THE LEADER'S REPORT: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25, 2008

Leader's Report
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MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER

This week, the House passed the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Act, which will make critical investments in clean, renewable energy and end tax breaks that are no longer needed for big oil companies.  With the price of oil breaking records this week and industry analysts projecting that gas could cost at least $4.00 a gallon this spring, now is the time to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency and continue efforts to put our nation on the path toward energy independence.



We also continued work this week on modernizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in a responsible manner that strengthens our national security and protects Americans' civil liberties.  I am hopeful that we will have legislation on the Floor next week.



Also next week, the House will consider the Mental Health Parity Bill, which will eliminate discriminatory provisions that make it more difficult for Americans with mental health and addiction disorders to access care.  This bill is an important and necessary measure to ensure that the roughly 54 million Americans who suffer from mental illness are not subjected to higher costs or treatment limitations.
Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

STENY H. HOYER



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MAJORITY NEWS UPDATE

Majority Leader Hoyer’s Statement Regarding Bipartisan Meeting on FISA
House and Senate Democrats and Republicans held a meeting with the General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to discuss the legal issues involved in Congress' effort to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  Hoyer said that the meeting was productive and a step forward in the process to craft a law that protects national security and civil liberties.

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The Real "Gap" in FISA: Reality and Republican Rhetoric



Hoyer: Investments in Renewable Energy Today Will Increase Our Security Tomorrow

Hoyer spoke on the House Floor on Wednesday in support of the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Act, praising the bill for making important investments that will begin to break our addiction to fossil fuels and strengthen our national, economic and environmental security for generations to come.

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