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Dems seeking retroactive coverage for hurricane victims

November 28, 2005 As Congress considers long-term proposals to spur recovery in hurricane-ravaged areas, a rift has emerged between Democrats and Republicans over legislation to provide some hurricane victims with retroactive coverage under the federal flood insurance program. The proposal would apply to property owners who suffered hurricane flood damage this year but ...

Panel criticizes FEMA's handling of flood insurance program

October 19, 2005 The Federal Emergency Management Agency's handling of the National Flood Insurance Program drew sharp criticism Tuesday from Senate Banking Committee members, who said FEMA has yet to implement provisions of a program overhaul enacted nearly 16 months ago. "Regrettably, I have had experience dealing with FEMA and the National Flood ...

Senate bid fails to hike emergency responders funding

September 14, 2005 The Senate on Wednesday rejected an amendment to the fiscal 2006 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill that would have earmarked $5 billion in government grants to strengthen communications among emergency responders. The amendment, offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., fell 58-40. It needed 60 votes to secure a waiver to budget rules. ...

Lawmaker working to boost spending bill for border security

June 13, 2005 Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Monday he is working with Senate appropriators, GOP leaders and the White House to improve the security of the nation's southern border as part of a comprehensive immigration overhaul. "I think you'll see, within the next three weeks, a commitment made first in the context ...

Ex-TSP chief says private Social Security accounts face steep challenge

May 6, 2005 The first chief administrator of the federal Thrift Savings Plan said Thursday that President Bush's plan for establishing personal accounts as part of a Social Security overhaul faces "overwhelming" practical challenges. "The administration's plan for universal [individual accounts] is not feasible and it should not survive the process of responsible ...

Reducing patent backlog could take years, agency official says

April 26, 2005 Reducing a backlog of hundreds of thousands of pending patent applications could take several years, despite a budget boost that has enabled the Patent and Trademark Office to hire a record number of examiners this year, PTO director Jon Dudas said Monday. "The current backlog is about 490,000 applications -- ...

FCC Chairman Powell announces resignation

January 21, 2005 Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell announced Friday he will leave the agency in March, ending a tumultuous four-year term that focused on deregulation and indecency on the airwaves. During his tenure, Powell completed rules regarding telecommunications competition, promoted the transition to digital television, resolved the conflict over interference between ...

Senate orientation will aim to bridge partisan divide

November 5, 2004 Although this year's freshman class will change the Senate's political landscape by increasing the GOP majority, its members are gearing up for an orientation they say will place more emphasis on building bipartisan relationships than previous Senate orientations. Two Senate Republicans and two Democrats are working with leadership to imbue ...

Federal bank examiners could get new post-employment restrictions

September 21, 2004 Prompted in part by conflict-of-interest allegations stemming from the Riggs Bank investigation, Senate Governmental Affairs Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and ranking member Carl Levin, D-Mich., Monday introduced a bill calling for a "cooling off period" before certain federal bank examiners could go to work for financial institutions they ...

IT groups back temporary patent office user fee boost

September 14, 2004 The information technology industry is urging Senate appropriators to support a likely provision in the fiscal 2005 Commerce-Justice-State spending bill that would increase Patent and Trademark Office user fees for one year and prevent any of those fees from being earmarked for other federal programs. "We feel the movement they've ...