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Last week, the House of Representatives and a key Senate committee cast historic votes in favor of repealing "don't ask, don't tell" and allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the military. The repeal is included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Department Authorization bill, which contains funding levels and policy directives that the military must follow. The Obama Administration supports Congress's actions on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," but they are dead set against another item that some members of Congress want to have included in the authorization bill, and if it is, the Administration says they will veto the whole bill, including the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal.

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Renaming the Navy

May 4, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

A bill that will be voted on today in the House has more co-sponsors than any bill in Congress since 1973, which is as far back as electronic data on bill sponsorship is available. The bill is H.R. 24, and it would rename the Navy as the "Department as the Navy and the Marine Corps" because, according to the bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Walter Jones [R, NC-3], most people don't know that the Marine Corp is under the umbrella of the Navy Department, including members of Congress.

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Lieberman Introduces DADT Repeal Bill

March 5, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Sen. Joe Lieberman [D, CT] on Wednesday introduced legislation (S.3065) that would halt the discharges of gay and lesbian service members and allow for the eventual repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell policy” banning gays from serving openly in the military.

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Two More Democrats Target Bank Bonuses

February 16, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Two Senate Democrats are throwing another log on the now-annual firestorm over excessive bank bonuses. Earlier this month, Sen. Jim Webb [D, VA] and Sen. Barbara Boxer [D, CA] unveiled a proposal to tax employee bonuses at certain banks and Wall Street firms that received bailout funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Dubbed the Taxpayer Fairness Act, Webb and Boxer's bill would impose a one-time, 50 percent tax on the bonuses at those firms and banks that exceeded $400,000 la...

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Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] is the latest in a growing chorus line of conservative and moderate Democrats opposing President Obama’s plan to try 9/11 suspects in New York. As I mentioned before, Sen. Lindsey Graham [R, SC] has sponsored a bill (S.2977) banning government dollars from going toward any civilian trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 conspirators. A handful of Democrats including Sen. Jim Webb [D, VA], Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D, AR] and now Sen. Nelson are co-spon...

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Senators: No Civilian Trials For 9/11 Conspirators

February 3, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Two Senate Democrats are teaming up with Sen. Lindsey Graham [R, SC] to torpedo President Obama's plan to try 9/11 co-conspirators in civilian court.

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Congress Links

February 2, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Despite being a slow day in Congress, it was a busy day on Capitol Hill. Here's a look at what you might have missed: Sen. John Kerry [D, MA] has joined Sen. Arlen Specter [D, PA] in calling for a constitutional amendment in response to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision lifting limits on corporate cash in campaigns. (The Hill) A group of centrist Senate Democrats including Sen. Jim Webb [D, VA], Sen. Mary Landrieu [D, LA], Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] and Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D, AR] ...

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What's Next For Climate Change?

January 21, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Scott Brown's upset victory in Massachusetts has rocked health care reform but the other big-ticket item on the Democratic agenda, comprehensive climate change legislation, has also been dealt a body blow.

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Webb: Stop Health Care Reform... For Now

January 20, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Another influential Democrat seems to be distancing himself from health care reform. Sen. Jim Webb [D, VA] wants to put the breaks on any plan to quickly pass the health care bill before Scott Brown is sworn in.

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