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Contempt vote delayed after executive privilege invoked

June 20, 2008 House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., blasted President Bush Friday for invoking executive privilege on documents relating to the White House's involvement in EPA ozone regulations. "I don't think we've had a situation like this since Richard Nixon was president -- where the [president] may have been...

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House bill creates VA ombudsman's office

June 9, 2008 WASHINGTON - Citing the confusion veterans face when trying to arrange benefits, the House Veterans' Affairs Health Subcommittee passed a bill Thursday creating an ombudsman office within the Veterans Affairs Department (VA). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., was adopted by unanimous voice vote, along with the adoption...

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Virginia senator: McCain 'missing the boat' on veterans' benefits bill

May 27, 2008 Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., said Tuesday that opponents of his revamped GI Bill, including presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona, were "missing the boat" by ignoring the fact that a large majority of soldiers leave after their first enlistment. "Seventy-five percent of the Army and 70 percent...

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House Armed Services panel approves $712 billion defense package

May 15, 2008 WASHINGTON (May 15, 2008) -- The House Armed Services Committee finally approved a $712 billion fiscal 2009 defense authorization bill after a marathon session that started Wednesday morning and wrapped up early Thursday. The committee alternated between quick bipartisan approval of major segments and sharp party-line disputes over specific issues...

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Federal paid parental leave bill heads to full House committee

April 16, 2008 Over Republican objections that an economic slowdown was no time to increase benefits for federal employees, the House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee moved a bill giving federal employees paid parental leave. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., was sent to the full committee on a...

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House bill aimed at increasing diversity among senior executives advances

April 16, 2008 Citing a decline in the diversity of senior government executives, the House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee sent a bill to the full committee renewing efforts to increase the hiring of women and minorities. The bill, sponsored by Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee Chairman Danny Davis,...

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Panel doesn't expect letup in air traffic congestion

April 10, 2008 As House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar, D-Minn., warned that "public patience is running short" with airlines, his panel's Aviation Subcommittee members Wednesday voiced pessimism about easing air traffic congestion. A recent report from the Transportation Department's inspector general, Calvin Scovell, praised Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and President...

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House, Senate budget panels clear $3 trillion spending plans

March 6, 2008 Defeating Republican efforts to preserve President Bush's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and impose a moratorium on earmarks, Democrats pushed a $3 trillion fiscal 2009 spending plan through the House Budget Committee shortly after midnight. On a straight party-line 22-16 vote, Democrats adopted the budget after defeating numerous Republican amendments...

House panel OKs tech funds to protect borders

March 3, 2008 In a rare display of bipartisanship on the issue of border security, the House Science and Technology committee approved a bill Wednesday supporting the development of new technology for border patrol and maritime security. Comment on this article in the forum.The bill (H.R. 3916), sponsored by House Science and Technology...

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House panel OKs tech funds to protect borders

February 29, 2008 In a rare display of bipartisanship on the issue of border security, the House Science and Technology committee approved a bill Wednesday supporting the development of new technology for border patrol and maritime security. The bill (H.R. 3916), sponsored by House Science and Technology ranking member Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas,...