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Day December 17, 2007

Reid: Democrats Committed To Improving Intelligence Law While Protecting Civil Liberties

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate: “This morning we turn to consideration of S. 2248, the FISA Improvement Act of 2007.  As I said on Friday, Democrats and Republicans all agreed this summer that gaps in our nation’s foreign intelligence gathering capacity urgently…


In Letter, Reid Urges DNI To Share Key Intelligence Documents With Full Senate

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent the following letter to Director of National Intelligence Admiral John M. McConnell Sunday, requesting that access to documents relevant to telecommunications immunity be granted to any Senator who feels he or she needs to see them prior to voting on these matters: December 16, 2007 Admiral John M.…


S. 2248, the FISA Amendments Act of 2007

Summary S.2248, the FISA Amendments Act of 2007, would amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and revise the Protect America Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-55, signed into law on August 5, 2007).  The bill would ensure effective targeting of foreign terrorists and other threats to American security while also providing increased protection of…


Reid: FISA Bill Deserves Ample Debate

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the following statement today regarding the FISA bill: “The Senate is committed to improving our nation’s intelligence laws to fight terrorism while protecting Americans’ civil liberties.  We need to take the time necessary to debate a bill that does just that, rather than rushing one through…


While Democrats Work for Change, the ‘Grand Obstructionist Party’ Continues to Block Progress

 “The strategy of being obstructionist can work or fail…and so far it’s working for us.” — Republican Whip, Senator Trent Lott (Roll Call, 4/18/07) The 110th Congress has been hard at work.  Unfortunately, while Senate Democrats have been working to lead the way, Senate Republicans have been working to stand in the way.  Since the…


Vital Legislation to Expand and Improve Head Start Has Become Law

The early-childhood development program, Head Start, promotes school readiness among America’s low-income children.  Since 1965, the program has provided the nation’s neediest children with comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and social services to help prepare them for success in school.  Studies document a wide gap in preparation between lower and higher-income children as they enter kindergarten…


The Food and Energy Security Act: Democrats Work to Secure a Sound Future for Rural Communities, American Families, and the Environment

Senate Democrats are working hard to provide rural America and the entire country with sound agricultural, nutrition, and environmental policies.  The Food and Energy Security Act of 2007 makes significant investments in America’s rural communities by improving its ability to produce food, feed, fiber and fuel while supporting efforts to improve its water, air, and…


Democratic Accomplishments in the 110th Congress: A New Direction for America

Last year, Democrats were elected to take the country in a new direction by advancing the priorities of the American people.  Nearly one year into the Democratic-led Congress, Democrats have made a significant down-payment on those expectations. After nearly a decade of Republican control, we have worked to restore fiscal responsibility in Washington and pass…


Senate Floor Schedule For Monday, December 17, 2007

Motion to Proceed to S.2248, the FISA bill