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  • Health Effects of September 11 Attacks
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    Health Effects of September 11 Attacks

    In a subcommittee hearing held in New York City, the first panel of witnesses testified about possible health problems caused by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Video clips were shown of cleanup…

  • Prescription Drug Abuse
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    Prescription Drug Abuse

    Witnesses testified about prescription drug abuse, access to prescription drugs through physicians, the Internet, and patients, as well as the extent of the problem in the U.S. They also…

  • Synthetic Drug Control Strategy
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    Synthetic Drug Control Strategy

    The committee held a hearing to evaluate the administration’s first Synthetic Drug Control Strategy, which was released on June 1, 2006, by the White House Office of National Drug Control…

  • Drug Enforcement Programs
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    Drug Enforcement Programs

    Witnesses testified about whether federal, state and local cooperation in controlling drug trafficking was being jeopardized by proposed budget cuts. Topics included the Edward Byrne…

  • RU486 Health and Safety Standards
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    RU-486 Health and Safety Standards

    Witnesses testified about the safety record of the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 and standards for women’s health applied in the drug approval process. The Food and Drug Administration had…

  • United Nations Sanctions
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    United Nations Sanctions

    Witnesses continued testimony about United Nations sanctions after the oil-for-food program, including the significance of sanctions and whether and how they will work. Topics included the…

  • United Nations Sanctions
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    United Nations Sanctions

    Ambassador Bolton testified about United Nations reform efforts and other issues involving the U.N. He talked about international sanctions as a viable diplomatic tool, the impact of the…

  • Counterfeit Drugs
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    Counterfeit Drugs

    Subcommittee members held a hearing title “Sick Crime: Counterfeit Drugs in the United States.” FDA officials, drug industry representatives, and family members of counterfeit drug victims testified how…

  • Visas and Combating Terrorism
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    Visas and Combating Terrorism

    An oversight hearing was held to identify steps the Departments of State and Homeland Security have made since 9/11 to address gaps and vulnerabilities in the visa process. The first panel of…

  • Methamphetamine Trafficking and Local Law Enforcement
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    Methamphetamine Trafficking and Local Law Enforcement

    The subcommittee heard testimony on fighting methamphetamine trafficking and assessing the impact on local law enforcement and child welfare agencies. Representatives of federal and local…

  • Steroid Use in Baseball Owners
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    Steroid Use in Baseball: Owners

    Major League Baseball executives testified about charges of steroid use among professional athletes and recent contract negotiations over testing rules in the sport. Among the issues they…

  • Steroid Use in Baseball Players
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    Steroid Use in Baseball: Players

    Current and former Major League Baseball players testified about the use of steroids in professional baseball and other sports. Among the issues they addressed were several recent allegations of…

  • emBanking on Baghdad  Iraqs 7000Year Historyem
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    Banking on Baghdad: Iraq's 7,000-Year History

    Edwin Black talked about his book Banking on Baghdad: Inside Iraq’s 7,000-Year History of War, Profit, and Conflict, published by John Wiley and Sons. He described Iraq from the days of Mohammed…

  • Steroid Use in Baseball Parents and Experts
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    Steroid Use in Baseball: Parents and Experts

    Medical experts and parents of athletes who died as a result of steroid use testified about the physical effects of steroid use, the prevalence of steroid use among young adult athletes,…

  • Steroid Use in Baseball Opening
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    Steroid Use in Baseball: Opening

    The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee held hearings on allegations of steroid use among Major League Baseball players, current and proposed regulation of steroid use by…

  • White House Daily Briefing
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    White House Daily Briefing

    Mr. McClellan briefed and answered questions from reporters on a number of issues including the president’s schedule, tax policy, proposed Social Security reform, and relations with…

  • Drug Control Programs
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    Drug Control Programs

    Witnesses testified about funding requests for federal drug control programs. Among the issues they addressed were law enforcement efforts to reduce drug use and trafficking, drug…

  • Flu Vaccine Supply
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    Flu Vaccine Supply

    Public health officials testified about the availability of flu vaccine for the 2004-2005 flu season. Among the topics they addressed were initial shortages of vaccine, recent vaccine…