Friday, September 19, 2008

Puppy Protection, Defibrillators for Schoolkids, Polar Bear Trophies & Covert Operations to Overthrow Iran: September 18, 2008

Here are a four bills introduced yesterday: Two in the Senate and two in the House.

Talk about a heck of a political platform: “I am for puppies” – would love to see this bill come to a vote and see who is against protecting puppies.

By Mr. DURBIN (D-IL) (for himself, Mrs. FEINSTEIN (D-CA), Mrs. MCCASKILL (D-MO), and Mr. WYDEN (D-OR)):
S. 3519. A bill to amend the Animal Welfare Act to provide further protection for puppies; to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Source: GPO [S9025]

I think this next bill is a great one, I'm all for emergency preparedness, especially when it comes to America's youth:

By Mrs. CLINTON (D-NY)(for herself, Mr. VOINOVICH (R-OH), and Mr. BROWN (D-OH)):
S. 3520. A bill to establish a grant program for automated external defibrillators in elementary and secondary schools; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Source: GPO [S9025]

And over in the Senate, I have to wonder who is so desparately looking to import polar bear trophies shot before 1973 that this bill was important to introduce?

By Mr. YOUNG (R-AK):
H.R. 6936. A bill to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow importation of polar bear trophies taken in sport hunts in Canada before the date the polar bear was determined to be a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973; to the Committee on Natural Resources. Source: GPO [H8476]

And finally, a very interesting bill in the House prohibiting CIA and DoD from using funds to provide covert assistance in the overthrowing of Iran's government:

By Ms. LEE (D-TX) (for herself, Ms. WOOLSEY (D-CA), Mr. HINCHEY (D-NY), Ms. WATERS (D-CA), Mr. MCGOVERN (D-MA), Mr. MCDERMOTT (D-WA), and Mr. GRIJALVA (D-AZ)):
H.R. 6951. A bill to prohibit the use of funds by the Central Intelligence Agency or the Department of Defense to provide covert or clandestine assistance for the purpose of overthrowing the Government of Iran; to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. Source: GPO [H8476]

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