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Good news from Congress at last

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The Democratic Congress plans to take action:

As they return to work, congressional Democrats intend to move on three fronts: a 100-hour plan, a long-term agenda, and a barrage of oversight hearings on various issues but particularly on the Iraq war.

Within the first 100 hours of legislative business, a deadline expected to close just before Bush delivers his State of the Union address, House Democrats say they’ll vote to:

  • Raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour.
  • Curb lobbyists’ influence by banning meals and gifts to lawmakers and requiring more disclosure and oversight.
  • Repeal subsidies for the oil industry.
  • Cut college-loan interest rates in half.
  • Reduce prescription-drug prices for seniors by requiring Medicare to negotiate rates with pharmaceutical companies.
  • Pass another bill that allows expanded federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, betting on better prospects for an override if the president vetoes it again.
  • Implement unfulfilled recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission and beef up port security.

Written by Leisureguy

30 December 2006 at 12:27 pm

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