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House Passes Pell Grant Fairness Legislation

February 27, 2007

More of the people’s business being done in the People’s House. From the Education & Labor Committee: HOUSE PASSES PELL GRANT FAIRNESS LEGISLATION WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation today that would repeal a rule that unfairly reduces Pell Grant scholarship aid for thousands of low-income college students who attend low-cost […]

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Democratic Women Leaders Condemn Bush Administration Efforts to Undermine Women's Health

February 27, 2007

Today, the Washington Post asks the question, “When is $4 million really $2.8 million?” and continues: One answer is “When you’re a woman,” as the Labor Department has repeatedly found that women earn about 75 cents for every dollar that men earn for the same work. But this week’s answer is “When you are the […]

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"The Readiness Crisis"

February 27, 2007

As has been widely reported, the risk posed by the inordinate strain on our troops and our military continues to grow, and has been fully recognized at the top levels of our military: Gen. Pace: Military capability eroding Associated Press – February 27, 2007 Strained by the demands of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there […]

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Mine Safety

February 27, 2007

Whereas many derided the previous Congress as the “Do-nothing Congress,” every day now one can see the wheels turning in innumerable committees and subcommittees to protect and expand opportunity for working Americans. An example of that can be found in a new report out on mine safety from the Education and Labor Committee — but […]

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The Nation: Nancy Pelosi: Farm Girl

February 27, 2007

"Pelosi will deliver the keynote address at the National Farmers Union's 105th annual convention. Her focus will be on opportunities for development in rural communities, with special attention to increasing the use of renewable fuels. The speaker recognizes that there is common ground on which the party's environmentally-conscious base can stand with farmers, and she is paying a lot of attention to that turf."

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"A Culture of Disregard"

February 27, 2007

Lawmakers to scrutinize Walter Reed Jonathan E. Kaplan, The Hill – February 27, 2007 Several House and Senate committees will begin oversight hearings into how Walter Reed Army Medical Center subjected wounded soldiers and Marines to bureaucratic indifference and allowed them to live in squalor. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee […]

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Mounting Readiness Problems

February 26, 2007

Last June, Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton asked Army chief of staff, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, “Are you comfortable with the readiness level for the non-deployed units that are in the continental United States?” Gen. Schoomaker answered, “No.” Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Peter […]

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Pelosi Urges Bush to Join Democrats in Helping States Fund Shortfall in Children’s Health Insurance

February 26, 2007

"Washington, D.C. - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement calling on President Bush to support the efforts by Democrats to provide the states with the needed funds to cover the shortfalls for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP): 'President Bush heard again this weekend from Democratic and Republican governors that unless Washington moves quickly to help states cover the $745 million shortfall in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) soon, the health coverage of many children will be in jeopardy."

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"Going Without"

February 26, 2007

Troops’ needs not met, psychological group says Gregg Zoroya, USA Today – February 25, 2007 A task force of the nation’s largest group of mental health professionals warns that the U.S. military is not fully addressing the needs of troops and family members traumatized by war. In a report issued Sunday, the American Psychological Association […]

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The Budget

February 26, 2007

Throughout the next week, Appropriations subcommittees will begin hearings on the fiscal year 2008 budget. The process begins with evaluating the president’s budget request, and moving on from there. Chairman David Obey released a document comparing the President's budget request to the FY 2007 enacted Defense or Homeland Security bills and the Joint Funding Resolution […]

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