is remembered as a 'The Genius' for his … Continue reading

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On July 10th, the Oversight Committee held a hearing in which Richard Carmona, who resigned as Surgeon General in 2006, gave alarming testimony about what he viewed as political and partisan pressure. During the hearing, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton questioned … Continue reading

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Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, along with Subcommittee Chairmen Jerrold Nadler and Robert “Bobby” C. Scott, sent the attached letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, following weekend reports that disputes over the NSA’s terrorist surveillance program involved “massive electronic databases.” … Continue reading

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