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Monthly Archives: May 2009

The 111th Congress is off to a strong start, working with President Obama to take America in a New Direction, to turn our economy around and create good jobs, with common sense reforms and targeted investments in: affordable health care, … Continue reading

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A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this year found that the Pentagon's 96 largest acquisition programs had cost overruns of $296 billion and were on average 22 months behind schedule — $296 billion is more than the amount … Continue reading

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Tonight, the Energy and Commerce Committee approved the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454) after four days of debating the bill: Building on the energy provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which included doubling renewable energy … Continue reading

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I share President Obama's commitment to protecting the American people while preserving American values. The President offered a sensible, balanced approach to the treatment of detainees and to the handling of state secrets. President Obama pledged to reassert our nation's … Continue reading

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Today, the House passed the bipartisan Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act (HR 2352) by a vote of 406-15–giving established small businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups the needed tools and resources to thrive, create jobs and drive economic growth. This bill is … Continue reading

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This afternoon, the President signed two bills the House passed this week – the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act and the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act. The Helping Families Save Their Homes Act(S.896) builds on the President's housing initiative, … Continue reading

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This afternoon, the House passed the final version of the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights (H.R. 627) by a vote of 361-64–leveling the playing field between card issuers and cardholders by applying common-sense regulations that would ban retroactive interest rate … Continue reading

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Today, President Obama announced a National Fuel Efficiency Policy, which will include the first nationwide standards for vehicle fuel mileage and emissions–raising standards to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. This will result in reducing oil consumption by approximately 1.8 … Continue reading

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Mortgage fraud has reached near epidemic levels — with FBI mortgage fraud investigations more than doubling in the last three years. Corporate frauds, like the $65 billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernie Madoff, are being uncovered as the economy has … Continue reading

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Speaker Pelosi spoke this morning at a press conference in the Capitol on Congressional briefings related to enhanced interrogation techniques. Below are her remarks as prepared: Throughout my entire career, I am proud to have worked for human rights, and … Continue reading

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