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Bomber Must Fly Through Enemy Airspace on Capitol Hill

No matter which company wins the new B-3 bomber deal, the programís advocates will start facing the first of many budget battles before any metal has been bent.

Advocating for a Strong Update to the Toxic Substances Control Act | Commentary

Recently, a CSX train car carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in East Tennessee, forcing thousands of people to evacuate. I watched on the news as brave first responders arrived and worked ceaselessly, putting the health and safety of the population first and foremost. For me, it put in high relief our countryís need to get serious about regulating and removing toxic chemicals from our everyday lives.

To Protect the Public Health, New Chemicals Must Be Found Safe Before Use | Commentary

Public health leaders have long understood the power of prevention to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including those linked to exposure to chemicals. We know there are billions of pounds of chemicals used in common products sitting on retail shelves in every town in America today.

Steinle's Dad, Victims' Kin to Speak at Immigration Hearing

Jim Steinle, the father of a woman fatally shot three weeks ago in San Francisco, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday during a hearing on immigration enforcement policies.

Regulatory Reform Bill Could Be a Lifeline for Small Businesses | Commentary

Small-business owners tend to work longer hours each week than most workers. For instance, according to Gallup, a significant percentage of small-business owners work every day of the week. Thatís because itís not easy to run a successful business, especially one that is just starting up.

Who Should Be the Next Librarian of Congress? Wrong Question! | Commentary

With the news that James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress, is retiring, there has been considerable discussion about who should be his successor ó such as on the editorial page of The New York Times and at last monthís Annual Conference of the American Library Association in San Francisco. This particular question must be answered, of course, but we need to think bigger picture than that.

Caviar and Airplane Sales Sweeten Iran Deal

In exchange for lifting crippling U.S., European and U.N. oil and financial sanctions, Iran agreed to a historic deal that limits its nuclear production capacity and fuel inventory over the next 15 years.

Confederate Flag Flap a Death Knell for Appropriations Work

The fiscal 2016 appropriations process effectively screeched to a halt Friday, the day after bitter divisions over a Republican Confederate flag provision sunk the Interior-Environment appropriations bill and apparently laid claim to the rest of the spending measures as well.

A Patent 'Reform' Ruinous to Our Nation's Health | Commentary

Congress giveth and Congress taketh away.

Uproar Over Confederate Flag Blocks Interior-Environment Bill

Republican leaders abruptly pulled the fiscal 2016 Interior-Environment spending bill from the floor Thursday in a highly embarrassing about-face after Democrats and moderate Republicans revolted against a planned vote to allow Confederate flag imagery to be displayed on cemeteries on federal land.

Don't Use the Budget to Set Bad Gun Policies | Commentary

In its first vote on guns since the mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., the House Appropriations Committee retained a long-standing ban on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding for research on gun violence.

Let Consumers Help Repair the Auto Industry | Commentary

One hundred and seventeen ó that is the most recent death toll figure from General Motors Co.ís faulty ignition switches. The figure represents a disturbing increase from GMís original estimate of 13 deaths.

Congressional Inaction Leaves Military Installations, Communities Stuck at Crossroads | Commentary

Despite action on the National Defense Authorization Act, the threat of sequestration and military spending cuts remain. Missions are being scaled back, force numbers are declining, and communities, states and regions that have long-served as proud homes to our installations continue to take the economic hits.

Cybersecurity Measures Inch Forward, but Critics Doubt Their Effectiveness

Lawmakers are pushing measures they say will help boost the nationís security from cyber-attacks, but experts warn the efforts will do little to shield the country from increasingly sophisticated online hacking.

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FDA May Lack Money to Carry Out Hiring Envisioned in 'Cures' Bill

The Food and Drug Administrationís ability to hire senior staff would be enhanced under a bipartisan House package to speed new medical cures, but the cash-strapped agency still may not have enough resources to pay higher salaries and support the hiring permitted under the measure.

Chances of Changing Dodd-Frank Appear to Rest With Handful of Moderate Democrats

A handful of moderate Senate Democrats will probably determine whether Congress can pass legislation making the most significant changes to the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul since it was enacted five years ago, in the wake of the economic crisis.

Lawmakers Poised for Fight Over Nuclear Missile Subs

Congress is girding for a showdown over how to pay a looming bill of at least $139 billion for acquiring new nuclear-missile submarines.

Dotcom Act Would Require Deal Review

House Republicans are pushing legislation, known as the Dotcom Act, that aims to give Congress a say in the terms of the handover of the Internetís address system to international stakeholders.

Sunni Sheikh Comes to Washington Seeking Arms, Aid

Amid the chaos of his home city Ramadiís fall Sunday to Islamic State fighters, a senior Sunni tribal leader arrived in Washington, D.C., to warn lawmakers and senior administration officials this week of Iranís growing influence in the war-torn region.

FDA's Mandate Gets More Complicated

The Food and Drug Administration is tweaking the way it evaluates medical devices at a time when the agency finds itself at the center of a wide range of pressing health issues, from food safety to drug formulation and policing the pharmaceuticals supply chain.

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