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    Privately Funded Congressional Travel

    Witnesses testified about possible changes to House ethics rules governing gifts of travel from private sources. Among the topics they addressed were types and functions of trips taken…

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    Lobbying Accountability and Transparency

    Witnesses testified about H.R. 4975, the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006. Topics included tightening restrictions on gifts members of Congress may accept, requiring…

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    Consumer Issues

    Mr. English, a former U.S. Representative from Oklahoma, talked about the concerns of rural consumers, the role of the 930 rural electric cooperatives, and the problems with increasing…

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    Election of the President by Popular Vote

    Participants spoke to reporters about a proposal to change election laws in several states in order to ensure that the outcome of presidential elections reflected the popular…

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    Federal Pension Forfeiture Act

    A hearing titled, “Restoring the Public Trust: A Review of the Federal Pension Forfeiture Act,” was held on denying federal officials convicted of felony crimes access to…

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    Lobbying Reform

    Representatives of seven government watchdog organizations outlined a proposal for a lobbying reform package that would address the failures that made the recent scandal involving lobbyist…

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    Republican Lobbying Reform Proposals

    Ms. Ferrechio spoke about Republican lobbying and ethics reform proposal presented the previous day by House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-CA) and House Speaker Dennis…

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    Telecommunications Act

    The Media and Democracy Coalition, representing 116 interest groups, held a news conference about the release of its “Bill of Media Rights.” The report criticized the 1996…

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    Federal Election Reform

    Witnesses spoke to a panel at the first meeting of the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform on the Help America Vote Act. Among the topics they addressed were minority…

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    Judicial Nominations

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and others spoke to reporters at a press conference on judicial nominations on the steps of the Supreme Court. They stood behind several boxes…

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    Congressional Ethics Reform

    A coalition of eight government ‘watchdog’ groups announced a campaign to urge members of the House of Representatives not to weaken ethics standards and long-standing…

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    Polling Place Operations & Workers

    Panelists talked about polling place operations in the 2004 presidential elections and allegations of voter suppression and intimidation. Among the topics they addressed were…

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    America's Election Process

    Panelists talked about voting procedures in the 2004 elections. Among the topics they addressed were voter registration, the operation of voting machines and new technologies, rules…

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    Electronic Voting

    Witnesses testified about the use of electronic voting machines, potential errors or manipulation of the election results, and recent problems in using newly acquired computerized voting…

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    Congressional Ethics Oversight Procedures

    Participants talked to reporters about enforcing congressional ethics rules and the process of ethics oversight. They talked about the need to restore rules allowing independent…

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    Iraqi Reconstruction Contracts

    Program is missing the first few minutes. Democratic senators met to inquire into the process by which reconstruction contracts were awarded for work in Iraq. Among the topics…

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    Domestic Issues

    The guests debated topical domestic issues including Medicare, tax cuts, campaign finance legislation, and media ownership rules. They responded to audience telephone calls, faxes and…

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