Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hill Watching - Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - DoD Chemical Tests & Community Service

On the Senate side, one of the many bills aimed at assisting issues our veterans are forced to deal with. This one by Sen. Tester will basically provide support to the vets who have been used as lab rats, as if their jobs were not bad enough in these times of war:

S. 2937. A bill to provide permanent treatment authority for participants in Department of Defense chemical and biological testing conducted by Deseret Test Center and an expanded study of the health impact of Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Source: [Page: S3507]

In the House, love this bill from Moran saying a Federal employee can use up to 2 sick days a year to perform community service. Nice! Here it is:

By Mr. MORAN of Virginia:
H.R. 5922. A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that a Federal employee may use up to 2 days of sick leave a year in the performance of community service; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Source: [Page: H2852]

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hill Watching - Monday, April 28th, 2008 - Describing a Billion & Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Quiet day on the hill. Senate had short day and House was not in session.

Most interesting bill introduced in the Senate:

By Mr. BARRASSO (for himself and Mr. BOND):
S. 2927. A bill to increase the supply and lower the cost of petroleum by temporarily suspending the acquisition of petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to include additional acquisition requirements for the Reserve; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Source: Thomas, LOC

On days that either the House or Senate are not in session, I'll add something from a statement on the floor.

Today's piece of statement comes from Senator Cornyn on March 3rd:

"Now, a friend of mine in Texas likes to remind me from time to time how much a billion is because we throw numbers around up here—a million here, a billion there. A billion seconds ago it was 1976. A billion seconds ago it was 1976. We do not even seem to flinch at a budget that Congress passed that exceeded the President’s request by $23 billion." [Page s4160]

Welcome to Hill Watcher

April 29th, 2008. Hill Watcher meekly begins. This blog will be a daily quick post of an interesting bill introduced the previous day by U.S. House and U.S. Senate. I may include any provocative or insightful statements from the the House or Senate floor. The actual official post will be up later today.

This blog will be non-partisan. There will be plenty of bills introduced and statements from Democrats, Republicans and Independents.