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Check this page for information about legislation in Congress (including votes) as well as legislation that is making headlines across the nation.
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HR 1 - 111th Congress - Stimulus Bill As Debated In Committee
HR 1 - 111th Congress - draft version, as downloaded from House Rules Committee. Emergency spending bill, making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes.

What Is The National School Lunch Program?
Each school day, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nutritious meals (breakfast and lunch) to more than 28 million children. This Depression-era program was expanded after World Work II in part with national security in mind.

News - 2005 Energy Bill
This is an annotated compilation of blog posts and other writings on the 2005 Energy Bill, HR 6.

Opinion and Commentary - 2005 Energy Bill
Recap opinion and commentary on the 2005 Energy Bill.

2005 Energy Bill - HR 6
News and opinion regarding the 2005 Energy Bill.

Bills Vetoed by President Bush
President Bush has vetoed only four bills since taking office in January 2001. This puts him tied in third place (with Buchanan and Authur) for the fewest vetoes in office.

What Is The Endangered Species Act?
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) provides for both the conservation and protection of plant and animal species that face the threat of extinction as well as "the ecosystems upon which they depend." Species must be endangered or threatened throughout a significant portion of their range. The ESA replaced the Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1969; the ESA has been amended seve…

The Hatch Act
Passed in 1939, the Hatch Act restricts the political activity of executive branch employees of the federal government, District of Columbia government, and some state and local employees who work in connection with federally funded programs.

US Freedom of Information Act - 1966
Text of the US Freedom of Information Act - 1966.

US Freedom of Information Act - 1966
Text of the US Freedom of Information Act - 1966.

The Freedom of Information Act
Background and text of the Freedom of Information Act

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 "prescribes procedures for requesting judicial authorization for electronic surveillance and physical search of persons engaged in espionage or international terrorism against the United States on behalf of a foreign power."

Internet Radio Equality Act
Text of S 1353, Internet Radio Equality Act, introduced by Sen. Wyden and Brownback, May 2007.

Internet Radio Equality Act
Text of HR 2060, Internet Radio Equality Act, introduced by Rep. Jay Inslee in April 2007.

HR 2206 - Emergency Appropriations
On 25 May 2007, President Bush signed HR 2206, "emergency supplemental appropriations and additional supplemental appropriations for agricultural and other emergency assistance" for the fiscal years 2007 and 2008.

How Congress Changed The Rules on US Attorney Appointments
The Patriot Act Reauthorization Bill of 2005 has enabled the President — through the office of the Attorney General — to arrange for US Attorneys to resign and then to replace them with political appointees, in the pejorative sense of that phrase, who do not need to be confirmed by the Senate.

Abortion In The News
News about abortion legislation in America; presented in reverse chronological order.

House Bill on Immigration Was Republican-Driven
12 April 2006. Any effort to imply that the Democrats were the party responsible for HB 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act, has to explain the vote (239-182): Republicans, 203 for - Democrats, 164 against.

Maryland Mandates Wal-Mart Health Care Contribution
12 January 2006. Today the Maryland State Senate (30-17) and House of Delegates (88-50, at just after 7 pm Eastern) voted to override Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich's veto of the"Wal-Mart bill" [SB 790, HB 1284] which "requir[es] companies with more than 10,000 employees in the state to pay a set amount of money for health-care benefits."

President Pledges Veto of Stem Cell Bill
18 July 2006. The Senate has passed HR 810, which would amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research, by a 63-37 vote. Almost two months ago, the House passed the bill, 238-194. Both chambers are short of the votes needed to override the promised veto.

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