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Postal reform bill flops in House committee

June 20, 2002 A compromise plan for reforming the struggling Postal Service failed in the House Government Reform Committee Thursday after Republican leaders failed to assure Democrats that the measure (H.R. 4970) would get time on the House floor. Many Democrats on the panel support the bill, which is sponsored by Republican John ...

House panel OKs compromise on arming pilots

June 20, 2002 A House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee Wednesday approved a compromise bill that would allow a small number of airline pilots to carry firearms as part of a two-year demonstration program. "I strongly believe that under these circumstances, arming trained and highly qualified flight crew members is a necessary step to ...

House panel backs bill to give federal building guards law officer status

May 21, 2002 Guards at federal buildings would receive full law enforcement officer status under a bill approved by a House Transportation subcommittee Tuesday. The bill (H.R. 4770) provides Federal Protective Service officers, who guard buildings owned and leased by the General Services Administration, the same pay and benefits as other federal law-enforcement ...

Veterans to get cost of living benefits increase

May 2, 2002 A House Veterans Affairs subcommittee unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would provide a cost of living increase in all veterans benefits, in addition to a bundle of new and expanded benefits for veterans. The Benefits Subcommittee added an amendment to the bill (H.R. 4085) by voice vote to include ...

Electric scooter can be used on federal walkways, Senate panel says

April 26, 2002 The new Segway scooter would not be banned from federally funded walkways and footpaths under a bill passed Thursday by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H., the sponsor of the legislation, stressed that local governments would still decide whether to allow the 12-mile-per-hour personal transports ...

House panel votes to hike pay at SEC

April 12, 2002 The House Financial Services Committee approved a bill authorizing $776 million for the Securities and Exchange Commission for fiscal year 2003 by a voice vote on Thursday. The legislation (H.R. 3764) includes an extra $76 million to increase SEC employees' pay to equal compensation for officials at the Federal Reserve, ...

Commission to study Sept. 11 attacks wins Senate panel backing

March 22, 2002 The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Thursday called for a commission to investigate the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. Similar commissions examined the surprise attack on U.S. naval forces at Pearl Harbor at the outbreak of World War II, and the assassination of President ...

Senate committee approves effort to streamline appointments

March 22, 2002 The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Thursday approved a bill that would streamline the process of appointing executive branch officers. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., said the changes would inject "a little common sense" in the appointments process. "The presidential appointments process is unnecessarily long, burdensome, and complex," Thompson ...

Senate panel passes anti-discrimination bill

March 21, 2002 The Senate Governmental Affairs committee passed a bill Thursday to change the way federal agencies settle lost discrimination cases and to give federal employees additional on-the-job protection against discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. Under the legislation (H.R. 169), the "Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2001" ...

Transportation panel clears port security bill

March 21, 2002 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a bill Wednesday authorizing $225 million over three years to improve security at America's ports. The measure (H.R. 3983), sponsored by the committee chairman, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, ranking Democrat James Oberstar of Minnesota, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., and Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., ...