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Day April 22, 2008

Senate Floor Wrap Up For Tuesday, April 22, 2008

S.Res.522, a resolution recognizing the 60th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel and affirming the bonds of close friendship and cooperation between the U.S. and Israel. S.Res.526, a resolution designating the week of April 20, 2008 as “National Community Health Aide, Community Health Practitioner and Dental Health Aide Week.” S.Res.527, a…

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Senate Roll Call Vote #00109

On the Cloture Motion: Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S.1315; An act to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance veterans’ insurance and housing benefits, to improve benefits and services for transitioning servicemembers, and for other purposes.Result: Agreed to (94-0, 6 members not voting, 3/5 threshold)Details: [click here]

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Senate Roll Call Vote #00109

On the Cloture Motion: Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S.1315; An act to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance veterans’ insurance and housing benefits, to improve benefits and services for transitioning servicemembers, and for other purposes.Result: Agreed to (94-0, 6 members not voting, 3/5 threshold)Details: [click here]

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H.R. 493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Summaryand Background During the week of April 21, 2008, the Senate is expected to begin consideration ofH.R.493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). This bill passed the House on April 25, 2007 on a vote of 420 to 3 and was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. When the Senate takes up the legislation, one…

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Reid: Senate Republican Bill Fails To Adequately Honor Our Veterans

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to Senate Republicans introducing a veterans bill that falls far short:  “While they have no problem spending $12 billion a month on an open-ended civil war in Iraq, today Republican Senators McCain, Graham and Burr introduced a bill that would dramatically shortchange…

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Reid Statement On Equal Pay Day

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today to commemorate Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned in the previous year:  “Income inequalities between men and women demand our attention and action.  Equal Pay Day…

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The Failed Bush-Republican Environmental Record

President Bush and his Republican allies have done great damage to our environment and have failed to take the lead on confronting global warming. This Administration has sought to roll back environmental protections, spoiling our air and water and leaving our public lands vulnerable to ruin. The Administration’s ongoing failure of leadership on global warming…

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H.R. 2831, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007

Summary On April 21, 2008, Senate Majority Leader Reid filed a cloture petition on the motion to proceed to H.R.2831, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007, a bill to effectively overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc.[1] In Ledbetter, the Court ruled that the 180-day statute…

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Native American Small Businesses: Diversity, Economic Growth, and Job Creation in America

America’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy, helping to keep the country competitive through innovation and new ideas. Democrats recognize that one of our nation’s greatest assets is our diversity. Investing in minority businesses, therefore, helps to increase the value of that asset and to promote economic growth and job creation. Native American…

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H.R. 493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Summaryand Background During the week of April 21, 2008, the Senate is expected to begin consideration ofH.R.493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). This bill passed the House on April 25, 2007 on a vote of 420 to 3 and was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. When the Senate takes up the legislation, one…

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