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Welcome to the 16th installment of "Considered Forthwith."

This weekly series looks at the various committees in the House and the Senate. Committees are the workshops of our democracy. This is where bills are considered, revised, and occasionally advance for consideration by the House and Senate. Most committees also have the authority to exercise oversight of related executive branch agencies.

Well, DK Greenworks week has come and gone, but the group lives on. Click the link and join us. In keeping with the green theme, this week I examine the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Here are the members of the committee:

Democrats: Barbara Boxer, California, Chair; Max Baucus, Montana; Thomas R. Carper, Delaware; Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey; Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland; Bernard Sanders, Vermont; Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota; Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island; Tom Udall, New Mexico; Jeff Merkley, Oregon; Kirsten Gillibrand, New York; Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania.

Republicans: James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma, Ranking Member; George V. Voinovich, Ohio; David Vitter, Louisiana; John Barrasso, Wyoming; Mike Crapo, Idaho; Christopher S. Bond, Missouri; Lamar Alexander, Tennessee.

Jurisdiction

There is a connection between public works projects and the environment since the construction of things like highways, bridges, dams, and levees invariably affect the environment. In addition, this committee handles some economic development issues as there is often a connection among creating jobs, undertaking public works projects, and protecting the environment.

According to the committee's history, a Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds was formed in 1837 to oversee the development of federal buildings Washington, DC. During the committee reorganization of 1947, the committee came to be known as the Committee on Public Works.

As the federal government began to take on more and more public works projects, like the interstate highway system, the committee's power and relevance grew.

During the environmental movements of the 1960s and 1970s, Congress took a greater role in environmental protection. The Public Works Committee took the lead in passing the 1970 Clean Air Act and the 1972 Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The Committee got its present name and even greater authority over more policy areas, notably endangered species and civilian nuclear power, in 1977.
 
Somewhere along the way, the committee also picked up jurisdiction over regional economic development since this also involves public works. More on this below.

Note that there is also a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources with some overlapping jurisdiction.

The Committee's formal jurisdiction is as follows:

  1. The following standing committees shall be appointed at the commencement of each to act until their successors are appointed, with leave to report by bill or otherwise on matters within their respective jurisdictions:
  1. Air pollution.
  1. Construction and maintenance of highways.
  1. Environmental aspects of Outer Continental Shelf lands.
  1. Environmental effects of toxic substances, other than pesticides.
  1. Environmental policy.
  1. Environmental research and development.
  1. Fisheries and wildlife.
  1. Flood control and improvements of rivers and harbors, including environmental aspects of deepwater ports.
  1. Noise pollution.
  1. Nonmilitary environmental regulation and control of nuclear energy.
  1. Ocean dumping.
  1. Public buildings and improved grounds of the United States generally,including Federal buildings in the District of Columbia.
  1. Public works, bridges, and dams.
  1. Regional economic development.
  1. Solid waste disposal and recycling.
  1. Water pollution.
  1. Water resources.

(2) Such committee shall also study and review, on a comprehensive basis, matters relating to environmental protection and resource utilization and conservation, and report thereon from time to time.

Environmental protection

I won't get into a full discussion of all of the environmental protection statutes since that could take up multiple posts, but a few laws deserve mention. The big one is the Cap and Trade Bill. Initially, there was talk that the Senate would take up the bill soon, but Chairwoman Boxer has decided to hold off consideration until after the summer break.

Other than that, a handful of major laws form the basis of U.S. environmental policy and all of them fall under this committee's jurisdiction and most are enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency. These laws include the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Nuclear Waste Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act. For a full list of EPA enforced laws, click here. The Fish and Wildlife Service has information about endangered species.

Two technical notes. First, most new environmental policy takes the form of amendments to existing statues rather than new laws. A major exception is the current cap and trade bill, which represents a major new program rather than tweaks to the clear air act.

Second, the regulations that polluting industries are always griping about are usually rules issued by EPA and other executive branch agencies. Rules are technical policy while the act is a more of a broad framework. Congress can pass all kinds of laws saying that we need clean water, but it is up to the EPA to write the regulations that will make that happen.

This system is problematic on one level since these rules are indeed written by Washington DC bureaucrats -- rather than elected officials -- and influenced by both industry and environmental protection lobbyists. Take a really wild guess which one has more money. This is your motivation to join and donate to groups like The Sierra Club, which recently stopped its 100th coal plant from opening, from  and The World Wildlife Federation. On the other hand, members of Congress do not have the expertise to write rules/regulations, so they defer to the experts while also conducting oversight to ensure that the rules are fair and effective.

Public works

I have to giggle a little bit and then get really depressed when I hear the small government advocates complain about public works projects like highways, bridges, levee and dams. The problem, of course, is that the private sector has no particular incentive to build these things. Even if they did, the final product would serve the interests of those who built them, and those interests are not necessarily the same as the public interest.

The Environment and Public Works Committee will eventually have to take up the authorization of a new highway bill, which is currently in the House. The proposed six-year $450 billion authorization is being held up over a discussion about how to pay for it. President Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood would like to hold off on a new bill for 18 months to give him time to develop a comprehensive highway construction plan. The current authorization expires at the end of September. Typically when there is a hold up on a major spending authorization, Congress keeps the money flowing by doing three month reauthorizations of current funding levels. LaHood would like Congress to just accept that he needs a year and a half and just do the reauthorization all at once.

There is also the question of how to pay for the new highway bill. There has been talk of raising the 18.4 cent per gallon gasoline tax by another ten cents or more, but this might not be the best idea in a recession. Additionally, Americans are sensitive to gasoline price increases. Once again, the country and our politicians have to make the difficult decision to pay for the infrastructure we desperately need.  

Economic Development

The committee has jurisdiction over regional economic development commissions. One example I will offer -- mostly because I am familiar with it -- is the Appalachian Regional Commission. ARC was created in 1965 to help this historically impoverished region to improve its economy. The region stretches from northeastern Mississippi to New York's Southern Tier. Each year, ARC awards grants to projects intended to create jobs. A major component of economic development is highway construction. Few major employers will set up shop in an area that is inaccessible to reasonable highway systems.

I am most familiar with ARC's work in converting U.S. Route 15 between Williamsport, Pa. and Corning, N.Y. This is a major north-south corridor in the region. In 1962, a group of three businessmen from Mansfield, Pa. (my last home) started a local effort to improve what was essentially a two-lane mountain road. They rallied local support and lobbied Congress to get the highway project underway. Work to expand the road to a four -lane highway did not actually begin until the 1990s and there is still a six mile section in New York that needs to be finished. Regardless, there has been a marked reduction in fatal accidents and an increase in economic activity in the region and it will eventually become part of Interstate 99.

Here is a map showing the ARC region and some of the highway projects they have helped to fund over the years:

Appalachian Regional Commission highway projects

Naming buildings

Thousands of bills are introduced each Congress. Only a couple hundred actually pass. Of these, a large number are bills to name public buildings. This committee has the responsibility for reviewing such requests. Thus, this committee sees a relatively large percentage of its bills pass.

Do you want to see your name engraved on a federal building? Don't get your hopes up. Here are the guidelines for naming buildings:

The committee may not name a building, structure or facility for any living person, except former Presidents or former Vice Presidents of the United States, former Members of Congress over 70 years of age, former Justices of the United States Supreme Court over 70 years of age, or Federal judges who are fully retired and over 75 years of age or have taken senior status and are over 75 years of age.

In other words, very few people are even eligible until they die. Sorry about that.

Current legislation and hearings

This week's three hearings will focus on the impact of global warming legislation on agriculture/forestry, transportation, and the economy respectively. The website does not indicate if live webcasts will be available, but you can watch past hearings.

In addition, the committee has quite a few pending bills. The committee's website is very useful because they actually list all of the bills that have been referred to the committee. Here are a few examples of the bills currently in committee:

A bill to prohibit the use of stimulus funds for signage indicating that a project is being carried out using those funds. -- Judd Gregg

Writer's note: errrr... Okay.

A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to require that broadband conduit be installed as part of certain highway construction projects, and for other purposes. -- Amy Klobuchar

A bill to permit commercial vehicles at weights up to 129,000 pounds to use certain highways of the Interstate System in the State of Idaho which would provide significant savings in the transportation of goods throughout the Unites States, and for other purposes. -- Mike Crapo

A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to temporarily prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from considering global climate change as a natural or manmade factor in determining whether a species is a threatened or endangered species, and for other purposes. -- John Barrasso

A resolution recognizing the need for the Environmental Protection Agency to end decades of delay and utilize existing authority under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to comprehensively regulate coal combustion waste and the need for the Tennessee Valley Authority to be a national leader in technological innovation, low-cost power, and environmental stewardship. -- Barbara Boxer

Global Warming and Polar Bears

There is a debate about whether or not to list animals as endangered due to global warming. This was the genesis of Joe Scarborough hates polar bears. Global Warming is destroying the polar bears' habitat. Of course, if the government lists the polar bear as an endangered species due to global warming, then we are explicitly stating that global warming is caused by humans. Thus, despite the objections of the global warming deniers, we might actually have to address the problem.

The majority side of the committee has created an excellent page about the plight of the polar bear. Of course, there are some people who don't think global warming is real or that if is real that human activity has nothing to do with it. That calls for a polar bear face palm:

Polar Bear Facepalm Pictures, Images and Photos

And for more facepalm worthy material, we now turn to...

Minority home page

The official voice of the committee in Internet land is controlled by the majority party, but the minority gets their own page. There is a lot of lunacy here, but I want to highlight Ranking Member Inhofe's decision to post this: More Than 700 (Previously 650) International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims. There is even a prominent link on the welcome page.

To find evidence that this "report" is disingenuous, see links here, here, and here.

This quote from the first source is telling:

the list was padded with TV weathermen, economists and so on and contained very few actual climate scientists.

I won't go any further into this, but we should be aware that such misinformation is being actively promoted by the Republican Party.

Subcommittees

The subcommittee structure changed slightly in the 111th Congress. Most notably, children's health was given its own subcommittee. Here are the committees and their jurisdictions.

Children's Health: Amy Klobuchar is the chair and Lamar Alexander is the ranking member. The jurisdiction is:

Responsibility for policy issues in connection with protection of pregnant women, infants and children from environmental hazards

Clean Air and Nuclear Safety: Thomas R. Carper is the chair and David Vitter is the ranking member. The jurisdiction is:

Clean Air Act, Indoor Air, Tennessee Valley Authority, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Nuclear Plant Safety

Green Jobs and the New Economy: Bernie Sanders is the chair and Christopher "Kit" Bond is the ranking member. The jurisdiction is:

Responsibility for issues related to job creation through the development and deployment of "green" technologies and practices. Issues also include federal investment in technologies and practices that reduce the government’s carbon footprint or the emission of other pollutants, including technologies and practices that enhance energy efficiency, conservation, or renewable power sources.

Oversight: Sheldon Whitehouse is the chair and John Barrasso is the ranking member. Here is the jurisdiction:

Responsibility for oversight of agencies, departments, and programs within the jurisdiction of the full committee, and for conducting investigations within such jurisdiction

Those agencies include:

The committee's oversight extends to programs in five cabinet level departments and seven independent agencies, including the Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration and the Coast Guard, the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the GSA's Public Buildings Service, the Council on Environmental Quality, the civil works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Mississippi River Commission, and the nonperforming functions of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health: Frank Lautenberg is the chair and James Inhofe is the ranking member. The jurisdiction is:

Superfund and Brownfields, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), including recycling, Federal Facilities and interstate waste, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), Chemical Safety Board, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), Environmental Justice and Risk Assessment

Transportation and Infrastructure: Max Baucus is the chair and George Voinovich is the ranking member. The jurisdiction is:

Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Public Buildings, Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), Economic Development Administration, Historic Preservation, National Dam Safety Program, Stafford Act and federal disaster relief programs, Mississippi River Commission, Green Buildings

Water and Wildlife: Ben Cardin is the chair and Mike Crapo is the ranking member. The jurisdiction is:

Clean Water Act, including wetlands; Safe Drinking Water Act; Coastal Zone Management Act; Invasive Species; Fisheries and Wildlife, Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Wildlife Refuges; Outer Continental Shelf Lands

That's it for this week. Next week will probably be the armed services committees and any movement on DADT unless something else comes up or I get a suggestion for something else.

For more about other committees, check out my previous work:
House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
The Committee Primer
House Education and Labor Committee
Senate Finance Committee
Senate HELP Committee
Senate Judiciary Committee
House Energy and Commerce Committee
House Ways and Means Committee
House and Senate Appropriations Committees
House Intelligence Committee
House Judiciary Committee
House and Senate Ethics Committees
House Science and Technology Committee
House Financial Services Committee
House Rules Committee
The Role of Committees

Crossposted on Congress Matters, Docudharma, and my own blog.

Originally posted to Casual Wednesday on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 05:21 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Carbon neutral tips? (21+ / 0-)

    You can also support my DFA scholarship so I can go to Netroots Nation. Please.

    "you are thusly a pro forma socialist; whether you like it or not. logic dictates this"

    by Casual Wednesday on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 05:11:45 PM PDT

  •  <sigh> (2+ / 0-)
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    Someone needs to tell James Inhofe that Democrats and Republicans are not necessarily meant to be the antithesis of each other. Just because Democrats largely believe in anthropogenic climate change doesn't mean he has a responsibility to be a global warming denier. The idea of him being the ranking member of EPW scares the living shit out of me. Has there been a "sense of the Senate" resolution affirming that climate change exists?

    In any event, it's rather entertaining to watch Barbara Boxer slap his silly ass around the committee chambers. I ♥ her.

    •  What's scarier... (3+ / 0-)
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      I think Inhofe was chair before the Dems took back Congress in 2007. This is a major reason why the environment suffered under Bush. He didn't have to pull out his veto crayon if Congress would not even advance legislation.

      As for a sense of the Senate resolution, I have no idea, but that would not change Inhofe's mind. His hot air is doing the Earth no favors.

      "you are thusly a pro forma socialist; whether you like it or not. logic dictates this"

      by Casual Wednesday on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 06:20:57 PM PDT

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      •  we have one poster at wvablue (2+ / 0-)
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        who insisted that 650 scientists stood up in Poland at the last conference against the report. Some at the site have wanted him banned for being such an arse.

        The comment thread is an example of how someone who buys into this thinking. We have made no dents over the months, but he keeps coming back adn we keep plugging away. That may say something about his doubts. It never ceases to amaze me. stevewvu big no-no--littering.

        Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices--François-Marie Arouet

        by CA Berkeley WV on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 06:31:59 PM PDT

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        •  Laziness IMHO: (1+ / 0-)
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          Even if, on the off chance, humans have nothing to do with global warming, that does not absolve us from the responsibility to cut down on air pollution.

          Of course, West Virginia is a coal state and the economy is highly dependent on this polluting industry. That fact cannot help in WV.

          btw: how did you like AU?

          "you are thusly a pro forma socialist; whether you like it or not. logic dictates this"

          by Casual Wednesday on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 06:42:05 PM PDT

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          •  great. the triple dorms will be a gas. (2+ / 0-)
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            a lot of entering freshmen are either only children or in houses with more bathrooms than people. mine will be prepared. Alan Levine did a little Q&A with the SPA kids the second day u sing his Plato to Nietzsche class as the template. as a math major my only philosophy class was logic.

            my kid will have a cousin at Georgetown, and several aunts/uncles in NW for backup. i guess most of her classes will be there in ward. i have no idea how we are going to afford the second year. the third is possible, but the confluence of things just suck in 2010. but this is what she has wanted since she was 15, and being a middle kid, often got lost so we will just have to make it work.

            she is off in the northern panhandle at the governor's honor academy reunion, sort of a last hurrah with kids going off to michigan, etc. after the visit i do see why AU will fit what she has been doing for the last four years. it was sort of a family joke. my father-in-law, who has worked for JFK, LBJ, and Carter, was a big BHO backer early. we used to joke that we knew that Hillary would not win the nomination because our kid would end up as the first female president. all those kids want to make a difference, a real difference. my dad doesn't understand that my father-in-law's career did not bring him wealth.

            WVPT.2 is doing a piece now about Martin Litton's fight for the Grand Canyon and ended with his work to stop Sequoia Monument logging, just a stone's throw from where i used to live. adding 85,000 acres was one of the Tomibus pieces.

            Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices--François-Marie Arouet

            by CA Berkeley WV on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 07:14:44 PM PDT

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            •  It is a great school (1+ / 0-)
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              The one thing that struck me was who well informed the students are. Last year, Evo Morales spoke on campus and I did not have to explain to my classmates who that is. Unfortunately I missed the speech because Paul Sarbanes spoke to our class that night.

              My advice is to look for scholarships (there are plenty) and feel free to fire off an e-mail if you need anything.

              "you are thusly a pro forma socialist; whether you like it or not. logic dictates this"

              by Casual Wednesday on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 07:26:59 PM PDT

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              •  thanks. i'll have to convince you to adopt WV-02. (1+ / 0-)
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                we really wanted shelley, who came in with bush, to leave with him. i think i read that the dccc has anointed someone from mojo's staff. you were complaining about not having any representation . . .

                the AU kid has one that covers half and enough other backing for this year, but, yeah. i commiserated with all those other middle class parents last week. families where both parents have good jobs, another case of the wonders of the middles class. i am sure you know what i'm talking about.

                my oldest traded her river guide reservation job  in ohiopyle after wvu for journalism. copy editor who is also now the secret gourmet. it is interesting to watch the only paper in the county adapt, to both new media, and the changing demographics.

                Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices--François-Marie Arouet

                by CA Berkeley WV on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 07:57:58 PM PDT

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                •  All too familiar with middle class (1+ / 0-)
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                  I'll be in student loan debt until retirement. Hoping that I can get some funding soon. Maybe one of these diaries will look at some committee that deals with higher education funding.

                  Not really familiar with the WV delegation, but I would like to eventually do some work for the DNC or DCCC. My particular expertise/job is campaigning. If you have a promising candidate, I know some of the top consultants.

                  Once upon a time, I was a newspaper editor. I had to drag the paper kicking and screaming into the late 20th/early 21st century with the big, scary Internet thing.

                  "you are thusly a pro forma socialist; whether you like it or not. logic dictates this"

                  by Casual Wednesday on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 08:10:27 PM PDT

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                  •  the 25 years plan, right? (1+ / 0-)
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                    this is what we know so far. we get candidates from kanawha, but the eastern panhandle is the growing population center. we were underrepresented at the state conventions based on our voting for mojo in 2004. a lot of us held our noses and pulled the lever for his second term only because of what we know it may do for us in delegate numbers in 2012. the mountain party has a draw and gets the more progressive voters.

                    Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices--François-Marie Arouet

                    by CA Berkeley WV on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 08:15:42 PM PDT

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                    •  Hmmm... (1+ / 0-)
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                      Reading the last paragraph makes me think the author took our CMI course. Lots of luck to Goodwin if he runs I suppose.

                      "you are thusly a pro forma socialist; whether you like it or not. logic dictates this"

                      by Casual Wednesday on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 08:27:34 PM PDT

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                      •  callahan had personal problems that did him in (1+ / 0-)
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                        but he started out on the road until he ran out of money for gas. the opposition tried to made anne barth out to be a glorified secretary. we have often wondered about the machin/moore family connections. it may be a good thing that someone from mojo's staff is taking her on. joe does not want her to step into bobby's senate seat, so at some point he has to do her damage.

                        clem and i can both see penn. from our houses. he and carnacki both pour themselves into campaigns every two years. they have both been absent from the drinking liberally group this summer.

                        the current configuration of wv-02 means it is the widest district east of the mississippi, eighteen counties from the potomac/shenandosh confluence over to the ohio. a local state senator and delegate sued after the 2002 apportionment since charleston retained too many seats for their loss in population, but they lost. i don't think we will lose a critter after 2012, but having wv-02 be more compact would be nice for us over here, but there is no reason either mollahan or rahall would be for adjustments. shelley has the republican transplants and they like it that way.

                        Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices--François-Marie Arouet

                        by CA Berkeley WV on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 08:53:58 PM PDT

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                      •  clem will be at NN09 if you make it (1+ / 0-)
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                        look him up

                        Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices--François-Marie Arouet

                        by CA Berkeley WV on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 08:58:06 PM PDT

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  •  thank you for this informative diary. (3+ / 0-)

    It's important to have information like this in order to help Kossacks understand why we need not just more but BETTER Democrats.

    Texas: Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Lady Bird & LBJ, Ann Richards, Sam Rayburn, Dan Rather, Ike, Sully Sullenberger, Lloyd Bentsen. It's No Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 06:13:45 PM PDT

  •  this is excellent research and presentation (2+ / 0-)
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    lots of work here giving us all a valuable resource. thanks.

    Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 06:34:11 PM PDT

  •  ARC HQ is in Harpers Ferry, WV (1+ / 0-)
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    stimulus funds go through them. that's good.

    the local planning commission tried to ram widening route 9 in town down our municipal throats, not something this small historic town wanted, or asked for at all. they were using this. Robert Gordon, Director (TAC Chairman), was tired of waiting for the left turn at our one and only light to get to work. should have thought of that before he decided on his commute.

    Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices--François-Marie Arouet

    by CA Berkeley WV on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 08:10:27 PM PDT

  •  Can you help find a bill? (1+ / 0-)
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    This is the press release but I can't find it on THOMAS by looking under the name, Sen. Bingaman, or Sen. Snowe.  

    Thank you for posting it on DK Greenroots, as otherwise I would have missed it.  Great diary.

    Healthy Minds & Bodies, discussing outdoor adventures Tuesdays 5 PM PDT

    by RLMiller on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 08:42:26 PM PDT

    •  The Senate bill is S1442 (0+ / 0-)

      The Thomas LOC link is here.

      Fair warning that these links don't always work, so you may want to go to the front page and pull it up that way. At any rate, it is in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as of July 10.

      "you are thusly a pro forma socialist; whether you like it or not. logic dictates this"

      by Casual Wednesday on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 08:57:00 PM PDT

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  •  I must steal a comment (1+ / 0-)
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    Casual Wednesday

    from someone in my diary because this one is more deserving:

    This is the absolute best diary series I've ever read. Great work!

    You deserve to be FP'd with this series, CW. The Administrators are really falling down on this one. Thank you!

    As long as prejudice exists in this country - in this world - we are all its victims. ~~ Keith Olbermann

    by Purple Priestess on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 08:59:28 PM PDT

  •  Late tip/rec. Thanks, Wednesday! nt (1+ / 0-)
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