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21st Century G.I. Bill An Historic Victory For America’s Veterans

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century G.I. Bill by a bipartisan and veto-proof 75-22 vote:  “This is an historic victory for America’s veterans.  It further strengthens the finest military in world and enhances America’s security and economy.  It is also a testament…

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H.R. 6081, the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008

Summary and Background The Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 (The “HEART Act“) (H.R. 6081) is bipartisan legislation that would provide tax relief to the men and women in our nation’s armed services and others volunteering service on behalf of the United States, including Peace Corps volunteers and AmeriCorps volunteers. The legislation reflects…

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

In the Face of Relentless Republican Obstructionism, Senate Democrats Remain Committed to Working for Change In 2006, Democrats were elected to take the country in a new direction by advancing the priorities of the American people. By the end of the first session, under Democratic leadership, the 110th Congress had made significant down-payments on those…

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Senate Democrats are Committed to Also Addressing Emergency Needs Here at Home

When President Bush submitted this year’s emergency supplemental request, he made one glaring omission: He forgot the folks back at home. Most of his $108 billion request focused on continuing the war in Iraq, but said little or nothing about the nation’s most urgent domestic needs — nothing about the growing number of men and…

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Senate Floor Schedule For Thursday, May 22, 2008

Resume House Message to accompany H.R.2642, Emergency Supplemental, as under the previous order. There will be up to 2 hours for debate equally divided and controlled between the Leaders or their designees. H.R.2419, the Food Conservation and Energy Act. At 2:00pm the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, the objections of the President…

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Senate Floor Wrap Up For Wednesday, May 21, 2008

S.Res.541 (Somalia) S.Res.573 (Cuba)

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FACT CHECK: Bush/McCain Republicans Requested Funding for Programs Unrelated to Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

It’s time again for more Bush/McCain Republican games and their Orwellian tactics. Bush/McCain Republicans are using calls for a “clean” supplemental spending bill to oppose the 21st Century GI Bill, extension of unemployment benefits and other emergency spending priorities included in the supplemental spending bill. But President Bush and his allies in Congress asked for…

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Reid Statement On LBJ Day

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate in honor of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was born 100 years ago this summer: “In the summer of 1908, a man named Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr. rode through the Texas hill country, announcing to whomever happened…

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Senate Floor Schedule For Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Morning Business with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each. Majority will control first 30 minutes and Republicans will control next 30 minutes. The time from 11:00-12:00 is reserved for tributes to former President Lyndon B. Johnson on the centennial of his birth. The Senate is in a period of morning business…

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Senate Floor Wrap Up For Tuesday, May 20, 2008

S.3035, Higher Education Extension (through June 30, 2008); S.Res.496 (Crazy Horse); H.R.4008 (Credit Card and Debit Receipt); S.Res.482 (American Cowboy); H.R.2517 (Protecting Our Children comes First Act); S.431, with a Schumer amendment (to require convicted sex offenders to register online identifiers); S.Res.571 (100th Anniversary of LBJ’s birthday); H.Con.Res.354 (100th Anniversary of LBJ’s birthday); S.Con.Res.79 (HOPE…

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