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2009-09-16 17:18:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reform opponents continue to spread myths about components of America's Affordable Health Choices Act, including the nonsensical claim that the federal government has no constitutionally valid role in reforming our health care system -- apparently ignoring the validity of Medicare and other popular federal health reforms. MYTH: "Health insurance reform could be unconstitutional... or violate the 10th amendment." FACT: As with Medicare and...

2009-09-01 13:00:00

Contrary to common perception, special interest groups are not responsible for the partisan division in Congress "“ and often join bipartisan coalitions to support legislation, according to a Michigan State University political scientist.The same groups that line up on two sides in elections come together afterward to advance the same bills, said Matt Grossmann, assistant professor of political science.Grossmann cited the current debate over national health care as an example....

2009-07-21 12:49:00

LANSING, Mich., July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today expressed serious concern with Congress' rushed timeline to address health care reform and urged Michigan's Congressional Delegation to demand that legislative leaders reconsider their approach and priorities. "Like the U.S. Chamber, the Michigan Chamber stands ready to work with Congress and the President to reform the health care system for individuals and job providers alike," said Wendy Block,...

2009-04-01 12:59:00

WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Federally Employed Women (FEW) salutes the House of Representatives for approving legislation (HR 1804) that included two very important federal worker provisions. An amendment was offered by Federal Workforce Subcommittee Chairman Stephen Lynch (D-9-MA) to include the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) Sick Leave Credit (HR 958) legislation during a previous mark up of the bill. Subcommittee member Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11-VA) offered...

2009-01-27 12:44:52

Though many quirky offices exist in the U.S. Capitol, congressional staffer Stefan Alvarez says his elevator shaft-turned office may be the quirkiest. Nothing beats The Shaft, said Alvarez, who was assigned there this month as a staff assistant to the House Republican Study Committee. The Shaft evolved into office space years ago when Congress ran out of money building extra elevators in the Longworth House Office Building. The extra shaft was used as storage and then converted to office...

2008-07-29 18:00:46

Lincoln Electric Company 3:46 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all. George D. -- (laughter) -- introduces George W. -- (laughter) -- at Lincoln Welding. Thanks. I'm proud to be here with "the welding experts." I want to talk a little bit about our economy and the importance of energy, but before I do so I do want to thank you all for your hospitality. I want to thank the workers here for their hard work. This is a productive site. This is a site that proves with good investment...

2008-07-29 03:01:13

By Daniel, Philip T K I. INTRODUCTION The No Child Left Behind Act and the congressional reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) caused researchers to question whether the provision in the IDEA governing Free Appropriate Public Education should be revised to better serve the interests of special needs children. For each student protected by the IDEA, an instrument must be developed to serve the child's unique needs, and part of this requirement...

2008-07-10 12:00:05

Karl Rove, the man President Bush referred to as "Boy Genius" when Rove served as his deputy chief of staff, has been subpoenaed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee today. If Rove, now a pundit for Fox News, fails to show up - his lawyer said he wouldn't - Congress should find him and arrest him. If lawmakers fail to do so promptly, the law itself will lose its meaning and Congress will lose what little respect the public has for it. The committee wants to ask Rove about his...

2008-07-08 15:00:02

Former U.S. Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and James Baker announced a bipartisan plan Tuesday to revise the War Powers Resolution of 1973. Writing in the New York Times, Christopher and Baker called the 1973 resolution ineffective at best and unconstitutional at worst. They said that presidents have simply ignored the resolution, which was intended to limit their power to send U.S. troops into battle without consulting Congress. Baker and Christopher suggested an alternative...

2008-07-04 12:00:13

WASHINGTON, July 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "What better way to celebrate the founding of our nation than... um, by... blogging?" So begins the introductory post on the new WashingtonWatch.com blog. The blog will tie the bills in Congress to the day's headlines, discuss the bills being debated on the House and Senate floor, and reveal some hidden stories. WashingtonWatch.com webmaster and blogger Jim Harper promises, "Oh, there'll be jokes -- and I'm telling you right now they're not all...


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