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Month April 2008

Mission Accomplished: Five Years On

On May 1, 2003, President Bush gave a speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, declaring “mission accomplished” in Iraq and announcing the end of major combat operations.  In the five years that have followed, however, those words have rung hollow.  The conflict in Iraq has continued, with devastating consequences for American troops and for the…

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Middle-Class Life Under Bush: Less Affordable and Less Secure

For millions of hard-working, middle-class families, life under the Bush presidency has grown less affordable and less secure. President Bush’s record of fiscal incompetence and mismanagement and Republicans’ close ties with special interests have helped lead to both lower wages and skyrocketing costs for basic necessities like gas, health care, and college tuition. As an…

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Middle-Class Life Under Bush: Less Affordable and Less Secure

For millions of hard-working, middle-class families, life under the Bush presidency has grown less affordable and less secure. President Bush’s record of fiscal incompetence and mismanagement and Republicans’ close ties with special interests have helped lead to both lower wages and skyrocketing costs for basic necessities like gas, health care, and college tuition. As an…

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Senate Floor Schedule For Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Resume consideration of H.R.2881, FAA Reauthorization. The Senate will recess from 10:40am until 12:00pm for the Joint Meeting of Congress with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Bertie Ahern. The following amendments are pending: Rockefeller #4627 (substitute) Reid #4628 to #4627 (date change) Reid #4629 to #4628 (date change) Reid #4630 to H.R.2881 (date change) Reid…

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Senate Floor Wrap Up For Tuesday, April 29, 2008

S.2929, Higher Education extension (through May 31, 2008) S.Res.539, Legal Representation S.Res.515, a resolution to commemorate the life and work of Dith Pran, the Cambodian human rights activist S.Res.533, a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the political situation in Zimbabwe Executive Session: confirmed calendar #516, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 526,…

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Reid: G.I. Bill Helps Veterans Readjust To The Civilian Life We Enjoy Because Of Their Sacrifices

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today regarding the G.I. Bill:  “More than 140 years ago, as he took the oath of office for the second time, Abraham Lincoln told the citizens gathered that day that Congress has a responsibility to ‘care for him who shall have borne the battle and…

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Reid: President Bush Offers Only Words To Lower Gas Prices, Help Americans Facing Foreclosure

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s press conference this morning on the economy:  “Only President Bush could allow Big Oil to write our nation’s energy policy, guarantee billions in oil tax breaks and refuse to stand up to OPEC or crack down on price gouging,…

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Democrats Lead on Reducing America’s Dependence on Oil – Bush Republicans Stand in the Way

Amidst record oil profits, Democrats tried to spur investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced technology vehicles, paid for by rolling back tax breaks on oil companies, but Bush Republicans refused. The White House also objected to provisions passed by both the House and the Senate to crack down on price gouging in times…

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Senate Floor Schedule For Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Morning Business for 1 hour. The Majority will control the first 30 minutes and the Republicans will control the final 30 minutes (10 minute limitations). Following morning business, resume motion to proceed to H.R.2881, FAA Reauthorization, post-cloture. Recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm for the weekly caucus luncheons. 5:00pm Adopt the motion to proceed to H.R.2881…

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Senate Floor Wrap Up For Monday, April 28, 2008

S.2829, Special immigrant status for certain Iraqis; S.Con.Res.74, honoring Prime Minister of Ireland; S.Res.497, Public Service Recognition Week; S.Res.523, Ukraine and Georgia; S.Res.524, National Small Business Week; S.Res.536, 15th anniversary of Seeds of Peace; S.Res.538, “Dia de los Ninos”

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