Week of May 19, 2003

For Immediate Release:

May 19, 2003

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» Please view the "Weekly Whip" outlining the Floor Schedule for the week of May 19, 2003.

Floor items that you may want to do press on:

H.R. 1588 - National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2004

H.R. 1904 - The Healthy Forests Restoration Act


H.R. 1588 - National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2004

The House is expected to consider this legislation next week.  H.R. 1588 contains objectionable provisions relating to the basic rights of federal employees at the Department of Defense and the environment.  Democratsare going to fight to remove or alter these provisions on the House Floor.

Attached is information to help you do press regarding H.R. 1588 - National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2004:

  • Press Release from Democratic WhipSteny Hoyer regarding the DoD civil service reform policies
  • Press Release from AFGE regarding DoD civil service reform policies
  • Excerpt of a letter from Representatives Waxman, Skelton, Obey and Spratt to Speaker Hastert and Leader Pelosi on the objectionable environmental provisions contained in the DoD Reauthorization
  • Story from the Chicago Tribune discussing the exemptions from environmental laws contained in the DoD Reauthorization
  • Press Release from Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher regarding the Endangered Species Act exemption
  • Selected Quotes from Editorials opposing DOD Efforts to Weaken Health and Environmental Safeguards from the National Environmental Trust (NET)
  • List of Editorials opposed to the DoD exemptions (please contact the Office of the Democratic Whipif you need help securing a copy of a particular editorial) compiled by the NET

H.R. 1904 - The Healthy Forests Restoration Act

The House is expected to consider this legislation next week.  While there is broad agreement that there is a need to improve wildfire protection by reducing hazardous fuels, H.R. 1904 is an inadequate response to the needs of many communities across the nation.

Attached is information to help you do press regarding H.R. 1904 - The Healthy Forests Restoration Act:

  • Summary of H.R. 1904 and the Democratic Substitute provided by the Office of the Democratic Whip

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