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Senate panel to give diploma mills the third degree

May 10, 2004 Diploma mills will come under congressional scrutiny when the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee begins Tuesday two days of hearings on bogus degree-granting institutions. The General Accounting Office investigation, requested last July by Governmental Affairs Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, and House Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., will look at employees ...

Draft postal overhaul bill draws criticism from mailers

May 4, 2004 The House Government Reform Committee began circulating a draft Monday night of the postal overhaul bill it will mark up Thursday, but some commercial mailers say the bill is too weak to save the beleaguered Postal Service. The 126-page draft, which Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., will introduce sometime ...

Postal Service offers overhaul bill wish list

April 23, 2004 The Postal Service produced a list of provisions this week it would like to see in postal overhaul bills that lawmakers plan to introduce next week, although it may be too late. At the request of the House Government Reform and the Senate Governmental Affairs committees, the Postal Service submitted ...

Postal overhaul bill unlikely to move this year, key aides say

April 22, 2004 The House member leading the charge for postal overhaul said Wednesday the issue is still alive this year, but key House Republican and Democratic aides said postal legislation is unlikely to make much progress. Addressing a meeting of the Direct Marketing Association, which strongly supports overhaul, Brian Gaston, chief of ...

Senate panel OKs rail, maritime security bills

April 8, 2004 The Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday approved two bipartisan bills that would increase the amount of federal funding for rail and maritime security efforts by $4 billion. The committee reported out two measures that would add $2 billion over five years for each effort. The rail security legislation requires the ...

Aggressive timetable set for postal overhaul legislation

April 7, 2004 Senate Governmental Affairs Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, laid out an "aggressive timetable" Wednesday for a Postal Service overhaul bill, saying she plans to introduce bipartisan legislation with Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., by the end of the month. A committee aide said Collins hoped to mark up the bill in May. ...

Lawmakers begin drafting postal overhaul legislation

March 30, 2004 Now that the House Government Reform Committee has wrapped up its postal overhaul hearings, and with only one more hearing planned in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, lawmakers already have begun drafting legislation to change the nation's Postal Service. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, will introduce legislation ...

Treasury secretary: Postal Service should pay military retirees

March 24, 2004 Treasury Secretary Snow said Tuesday the Bush administration does not support any postal overhaul effort that would shift funding responsibilities for military retirement benefits to the Treasury. In a joint hearing of the House Government Reform and Senate Governmental Affairs committees, Snow said postal overhaul is "overdue -- and critically ...

Senators call for rail security enhancements

March 23, 2004 The federal government must step up its efforts to increase rail security measures, railway representatives and government analysts said Tuesday. At a Senate Commerce hearing to examine rail security in the wake of the train bombings in Spain earlier this month, public transportation representatives said President Bush's fiscal 2005 budget ...

Obscure rule aids Democrats in getting information from agencies

March 19, 2004 House Government Reform ranking member Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has long been known as a dogged investigator of what he sees as governmental abuses of power, and he has become an avid and vocal critic of the Bush administration. Since President Bush took office, however, Waxman increasingly has employed another tool ...