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Immigration Bill Killed In Senate On Thursday – Both California Senators Feinstein and Boxer Voted In Favor of Cloture Motion

Immigration Bill Killed In Senate On Thursday – Both California Senators Feinstein and Boxer Voted In Favor of Cloture Motion

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(Best Syndication) The US Senate threw out the controversial immigration reform bill by cloture motion on Thursday. Only 46 of the Senators voted to keep the bill alive, while 53 voted to kill it. California Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer voted in favor of the motion.

The cloture motion rejected Senate bill S 1639, which reversed the Senates action taken Tuesday after President George W. Bush encouraged the Senators to support it and bring it back to the floor. On Tuesday the vote was 64 to 35 to keep working on the bill. Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, said in the debate leading up to the vote, "If we do not invoke cloture, the bill is dead."

Gordon Brown Becomes Prime Minister Of United Kingdom After Tony Blair Steps Down – Labour Party Head Promises Change

Gordon Brown Becomes Prime Minister Of United Kingdom After Tony Blair Steps Down – Labour Party Head Promises Change

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(Best Syndication) Prime Minister Tony Blair stepped down Wednesday allowing former First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service, Gordon Brown to take the helm of 10 Downing Street. Blair became head of the Labour Party after the sudden death of his predecessor, John Smith.

Although it unlikely the new PM will change the conditions for withdrawal from Iraq, Brown has promised sweeping change. After meeting with the Queen on Wednesday, Brown said “I have heard the need for change, change in our NHS, change in our schools, change with affordable housing, change to build trust in Government, change to protect and extend the British way of life.”

Senate Subpoenas Vice President and Whitehouse Documents Concerning Warrantless Searches - Justice Department and NSC

Senate Subpoenas Vice President and Whitehouse Documents Concerning Warrantless Searches - Justice Department and NSC

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(Best Syndication) The Senate has subpoenaed Whitehouse documents relating to the authorization and the legal justification for the Administration's warrantless wiretapping program. The Bush Administration has until July 18th to turn over materials from the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney's office, the National Security Council and Justice Department.

In December of 2005 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales confirmed the existence of the program. The subpoenas seek documents related to authorization and reauthorization of the program or programs. The Senate is also looking for documents and agreements between the Executive Branch and telecommunications or other companies regarding liability for assisting with or participating in the surveillance.

Senate Has Votes To Pass Illegal Immigration Bill – Restarts Legislation To Grant Legal Status To Illegal Immigrants In US

Senate Has Votes To Pass Illegal Immigration Bill – Restarts Legislation To Grant Legal Status To Illegal Immigrants In US

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(Best Syndication) The Senate voted to move the controversial immigration bill ahead after supporters cleared a 60-vote margin needed to keep the legislation moving. The measure was quashed earlier this month when a similar vote prompted just 45 Senators to support it.

In the previous vote tally, only 7 Republicans favored the bill, but this time around 24 gave their support. There were 25 Republicans, nine Democrats, and the independent Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont opposing the bill that would give immediate legal status to 12 million immigrants now living in the United States illegally.

Senate passes Renewable Energy Bill – New Fuel Standards set for Automakers

Senate passes Renewable Energy Bill – New Fuel Standards set for Automakers

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[Best Syndication] The Senate voted 65 – 27 in favor for legislation to change the national fuel economy requirements for automakers and also to increase ethanol manufacturing. Missing from the package was a $32 billion tax proposal that would have raised some taxes on oil companies that would be invested into renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal.

What did get passed was an increase in fuel economy standards for automakers from 25 mpg to 35 mpg by the year 2020.

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