Posted by Conor Kenny on July 23, 2007
Posted by Conor Kenny on July 23, 2007

The House and Senate are in session this week, with both chambers expected to debate and consider several important bills and resolutions. Highlights include:

Posted by Conor Kenny on July 20, 2007

It was a busy week on Capitol Hill, as several high-profile issues were debated and considered in both the House and Senate. The Iraq War continued to dominate the headlines, as the Senate considered yet another measure designed to change U.S. military policy in the country. For an in-depth look at the major bills considered in Congress since Monday, we again turn to Robert McElroy’s TheWeekInCongress.

Posted by Conor Kenny on July 19, 2007

When the dust settled after Tuesday night's filibuster, the Senate appeared to be basically where it was the day before; Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tabled the controversial measure to set timelines for the withdrawal of most American troops from Iraq and the legislators went home to get some sleep before preparing to take up other business. Looking back just a year, however, it becomes clear an inexorable momentum has started to build in that chamber towards using its power of the purse (i.e.

Posted by Conor Kenny on July 16, 2007

The House and Senate are in session this week, with both chambers expected to debate and consider several important bills and resolutions. Highlights include:

  1. An amendment, sponsored by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), which would mandate that U.S. troops begin leaving Iraq within 120 days and have only a "limited presence" in the country by Apr. 1, 2008.
  2. An amendment, sponsored by Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and John Warner (R-Va.), which would direct the Bush administration to file a report to Congress detailing an exit strategy from Iraq by Oct. 16, 2007.
  • The Senate is expected to consider a bill, sponsored by Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), which would call for the implementation of the Iraq Study Group's 79 recommendations.
  • The House will consider a $31.6 billion Energy and Water spending measure, which includes $1.1 billion in earmarks.
  • The House will consider a $153.7 billion Labor-HHS measure. The bill exceeds the Bush administration's spending request by about $10.6 billion, and faces a veto threat.
  • After the jump is a full listing of this week's House and Senate hearings, courtesy of GovTrack and Thomas:

    Posted by Bob Burton on July 15, 2007

    Tasmanian logging (Photo: The Wilderness Society)A six-all vote by Launceston City Council on a motion expressing opposition to a proposed pulp mill has irked Gunns, the Tasmanian logging company pushing the project.

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    Posted by Conor Kenny on July 13, 2007

    It was an eventful week on Capitol Hill, as several high-profile issues were debated and considered in both the House and Senate. The Iraq War continues to dominate both chambers, as each considered bills aimed at changing U.S. military policy in the country. For an in-depth look at the major bills considered in Congress since Monday, we again turn to Robert McElroy’s TheWeekInCongress.

    Posted by Bob Burton on July 12, 2007

    Alastair Campbell, who was the chief media adviser for British Prime Tony Blair between 1997 and 2003, recently released a book on his reign as a spin doctor. In The Blair Years, Campbell notes that in 1995 former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating offered Blair some advice on how to deal with Rupert Murdoch.

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    Posted by Conor Kenny on July 12, 2007

    The Iraq War is once again the hottest issue on Capitol Hill, as numerous bills and amendments aimed at ending the four and a half year-old conflict have been introduced. Earlier this year, both chambers passed a supplemental appropriations bill which required President Bush to begin removing U.S. combat troops from Iraq later in 2007, and also provided nearly $100 billion for the war through Sept. 30 of this year. When Bush promptly vetoed the measure, Congressional Democrats sent him a new bill which provided the funds with no troop withdrawal requests or mandates but vowed to revisit the issue, which they are doing now.

    The key question is whether enough Republicans will defect and vote with the Democrats to get a majority that could override Bush's expected veto. Most recently, Sens. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) have called for a change in policy, though Lugar, at least, has stated that this doesn't mean he will vote for a Democratic withdrawal bill.

    Which Republicans have publicly supported a withdrawal? Help us keep track by adding to the list on Congresspedia's congressional actions to end the Iraq War article, which also contains information on the current proposals and how your members of Congress voted.

    Those current proposals include:

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