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On the Floor

This week the House of Representatives will be considering the following Resolution.
The DeGette-Castle stem cell research bill increases the number of lines of stem cells that are eligible to be used in federally-funded research.
This legislation provides for the implementation of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations remaining after the enactment of the Intelligence Reform bill in 2004.
This bill invests in clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency by repealing billions in subsidies given to big oil companies that are raking in record profits.
This bill makes college more accessible and affordable by cutting the interest rates on subsidized student loans in half - from the current 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent. This significantly cuts the student debt burden of about 5 million students.
On January 12th, 2007, the House passed H.R. 4, which repeals the current provision that prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from negotiating with drug companies for lower prices for those enrolled in Medicare prescription drug plans and instead requires the Secretary to conduct such negotiations. The bill also requires the HHS Secretary to submit to the relevant congressional committees a report on the negotiations conducted by the Secretary, not later than June 1st, 2007, and every six months thereafter. Under the bill, the Secretary has the discretion on how to best implement the negotiating authority and achieve the greatest discounts.
This bill increases the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over two years. Increasing the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour would bring a pay raise for up to 13 million Americans.
House Democrats will start draining the swamp by banning travel and gifts from lobbyists, requiring full transparency to end the abuse of special interest earmarks, and ending the abusive processes that have destroyed democracy in the House of Representatives.
The schedule for the first 100 legislative hours of the 110th Congress.

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