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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Today's announcement by the Obama Administration builds on the work of Congress to reduce our dependence on oil and increase our energy security. Every year, we send billions of dollars overseas to countries that are hostile to U.S. interests in … Continue reading

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For eight years, President Bush and his Republican allies ignored growing risks in the financial markets as Wall Street and big banks exploited loopholes and harmed America's families and small businesses. Their failure to regulate financial markets and control these … Continue reading

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Explaining that “this may be BP's footage, but it's America's ocean,” Chairman Ed Markey (D-MA) has been requesting a live feed of the BP oil spill to be made publicly available on the web so we can see the real-time … Continue reading

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Tonight, the Committee on House Administration passed the DISCLOSE Act (HR 5175) out of Committee. The bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mike Castle (R-DE), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Robert Brady (D-PA) responds to the Supreme Court's … Continue reading

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This afternoon, Congressman Mark Critz of Pennsylvania was sworn in: Rep. Critz was elected May 18, 2010 to fill the 12th district seat of Pennsylvania held by the late Congressman John P. Murtha. Rep. Critz brings the House to 432 … Continue reading

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This morning, President Felipe Calderón of Mexico will address a Joint Meeting of Congress at 11 AM EST. You can watch the address live on HouseLive.gov» On announcing the invitation to address Congress last month, Speaker Pelosi said: Congress will … Continue reading

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The Democratic-led Congress is committed to creating prosperity through science and innovation, reasserting our economic and technological leadership throughout the world in the decades to come, and giving future generations greater opportunity to achieve the American dream. Boosting our national … Continue reading

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Today, the Financial Services Committee passed the Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297) to boost lending to small businesses having a hard time getting credit in today’s tough economy: H.R. 5297, the Small Business Lending Fund Act, … Continue reading

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While the Obama Administration continues the coordinated response to the Deepwater BP Oil spill, Congress is also investigating the causes of the explosion, including the adequacy of the companies’ safety and emergency response measures, and conducting oversight of the recovery … Continue reading

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In 2008, credit card issuers imposed $19 billion in penalty fees on families with credit cards–exploiting loopholes in the law to make profits at the expense of responsible credit cardholders with minimal oversight. Last year, credit card companies broke all … Continue reading

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