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February 26, 2007

Reports: Senate Activity

Education

Education Panel Unveils Recommendations
Opening arguments for what is certain to be among the most challenging debates of the 110th Congress began today when a bipartisan panel evaluating the 2002 education law unveiled more than 70 potential changes.

States Celebrate Marriage on St. Valentine's Day
A national bipartisan commission on education has issued its report on renewing No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the controversial national education law that President Bush crafted early in his administration alongside Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and other liberals.

Energy

Feinstein May Offer Incentives to Oil Companies
Sen. Dianne Feinstein wielded a stick last year at oil companies that have balked at paying royalties on faulty leases in the Gulf of Mexico, but the California Democrat is now exploring whether carrots might be more effective.

Health

Grassley Gaining Allies in Long-Running Battle With 'Badly Broken' FDA
When the House Energy and Commerce Committee convened its first FDA oversight hearing last week, the star witness was not a whistleblower or an FDA official or a drug company executive.

HELP Panel to Mark Up Mental Health Parity Bill This Week
Three key supporters of mental health parity legislation said Monday that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will mark up a draft bill this Wednesday.

Judiciary

Justice Argues for Pay Increase for Federal Judges, No Cameras in High Court
Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy pleaded with lawmakers Wednesday not to pass legislation allowing television cameras in the high court, arguing that it would fundamentally alter the way the court works.

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