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July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While the press and most of the country are focused on the threat of anthrax, farmers around the nation are worrying about the possibility of agro-terrorism hitting their farms. In response, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, Monday introduced legislation that calls for spending more than $3.5 billion to protect the nation's food supply from terrorist attacks.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Internet gambling poses new dangers to American families and the economy, lawmakers say, and new legislation aims to prohibit such transactions and punish those who take part in or facilitate the transactions. "The social and economic implications of Internet gambling can no longer be ignored," said Rep. James Leach (R-Iowa), in testimony given before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The post-Sept. 11 policy for screening passengers at U.S. airports does not single out anyone because of race or age. As a result, a 70-year-old grandmother might find herself being frisked. Security screeners might also ask the elderly woman to take her shoes off so they can check for a shoe bomb.Homer Boynton, a consultant who served on the National Academy of Sciences panel on Passenger Screening, said the new system, developed after last year's terrorist attacks, is just as bad as the old one.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Arlington, Va. (CNSNews.com) - Democratic lawmakers, airline pilots and flight attendants, joined together Tuesday to call for an overhaul of airport security that would include placing it under federal control.Flanked by members of Congress, airline pilots and representatives from the Association of Flight Attendants, House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt told reporters Tuesday at Reagan National Airport that it should be a "top priority" for Congress to address the current air travel security system.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Members of a major Democratic constituency Tuesday joined the growing list of groups urging Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) to bring the energy bill to the Senate floor."We simply can't go on assuming we will have cheap gasoline, cheap power, or cheap home heating oil without doing anything about it," said Mort Zuckerman, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League is paying tribute to former President Clinton Monday at a luncheon in New York City."Former President Clinton was the nation's most aggressive advocate for a woman's right to choose since the Roe decision," said Bob Jaffe, spokesman for New York NARAL.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican environmentalist? Some Americans might consider the term an oxymoron. However, Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP America) believe it is a perfectly acceptable way to identify a significant portion of the voting public.Jim DiPeso, a spokesperson for REP America said that given the odd combination of political leanings, REP America has to always "walk a fine line" to maintain its dual image as devoted Republicans and dedicated conservationists.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Democrats answered Republicans' calls for a comprehensive energy package Wednesday, but ignored the GOP's main vehicle for solving America's impending energy crisis: drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Legislation that would give the federal government more power over the way local communities map out their development is set to be marked up in the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee this week. Supporters say it would help communities "meet some of the challenges of managing sprawl." One critic, however, calls the bill "radical environmentalist policy."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Consumers could be in for an early Christmas this year if retailers have their way. With an economic stimulus package weighing in the Senate, retailers are pushing for a 10-day nationwide sales tax moratorium to begin the day after Thanksgiving.Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee passed an economic stimulus package that would speed up the reduction of tax rates, repeal the corporate alternative minimum tax and give low-income Americans tax rebates. But retailers said the House bill would not provide the sufficient boost the economy needs.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the first anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stop the presidential ballot recount in Florida, a ruling that sealed the presidency for George W. Bush and ensured defeat for Al Gore, Democrats plan to use the day to fire up their supporters for upcoming elections.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
1st Add: Adds comments from Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson (CNSNews.com) - The House Energy and Commerce Committee has voted to continue funding "abstinence only" sexual education programs, despite criticism from those who say contraceptives should also be part of the "comprehensive" picture.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Passing the six-month mark in his presidency last week, President Bush said Thursday that his is "one of the most constructive first six months of any presidency." Bush cited his $1.35 trillion tax cut, greater bipartisanship and an impending compromise on the patient's bill of rights as reasons for giving himself high marks. The president's comments come at a time when many believe his agenda is in jeopardy, and much criticism is coming from both Democrat and Republican Congressmen, forcing him to compromise on several issues.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite increasing pressure to pass an airport security bill, the House Republican leadership is holding firm in its opposition to any legislation that would federalize government workers because of the likelihood that those workers would become unionized.The Senate passed its version of the airport security bill last week by a rare 100-0 vote that included a provision to federalize most airport security workers, stabilize cockpit doors, and put sky marshals on more flights.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Buried in recently approved Justice Department appropriations bill is legislation granting $50,000 in federal taxpayer money to San Luis Obispo County, Calif. for a tattoo removal program.The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), said the program would help former gang members "erase" the social stigma associated with a tattoo. But, a spokesman for a Washington watchdog group says it's another example of "how the federal government is so quick to spend money pretty much on anything."
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Some Senate Democrats are attempting to outlaw the rights of an employer to insert binding arbitration provisions into contracts with employees, in an effort, they say, to protect employees' civil rights. However, a former trial lawyer, now representing the National Arbitration Forum, says lawyers, not employees, would benefit from such a law.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate Commerce Committee Thursday will likely become the first panel under the new Democratic-controlled Senate to reject one of President Bush's nominations. That opposition, according to a presidential historian from the Heritage Foundation, appears to be an attempt "to blackmail the administration."Although she is not a member of the Commerce Committee, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has led the fight against the nomination of Mary Sheila Gall to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - According to a proclamation released by the White House Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001, was recognized as United Nations Day, a day to celebrate the U.S. relationship with the U.N.But, not everyone was celebrating, especially some conservatives who believe that in light of U.N. treatment of the U.S., America should sever all ties with the organization.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Taking up where they left off before the Senate's Christmas recess, members of the Bush administration and the Teamsters union met Thursday to renew their call to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) to bring a vote on whether or not to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil exploration.Republican attempts in 2000 began to lose steam after Democrats took the majority in May, and fizzled out at the end of the year when Daschle refused to bring the legislation up for a vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Louisiana Democratic Sen. John Breaux could make or break Republican hopes of opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil exploration when Senate and House negotiators begin compromising different versions of the energy bill in the coming weeks.Breaux supported the ANWR provision during Senate debate over the energy bill, but the oil drilling measure was eventually defeated in that chamber last month against the backdrop of a threatened filibuster by Democrats John Kerry of Massachusetts and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.