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February 27, 2007

First Work Period Concluded

Legislative Update
  • House Completed: Iraq Debate Week
  • House Next: Port Security, Unions
  • Senate Completed: Fiscal Year 2007
  • Senate Next: 9/11 Commission Recommendations
  • Conference: Minimum Wage
Since our last update: The House debated Iraq and passed its resolution H.Con.Res. 63. The Senate passed H.J.Res. 20, the spending bill to finish out Fiscal Year 2007, and failed to proceed on its Iraq bill, S. 574. Both chambers were off on the President's Day recess last week. The first working period ran from the convening of Congress at the beginning of January until this first recess.

The next work period runs from the President's Day recess until the Spring/Easter recess. The House was intentionally waiting until after the recess last week to roll out its domestic agenda. The Senate will likely continue its unfinished agenda. Minimum Wage is expected to be the first major domestic bill to pass. In terms of foreign policy, we expect the Iraq debate will shift from one of "disapproval" to one over funding the continued operations.

Segments: House Only Senate Only
Future Only House Senate

Senate Committee Activity

Passed: S. 184 - Surface Transportation and Rail Security Act of 2007

Mental Health Parity Bill Wins Committee Approval
A Senate committee voted today to require equal treatment for mental and physical health conditions covered by health insurance plans.

Senate Judiciary Approves Bill Prohibiting Delay of Generic Drugs
The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation to bar pharmaceutical companies from conspiring to delay generic versions of drugs.

Immigration
Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he will hold hearings next week to push the Bush Administration "to confirm publicly that it wants 'comprehensive immigration reform' this year," the Washington Times notes.

Senate Activity Summary: FY 2007

H.J.Res. 20: Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007
Cloture 71-26
Passage 81-15

That's a Wrap
The Senate yesterday cleared the fiscal 2007 funding resolution for the president’s signature. The overwhelming 81-15 vote to clear the bill belied Republican concerns about how the measure was developed and passed.

Senate Belatedly Passes Spending Bill for 2007
Four and a half months after the legal deadline, the Senate gave final approval to a 2007 spending plan that funds almost half the federal government and averts any chance of a government shutdown.

Continuing in the Senate: Iraq

Thursday, February 22, 2007, 5:05 PM PST
WASHINGTON (AP) Officials say Senate Democrats are drafting legislation to limit the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Republicans Dare Dems To Cut Iraq Funds
Democratic Senators are hatching, planning and discussing a new effort to repeal the 2002 Iraq war authorization as part of their efforts to end the war in Iraq. The entire Democratic caucus is going to take a look at the idea next Tuesday. However, Republican leaders are already criticizing it.

Democrats Seek to Repeal 2002 War Authorization
Senate Democratic leaders intend to unveil a plan next week to repeal the 2002 resolution authorizing the war in Iraq in favor of narrower authority that restricts the military's role and begins withdrawals of combat troops.

McConnell Threatens to Block Bid to Repeal War Resolution
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned yesterday that a new Democratic effort to repeal the 2002 Iraq war resolution would meet the same fate as two previous efforts to limit President Bush's authority: blocked by procedural obstacles, unless Democrats relent to GOP terms.

New Democratic Strategy Calls For March 2008 Pullout
Senate Democrats are backing a pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of March 2008 – a deadline similar to one recommended by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.

Lieberman at Center Stage as Homeland Bill Becomes Likely Venue for Iraq Debate
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman has talked a lot recently about the loneliness of being a pro-war independent who still sits on the Democratic side of the aisle. But this week he will be anything but lonely — he will command center stage as floor manager of homeland security legislation (S 4, S 184) that could become a magnet for the Democratic anti-war movement.

A Democrat on Everything but Iraq
Joe Lieberman is evil incarnate, according to the liberal blogosphere. Yet his voting record reveals a different story.

House Activity Summary: Small Business Tax Relief Act

H.R. 976 Passed 360-45

House Debate: About the "revenue-neutral" tax bill, Rep. Garrett said, "Mr. Speaker, as I sit here and read the bill, I consider it a riddle: When is a tax cut not a tax cut? When it really raises your taxes in the end? This legislation, as many tax bills, is masquerading as a tax cut, when at the end of the day citizens of this country will see their taxes rise."

White House Urges More Tax Breaks to Cushion Minimum Wage Hike
The White House weighed in today with tepid support for a $1.3 billion package of small-business tax breaks the House plans to pass this week.

House Activity Summary: Iraq Resolution

House Proposal Keeps It Simple, Unlike Senate's War Policy Resolution
Resolutions pending in both chambers would take issue with President Bush’s decision to send more troops to Iraq. But the resolutions have little else in common, except statements of support for the armed forces. The Senate resolution offers nearly 1,600 words of war policy recommendations, emphasizing the responsibilities of the Iraqis for their own security. The authors of the House resolution used fewer than 100 words to deliver a simple message: support for troops, disapproval of Bush’s policy.

Iraq Debate Kicks Off Long-Term Dem Offensive
Beginning Tuesday, all 435 members of the House will have five minutes to address the resolution on Iraq. Officials in both parties know the debate is just the start of an effort by emboldened Democrats to influence the course of the war.

A Few House Republicans Make Case for Supporting Democrats' Iraq Measure
Republicans who oppose the president’s Iraq policy have started taking to the House floor to publicly denounce sending more than 20,000 additional combat troops to that country, underscoring divisions within the GOP.

House GOP Dissenters Back Democratic Resolution on Iraq
Republicans who oppose the president’s Iraq policy took to the House floor today to denounce sending more than 20,000 combat troops to that country, underscoring divisions within the GOP on a Democratic-written resolution expressing congressional disapproval of the plan.

H.Con.Res. 63 - Iraq War Policy resolution
Passed 246-182 (17 R - Yea; 2 D - Nay; 6 Absent)

House Rebukes Bush on Iraq
Capping four days of passionate, often angry debate, the House yesterday delivered President Bush its first rebuke since the Iraq war was launched nearly four years ago, voting 246 to 182 to oppose the administration's planned deployment of 21,500 additional combat troops to Iraq.

GOP Looks Beyond War Measure to Fight on Funding
With Republicans speaking out against President Bush's war policy on the House floor yesterday, GOP leaders and the White House conceded defeat on a resolution opposing sending additional U.S. troops to Iraq and began looking toward the coming battle over the war's funding.

House Domestic Agenda

The Democratic Agenda - Domestic Agenda
House Democrats are postponing the rollout of their domestic agenda until after the President's Day recess so as to focus more closely on the debate over the non-binding resolution opposing a troop increase in Iraq.

The Democratic Agenda - Alternative Minimum Tax
In recent days, Bush administration officials have signaled they may not oppose a likely method of covering those costs: raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest citizens

GOP Tax Concerns Could Snag Balanced Budget
Some congressional Republicans are balking at the White House’s apparent willingness to consider tax increases to pay for ending the alternative minimum tax, opening a rift that threatens efforts to reach a balanced-budget deal with Democrats.

Pelosi Falls Short On Election Promises
Nancy Pelosi is discovering that it's much easier to promise change for Congress than to deliver it.

House Committee Activity

Bills Passed
  • H.Res. 107: Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Israeli soldiers held captive by Hamas and Hezbollah, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 556: National Security Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened Transparency Act of 2007
  • H.R. 987: To endorse further enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and to facilitate the timely admission of new members to NATO, and for other purposes.
Hearings

The Man With a Health Care Plan
Former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas offered an array of ideas Monday to overhaul the nation’s current health insurance system, starting with dropping its focus on employers as the main providers of health care insurance.

Continuing in the House: Iraq

Democrats Divided on Iraq Strategy
House Democrats will gather behind closed doors Tuesday evening as leaders try to unite a caucus deeply divided over using a war spending bill to limit deployments to Iraq.

Murtha's anti-surge plan
The provisions he proposes include:
  • prohibiting the Pentagon from sending people back into battle until they have had a year at home after being deployed. He says he has figured out that in order to fulfill the surge requirements, the Defense Department would have to send people back after seven months at home;
  • prohibiting the Pentagon from extending tours;
  • ending the Pentagon's "stop loss" policy;
  • and prohibiting the establishment of permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq.
Murtha Restrictions to Spark Supplemental Face-Off
Democrats and President Bush are headed for a face-off over the Iraq war as House Defense Appropriations Chairman Murtha prepares funding restrictions for the next war supplemental.

Clashes Loom Over War Spending Bill
Congressional debate over the war in Iraq will soon move from non-binding resolutions to legislation with teeth: a supplemental spending bill for the war that will be considered in March.

Pelosi Backs War Funds Only With Conditions
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) yesterday linked her support for President Bush's war-funding request to strict standards of resting, training and equipping combat forces, a move that could curtail troop deployments and alter the course of U.S. involvement in Iraq.

Bush 'Looking Forward' to Debate on Iraq Funding
President Bush today said he’s “looking forward to a healthy debate” on Iraq funding as Democrats in both houses of Congress prepared measures aimed at restricting his options.

Senate Debate: Iraq

Iraq

Sen. Lieberman: "Mr. President, when the roll is called tomorrow on the motion for cloture with regard to the resolution the House is expected to pass tonight on Iraq, I will vote no. I will vote against cloture. I will do so not because I wish to stifle debate. The fact is that debate has occurred, it is occurring now, and it will continue to occur on our..."

Iraq

Sen. Stabenow: "Mr. President, on December 23, 1783, George Washington, having successfully led the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, appeared before the Continental Congress and resigned his commission as commander of the Armed Forces. It was a quietly pivotal action in the history of our young country, an event so important in shaping ..."

Charlie Norwood Tributes

Sen. Coburn Tribute to The Late Congressman Charlie Norwood

"Madam President, I want to take a few minutes first to talk about someone who was a very dear friend whom I think was emblematic of what our forefathers thought about when they thought about a U.S. Congressman. His name was CHARLIE NORWOOD. He died yesterday. CHARLIE was a 'tell it like it is' guy. His motivations were always altruistic. They..."

Sen. Brownback Tribute to Charlie Norwood

"Mr. President, I want to speak briefly on one other issue aside from the war effort, as that is the one that really needs to, and does, occupy our time. But a good friend of mine has just recently passed away, Congressman Charlie Norwood. Charlie and I came in together in the House of Representatives in the 1994 election cycle. He recently..."

February 26, 2007

Senate Debate: Fiscal Year 2007

February 13, 2007

Continuing Appropriations

Sen. Byrd: "I thank the Chair. Mr. President, today marks the 136th day of the fiscal year. The fiscal year is over one-third complete. We will be debating House Joint Resolution 20, a joint funding resolution for the nine remaining appropriations bills that were not completed during the 109th Congress.

Sen. Coburn: "This program doesn't match the definition or criteria of an earmark approved by the Senate in January or used by the Congressional Research Service. On January 16, 2007, the Senate approved an amendment by a vote of 98 to zero, defining the term 'earmark' as a provision or report language included primarily at the request of a Member, delegate, ..."

Sen. DeMint: "Mr. President, I rise today to speak about my amendment No. 253 that I would like to offer to the fiscal year 2007 omnibus spending bill. My amendment seeks to strengthen the provisions in section 112 dealing with earmarks. According to the sponsors, the goal of this section is to turn off the hidden earmarks for this year's spending, but..."

MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2007--Continued

Sen. Kohl: "Mr. President, I rise today to speak in more detail about the 'earmarks' that some members of this body claim remain in H.J. Res. 20. On February 7, 2007, one of our colleagues issued a press release on his Web site which was critical of H.J. Res. 20, the continuing appropriations resolution. Of note was his claim that the resolution continues..."

February 14, 2007

Making Further Continuing Appropriations For the Fiscal Year 2007: DARFUR

Sen. Coburn: "Mr. President, I went through that exercise, and I know the Senator from Vermont does not disagree with all those amendments, but he is doing what he has been instructed by the majority to do. The fact is we could have a debate, we could delay this for 2 weeks, and we could make this bill far better. We could decide not to spend an additional $3..."

House Debate: February 16, 2007

Iraq War Resolution

Rep. Bartlett: "Mr. Speaker, when the original resolution that brought our military to intervention in Iraq came to the Congress, I interpreted it as asking the Congress to turn over to the President our military to use anytime he wished, anywhere he wished, against any country he wished, now and forever more. Feeling that this was patently..."

Rep. Emanuel: "Mr. Speaker, we gather today to consider a question that is profoundly simple: Do we support the President's plan to further escalate America's involvement in Iraq, or not? After 4 long, painful years in which we have seen so many young lives lost, are we now willing to put even more of our brave heroes in harm's way, or will we acknowledge..."

Rep. Frank: "Does the gentleman consider Lebanon or Syria free today?"

Rep. Lewis: "Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my friend for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise with deep concern that this President has chosen to escalate the war in Iraq instead of charting a course towards peace. Today, I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., when he spoke out against the war in Vietnam on April 4, 1967. He said, 'The world ..."

THE WAY FORWARD--A NEW APPROACH

Rep. Blunt: "I thank the gentleman for the time. Madam Speaker, I rise again today, as I did at the beginning of this debate, to urge a 'no' vote on this nonbinding resolution. We have spent the week discussing the situation in Iraq and trying to find out what the resolution may really mean. As I said at the start of this debate, it is hard to..."

Rep. Boehner: "Madam Speaker, I want to thank my colleague from Texas for yielding and thank him and all of you for, once again, to have an opportunity to come and speak on the floor on this resolution. The resolution before us is nonbinding, but it is the first step down a very treacherous path, a path that, if followed, will endanger Americans for..."

Rep. Cantor: "Madam Speaker, just 2 days ago, on February 14, Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, posted a speech on an Islamist Web site where he blessed jihad fighters in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia and urged the mujahadeen all over world to remain steadfast since complete victory was near. He made special mention of those in the Islamic..."

Rep. Hensarling: "I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, various news organizations have now confirmed what the Democrats really have in mind with this nonbinding resolution, and that is, choke off funding for the troops. Though they haven't really said it on this House floor, they have said it to their political base, moveon.org, and I hold..."

Rep. Hoekstra: "Madam Speaker, this debate is about whether or not America is a great Nation that will lead in the face of difficulty. We have come up short. This resolution falls short. It is small and not worthy of this House. Why small? Let me begin with a threat that some either don't understand or refuse to acknowledge. This resolution does not..."

Rep. Pelosi: "Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding and for his exceptional leadership in the national security of our country. My colleagues, for 3 days and nights, more than 350 Members of Congress have come to the floor to speak their conscience about the war in Iraq and the President's escalation proposal. I commend my colleagues on both..."

Rep. Putnam: "Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. While this resolution may be nonbinding, we will all be bound by its consequences: the immediate and long-lasting consequences, those here and in the combat zone. Democrats continue to put forward an inherently contradictory message with dire consequences, on one hand offering..."

Rep. Shays: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. And I thank you, Mr. Speaker, for conducting this debate. This debate has been constructive. I appreciate the thoughtful comments made on both sides. Speaking for the second time, I realize it may be tempting for some to support this resolution to somehow express our strong dissatisfaction..."

Rep. Tiahrt: "Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the brave men and women in our military. Thank you, and thank you to the families who have made so many sacrifices. Today we are taking the first step towards defeat. No one likes where we are today, but our goal should be success, not to accept the defeat the Democrats are leading us towards...."

CONCLUSION

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: "I thank the gentleman for yielding. Madam Speaker, a prominent feature of this debate has been two sharply contrasting visions of the future. One vision sees no hope for us in Iraq and counsels that we withdraw, just give up. By contrast, the other mission focuses on success. We understand what accepting defeat means for Iraq. We..."

Rep. Pence: "I thank the gentlelady for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I have listened to this debate all week, and I must say I admire the seriousness and the civility of most, if not all, of those who have come to this floor in this historic week to address the issue and express themselves on this resolution. But I rise respectfully to urge my colleagues in..."

Rep. Reichert: "Mr. Speaker, I support the troops wholeheartedly and without reservation, but I cannot support a resolution that simply opposes a new strategy without offering an alternative plan to win. There is too much at stake. Many of you know that I was a cop in the Seattle area for 33 years. I was the sheriff for 8 years. And as the sheriff I had an ..."

Rep. Waxman: "I thank my good friend for yielding to me. Mr. Speaker, this administration has mishandled the situation in Iraq from the very beginning. It misled the country into a war based on false and misleading statements about the threat from Iraq. It failed to plan for the aftermath of the military victory. It assumed that we would be..."

Iraq War Resolution

Rep. Sali: "Mr. Speaker, first of all, I would like to tip my hat to the good gentleman for his efforts on the floor and for the compelling argument that he has made here. The idea that our young people, young men and women, have gone to Iraq, gone to Afghanistan, they have spilled their blood there for a purpose that would become meaningless if we..."

House Debate: February 15, 2007

Iraq War Resolution

Rep. Akin: "Mr. Speaker, we rise today to discuss this resolution that is in two parts before us. The first part says that we support our troops. The second part says that we are not going to send them reinforcements. This seems to be kind of a curious proposition, almost a nonsensical proposition. How do you say you support and then say, but we don't want ..."

Rep. Cole: "I thank the gentleman from Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I have listened to the debate over the last 2 days, really dozens and dozens of speeches, and, frankly, speeches of exceptionally high quality on both sides of the issue. I have listened particularly to the speakers who were here in 2002 when the momentous decision to go to war was actually..."

Rep. Garrett: "Mr. Speaker, the authors of this resolution say that we should provide our troops with all the resources they need, whether it be armor, bullets and Humvees. That is, all the resources they need, except two; and I would argue they are the two most critically important ones: manpower and the support of our national leaders. This Democratic..."

Rep. Goode: "Madam Speaker, it is an honor to receive time from someone who served our Nation in the finest way and who knows firsthand how hurtful a resolution such as this can be to those in theater. We are in the middle of a 4-day marathon here. While I cannot say that I agree with all of the actions of the President in dealing with Iraq, I will not..."

Rep. Goodlatte: "Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to the nonbinding resolution being offered by the majority which, despite the rhetoric, amounts to nothing more than a vote to maintain the status quo in Iraq. This resolution offers no change from the recent course of events in Iraq. It does not take into consideration the recommendations of the..."

Rep. Harman: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the Speaker and I thank the gentleman for yielding, and commend our leadership for organizing this very thoughtful and sober 3-day debate on a very serious issue. Mr. Speaker, as Co-chair of the Blue Dog National Security Working Group, I rise to oppose the surge and to support tough and smart security strategies..."

Rep. Lowey: "Madam Speaker, a violent civil war is raging in Iraq, with atrocities against innocent civilians mounting every day. Our troops, our brave troops, are caught in the crossfire, dying and being maimed driving on local roads, patrolling neighborhoods and moving about by helicopter. What is their mission today? What is the strategic objective of..."

Rep. Roskam: "I thank the gentleman for yielding. Madam Speaker, we are here to debate a House Concurrent Resolution, and the root verb of 'resolution' is resolute. I just want to challenge the House today to consider the resolution of our enemies. I would like to read three quotes to you. Resolved, by Samba bin Laden. The whole world is watching..."

Rep. Walberg: "Madam Speaker, throughout our Nation's rich history, we have reached moments where we arrive at what President Ronald Reagan described as a time for choosing. Today is such a day. This week, the House is asking ourselves a simple question: Will we choose to go forward with the resolve and determination needed to win the war on terror by..."

Rep. Young: "Mr. Speaker, I have listened to this debate on both sides of the aisle for the last 2 days, the third day in fact, and probably will listen to it tomorrow. I rise in opposition to H. Con. Res. 63, and I would like to make a quote: 'Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are..."

Legislative Program

Rep. Barton: "Madam Speaker, I attended the Charlie Norwood funeral today in Augusta, Georgia. He was a veteran of Vietnam. I think it is ironic that because he was a veteran, we saw at the beginning of the funeral the honor guard walk in carrying the flag of the United States Army and the flag of the United States and all the battle ribbons on that flag..."

Rep. Jackson-Lee: "Let me thank the distinguished gentleman for yielding. Madam Speaker, I believe that each and every Member that has come to the floor tonight and over the last 2 days would never consider any of their remarks frivolous, nor would we characterize this debate as political. Unfortunately, in 2002, many of those same words were used to..."

Rep. Mica: "Madam Speaker, first let me say to those who question our going into Iraq, I voted to go into Iraq and I would vote the same way again. We have found 300,000 mass graves to date, and standing right at this podium, the Iraqi leader told us that Saddam Hussein slaughtered 1 million of his fellow citizens. The question before us tonight, and..."

Rep. Pickering: "Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to this resolution. As we look back through our Nation's history, and we look back at all the great chapters, there were moments, decisive, critical moments, where our Nation could have given up, or given in, could have withdrawn, could have surrendered, and those moments that make us most proud are..."

Rep. Shadegg: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. And just to follow up, I was going to actually begin my remarks tonight by noting the tremendous speech I thought that was given by my colleague Mr. McHugh, I believe it was the night before last, in the midst of this important debate. And I think this is an extremely important debate. Indeed,..."

House Debate: February 14, 2007

Iraq War Resolution

Rep. Castle: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the distinguished gentleman from North Carolina for yielding to me. Mr. Speaker, since the beginning of the Iraq war, one of my foremost concerns has been the long-term stability of the Middle East, and the potential impact that chaos in this region could have on our security. Our men and women in the United States..."

Rep. Hensarling: "Mr. Speaker, I believe that this is a sad day for our institution, the House of Representatives, and I think it is a sad day because I sense this debate has very little to do with coming together as a Nation to face the greatest threat that we have faced since the Cold War. But instead I sense and I fear it has much to do with politics as usual...."

POINT OF INQUIRY

Rep. Oberstar: "Mr. Speaker, this is the moment that a majority of Americans who voted last November have been waiting for, a time when Congress does something about Iraq. And that something that the people asked of us is to get us out of Iraq. The resolution before us will not of itself get U.S. forces out of Iraq, but to paraphrase Winston Churchill, if..."

IN CLOSING

Rep. Hoyer: "Reclaiming my time, I am glad that it is good news. I will repeat: No one in this Congress, not Chairman Skelton or Chairman Murtha or any Member on this side, will take any action that will put at risk the men and women whom we have placed at the point of the spear in harm's way. I make that representation to you, that assertion, and I make it ..."

Expressing Sorrow of The House At the Death of The Honorable Charlie Norwood, Member of Congress from The State of Georgia

Rep. Boehner: "Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Georgia for yielding. And I come to remember my good friend and our good friend, CHARLIE NORWOOD. I met CHARLIE in October of 1994 when he was a candidate for Congress for the first time and had dinner with him one night before we went off on a 16-city tour. I didn't think it would ever end. But at ..."

Rep. Barton: "Mr. Speaker, I want to read a part of a letter. It is dated February 8, 2007. It is to myself. It is from Congressman Norwood. It is the last official correspondence that I received from him. It says: 'Dear Joe. 'When you receive this letter, you will know of my return to Georgia after my decision to forego further medical treatment in..."

Rep. Lewis: "Mr. Speaker, CHARLIE NORWOOD, the man from Georgia, not just a citizen of Georgia, not just a citizen of the American South, but a citizen of the world, a man who fought the good fight, who kept the faith. He was a good and decent man, and we will never ever forget his lasting contribution. We pray for his family, for the people of his..."

Iraq War Resolution

Rep. Johnson: "Madam Speaker, the American people want a new direction in Iraq and I expect Congress to act accordingly. They really do think that this is a democracy and that this is representative government. It has been almost 4 years since this administration declared the end of major combat in Iraq. He declared mission accomplished. Since this..."

Rep. LaHood: "Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to this resolution. More importantly, I rise today to express my support for our Commander in Chief and the men and women serving in the Armed Forces. It is simply not possible to claim that you support the troops while completely disavowing their mission. Our troops in Iraq put their mission first, above ..."

Rep. Pitts: "Mr. Speaker, as a Vietnam veteran who served three tours during Vietnam and flew 116 combat missions over there in B-52s, I rise to oppose this resolution. I am sure I don't speak for every Vietnam veteran, but I am sure I speak for a lot of them when I say that when we served in combat we detested the politicians in Washington who..."

Rep. Shays: "Reclaiming my time, what we do have is a new plan, and it is not the surge, it is cleaning up the neighborhoods and holding them with Iraqi troops embedded with American troops. Mr. Speaker, I yield 5 minutes to the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Deal)."

Rep. Souder: "Mr. Speaker, I thank our leader from the Homeland Security Committee for yielding. No congressional decision is more difficult than a vote related to war, and this vote is no different. It is especially difficult when you disagree with the President of your own political party. I voted to support this war because I believe Iraq..."

Rep. Wicker: "Madam Speaker, I thank my friend for yielding. Madam Speaker, on December 31, 1776, with the fate of the Revolution in doubt, General George Washington faced a challenge of convincing his soldiers to stay in the fight. With their enlistments over, they wanted to go home. Washington made an impassioned plea and even offered volunteers a..."

STAND BY OUR TROOPS, PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: "Mr. Speaker, I would like to consume the remaining 2 minutes. And I would like to say to all Members that although the debate tonight may have seemed uncivil at times, this is the wonderful process that we have here in democracy in this wonderful country, my adopted homeland. And my colleague from Massachusetts (Mr. Delahunt) and I disagree on..."

STAND BY OUR TROOPS

Rep. Shuler: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise tonight in support of this resolution because for 4 years this administration has driven us down the wrong road in Iraq. The administration's newest proposal does nothing more than accelerate our pace further and further away from our obligation of stabilizing Iraq and..."

House Debate: February 13, 2007

Providing For Consideration of H. Con. Res. 63, Iraq War Resolution

Rep. Hastings: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the ranking member for the time. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to House Resolution 157 and the underlying resolution. Mr. Speaker, our Nation is engaged in a Global War on Terror, a war that we did not seek, but a war that was brought to our shores on September 11, 2001. Today, we fight an enemy without borders..."

Iraq War Resolution

Rep. Pelosi: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the distinguished gentleman for yielding and the solemnity with which he introduced this debate. My colleagues, in a few weeks the war in Iraq will enter its fifth year, causing thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of casualties, costing hundreds of billions of dollars, and damaging the standing of the United States..."

Rep. Putnam: "I thank my friend from Florida for the time. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to oppose this resolution because, unfortunately, it is anything but resolute. In one legislative breath it offers support for our troops, but then expresses disdain for the mission they have been asked to carry out. And then, I must admit I am surprised, after all the..."

Rep. Boehner: "Mr. Speaker, let me thank my colleague from Florida for yielding. Mr. Speaker, today we begin an extended debate on a resolution criticizing the latest effort by American forces to win in Iraq. There is no question that the war in Iraq has been difficult. All Americans are frustrated that we haven't seen more success and that we haven't ..."

Rep. Myrick: "Mr. Speaker, Iraq is just one battlefield in this multigenerational struggle against radical Islamist jihadists, but it is a very important battlefield. This is the beginning stage of a multigenerational worldwide struggle that will last throughout our lives and likely our children's lives. It is hard to accept that the safety and..."

Rep. Smith: "Mr. Speaker, I thank my good friend for yielding. Mr. Speaker, the co-Chairs of the Iraq Study Group, former Secretary of State James Baker and former House Foreign Affairs Chairman Lee Hamilton, wrote late last year: 'There is no magic formula to solve the problems of Iraq. However, there are actions that can be taken to improve the..."

Rep. Weldon: "I thank the gentlewoman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise to address H. Con. Res. 63, disapproving of the decision of the President announced on January 10, 2007 to deploy 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq. This resolution essentially has, by my interpretation, three sections. It has the first section, which speaks..."

Rep. Wolf: "Mr. Speaker, we are a coequal branch of government. We do not work for the President or the administration; our job is to thoughtfully consider the issues before us, and to work with the President and with the administration. When we agree, it is our responsibility to work together for the best interests of our country; and where we cannot..."

ANNOUNCING THE PASSING OF THE HONORABLE CHARLIE NORWOOD, MOMENT OF SILENCE OBSERVED IN MEMORY OF THE HONORABLE CHARLIE NORWOOD

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: "Mr. Speaker, before I turn over our segment of the debate to Mr. Hoekstra of the Intelligence Committee, I would like to recognize our last speaker for our segment, Mr. Shuster of Pennsylvania, a member of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus, for 5 minutes."

PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY

Rep. Franks: "Thank you, Mr. Hunter. I certainly add my own feelings toward the words that you just spoke on behalf of CHARLIE NORWOOD. None of us know when we have to step from this floor for the last time. This man, while he was here, maintained a sense of honor. He was always committed to doing those things that would bring better hope to future..."

Rep. Waters: "Madam Speaker, I rise as Chair of the 76-member Out of Iraq Caucus, and I will be followed by many other members during this hour. I rise in support of our troops and in support of this resolution opposing the President's escalation of this war. Madam Speaker, I support this resolution, hoping this will be a first step in ending this war..."

PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION.--

Rep. Shadegg: "Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. And I have listened to his eloquent words today about the radical threat we face. I have a fundamental question for the other side. I thought our colleague from New York did a superb job of acknowledging the good intentions of every Member of Congress involved in this debate and the..."

MOMENT OF SILENCE OBSERVED IN MEMORY OF THE HONORABLE CHARLIE NORWOOD

Rep. Pence: "I thank the ranking member for yielding time. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to the concurrent resolution for the House, and I do so from a position of a humble public servant, one who has not served in Iraq in uniform, as our previous speaker did, and others have who are in this Chamber at my side, but as one who has been there. I ..."

House Debate: February 12, 2007

Directing Administrator of General Services to Install a Photovoltaic System For the Headquarters Building of The Department of Energy
Rep. Oberstar: "Mr. Speaker, I hope no raccoons will be caught in the energy wall because that is the sort of place that raccoons like to frequent. Again, I thank my colleagues for their participation. Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time."

United States Border Patrol Agents Campion and Ramos
Rep. Jones: "Mr. Speaker, tonight I won't take nearly the 5 minutes that I have allotted, but I and many Members of the House have been trying to help two border agents, Border Agent Campion, and Border Agent Ramos, who are now serving 1 to 11 years in Federal prison, the other for 12 years in Federal prison for shooting a drug smuggler. What makes this ..."

Technology Policy

The Democratic agenda
The Washington Post looks at how net neutrality is becoming an issue for Democrats this year, "largely because its most fervid advocates are liberal bloggers and other Internet activists who play a big role in the early stages of choosing a Democratic presidential nominee. Unlike their Republican counterparts, every major Democratic presidential candidate has endorsed net neutrality. The move keeps them in good standing with powerful grass-roots groups, such as MoveOn.org, and costs them little in return."

House Passes Bill to Establish a Pilot Program on Patent Law in Some District Courts
The House quickly passed legislation Monday that aims to encourage district judges to develop an expertise in patent cases.

House OKs specialized patent judges
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow certain federal judges to defer patent cases to colleagues considered better-versed in the complex area.

Senate bill urges e-voting paper trail
Under a bill introduced Tuesday in the U.S. Senate, all electronic voting machines would have to allow voters a way to verify their picks on paper before casting their ballots.

House plans hearing with Sirius exec
A proposed merger between XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio has only been officially public for a few days, but it's already stirring questions on Capitol Hill.

Cleaner tech: Transforming transformers
Don't look now but there be some action, ever so slowly, in Washington to increase America's energy efficiency.

Congress Tackles Patent Reform
"Wired's Luke O'Brian recently reported about Congress' latest attempt to reform the patent system. In the article O'Brian tells of how 'witnesses at Thursday's hearing painted a bleak picture of that system. Adam Jaffe, a Brandeis University professor and author of a book on the subject, described the system as 'out of whack.' Instead of 'the engine of innovation,' the patent has become 'the sand in the gears,' he said, citing widespread fears of litigation. The House Oversight Committee website has more details. How would you fix the patent system?"

FCC Report - TV Violence Should be Regulated
"CNN reports that a draft FCC report circulating on Capitol Hill 'suggests Congress could craft a law that would let the agency regulate violent programming much like it regulates sexual content and profanity — by barring it from being aired during hours when children may be watching' The article goes on to quote from studies showing a link between violent imagery and violence in life, and discusses the 'huge grey areas' that could result from ill-defined concepts of excessive violence."

Bill Introduced: Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act
S.522 "Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act," introduced 2/7/07.

CRS Reports

Executive Relations

Executive Initiative

Political Economy: High, and Low, Cost of War
If Topic A is the war in Iraq, it might pay to take a step back and examine just how much defending the nation costs these days. Fortunately, the White House last week provided a helpful tool, buried on page 125 of a book called “Historical Tables” that’s part of every presidential budget request and is a favorite bedside companion for fiscal policy nerds.

Experts at Odds Over FISA Role In Terrorist Surveillance
National security experts disagreed Friday over the role of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in monitoring possible terrorist activities.

Trade

Democrats, White House Clash on Trade
For a time yesterday, it seemed as if a new bipartisan spirit was flowering between the Bush administration and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill over trade policy. Until, that is, flowers themselves entered the conversation during a Valentine's Day hearing.

Oil Prices, Imported Goods Push Trade Gap to Record
The U.S. trade deficit climbed to a record high for the fifth straight year, with 2006 imports exceeding exports by $764 billion, the Commerce Department reported yesterday.

Interaction

Democrats Signal a Wider Battle Lasting the Rest of President's Term
After enjoying great deference in the conduct of national security for his first six years in office, President Bush now faces an assertive opposition Congress that has left him on the defensive.

Craig Crawford's 1600: Last of the True Believers
It would be easy to feel sorry for George W. Bush, given his many woes — rock-bottom poll ratings, a hostile Congress and unending bad news from Iraq. Easy, that is, until you realize just how much he still manages to get his way, even when the chips are down.

Reports: Congressional Activity

Elections

Campaign Strengthens For a Voting Paper Trail
Efforts are intensifying in Congress to pass legislation that would require electronic touch-screen voting machines used in federal elections to provide paper trails that could be checked in the case of a recount.

Health

Cost of Overhauling Physician Payment System Substantial, Aides Say
Lawmakers ready to overhaul the way Medicare pays physicians are starting to understand exactly how much it will cost to fix the sustainable growth rate, or SGR, a major priority for Congress later this year.

New Push Grows for FDA Regulation of Tobacco
After years of falling short, advocates of requiring the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco are again waging that fight in Congress -- and this time, they say, the odds are in their favor. Really.

Climate

Panels Hear Climate Warning, Possible Solution
The United States should take the lead in combatting global warming, even if that means mandating that companies curb their emissions, witnesses told Senate and House lawmakers Tuesday.

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.

Reports: House Activity

Biotechnology

House Must Watch Its Language on H.R. 493
A bill with serious ramifications for the disabled and others medically at risk is scheduled for mark-up in the House Education and Labor Committee on Wednesday. As I previously mentioned, H.R. 493

Move to Outlaw Gene Patenting
A bi-partisan bill is being introduced in the House of Representatives to outlaw the patenting of human genes. It doesn't have a number yet. Here is what it states: "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no patent may be obtained for a nucleotide sequence, or its functions or correlations, or the naturally occurring products it specifies."

Health

Bipartisan Children's Health Plan Unveiled
Democratic and Republican House members, backed by the insurance industry, today unveiled a $60 billion plan to provide health insurance to most American children without it.

Trade

The Democratic Agenda
House Financial Services chair Barney Frank doesn't have direct oversight over trade, but his comments yesterday that Democratic lawmakers are too concerned about globalization to support major trade legislation "show how difficult it will be to reach a compromise satisfying rank-and-file members while keeping open the possibility of further trade deals," says the Financial Times.

White House, Democrats Struggle to Get on the Same Page on Trade
Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee reiterated Wednesday their desire to work with the White House on trade but made clear that the administration will have to alter its course to boost support on Capitol Hill.

Border

Oberstar Raises Concerns About Mexican Trucks
House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James L. Oberstar has pledged to vigilantly scrutinize the safety implications of a Bush administration plan to allow Mexican trucks greater access to U.S. roadways.

Legislating

Frank Admits to Acronym-o-Phobia, Warns Committee About Cute Bill Titles
Most lawmakers aren’t bothered by it, but to Rep. Barney Frank, the no-nonsense chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, it’s a serious problem.

House Legislation: Fiscal Policy

Payroll Taxes

H.R. 1090 - Rep. Ron Lewis [R-KY]
To amend the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to preserve and strengthen the Social Security Program through the creation of personal Social Security guarantee accounts ensuring full benefits for all workers and their families, restoring long-term Social Security solvency, to make certain benefit improvements, and for other purposes.

Taxes

H.R. 1035 - Rep. Addison Wilson [R-SC]
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a nonrefundable personal credit to individuals who donate certain life-saving organs.

H.R. 1040 - Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX]
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide taxpayers a flat tax alternative to the current income tax system.

H.R. 1112 - Rep. Thomas Reynolds [R-NY]
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide individuals relief from the alternative minimum tax.

Budget

H.R. 1121 - Rep. James Barrett [R-SC]
To amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to extend the discretionary spending limits through fiscal year 2012, to extend paygo for direct spending, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1122 - Rep. James Barrett [R-SC]
To amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to simplify annual concurrent resolutions on the budget and to budget for emergencies.

Senate Legislation: Fiscal Policy

Taxes

S. 561 - Sen. Jim Bunning [R-KY]
A bill to repeal the sunset of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 with respect to the expansion of the adoption credit and adoption assistance programs.

S. 636 - Sen. Charles Schumer [D-NY]
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the reporting period for certain statements sent to taxpayers.

S. 681 - Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI]
A bill to restrict the use of offshore tax havens and abusive tax shelters to inappropriately avoid Federal taxation, and for other purposes.

Budget

S. 554 - Sen. Byron Dorgan [D-ND]
A bill to reduce the Federal budget deficit, and for other purposes.

S. 665 - Sen. Norm Coleman [R-MN]
A bill to require congressional approval of loans made by the Secretary of Transportation in excess of $1,000,000,000.

Appropriations

S. 567 - Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI]
A bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2008 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2008, and for other purposes.

Senate Legislation: Work, Commerce

Work

S. 655 - Sen. Charles Grassley [R-IA]
A bill to amend the Congressional Charter of The American National Red Cross to modernize its governance structure, to enhance the ability of the board of governors of The American National Red Cross to support the critical mission of The American Red Cross in the 21st century, and for other purposes.

Commerce

S. 592 - Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a manufacturer's jobs credit, and for other purposes.

S. 601 - Sen. Evan Bayh [D-IN]
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require broker reporting of customer's basis in securities transactions, and for other purposes.

S. 618 - Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
A bill to further competition in the insurance industry.

House Legislation: Work, Commerce

Work

H.R. 980 - Rep. Dale Kildee [D-MI]
To provide collective bargaining rights for public safety officers employed by States or their political subdivisions.

H.R. 1050 - Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA]
To establish a living wage, jobs for all policy for all peoples in the United States and its territories, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1142 - Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA]
To amend title 5, United States Code, to create a presumption that disability of a Federal employee in fire protection activities caused by certain conditions is presumed to result from the performance of such employee's duty.

Commerce

H.R. 989 - Rep. Dan Boren [D-OK]
To prevent undue disruption of interstate commerce by limiting civil actions brought against persons whose only role with regard to a product in the stream of commerce is as a lawful seller of the product.

H.R. 1015 - Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA]
To require automobile dealers to disclose to consumers the presence of event data recorders, or "black boxes", on new automobiles, and to require manufacturers to provide the consumer with the option to enable and disable such devices on future automobiles.

H.R. 1033 - Rep. Anthony Weiner [D-NY]
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a grant program to improve railroad safety by providing funds for the construction and maintenance of fencing and other protective structures along railroad tracks, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1049 - Rep. Scott Garrett [R-NJ]
To reduce the unintended costs and burdens that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 imposes on United States businesses, while maintaining that Act's goals of bolstering confidence in the integrity of publicly held companies.

H.R. 1081 - Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR]
To further competition in the insurance industry.

H.R. 1150 - Rep. Rahm Emanuel [D-IL]
To establish the Commission on Economic Indicators to conduct a study and submit a report containing recommendations concerning the appropriateness and accuracy of the methodology, calculations, and reporting used by the Government relating to certain economic indicators.

Senate Legislation: Family, Housing

Family

S. 556 - Sen. Edward Kennedy [D-MA]
A bill to reauthorize the Head Start Act, and for other purposes.

S. 602 - Sen. Mark Pryor [D-AR]
A bill to develop the next generation of parental control technology.

S. 614 - Sen. Charles Schumer [D-NY]
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to double the child tax credit for the first year, to expand the credit dependent care services, to provide relief from the alternative minimum tax, and for other purposes.

S. 627 - Sen. Thomas Harkin [D-IA]
A bill to amend the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 to improve the health and well-being of maltreated infants and toddlers through the creation of a National Court Teams Resource Center, to assist local Court Teams, and for other purposes.

S. 659 - Sen. Charles Hagel [R-NE]
A bill to amend section 1477 of title 10, United States Code, to provide for the payment of the death gratuity with respect to members of the Armed Forces without a surviving spouse who are survived by a minor child.

S. 661 - Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY]
A bill to establish kinship navigator programs, to establish guardianship assistance payments for children, and for other purposes.

S. 663 - Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]
A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the statutory designation of beneficiaries of the $100,000 death gratuity under section 1477 of title 10, United States Code, and to permit members of the Armed Forces to designate in writing their beneficiaries of choice in the event of their death while serving on active duty.

S. 667 - Sen. Christopher Bond [R-MO]
A bill to expand programs of early childhood home visitation that increase school readiness, child abuse and neglect prevention, and early identification of developmental and health delays, including potential mental health concerns, and for other purposes.

Housing

S. 584 - Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D-AR]
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the rehabilitation credit and the low-income housing credit.

S. 593 - Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a grant program to provide supportive services in permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals, and for other purposes.

S. 638 - Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for collegiate housing and infrastructure grants.

House Legislation: Family, Housing

Family

H.R. 1004 - Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D-CA]
To authorize the Attorney General to make grants to improve the ability of State and local governments to prevent the abduction of children by family members, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1104 - Rep. Fortney Stark [D-CA]
To ensure that foster children are able to use their social security and supplemental security income benefits to address their needs and improve their lives.

H.R. 1115 - Rep. Thomas Latham [R-IA]
To amend section 1477 of title 10, United States Code, to provide additional options regarding the designation of the person to receive the death gratuity paid with respect to a member of the Armed Forces who dies without a surviving spouse, but who is survived by a minor child.

H.R. 1158 - Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the two-year waiting period for divorced spouse's benefits following the divorce.

H.R. 1159 - Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for full benefits for disabled widows and widowers without regard to age.

H.R. 1160 - Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for increases in widow's and widower's insurance benefits by reason of delayed retirement.

H.R. 1161 - Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to credit prospectively individuals serving as caregivers of dependent relatives with deemed wages for up to five years of such service.

H.R. 1162 - Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the 7-year restriction on eligibility for widow's and widower's insurance benefits based on disability.

Housing

H.R. 1043 - Rep. Stephanie Jones [D-OH]
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the rehabilitation credit and the low-income housing credit.

Senate Legislation: Education

S. 562 - Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
A bill to provide for flexibility and improvements in elementary and secondary education, and for other purposes.

S. 565 - Sen. Jeff Bingaman [D-NM]
A bill to expand and enhance postbaccalaureate opportunities at Hispanic-serving institutions, and for other purposes.

S. 572 - Sen. Edward Kennedy [D-MA]
A bill to ensure that Federal student loans are delivered as efficiently as possible in order to provide more grant aid to students.

S. 583 - Sen. Ken Salazar [D-CO]
A bill to create a competitive grant program for States to enable the States to award salary bonuses to highly qualified elementary school or secondary school teachers who teach, or commit to teach, for at least 3 academic years in a school served by a rural local educational agency.

S. 600 - Sen. Gordon Smith [R-OR]
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish the School-Based Health Clinic program, and for other purposes.

S. 611 - Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
A bill to provide for secondary school reform, and for other purposes.

S. 644 - Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D-AR]
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to recodify as part of that title certain educational assistance programs for members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces, to improve such programs, and for other purposes.

House Legislation: Education

H.R. 990 - Rep. George Miller [D-CA]
To provide all low-income students with the same opportunity to receive a Pell Grant by eliminating the tuition sensitivity provision in the Pell Grant program.

H.R. 1010 - Rep. George Miller [D-CA]
To ensure that Federal student loans are delivered as efficiently as possible in order to provide additional grant aid to students.

H.R. 1017 - Rep. John Dingell [D-MI]
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve requirements under the Medicaid Program for items and services furnished in or through an educational program or setting to children, including children with developmental, physical, or mental health needs, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1051 - Rep. Rush Holt [D-NJ]
To direct the Secretary of Education to establish and maintain a public website through which individuals may find a complete database of available scholarships, fellowships, and other programs of financial assistance in the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

H.R. 1056 - Rep. Ronald Paul [R-TX]
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals a credit against income tax for tuition and related expenses for public and nonpublic elementary and secondary education.

H.R. 1057 - Rep. Ronald Paul [R-TX]
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for amounts contributed to charitable organizations which provide elementary or secondary school scholarships and for contributions of, and for, instructional materials and materials for extracurricular activities.

H.R. 1058 - Rep. Ronald Paul [R-TX]
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the Hope Scholarship Credit to be used for elementary and secondary expenses.

H.R. 1059 - Rep. Ronald Paul [R-TX]
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for elementary and secondary school teachers.

H.R. 1060 - Rep. Ronald Paul [R-TX]
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for professional school personnel in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1 through 12.

H.R. 1092 - Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY]
To authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to educational organizations to carry out educational programs about the Holocaust.

H.R. 1156 - Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]
To provide grants to eligible consortia to provide professional development to superintendents, principals, and prospective superintendents and principals.

H.R. 1166 - Rep. James Marshall [D-GA]
To direct the Secretary of Education to extend the same level of increased flexibility to all rural local educational agencies under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

H.R. 1169 - Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN]
To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to clarify Federal requirements under such Act.

H.R. 1184 - Rep. Diane Watson [D-CA]
To increase community service by students at risk of education failure and thereby reduce youth and gang violence.

Senate Legislation: Foreign Policy

Iraq

S. 574 - Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV]
A bill to express the sense of Congress on Iraq.

S. 641 - Sen. Judd Gregg [R-NH]
A bill to express the sense of Congress that no funds should be cut off or reduced for American troops in the field which would result in undermining their safety or their ability to complete their assigned missions.

S. 670 - Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY]
A bill to set forth limitations on the United States military presence in Iraq and on United States aid to Iraq for security and reconstruction, and for other purposes.

S. 679 - Sen. John Kerry [D-MA]
A bill to provide a comprehensive strategy for stabilizing Iraq and redeploying United States troops from Iraq within one year.

Trade

S. 571 - Sen. Byron Dorgan [D-ND]
A bill to withdraw normal trade relations treatment from, and apply certain provisions of title IV of the Trade Act of 1974 to, the products of the People's Republic of China.

S. 581 - Sen. Russell Feingold [D-WI]
A bill to amend the Buy American Act to increase the requirement for American-made content, to tighten the waiver provisions, and for other purposes.

S. 652 - Sen. Gordon Smith [R-OR]
A bill to extend certain trade preferences to certain least-developed countries, and for other purposes.

Foreign Policy

S. 569 - Sen. Richard Lugar [R-IN]
A bill to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines for diseases primarily affecting developing countries and for other purposes.

S. 613 - Sen. Richard Lugar [R-IN]
A bill to enhance the overseas stabilization and reconstruction capabilities of the United States Government, and for other purposes.

Border

S. 575 - Sen. Pete Domenici [R-NM]
A bill to authorize appropriations for border and transportation security personnel and technology, and for other purposes.

Immigration

S. 615 - Sen. Frank Lautenberg [D-NJ]
A bill to provide the nonimmigrant spouses and children of nonimmigrant aliens who perished in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks an opportunity to adjust their status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, and for other purposes.

S. 653 - Sen. George Voinovich [R-OH]
A bill to expand visa waiver program to countries on a probationary basis and for other purposes.

House Legislation: Foreign Policy

Iraq

H.R. 1062 - Rep. John Boehner [R-OH]
To require the President to report to Congress on the extent to which the Government of Iraq is fully cooperating with United States stability efforts in Iraq and is making demonstrable progress toward achieving stability and security for the people of Iraq and denying terrorists a sanctuary in Iraq, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1151 - Rep. Jeffrey Fortenberry [R-NE]
To provide for a temporary increase in the number of Iraqi and Afghan translators in the United States Armed Forces who may be provided status as special immigrants.

H.R. 1183 - Rep. Mark Udall [D-CO]
To require the President to transmit to Congress a report on contingency plans regarding possible developments in Iraq.

Trade

H.R. 1042 - Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX]
To extend trade promotion authority.

H.R. 1127 - Rep. Joseph Knollenberg [R-MI]
To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to allow United States manufacturers that use products subject to countervailing or antidumping duty proceedings or use domestic like products to participate in those proceedings as interested parties, and for other purposes.

Foreign Policy

H.R. 982 - Rep. Tom Lantos [D-CA]
To promote democratic values and enhance democracy, and for other purposes.

H.R. 987 - Rep. John Tanner [D-TN]
To endorse further enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and to facilitate the timely admission of new members to NATO, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1002 - Rep. John Spratt [D-SC]
To authorize appropriate action if the negotiations with the People's Republic of China regarding China's undervalued currency and currency manipulation are not successful.

H.R. 1026 - Rep. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
To facilitate the sale of United States agricultural products to Cuba, as authorized by the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000.

H.R. 1146 - Rep. Ronald Paul [R-TX]
To end membership of the United States in the United Nations.

H.Con.Res. 73 - Rep. Thomas Tancredo [R-CO]
Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should resume normal diplomatic relations with Taiwan (the Republic of China), and for other purposes.

Border

H.R. 1061 - Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY]
To implement the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and other registered traveler programs of the Department of Homeland Security.

Immigration

H.R. 997 - Rep. Steve King [R-IA]
To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress' powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article I, section 8, of the Constitution.

H.R. 1071 - Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY]
To provide the nonimmigrant spouses and children of nonimmigrant aliens who perished in the September 11 terrorist attacks an opportunity to adjust their status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1176 - Rep. José Serrano [D-NY]
To provide discretionary authority to an immigration judge to determine that an alien parent of a United States citizen child should not be ordered removed, deported, or excluded from the United States.

Senate Legislation: Health

S. 543 - Sen. Ben Nelson [D-NE]
A bill to improve Medicare beneficiary access by extending the 60 percent compliance threshold used to determine whether a hospital or unit of a hospital is an inpatient rehabilitation facility under the Medicare program.

S. 558 - Sen. Pete Domenici [R-NM]
A bill to provide parity between health insurance coverage of mental health benefits and benefits for medical and surgical services.

S. 573 - Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow [D-MI]
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Public Health Service Act to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases in women.

S. 578 - Sen. Edward Kennedy [D-MA]
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve requirements under the Medicaid program for items and services furnished in or through an educational program or setting to children, including children with developmental, physical, or mental health needs, and for other purposes.

S. 579 - Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV]
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to make grants for the development and operation of research centers regarding environmental factors that may be related to the etiology of breast cancer.

S. 586 - Sen. Jeff Bingaman [D-NM]
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide grants to promote positive health behaviors in women and children.

S. 588 - Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase the Medicare caps on graduate medical education positions for States with a shortage of residents.

S. 604 - Sen. Frank Lautenberg [D-NJ]
A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to limit increases in the certain costs of health care services under the health care programs of the Department of Defense, and for the purposes.

S. 605 - Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to promote and improve the allied health professions.

S. 612 - Sen. Olympia Snowe [R-ME]
A bill to improve the health of women through the establishment of Offices of Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services.

S. 616 - Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
A bill to promote health care coverage parity for individuals participating in legal recreational activities or legal transportation activities.

S. 620 - Sen. Russell Feingold [D-WI]
A bill to establish a demonstration project to train unemployed workers for employment as health care professionals, and for other purposes.

S. 623 - Sen. Charles Schumer [D-NY]
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the licensing of comparable and interchangeable biological products, and for other purposes.

S. 624 - Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD]
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide waivers relating to grants for preventive health measures with respect to breast and cervical cancers.

S. 625 - Sen. Edward Kennedy [D-MA]
A bill to protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate tobacco products.

S. 626 - Sen. Edward Kennedy [D-MA]
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for arthritis research and public health, and for other purposes.

S. 629 - Sen. Norm Coleman [R-MN]
A bill to amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to provide direct and guaranteed loans, loan guarantees, and grants to complete the construction and rehabilitation of rural critical access hospitals.

S. 630 - Sen. Norm Coleman [R-MN]
A bill to amend part C of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a minimum payment rate by Medicare Advantage organizations for services furnished by a critical access hospital and a rural health clinic under the Medicare program.

S. 631 - Sen. Norm Coleman [R-MN]
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of remote patient management services for chronic health care conditions under the Medicare Program.

S. 633 - Sen. Norm Coleman [R-MN]
A bill to provide assistance to rural schools, hospitals, and communities for the conduct of collaborative efforts to secure a progressive and innovative system to improve access to mental health care for youth, seniors and families.

S. 634 - Sen. Christopher Dodd [D-CT]
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish grant programs to provide for education and outreach on newborn screening and coordinated followup care once newborn screening has been conducted, to reauthorize programs under part A of title XI of such Act, and for other purposes.

S. 640 - Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office of Men's Health.

S. 646 - Sen. Norm Coleman [R-MN]
A bill to increase the nursing workforce.

S. 651 - Sen. Thomas Harkin [D-IA]
A bill to help promote the national recommendation of physical activity to kids, families, and communities across the United States.

S. 654 - Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
A bill to establish the Food Safety Administration to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

S. 657 - Sen. John Reed [D-RI]
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to add requirements regarding trauma care, and for other purposes.

House Legislation: Health

H.R. 979 - Rep. Charles Norwood [R-GA]
To amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to protect consumers in managed care plans and other health coverage.

H.R. 991 - Rep. John Campbell [R-CA]
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals eligible for veterans health benefits to contribute to health savings accounts.

H.R. 1014 - Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA]
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Public Health Service Act to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases in women.

H.R. 1032 - Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA]
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for treatment and support services for Alzheimer's patients and their families.

H.R. 1038 - Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA]
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the licensing of comparable and interchangeable biological products, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1072 - Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY]
To improve the health of women through the establishment of Offices of Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services.

H.R. 1076 - Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX]
To promote health care coverage parity for individuals participating in legal recreational activities or legal transportation activities.

H.R. 1078 - Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA]
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of comprehensive cancer care planning under the Medicare Program and to improve the care furnished to individuals diagnosed with cancer by establishing a Medicare hospice care demonstration program and grants programs for cancer palliative care and symptom management programs, provider education, and related research.

H.R. 1093 - Rep. Kendrick Meek [D-FL]
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase the Medicare caps on graduate medical education positions for States with a shortage of residents.

H.R. 1105 - Rep. John Tanner [D-TN]
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the treatment of certain physician pathology services under the Medicare Program.

H.R. 1108 - Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA]
To protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate tobacco products.

H.R. 1111 - Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA]
To amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure that every uninsured child in America has health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1113 - Rep. Jesse Jackson [D-IL]
To expand the research, prevention, and awareness activities of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with respect to inflammatory bowel disease, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1132 - Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide waivers relating to grants for preventive health measures with respect to breast and cervical cancers.

H.R. 1148 - Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT]
To establish the Food Safety Administration to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1153 - Rep. John Gingrey [R-GA]
To prohibit Federal funding or other assistance for mandatory human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programs.

H.R. 1155 - Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX]
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to remove the exclusion from medical assistance under the Medicaid Program of items and services for patients in an institution for mental diseases.

H.R. 1157 - Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to make grants for the development and operation of research centers regarding environmental factors that may be related to the etiology of breast cancer.

H.R. 1163 - Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]
To reduce childhood obesity, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1174 - Rep. Tim Murphy [R-PA]
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require public reporting of health care-associated infections data by hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers and to permit the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a pilot program to provide incentives to hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to eliminate the rate of occurrence of such infections.

H.R. 1177 - Rep. John Tanner [D-TN]
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend and improve protections for sole community hospitals under the Medicare Program.

H.R. 1178 - Rep. Edolphus Towns [D-NY]
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit a physician assistant, when delegated by a physician, to order or provide post-hospital extended care services, home health services, and hospice care under the Medicare Program.

H.R. 1188 - Rep. David Wu [D-OR]
To strengthen the Nation's research efforts to identify the causes and cure of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, expand psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis data collection, study access to and quality of care for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and for other purposes.

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