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Senate Democrats Are Addressing the Most Urgent Priorities of the American People, Foreign and Domestic

This past March marked the start of the sixth year of the Iraq War, and this month marks the fifth anniversary of President George W. Bush’s now ill-fated declaration, “Mission Accomplished.” More than 4,000 American soldiers have died, 30,000 have been wounded, and $526 billion has been spent, and America is entrenched in a war…


The Cost of Inaction: The Impacts of Climate Change on Global Health

Climate change is affecting human health around the globe, with most of the severe impacts in low-income countries, which are the least able to adapt.  While most models suggest modest changes to human health over the next few decades, larger increases are expected by mid-century.  Climate change is predicted to increase malnutrition; the number of…


Senate Democrats Advance a Bipartisan 21st Century G.I. Bill That Truly Honors the Service and Sacrifice of Our Troops

Under Democratic leadership, the Senate advanced a bipartisan initiative (based on S.22, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act) to expand educational benefits for our troops and veterans who have so honorably served our country since September 11, 2001. This 21st century G.I. bill would closely resemble the benefits provided to World War II veterans under…


Reid Statement On Banking Committee Deal On Housing Bill

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Senate Banking Committee reported out The Federal Housing Finance Regulatory Reform Act of 2008 by a 19-2 vote:     “I’m encouraged that the Banking Committee today reported a strong, bipartisan bill to help American families suffering from a deteriorating economy and a…


Senate Floor Schedule For Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Morning Business until 12:00noon, with 10 minute limitations. Republicans controlled the first 30 minutes and the Majority controlled the second 30 minutes. 12:00 noon proceeded to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #537, Michael G. McGinn, to be U.S. Marshall -MN; Executive Calendar #538, Ralph E. Martinez to be member of Foreign Claims Settlement Commission;…