Thank you for your trust and the opportunity to represent you in the U.S. Congress. It is an honor, a privilege and a duty I take seriously.

We face many challenges – at home, in Wisconsin, and as a Nation. Yet we are well equipped to meet these challenges. We are blessed with a solid foundation in our precious American values, the courage of common purpose, and the satisfaction that comes from hard work and creative effort.

America was founded on the promise of change and a new beginning. We search for a better way to do things. This enthusiasm has inspired our work in the First 100 Days of the new Congress. We set out to fulfill the hope that was placed in us, and listening to the needs of all the people, to respond with positive action.

We’ve put together a record of the First 100 Days, the challenges and the achievements. This is a beginning. Greater challenges lay ahead. But we will move forward. By working together, we will build a better future for all of us.

Problems We Face Together

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We need to begin to think differently in America and find a better way to do things.  During the past decade, our government lost its way and failed to listen to ordinary people. We must restore faith in our government, for good government can make a positive difference in people’s lives. Let’s restore our faith in each other by enacting meaningful and effective election and lobbying reforms. Abroad, we need to show our allies and our enemies that conversations, not confrontations, can solve even our greatest differences. Let’s rediscover the American values that made us great. I believe we have chosen a positive change and a new direction. By working together, we will build a better future for all of us.

HEALTH CARE

Let me be perfectly clear – we do not need socialized medicine or government controls to develop a solution to our uniquely American health care crisis. But, for many of my patients, it’s either skip a pill or skip a meal. As a physician, I see and feel this crisis everyday. The 110th Congress must enact legislation to guarantee access to affordable care for all of us by including these essential elements: (1) open disclosure of all prices, (2) securing the same discounts for all citizens so we all pay the same price for the same health service or product, and (3) form a single insurance risk pool nationwide 300 million strong to leverage down prices for insurance coverage and prescription drugs. We must also establish a standard health insurance policy to be sold by insurance companies nationwide – a basic policy that covers you from head-to-toe without any discrimination against anyone due to pre-existing conditions. In other words, if it’s in your body – it’s covered, and if you’re a citizen – you’re in – with No Patient Left Behind.

ENERGY

I believe we must become an energy independent nation. The 110th Congress must establish these essential energy goals: (1) emit less carbon dioxide and other pollutants to slow down global warming; (2) invest heavily in renewable energy sources; (3) enable existing utilities to become sources of renewable energy; and (4) begin to decrease the effects of human activities on our environment. Becoming energy independent will require sacrifices from everyone, but a well-conceived strategy can succeed when developed in the open – and especially if it is based on energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy resources.

SECURITY

We must do whatever it takes to protect America and keep hostilities off our shores. Today, we are all on the front lines, and by implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission on Homeland Security in January 2007, we’ve taken a wise first step in securing ourselves. We must also secure our borders and reduce threats from nuclear weapons.  Terrorism is a tactic used by extremists, and there are extremists in every religion and in every political party. The real enemies of mankind are ignorance, fear, superstition and disease.  And we won’t be truly safe until we confront these real roots of the hatred.

GOVERNMENT INTEGRITY

Public confidence in our government was at an all time low until we passed new Rules for Congress in January 2007, legislation I was proud to cosponsor. We are doing our best to free our government from the influences of special interests and to remain accountable only to the will of the people. We are in public office, not corporate offices. I will continue to work hard to restore public integrity and will remain no one’s Congressman but yours.

TAXES

Everyone knows that you can’t get something for nothing.  In this country, the wealthy own nearly all of the nation’s assets and you’d think they would be willing to pay a little more in taxes to protect them.  We must recognize that fair taxation is the real principle that should guide our tax policy, and take the necessary steps to ensure fairness.  I am working hard to represent the best interests of all the people in the 8th District, not international corporations who have no rights under our Constitution. And we need to simplify our tax code and make certain everyone pays their fair share.

STEM CELL PROGRESS

I know something about human diseases and the personal suffering of my patients and their families. I sponsored legislation for stem cell progress to fulfill the promise of finding a cure for many life-altering and painful disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, juvenile diabetes and spinal cord injuries. Saying no to stem cell progress is unkind to patients who will benefit from new treatments and potential cures. If one truly cares for life, and believes in improving the quality of our lives, then one should say yes to stem cell progress. Be not afraid to take this step forward. I am proudly Pro-Cure.

IMMIGRATION

America has always been the land of hope and opportunity, and immigrants have often been our new leaders. But uncontrolled immigration has put great stress on our national security, on our health care and education costs, on our taxpayers and on our local economies. There are three things we can do immediately to address this challenging and complicated problem: (1) obey and enforce all our laws – with no cutting in line; (2) secure our borders; and (3) enable employers of foreign workers to pay for their healthcare and educational expenses – not local taxpayers. Employers also need assistance in acquiring new technologies and methods of identifying who is, or is not, legally employable. By working together during the 110th Congress, Republicans and Democrats have an opportunity to solve this very complex and critical issue in a caring and humane fashion.

CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ

In listening to you and our very best military generals, it is clear our invasion of Iraq was not necessary, and it is preventing us from solving other problems we face. We now know the truth about the Iraq War: there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Al-Qaeda terrorists were not based there before our invasion, there has been an ongoing religious civil war between several groups of Muslims for a thousand years, and our own national security was not in imminent danger. But our brave soldiers are in Iraq, and we must deal honestly with the realities on the ground. Plainly stated, our troops do not belong in Iraq. For what Islamic clerics could not do in a thousand years, President Bush did in three: he united our enemies against us and divided us from our friends. Sadly, over 650,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed – and even after our forces deposed Saddam Hussein, we still cannot control the killing. If we are not in control, why are we still there? President Bush has asked for more troops to be sent into the violent region, a “surge”, and while we all hope the region will not devolve into a lawless area, our continued presence there will only increase violence in the region. The “surge” strategy suggested by President Bush failed the previous four times he tried it, and “staying the course” makes no sense – even to our military generals who understand it best. We have real enemies. They are extremists, and it will take great police work to win the battle against extremism – and it will also require shared sacrifices from everyone. Let’s agree that all Americans have the same goal: a safer and more secure nation, and let’s also understand that –

  • We have no real intelligence on the ground in Iraq – now or before we invaded;
  • The Shia have waited 1,000 years to regain control of their lives, and they have no disposition to offer the Sunni any power sharing arrangement;
  • There is no military solution, for we are being used by the Shiites to win their own civil war with the Sunnis;
  • We must take our troops off the streets – now – period;
  • A political solution is the ONLY way to resolve this conflict – and to do this we must involve every nation in the region;
  • The roots of the Iraqi insurgency are based in hatred between two sects of the Muslim religion;
  • We must admit our past failures and poor decisions, learn from our mistakes, and realize that Diplomacy will defeat Violence;
  • We must inform the President that he does not have the authority to attack Iran – or any other nation – without the expressed written consent of Congress.

In summary, our involvement in the religious civil war in Iraq was unnecessary and it is preventing our nation from solving every other problem we face.

ECONOMY

Agriculture and paper manufacturing have been the economic backbones of Wisconsin and best reflect who we are our. But in recent years, thousands of hard working people in our 8th District lost their manufacturing jobs, and when their jobs were shipped offshore, much of the wealth in our region also disappeared. We need a positive change and a new direction. Let’s start by shipping our Wisconsin values overseas, not our jobs. We need Fair Trade, not Free Trade. Congress should also close tax loopholes that assist corporations in moving their operations overseas, and reward companies who create higher-wage jobs back here in Wisconsin. Let’s bring great manufacturing jobs back here to Wisconsin where they belong. Wisconsin is fiscally responsible and socially progressive, and our values are reflected in our pay-as-you-go family, local and state budgets. It is time to get back to basics and eliminate as fast as possible our nation’s sky-high national debt – even as we establish trade deals that are fair and balanced.

ENVIRONMENT and PROTECTING OUR GREAT LAKES

We are the stewards of our environment and future generations will look back at the quality and the results of our conservation efforts. Wisconsin has a proud heritage of environmental activism, led in part by our Native American history and by former Senator Gaylord Nelson – the father of Earth Day. In the short term, we must protect our Great Lakes and all other waterways from further invasions from non-native aquatic species, toxic pollutants such as PCBs and make certain the quality of our surface water and underground aquifers remain pristine.

EDUCATION

If we get public education right, everything else will follow. If we get it wrong, not much else will matter. We need to move up – not down. A first-rate public education has made all the difference in my life, and one of my top priorities is to constantly improve our public schools, universities, and technical colleges so they will make a lasting difference in all our lives. We need a Pledge of Allegiance for Better Schools – one that focuses on high standards, measurable outcomes, and affordable tuition for all our children. Great public schools are the best tool to guarantee good health, economic development, and equal opportunity. That means continuous improvement and higher expectations. It also means heading off schemes to divert tax dollars out of our public schools into voucher plans for private schools. By Working Together, We Will …

  • Put a Qualified Teacher in Every Public School Classroom – with fair pay and benefits, great training and technology, and career rewards and incentives to keep the best and the brightest within the profession.
  • Create Early Learning Opportunities – for we invented Kindergarten here in Wisconsin. Let’s create access to top quality early learning programs for children three years and older and expand Head Start and full-day Kindergarten to guarantee our children a successful start in life.
  • Cap Class Sizes – instead of increasing class size by eliminating classrooms, by working together with education professionals, we will identify ways to reduce student / teacher ratios, particularly in grades K-3. And we must get back to basics with more reasonably sized neighborhood school campuses.
  • Maintain a Safe Environment for Our Children – as we spearhead a strong, accountable system to keep violence off of our school campuses, restore fair yet firm guidance, support alternative classrooms for disruptive students, and prepare all students to become active citizens in our in our community.
  • Measure the Outcomes – to make certain all schools reach their maximum excellence, rather than minimum potential. We must utilize our current standards to measure student achievement. That means educators must have access to the newest technology, and necessary training and development, to help all students advance as they learn what they need to know to be successful.
  • Make it Easier for Students to Attend Universities and Technical Colleges – Let’s expand access to public universities and technical colleges by making them more accessible and more affordable. Higher wage jobs require post-secondary education, so let’s build the greatest research centers and expand the reach of universities and technical colleges.

These collective efforts will begin to solve the challenges facing public education. When we make a commitment for the long haul, with these goals as our starting point, we will re-energize our public schools. History confirms this: Every economy that has ever been successful has invested heavily in education – after all, your education really never ends.

Senior Care – Saving Our Seniors

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an open letter to President W. Bush

March 8, 2007 President George W. Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500

RE: SENIORCARE AUTHORIZATION

Dear Mr. President: I am writing to respectfully request that your administration authorize a waiver for SeniorCare – an extraordinarily successful prescription drug program for Wisconsin seniors. As you are aware from my previous communications, SeniorCare has provided access to affordable prescription drug coverage to nearly 110,000 of Wisconsin’s most needy population – our elders. SeniorCare has earned extremely strong popular and political support. SeniorCare has saved its enrollees and their families thousands of dollars, even as it improves the quality of life for all people in Wisconsin each and every day. Kindly allow me to briefly explain the 3 most important benefits of SeniorCare:

  1. SeniorCare Saves Our Tax Dollars – when compared to Medicare Part D, SeniorCare offers a broader range of pharmaceuticals at nearly half the cost to our federal government (federal costs for SeniorCare are $617 per month vs. $1,174 for Part D);
  2. 94 Out of 100 Seniors Are Better Off on SeniorCare – it is better for Wisconsin seniors to be enrolled in SeniorCare than Medicare Part D, according to the AARP; and
  3. SeniorCare has a Simple 1 Page Application and $30 Annual Fee – it offers a far simpler application process to our elders than does the complex private insurance companycontrolled Medicare Part D.

Simply put, Wisconsin’s SeniorCare is simpler, cost-effective and provides a greater range of medications to those who need them most – our elders. SeniorCare is the best prescription drug program in the nation, and as a newly elected physician in Congress, I encourage you to promote its success. SeniorCare has been great for our senior’s health and a great deal as well for our federal government’s business. We know from our experiences that prevention pays, and as SeniorCare is good for business and our health, how could anyone consider not authorizing this program for another three years? Perhaps the most important lesson I have learned during my young political career is this: It is politicians who determine who will live and who will die. For it is politicians who will decide who does – and more critically – who does not have affordable health care. As a physician, I see and feel this crisis every single day. As president, you have the ability to save the lives of thousands of my patients, my family members and my neighbors. We need your help – and we need it now. Please, Mr. President, join us in celebrating SeniorCare’s success by granting a waiver for another three years. Please, be kind to our elders. Most Sincerely, Steve Kagen, M.D. Member of Congress Wisconsin – 08

Healing Our Health Care System

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Congressman Steve Kagen

Healing Our Health Care System

Everyone knows our health care system is broken. As a physician, and newly elected Member of Congress, I see and feel this crisis every single day. Health care costs have become impossible for everyone: small businesses, working families, senior citizens and even our city, state and federal governments. And there is no mystery why: prices have outpaced wages. Middle-class families are being squeezed with thousands going bankrupt solely because they are unable to pay sky-high medical bills. Across the country, people realize they no longer can afford insurance premiums, which are nearly $12,000 annually for a family of four. They simply don’t have the money. Well, here’s my bottom line: no citizen — rich or poor, young or old – anywhere in these United States should be denied access to health care. And no business should have to risk bankruptcy simply because it cares about its employees. That’s why I wrote letters to every U.S. Senator, and after receiving no favorable replies, I entered politics – to fight for positive change and a new direction – and I won based upon a fresh approach: the No Patient Left Behind initiative which guarantees universal coverage for every citizen. My goal is not to destroy profit centers, or to socialize medicine in America as wealthy insurance executives may falsely claim, but rather to allow every citizen to win access to the efficient delivery of affordable care in a transparent and competitive medical marketplace. We need a new and bold American remedy. And here’s how.

  • Openly Disclose all healthcare-related prices;
  • Give Every Citizen the same discount, so we all pay the same amount for the same insurance policy, medical service or prescription drug – without any discrimination;
  • Create A Single Insurance Risk Pool 300 million strong, to leverage down prices for insurance policies and prescription drugs; and
  • Renew Our Commitment to cover all children and working parents. Let’s make certain everyone knows the price of a pill before they swallow it. Let’s continue to allow companies to set their own prices, but if your neighbor paid $1 for a pill, you should not have to pay $3 for the same medicine at the same store? Let’s guarantee that all of us receive the best care and the best medicine at the lowest, openly disclosed price.

Let’s create the largest health insurance risk pool possible across the nation, and across state lines, through which licensed carriers must sell their policies and services to any citizen without any discrimination due to ‘pre-existing’ conditions. Plainly stated, if you’re a citizen, you’re in. Let’s establish a basic health insurance policy that covers a person from head-to-toe, one that guarantees coverage for your entire body. We’ve all benefited from federal standards across America for decades, and it is past time we create a basic health insurance policy to be sold by private carriers nationwide. It will be good for our nation’s business and our family’s health. I hope to work with all members of the 110th Congress to create a standard health insurance policy, for in doing this, we will finally allow health insurance companies to sell the same piece of paper, compelling them to compete for our business based only upon the quality of their service and their price. Finally, let’s renew our traditional American values by providing for those in need based upon doing what is best for people, not a powerful corporation’s bottom line. After thirty years of helping heal the wounds of tens of thousands of patients, I remain strongly Pro- Cure. Congress should be, too. To some, our nation’s health care crisis may seem impossible to fix, but by working together, we will truly guarantee access to affordable care for every citizen – with No Patient Left Behind. Let’s get started. My family, my patients and our nation’s businesses cannot hold their breath any longer.  

Kagen Accomplishments

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Kagen Legislation: The First 100 Days

This table contains a partial list of bipartisan accomplishments by Congressman Steve Kagen to bring positive change and a new direction for America.

 

LEGISLATION GOALS BENEFITS TO OUR DISTRICT KAGEN VOTE OVERALL VOTE
H.R. 1 ENACTS RECOMMENDATIONS OF 9/11 COMISSION ON HOMELAND SECURITY 245 POLICE + FIRE DEPARTMENTS CAN APPLY FOR EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT GRANTS Y 239-188 Yeas: 231 D, 68 R Nays: 128 R
H. RES. 6 ENACTS FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY INTEGRITY + TRANSPARENCY IN OUR GOVERNMENT RESTORED PAY-AS-YOU-GO ENDED LOBBYISTS INFLUENCE BANNED GIFTS + TRAVEL LOBBYISTS; AND ENACTED OPENNESS IN EARMARKS Y  
H.R. 2 INCREAASES MINIMUM WAGE TO $7.25 / HOUR 17,727 HOUSEHOLDS MAY EARN MORE MONEY Y 315-116 Yeas: 233 D, 82 R Nays: 116 R
H.R. 3 STEM CELL PROGRESS MEDICAL TREATMENTS + CURES: DIABETES, CANCER PARKINSONISM Y 253-174 Yeas: 216 D, 37 R Nays: 16 D, 158 R
H.R. 4 LOWER DRUG PRICES FOR SENIORS IN MEDICARE PART D 67,997 SENIORS MAY PAY LESS FOR PRESCRiPTION DRUGS Y 255-170 Yeas: 231 D, 24 R Nays: 170 R
H.R. 5 CUT INTEREST RATES IN HALF FOR STUDENT LOANS 10,304 CURRENT STUDENT LOANS COLLEGE + TECHNICAL SCHOOL Y 356-71 Yeas: 232 D, 124 R Nays: 71 R
H.R. 6 REPEALS TAX BREAKS FOR BIG OIL; FUNDS RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES 3,271 FAMILY FARMS GROWING CORN MAY BENEFIT FROM ETHANOL PRODUCTION Y 264-163 Yeas: 228 D, 36 R Nays: 4 D, 169 R
H.R. 327 PREVENT SUICIDE IN VETERANS 64,434 VETERANS IN 8th DISTRICT 3,052 WI VETS SERVED IN IRAQ + AFGHANISTAN Y  
H.J. RES. 20 COMPLETED UNFINISHED BUSINESS FROM 109TH CONGRESS INCREASED FUNDING FOR VETERANS HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, FBI, COPS, HOUSING, HEAD START, INDIAN HEALTH NIH, NSF Y 286-140 Yeas: 229 D, 57 R Nays: 2 D, 138 R
H.R. 943 TAX BREAKS TO VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS, EMERGENCY RESPONDERS 93 VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS    
H.R. 811 REQUIRE VOTING MACHINES HAVE PAPER RECORDS 400,000 VOTERS GAIN CONFIDENCE VOTES WILL BE COUNTED    
H.R. 365 ASSISTS LAW ENFORCEMENT IDENTIFY AND CLEAN UP METH LABS 245 POLICE + FIRE DEPARTMENTS BETTER EQUIPPED TO RESPOND TO METH PROBLEM Y15 426-2 Yeas: 231 D, 195 R Nays: 2 R
H.R. 800 EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT EMPLOYEES MAY BARGAIN FOR HIGHER WAGES Y 241-185 Yeas: 228 D, 13 R Nays: 2 D, 183 R
H.R. 700, 720 INVEST IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE: BUILDING WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS GRANTS FOR SMALL AND RURAL COMMUNITIES TO TREAT WASTEWATER HR 700: Y HR 720: Y HR 700: 368-59 Yeas: 230 D, 138 R Nays: 59 R HR 720: 303-108 Yeas: 224 D, 79 R Nays: 108 R
H.R. 1076 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR RECREATIONAL INJURIES > 200,000 SNOWMOBILES IN WISCONSIN THIS WINTER    
H.R. 985, 1254, 1255, 1309 STRENGTHEN PROTECTION FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS REQUIRE PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS + DONORS TO PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES STRENGTHENS INTEGRITY TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT Y  
H.R. 1362 CONTROLS NO-BID GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS SAVES TAXPAYER MONEY BRINGS ACCOUNTABILITY + COMPETITION TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Y 347-73 Yeas: 228 D, 119 R Nays: 73 R
H.R. 1401 IMPROVES SECURITY ON RAILROADS, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION 414 MILES RAILROAD TRACK 7 PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS MAY QUALIFY FOR SECURITY GRANTS + TRAINING Y 246-182 Yeas: 229 D, 17 R Nays: 2 D, 180 R
H.R. 1538 IMPROVES HEALTH CARE FOR WOUNDED SERVICEMEMBERS 3,052 WISCONSIN VETS SERVED IN IRAQ + AFGHANISTAN Y 426-0 Yeas: 226 D, 200 R
H. CON RES. 99 HELP FOR MEDICARE + VETERANS 89,418 ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICARE 64,434 VETERANS IN DISTRICT Y 216-212 Yeas: 216 D Nays: 12 D, 200 R
HR 1591 SUPPORT OUR TROOPS IRAQ ACCOUNTABILITY VETERAN’S HEALTHCARE EXTENDS MILC PROGRAM 64,434 VETERANS 2,377 DAIRY FARMS IN 8th DISTRICT Y 218-212 Yeas: 216 D, 2 R Nays: 14 D, 198 R
H.R. 1521 BE KIND TO SENIORS WHO SIGN-UP LATE TO MEDICARE PART D 89,418 ELDERS AGE 65 AND OVER    

Cosponsored Legislation

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1. [110th] H.CON.RES.9 : Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States Postal Service should issue a commemorative postage stamp honoring former Representative Shirley Chisholm, and that the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee should recommend to the Postmaster General that such a stamp be issued.
Sponsor: Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] (introduced 1/4/2007)      Cosponsors (111)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 1/4/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

2. [110th] H.CON.RES.105 : Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Suffragists Day to promote awareness of the importance of the women suffragists who worked for the right of women to vote in the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] (introduced 3/29/2007)      Cosponsors (73)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

3. [110th] H.R.1 : To provide for the implementation of the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] (introduced 1/5/2007)      Cosponsors (205)
Committees: House Homeland Security; House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Intelligence (Permanent Select); House Foreign Affairs; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Ways and Means; Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

4. [110th] H.R.2 : To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage.
Sponsor: Rep Miller, George [CA-7] (introduced 1/5/2007)     Cosponsors (222)
Committees: House Education and Labor
Latest Major Action: 2/1/2007 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Passed Senate with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 94 – 3. Record Vote Number: 42.

5. [110th] H.R.3 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research.
Sponsor: Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] (introduced 1/5/2007)      Cosponsors (217)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2007 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 6.

6. [110th] H.R.4 : To amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.
Sponsor: Rep Dingell, John D. [MI-15] (introduced 1/5/2007)      Cosponsors (198)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

7. [110th] H.R.5 : To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to reduce interest rates for student borrowers.
Sponsor: Rep Miller, George [CA-7] (introduced 1/12/2007)      Cosponsors (211)
Committees: House Education and Labor; Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/17/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

8. [110th] H.R.6 : To reduce our Nation’s dependency on foreign oil by investing in clean, renewable, and alternative energy resources, promoting new emerging energy technologies, developing greater efficiency, and creating a Strategic Energy Efficiency and Renewables Reserve to invest in alternative energy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] (introduced 1/12/2007)      Cosponsors (198)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Natural Resources; House Budget; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 1/22/2007 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 9.

9. [110th] H.R.17 : To reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 1/4/2007)      Cosponsors (120)
Committees: House Agriculture; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 2/7/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.

10. [110th] H.R.82 : To amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the Government pension offset and windfall elimination provisions.
Sponsor: Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] (introduced 1/4/2007)      Cosponsors (276)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/11/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Social Security.

11. [110th] H.R.89 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to extend eligibility for combat-related special compensation paid to certain uniformed services retirees who are retired under chapter 61 of such title with fewer than 20 years of creditable service.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] (introduced 1/4/2007)      Cosponsors (22)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 1/25/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

12. [110th] H.R.137 : To amend title 18, United States Code, to strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gallegly, Elton [CA-24] (introduced 1/4/2007)      Cosponsors (303)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Agriculture
House Reports: 110-27 Part 1
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2007 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 91.

13. [110th] H.R.197 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a 5-year extension of the credit for electricity produced from certain renewable resources.
Sponsor: Rep Pomeroy, Earl [ND] (introduced 1/4/2007)      Cosponsors (75)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/4/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

14. [110th] H.R.260 : To establish marine and freshwater research, development, and demonstration programs to support efforts to prevent, control, and eradicate invasive species, as well as to educate citizens and stakeholders and restore ecosystems.
Sponsor: Rep Ehlers, Vernon J. [MI-3] (introduced 1/5/2007)      Cosponsors (20)
Committees: House Science and Technology; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Natural Resources; House Administration
Latest Major Action: 2/7/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans.

15. [110th] H.R.303 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to permit certain additional retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or Combat-Related Special Compensation and to eliminate the phase-in period under current law with respect to such concurrent receipt.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] (introduced 1/5/2007)      Cosponsors (102)
Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 2/1/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

16. [110th] H.R.327 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans.
Sponsor: Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] (introduced 1/9/2007)      Cosponsors (152)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs; Senate Veterans’ Affairs
House Reports: 110-55
Latest Major Action: 3/22/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

17. [110th] H.R.357 : To amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to implement mandatory country of origin labeling requirements for meat and produce on September 30, 2007.
Sponsor: Rep Rehberg, Dennis R. [MT] (introduced 1/9/2007)      Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry.

18. [110th] H.R.365 : To provide for a research program for remediation of closed methamphetamine production laboratories, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6] (introduced 1/10/2007)      Cosponsors (122)
Committees: House Science and Technology; Senate Environment and Public Works
House Reports: 110-8
Latest Major Action: 2/8/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

19. [110th] H.R.372 : To direct the Federal Trade Commission to revise the regulations regarding the Do-not-call registry to prohibit politically-oriented recorded message telephone calls to telephone numbers listed on that registry.
Sponsor: Rep Altmire, Jason [PA-4] (introduced 1/10/2007)      Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/10/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

20. [110th] H.R.380 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the importation of prescription drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Emanuel, Rahm [IL-5] (introduced 1/10/2007)      Cosponsors (89)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/10/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

21. [110th] H.R.423 : To authorize the Attorney General to provide grants for organizations to find missing adults.
Sponsor: Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] (introduced 1/11/2007)      Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

22. [110th] H.R.471 : To repeal the sunset of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 with respect to the expansion of the adoption credit and adoption assistance programs.
Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] (introduced 1/12/2007)      Cosponsors (105)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/12/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

23. [110th] H.R.507 : To establish a grant program to provide vision care to children, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] (introduced 1/17/2007)      Cosponsors (43)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 1/17/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

24. [110th] H.R.524 : To establish a laboratory science pilot program at the National Science Foundation.
Sponsor: Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15] (introduced 1/17/2007)      Cosponsors (72)
Committees: House Science and Technology
Latest Major Action: 1/17/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Science and Technology.

25. [110th] H.R.552 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage for cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation services.
Sponsor: Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] (introduced 1/18/2007)      Cosponsors (61)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/24/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

26. [110th] H.R.569 : To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize appropriations for sewer overflow control grants.
Sponsor: Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-8] (introduced 1/18/2007)      Cosponsors (19)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; Senate Environment and Public Works
House Reports: 110-16
Latest Major Action: 3/8/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

27. [110th] H.R.621 : To amend part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to restore the Medicare treatment of ownership of oxygen equipment to that in effect before enactment of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] (introduced 1/22/2007)      Cosponsors (65)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/2/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

28. [110th] H.R.634 : To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of veterans who became disabled for life while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] (introduced 1/23/2007)      Cosponsors (293)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/23/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

29. [110th] H.R.684 : To require full funding of part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Sponsor: Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] (introduced 1/24/2007)      Cosponsors (48)
Committees: House Education and Labor
Latest Major Action: 1/24/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

30. [110th] H.R.691 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to expedite the prompt return of the remains of deceased members of the Armed Forces to their loved ones for burial.
Sponsor: Rep Stupak, Bart [MI-1] (introduced 1/24/2007)      Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/1/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

31. [110th] H.R.695 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to enter into private tax collection contracts.
Sponsor: Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] (introduced 1/24/2007)      Cosponsors (94)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/24/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

32. [110th] H.R.698 : To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to establish industrial bank holding company regulation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gillmor, Paul E. [OH-5] (introduced 1/29/2007)      Cosponsors (104)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/29/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

33. [110th] H.R.700 : To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to extend the pilot program for alternative water source projects.
Sponsor: Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-11] (introduced 1/29/2007)      Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; Senate Environment and Public Works
House Reports: 110-15
Latest Major Action: 3/9/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

34. [110th] H.R.720 : To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize appropriations for State water pollution control revolving funds, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] (introduced 1/30/2007)      Cosponsors (32)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; Senate Environment and Public Works
House Reports: 110-30
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

35. [110th] H.R.782 : To amend title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930 to provide that exchange-rate misalignment by any foreign nation is a countervailable export subsidy, to amend the Exchange Rates and International Economic Policy Coordination Act of 1988 to clarify the definition of manipulation with respect to currency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] (introduced 1/31/2007)      Cosponsors (60)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Financial Services; House Foreign Affairs; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 2/20/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Trade.

36. [110th] H.R.797 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve compensation benefits for veterans in certain cases of impairment of vision involving both eyes, to provide for the use of the National Directory of New Hires for income verification purposes, to extend the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide an educational assistance allowance for qualifying work study activities, and to authorize the provision of bronze representations of the letter “V” for the graves of eligible individuals buried in private cemeteries in lieu of Government-provided headstones or markers.
Sponsor: Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] (introduced 2/5/2007)      Cosponsors (64)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs; Senate Veterans’ Affairs
House Reports: 110-57
Latest Major Action: 3/22/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

37. [110th] H.R.800 : To amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Miller, George [CA-7] (introduced 2/5/2007)      Cosponsors (233)
Committees: House Education and Labor
House Reports: 110-23
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2007 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 66.

38. [110th] H.R.801 : To amend the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 to require application to all vessels equipped with ballast water tanks, including vessels that are not carrying ballast water, the requirement to carry out exchange of ballast water or alternative ballast water management methods prior to entry into any port within the Great Lakes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kirk, Mark Steven [IL-10] (introduced 2/5/2007)      Cosponsors (31)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 2/6/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

39. [110th] H.R.811 : To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require a voter-verified permanent paper ballot under title III of such Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] (introduced 2/5/2007)      Cosponsors (200)
Committees: House Administration
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee Hearings Held.

40. [110th] H.R.819 : To expand access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women’s health care.
Sponsor: Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] (introduced 2/5/2007)      Cosponsors (135)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and Labor
Latest Major Action: 2/20/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

41. [110th] H.R.872 : To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make competitive grants to community colleges and advanced technology education centers partnering with community colleges to support the education and training of technicians in the fields of bioenergy and other agriculture-based, renewable energy resources, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 2/7/2007)      Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Education and Labor
Latest Major Action: 2/7/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

42. [110th] H.R.896 : To amend part D of title IV of the Social Security Act to provide for the pass through of all child support collected on behalf of families receiving assistance under the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families.
Sponsor: Rep Ryan, Paul [WI-1] (introduced 2/7/2007)      Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/20/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support.

43. [110th] H.R.943 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from income and employment taxes and wage withholding property tax rebates and other benefits provided to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders.
Sponsor: Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] (introduced 2/8/2007)      Cosponsors (108)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 2/8/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

44. [110th] H.R.969 : To amend title VI of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to establish a Federal renewable energy portfolio standard for certain retail electric utilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Udall, Tom [NM-3] (introduced 2/8/2007)      Cosponsors (56)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/8/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

45. [110th] H.R.971 : To ensure and foster continued patient safety and quality of care by making the antitrust laws apply to negotiations between groups of independent pharmacies and health plans and health insurance issuers (including health plans under parts C and D of the Medicare Program) in the same manner as such laws apply to protected activities under the National Labor Relations Act.
Sponsor: Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] (introduced 2/8/2007)      Cosponsors (96)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/8/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

46. [110th] H.R.1032 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for treatment and support services for Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
Sponsor: Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35] (introduced 2/13/2007)      Cosponsors (31)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/13/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

47. [110th] H.R.1076 : To promote health care coverage parity for individuals participating in legal recreational activities or legal transportation activities.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 2/15/2007)      Cosponsors (31)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and Labor
Latest Major Action: 2/23/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

48. [110th] H.R.1093 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase the Medicare caps on graduate medical education positions for States with a shortage of residents.
Sponsor: Rep Meek, Kendrick B. [FL-17] (introduced 2/15/2007)      Cosponsors (30)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/27/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Social Security.

49. [110th] H.R.1097 : To improve the grant program for secure schools under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.
Sponsor: Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] (introduced 2/15/2007)      Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 2/15/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

50. [110th] H.R.1110 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Federal civilian and military retirees to pay health insurance premiums on a pretax basis and to allow a deduction for TRICARE supplemental premiums.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Tom [VA-11] (introduced 2/16/2007)      Cosponsors (97)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 3/14/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

51. [110th] H.R.1132 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide waivers relating to grants for preventive health measures with respect to breast and cervical cancers.
Sponsor: Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] (introduced 2/16/2007)      Cosponsors (67)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
House Reports: 110-76
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 Cleared for White House.

52. [110th] H.R.1142 : To amend title 5, United States Code, to create a presumption that disability of a Federal employee in fire protection activities caused by certain conditions is presumed to result from the performance of such employee’s duty.
Sponsor: Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] (introduced 2/16/2007)      Cosponsors (50)
Committees: House Education and Labor
Latest Major Action: 2/16/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

53. [110th] H.R.1154 : To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Michael Ellis DeBakey, M.D.
Sponsor: Rep Green, Al [TX-9] (introduced 2/16/2007)      Cosponsors (121)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 2/16/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

54. [110th] H.R.1188 : To strengthen the Nation’s research efforts to identify the causes and cure of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, expand psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis data collection, study access to and quality of care for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Wu, David [OR-1] (introduced 2/16/2007)      Cosponsors (24)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 2/16/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

55. [110th] H.R.1252 : To protect consumers from price-gouging of gasoline and other fuels, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Stupak, Bart [MI-1] (introduced 2/28/2007)      Cosponsors (85)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Education and Labor
Latest Major Action: 2/28/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

56. [110th] H.R.1268 : To ensure dignity in care for members of the Armed Forces recovering from injuries.
Sponsor: Rep Mitchell, Harry E. [AZ-5] (introduced 3/1/2007)      Cosponsors (32)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 3/28/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

57. [110th] H.R.1322 : To amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to provide emergency protection for retiree health benefits.
Sponsor: Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] (introduced 3/5/2007)      Cosponsors (42)
Committees: House Education and Labor; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

58. [110th] H.R.1328 : To amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend that Act.
Sponsor: Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] (introduced 3/6/2007)      Cosponsors (36)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/14/2007 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee Hearings Held.

59. [110th] H.R.1330 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to extend the time limit for the use of education assistance by members of the Selected Reserve and members of the reserve component supporting contingency operations and certain other operations.
Sponsor: Rep Carney, Christopher P. [PA-10] (introduced 3/6/2007)      Cosponsors (28)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 3/28/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

60. [110th] H.R.1343 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide additional authorizations of appropriations for the health centers program under section 330 of such Act.
Sponsor: Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] (introduced 3/6/2007)      Cosponsors (33)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

61. [110th] H.R.1346 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct local educational agencies to release secondary school student information to military recruiters if the student’s parent provides written consent for the release, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] (introduced 3/6/2007)      Cosponsors (45)
Committees: House Education and Labor
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

62. [110th] H.R.1350 : To establish a collaborative program to protect the Great Lakes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ehlers, Vernon J. [MI-3] (introduced 3/6/2007)      Cosponsors (36)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Natural Resources; House Science and Technology; House Administration
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment.

63. [110th] H.R.1354 : To amend titles 10 and 38, United States Code, to improve benefits and services for members of the Armed Forces, veterans of the Global War on Terrorism, and other veterans, to require reports on the effects of the Global War on Terrorism, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] (introduced 3/6/2007)      Cosponsors (46)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

64. [110th] H.R.1363 : To amend the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to improve the nutrition and health of schoolchildren by updating the definition of “food of minimal nutritional value” to conform to current nutrition science and to protect the Federal investment in the national school lunch and breakfast programs.
Sponsor: Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] (introduced 3/6/2007)      Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Education and Labor
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

65. [110th] H.R.1367 : To amend section 712 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, section 2705 of the Public Health Service Act, and section 9812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans.
Sponsor: Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1] (introduced 3/7/2007)      Cosponsors (255)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Education and Labor; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/7/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Education and Labor, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

66. [110th] H.R.1386 : To repeal a provision enacted to end Federal matching of State spending of child support incentive payments.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 3/7/2007)      Cosponsors (15)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/7/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

67. [110th] H.R.1398 : To amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 to provide that manure shall not be considered to be a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
Sponsor: Rep Peterson, Collin C. [MN-7] (introduced 3/8/2007)      Cosponsors (85)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/8/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

68. [110th] H.R.1424 : To amend section 712 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, section 2705 of the Public Health Service Act, and section 9812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans.
Sponsor: Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1] (introduced 3/9/2007)      Cosponsors (261)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Education and Labor; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/9/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Education and Labor, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

69. [110th] H.R.1434 : To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 896 Pittsburgh Street in Springdale, Pennsylvania, as the “Rachel Carson Post Office Building”.
Sponsor: Rep Altmire, Jason [PA-4] (introduced 3/9/2007)      Cosponsors (33)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.

70. [110th] H.R.1498 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the transportation fringe benefit to bicycle commuters.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 3/13/2007)      Cosponsors (30)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

71. [110th] H.R.1512 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for compensation to States incarcerating undocumented aliens charged with a felony or two or more misdemeanors.
Sponsor: Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39] (introduced 3/13/2007)      Cosponsors (34)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

72. [110th] H.R.1521 : To amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove the Medicare prescription drug benefit late enrollment penalty.
Sponsor: Rep Kagen, Steve, M.D. [WI-8] (introduced 3/14/2007)      Cosponsors (17)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/14/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

73. [110th] H.R.1590 : To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate.
Sponsor: Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] (introduced 3/20/2007)      Cosponsors (131)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/20/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

74. [110th] H.R.1592 : To provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] (introduced 3/20/2007)      Cosponsors (137)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/20/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

75. [110th] H.R.1650 : To amend the Federal antitrust laws to provide expanded coverage and to eliminate exemptions from such laws that are contrary to the public interest with respect to railroads.
Sponsor: Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] (introduced 3/22/2007)      Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/22/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

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