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Day February 5, 2008

Senate Floor Wrap Up For Tuesday, February 05, 2008

S.2457, a bill to provide for extension of leases of certain land by Mashantucket Pequot (Western) Tribe S.Res.434, a resolution designating the week of February 10-16, 2008, as “National Drug Prevention and education Week” S.Res.443, a resolution designating February 2008 as “Go Direct Month”

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Senate Roll Call Vote #00006

On the Motion: Motion to Instruct Sgt. At Arms; A bill to provide economic stimulus through recovery rebates to individuals, incentives for business investment, and an increase in conforming and FHA loan limits.Result: Agreed to (73-12, 15 members not voting, 1/2 threshold)Details: [click here]

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Senate Roll Call Vote #00006

On the Motion: Motion to Instruct Sgt. At Arms; A bill to provide economic stimulus through recovery rebates to individuals, incentives for business investment, and an increase in conforming and FHA loan limits.Result: Agreed to (73-12, 15 members not voting, 1/2 threshold)Details: [click here]

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Reid: Making The Economy Stronger Is Our Obligation, Not A Political Game

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate in response to the Republican leadership’s mischaracterization of the economic stimulus package: “Yesterday and today, we have heard some remarkable statements from our Republican colleagues.  We heard the distinguished Minority Leader, Senator McConnell, come to the floor…

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Republican Rhetoric and Reality on Economic Stimulus

Republican rhetoric on the economic stimulus bill has heated up of late, but their claims have been divorced from reality. Senator McConnell claimed Democrats were delaying rebate checks, but checks cannot be sent until mid-May no matter what. Senator Gregg said extending unemployment benefits would not boost the economy, but economists say it is one…

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H.R. 5140, the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act

  On January 29, the House approved H.R. 5140, the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act.  During the week of February 4, Senator Reid is expected to offer a substitute amendment that improves H.R. 5140.  This Legislative Bulletin describes the substitute amendment, referred to as the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, which is…

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Securing Our Nation and Safeguarding Our Liberties: Senate Democrats are Working to Pass the FISA Amendments Act of 2008

Last August, the Bush Administration came to Congress seeking emergency changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) so that the government could legally continue its warrantless wiretapping program — a program it had previously operated in secret, without the authorization of Congress and in violation of FISA.  Though the President had wasted precious years…

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Reid: Republicans Should Work With Us To Defend Against Terrorist Threats, Not Issue Baseless Veto Threats

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the Administration’s threat to veto the foreign surveillance bill: “I’m not sure why the Administration feels the need to issue a veto threat on the foreign surveillance bill when Senate Republicans will not even let it come to the floor for…

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Senate Floor Schedule For Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Motion to proceed to H.R.5140, the Economic Stimulus

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