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March 9, 2007

House Domestic Agenda

House Democrats Angling on Domestic Issues
Congressional Democrats are moving swiftly on key domestic issues aimed at improving their 2008 reelection chances and splitting Republicans.

Open Government Bill Makes Beeline for House Floor
Government accountability supporters throughout the country are preparing to celebrate the public's right to know during Sunshine Week (March 11-17), and it looks like Congress may have the same idea. On Monday, Reps. William Lacy Clay, Todd Russell Platts, and Henry Waxman introduced a bipartisan bill to make several requester-friendly changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which hasn't been significantly updated since 1996. Today the amendments got a thumbs-up from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and could be on the House floor as early as next week.

Democrats Look for Permanent AMT Fix
Key House leaders are pushing to sharply limit the scope of the alternative minimum tax, providing relief to many families who already pay the unpopular levy as well as millions more who would be hit for the first time next year.

Committee

House Panel Approves Post-Hurricane Housing Initiative
After heated debate, the House Financial Services Committee voted 50-16 today to approve a bill addressing affordable housing for low-income residents of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast.

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Genetic Discrimination: Overview of the Issue and Proposed Legislation

Gene Shopping: Parents Won't Pass on Deadly Diseases with New Procedure
With PGD, Mom Didn't Pass on Husband's Colon Cancer Gene

Immigration

In House, Immigration Risky for All Sides
In the House, the 2006 elections offered no clear guidance for either party on how to tackle the politically volatile issue of immigration.

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