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Monthly Archives: April 2009

By a vote of 342-78, the House passed the COPS Improvements Act (H.R. 1139) this afternoon. Created in 1994, the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) hiring grants program was enormously successful — helping local law enforcement agencies hire more than … Continue reading

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This afternoon, the House Financial Services Committee passed the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights (H.R. 627) by a vote of 48 to 19. The Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights provides crucial protections against unfair, but unfortunately common, credit card practices. … Continue reading

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Today, Speaker Pelosi and Members of Congress announced next steps for the Green the Capitol initiative: Speaker Pelosi: Eighteen months ago, the House Democratic Leadership launched our Green the Capitol initiative, our commitment to reducing the Capitol's carbon footprint and … Continue reading

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Tonight, Congressman Mike Quigley was sworn in to represent the 5th District of Illinois after being elected April 7, 2009 in special election to replace Rahm Emanuel: Representative Quigley brings the House to 433 Members, with two vacancies still remaining … Continue reading

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This afternoon, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law – launching a new era of service that will give Americans of all ages the opportunity to help our nation recover and make progress on education, … Continue reading

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Today, the Congressional Oversight Panel held a hearing with Treasury Secretary Geithner. The Congressional Oversight Panel was created to oversee the expenditure of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds authorized by Congress in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of … Continue reading

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I applaud President Obama's continued commitment to fiscal responsibility and share in his commitment to ensuring that taxpayer dollars are protected and spent wisely. House committees are already conducting the hearings and reviews which I asked them to initiate in … Continue reading

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Speaker Pelosi released the following statement regarding wiretapping activities conducted under President Bush's Terrorist Surveillance Program, which was reported on today in the New York Times: These are disturbing allegations that deserve and are receiving the fullest attention of the … Continue reading

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On this Tax Day, less than three months after President Obama's inauguration, Democrats in Congress have taken key steps toward fulfilling his promise to restore balance to our tax code so that middle–income families pay less in taxes and the … Continue reading

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Today, President Obama, Secretary Gates and Secretary Shinseki announced that the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are creating lifetime electronic records for service members and veterans – streamlining the transition of health care records … Continue reading

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