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On Jan. 9, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) introduced a bill that would require Congress' approval before additional troops or funds could be sent to the war in Iraq. This bill was the first of an ensuing barrage of variegated Iraq-related resolutions. Now, almost a month later, the Senate is getting ready to begin its debate on the first of these bills with one that is so different from Kennedy's that it explicitly does nothing to affect the war. The Warner-Levin resolution, which will be the sub...

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Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is pushing hard for legislation to counteract global warming. Today marks a critical moment in her fight. The first of three reports released today by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change says that global warming is caused by human activity and quick action is needed. It is backed by support of officials from 113 countries, including the United States. "The scientific debate is over. We will ...

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Congress Daily, a subscription-only insider publication, offers this interesting view of the budget battles between the Senate, the House, and the Administration. The article sees these issues emerging with the currently-pending continuing resolution as indicative of the ones that will guide work on the upcoming 2008 fiscal budget. From the article: House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member David Hobson, R-Ohio, and Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcomm...

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After nine days of heated debate, the Senate today approved an amended version of H.R.2, a bill to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 over two years. A minimum wage increase had across-the-board support from Senate Democrats and considerable support from Senate Republicans. The parties clashed to the point of filibuster (a parliamentary stall tactic) over a package of small businesses tax cuts that Republicans wanted to accompany the bill and Democrats did not. Democrats finally vot...

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