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Day July 23, 2008

Senate Floor Wrap Up For Wednesday, July 23, 2008

S.Res.621, Remembrance of Capitol Police Officers, Detective John M. Gibson and Officer Jacob J. Chesnut H.R.4841, Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Settlement Act. Confirmed the following Executive Calendar #s: 683, 684, 685, 686, 696-716.

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Judiciary Committee Bills Blocked by Senator Coburn and Bush-McCain Republicans

Among the many bipartisan, non-controversial bills Senator Coburn has been blocking through petty procedural maneuvers, some of the most egregious deal with the law and criminal justice. Indefensibly, Senator Coburn has blocked the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, a bill to strengthen the Justice Department’s ability to solve the many murders still unsolved…

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Reid Statement On ConocoPhillips’ Profts Report

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to news that ConocoPhillips’ second-quarter net income rose 13 percent over its year-earlier adjusted profit, thanks in part to higher energy prices: “While ConocoPhillips executives rejoice in today’s announcement that their profits soared 13 percent over the same quarter last year, the…

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Reid: While Republicans Only Talk About Addressing Record Energy Prices, Democrats Are Ready To Act

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate before filing for cloture on the Stop Excessive Energy Speculation Act: “Republicans have two tools in their Obstruction and Delay Tool Kit:  First – prevent the Senate from getting to bills.  The Republican Leader uses this tool…

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S. 3186, the Warm in Winter and Cool in Summer Act

Summary and Background On June 23, 2008, Senator Sanders introduced S.3186, the Warm in Winter and Cool in Summer Act, along with Senators Leahy, Brown, and Cardin as original co-sponsors. Since its introduction, the bill has gained more than 49 co-sponsors including the support of twelve Senate Republicans. S.3186 would significantly strengthen the Low Income…

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Reid Statement On President’s Reversal To Support Housing Bill

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the White House’s announcement that the President has reversed course and supports Congress’s housing bill that the House is expected to send the Senate today.  The bill helps families and our nation’s service members avoid foreclosure, shores up our nation’s mortgage…

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Republicans Falsely Claim Their Offshore Drilling Plan Is The Best Way to Lower Gas Prices, So Why Are They Saying No to a Vote on Their Drilling Proposal?

Bush-McCain Republicans have time and again touted their plan to expand offshore drilling “in order to lower gas prices”, despite the fact that the Bush Administration’s own Energy Information Administration says that any impact on prices will be insignificant. Senator McConnell said opening the Outer Continental Shelf to drilling would be “a huge step forward.”…

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Reid Remarks On 60th Anniversary Of Integration Of U.S. Armed Forces

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda to commemorate President Truman’s executive order 60 years ago that marked the beginning of racial integration in the Armed Services.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:  “Sixty years ago this week, President Harry S Truman…

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The Democratic Energy Amendment: Supply, Demand & Taxpayer Fairness

During Senate debate on our legislation to curb excessive energy market speculation by Wall Street traders, Democrats will offer a proposal to increase domestic production of oil while reducing consumption.  These steps will provide the American people with both short term relief and long-term measures to solve our energy crisis. Democrats energy amendment provides short and long…

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Democratic Senators, Relative Of Emmett Till Discuss Package Of Bills That Includes Unsolved Crimes Act

Washington, DC—Democratic Senators Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy and Chris Dodd joined Simeon Wright, a relative of Emmett Till who was present at his tragic kidnapping in 1955, at a press conference today to discuss a package of bills, including the Emmett Till Unsolved Crimes Bill, being held up by a handful of Republicans.  The legislation…

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