Congress LinksJune 27, 2007 - by Donny Shaw
- The New York Times: “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has blocked appointment of Senate conferees on the stalled lobbying bill, casting doubt on the future of the biggest overhaul of ethics and lobbying legislation in a dozen years.” (h/t OMBWatch) More on the lobbying bill here (House version) and here (Senate version).
- “the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon subpoenaed the Bush administration’s family jewels: information on the origin and execution of President Bush’s warrantless surveillance program.” – more at TPMmuckracker
- The AP: “For the first time since taking control of Congress, gun-control Democrats are taking on the National Rifle Association. The NRA seems to be nipping the effort in the bud. At issue is whether Congress should loosen restrictions on local law enforcement agencies’ ability to gain access to gun-purchasing data they want to trace the movement of illegal guns around the nation.”
- Americans for Prosperity have been investigating some of the earmarks in the 2008 budget that the House has released so far. Here is some background on a controversial one from Jerry Lewis (R, CA) and here they look at one from Chakah Fattah (D, PA). (h/t The Sunlight Foundation)