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2 A NEW DIRECTION To Make America Safer To Restore the American Dream To Restore Accountability

3 Under Democratic leadership, the Congress is focused on a New Direction that makes American families and children, and future generations, our highest priority. With faith in the future, we have begun to build a remarkable record of progress.

4 MAKING AMERICA SAFER 9/11 Commission Recommendations to Protect America from Terrorism Largest Veterans Health Care Funding Increase in History Energy Security and Reducing Global Warming Holding the Administration Accountable for the War in Iraq

5 MAKING AMERICA SAFER 9/11 Commission Recommendations requiring 100% screening of air cargo; requiring 100% screening of air cargo; requiring 100% screening of cargo containers before they reach U.S. soil; requiring 100% screening of cargo containers before they reach U.S. soil; basing anti-terrorism funding to cities and states on risk, not political boundaries; basing anti-terrorism funding to cities and states on risk, not political boundaries; improving emergency communications among first responders; improving emergency communications among first responders; strengthening information sharing with local law enforcement to help prevent potential terrorist attacks; and strengthening information sharing with local law enforcement to help prevent potential terrorist attacks; and taking aggressive steps to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. taking aggressive steps to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction.

6 MAKING AMERICA SAFER Largest Veterans' Health Care Funding Increase In History making critical investments for our wounded troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, improving conditions such as those uncovered at Walter Reed and in other Congressional oversight; making critical investments for our wounded troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, improving conditions such as those uncovered at Walter Reed and in other Congressional oversight; focusing on those veterans returning with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury; focusing on those veterans returning with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury; reducing the huge backlog of veterans' claims for benefits; reducing the huge backlog of veterans' claims for benefits; providing needed maintenance of VA health care facilities; and providing needed maintenance of VA health care facilities; and preventing the President's proposed fee increases from hitting veterans. preventing the President's proposed fee increases from hitting veterans.

7 MAKING AMERICA SAFER Energy Security And Reducing Global Warming reducing the dependence on foreign oil that threatens our national security; reducing the dependence on foreign oil that threatens our national security; creating new jobs that are home-grown and American-owned, fueled by American farms and American innovation, including a Green Jobs initiative training a workforce in new energy technologies; creating new jobs that are home-grown and American-owned, fueled by American farms and American innovation, including a Green Jobs initiative training a workforce in new energy technologies; lowering energy costs for consumers by more than $300 billion through 2030, with landmark efficiency reforms for homes, appliances, and industry; lowering energy costs for consumers by more than $300 billion through 2030, with landmark efficiency reforms for homes, appliances, and industry; reducing dangerous heat-trapping gases by an estimated 40 percent of what is needed by 2030 to save the planet; and making the U.S. a leader on a binding global warming agreement with all emitters. reducing dangerous heat-trapping gases by an estimated 40 percent of what is needed by 2030 to save the planet; and making the U.S. a leader on a binding global warming agreement with all emitters.

8 MAKING AMERICA SAFER Holding The Administration Accountable For The War In Iraq requiring reporting from the Administration on the conduct of the war in Iraq, both militarily and in establishing a stable Iraqi government; requiring reporting from the Administration on the conduct of the war in Iraq, both militarily and in establishing a stable Iraqi government; supporting troops and military families with new funding for Mine- Resistant Armor Protected vehicles (MRAP) and health care for returning veterans supporting troops and military families with new funding for Mine- Resistant Armor Protected vehicles (MRAP) and health care for returning veterans banning permanent American military bases in Iraq; and banning permanent American military bases in Iraq; and meeting equipment shortfall needs of the Army National Guard. meeting equipment shortfall needs of the Army National Guard. setting a responsible timeline for phased redeployment of American troops; setting a responsible timeline for phased redeployment of American troops; enhancing national security and military readinessas well as quality of life for military familiesby requiring regular rotations out of combat zones and back home for rest and training. enhancing national security and military readinessas well as quality of life for military familiesby requiring regular rotations out of combat zones and back home for rest and training.

9 RESTORING THE AMERICAN DREAM Largest College Aid Expansion Since the GI Bill in 1944 First Increase in the Minimum Wage in a Decade Innovation Agenda Promoting 21 st Century Jobs in a Global Economy Aid to the Gulf Coast Recovering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Health Care for 10 Million Children

10 RESTORING THE AMERICAN DREAM Largest College Aid Expansion Since The GI Bill cutting student loan interest rates in half, saving the typical student borrower $4,400 over the life of the loan; cutting student loan interest rates in half, saving the typical student borrower $4,400 over the life of the loan; increasing Pell Grant amounts by $1,090 over five years; increasing Pell Grant amounts by $1,090 over five years; forgiving loans for graduates who provide 10 years of public service, such as public school teachers or first responders; forgiving loans for graduates who provide 10 years of public service, such as public school teachers or first responders; guaranteeing that borrowers will never have to spend more than 15 percent of their yearly discretionary income on loan repayments, and allowing those in economic hardship to have their loans forgiven after 25 years; and guaranteeing that borrowers will never have to spend more than 15 percent of their yearly discretionary income on loan repayments, and allowing those in economic hardship to have their loans forgiven after 25 years; and making landmark investments in Historically Black Colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and other minority- serving institutions. making landmark investments in Historically Black Colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and other minority- serving institutions.

11 RESTORING THE AMERICAN DREAM First Increase to the Minimum Wage in a Decade The benefits of the pay raise will be felt by nearly 13 million American workers5.3 million directly and another 7.2 million indirectly as a result of the new wage floorin addition to more than 6 million children of low wage workers: The benefits of the pay raise will be felt by nearly 13 million American workers5.3 million directly and another 7.2 million indirectly as a result of the new wage floorin addition to more than 6 million children of low wage workers: increasing annual pay by $4,400 a year by 2009, with an increase in the minimum wage of $2.10 phased in over three years; and increasing annual pay by $4,400 a year by 2009, with an increase in the minimum wage of $2.10 phased in over three years; and raising the minimum wage in 20 states this past July, where state wages are not already higher. raising the minimum wage in 20 states this past July, where state wages are not already higher.

12 RESTORING THE AMERICAN DREAM Innovation Agenda Promoting 21st Century Jobs dramatically expanding the number of highly qualified math, science, engineering, and technology teachers across the country; dramatically expanding the number of highly qualified math, science, engineering, and technology teachers across the country; putting us on a path to doubling funding for basic research and development at the National Science Foundation, National Institute for Science and Technology, and Department of Energy; putting us on a path to doubling funding for basic research and development at the National Science Foundation, National Institute for Science and Technology, and Department of Energy; maintaining the American edge in high-performance computing; maintaining the American edge in high-performance computing; boosting energy research and innovation, creating a new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy; and boosting energy research and innovation, creating a new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy; and making small businesses even bigger players in the tech sector, supporting new manufacturing processes and techniques, and high- risk, high-reward technology development. making small businesses even bigger players in the tech sector, supporting new manufacturing processes and techniques, and high- risk, high-reward technology development.

13 RESTORING THE AMERICAN DREAM Aid To The Gulf Coast Recovering From Hurricanes Katrina And Rita waiving the local matching requirement under the Stafford Act that governs disaster assistance, saving the region $1.9 billion and allowing work to begin on an estimated 20,000 stalled projects; waiving the local matching requirement under the Stafford Act that governs disaster assistance, saving the region $1.9 billion and allowing work to begin on an estimated 20,000 stalled projects; providing $6.4 billion in direct assistance to help bolster levees, restore the coastline, recruit teachers, keep schools open, maintain health facilities, assist farmers and fishermen, provide housing assistance, assist small businesses, and retain law enforcement and other essential workers; and providing $6.4 billion in direct assistance to help bolster levees, restore the coastline, recruit teachers, keep schools open, maintain health facilities, assist farmers and fishermen, provide housing assistance, assist small businesses, and retain law enforcement and other essential workers; and exercising much-needed Congressional oversight: House Committees have held over 30 hearings on Katrina recovery, including revealing billions of taxpayer dollars lost to contractor waste, fraud, and abuse. exercising much-needed Congressional oversight: House Committees have held over 30 hearings on Katrina recovery, including revealing billions of taxpayer dollars lost to contractor waste, fraud, and abuse.

14 RESTORING THE AMERICAN DREAM Health Care For 10 Million Children protecting coverage for the more than 6 million children already enrolled, and enrolling 4 million more children who are already eligible but lack health coverage now; protecting coverage for the more than 6 million children already enrolled, and enrolling 4 million more children who are already eligible but lack health coverage now; helping families of 10 million children avoid bankruptcy and foreclosure on their homes under the crushing weight of medical catastrophes; and helping families of 10 million children avoid bankruptcy and foreclosure on their homes under the crushing weight of medical catastrophes; and saving taxpayer dollars that are spent now providing the most expensive care possible to uninsured children, in hospital emergency rooms. saving taxpayer dollars that are spent now providing the most expensive care possible to uninsured children, in hospital emergency rooms.

15 RESTORING ACCOUNTABILITY Landmark Lobby and Ethics Reform Pay-As-You-Go Budget Discipline; No New Deficit Spending

16 RESTORING ACCOUNTABILITY Landmark Lobby And Ethics Reform mandating new transparency for lobbyists bundling donations and political campaign fund activity; mandating new transparency for lobbyists bundling donations and political campaign fund activity; ending the 'K-Street Project' by prohibiting Members of Congress and their staff from attempting to influence employment decisions in exchange for political access; ending the 'K-Street Project' by prohibiting Members of Congress and their staff from attempting to influence employment decisions in exchange for political access; enacting a strong lobbyist gift ban, limits on privately-funded travel, and a ban on House Members accepting trips on private planes; enacting a strong lobbyist gift ban, limits on privately-funded travel, and a ban on House Members accepting trips on private planes; expanding public disclosure by requiring lobbyists to file twice as oft en each year, and for the first time to file electronically in a public, searchable database; and expanding public disclosure by requiring lobbyists to file twice as oft en each year, and for the first time to file electronically in a public, searchable database; and denying Congressional retirement benefits to Members convicted of bribery, perjury and other similar crimes. denying Congressional retirement benefits to Members convicted of bribery, perjury and other similar crimes.

17 RESTORING ACCOUNTABILITY Pay-As-You-Go Budget Discipline allowing no new deficit spending; allowing no new deficit spending; balancing the budget by 2012-which the President's budget does not; balancing the budget by 2012-which the President's budget does not; passing legislation in the House to save U.S. taxpayers billions by cleaning up government contracting abuses, including getting rid of no-bid contracts; passing legislation in the House to save U.S. taxpayers billions by cleaning up government contracting abuses, including getting rid of no-bid contracts; instituting unprecedented disclosure of which Members are requesting earmarked projects and who is benefiting, and dramatically cutting the number of earmarks; and instituting unprecedented disclosure of which Members are requesting earmarked projects and who is benefiting, and dramatically cutting the number of earmarks; and uncovering billions of misspent taxpayer dollars in Iraq and the Gulf Coast region. uncovering billions of misspent taxpayer dollars in Iraq and the Gulf Coast region.

18 WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING Thomas Kean, Co-Chairman of the 9/11 Commission and former Republican governor of New Jersey, calls the 9/11 legislation a very big step forward. It will make our nation safer.

19 WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING The American Legion called our historic veterans funding increase an impressive commitment to this nations service members, veterans, and their families. The Disabled American Veterans called itkeeping faith with Americas veterans.

20 WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says of Iraq oversight: I have long been and continue to be an advocate of congressional oversight as a fundamental element of our system of government. I also have publicly expressed my belief that congressional debate on Iraq has been constructive, appropriate and necessary.

21 WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21 says The lobbying and ethics reform legislation … represents sweeping, fundamental reform in response to the corruption scandals that plagued the last Congress. The lobbying disclosure reforms will provide a sea change for citizens… Mary G. Wilson of the League of Women Voters saysThis legislation is remarkably good considering the challenges it has faced. For the first time, Congress is requiring disclosure of big-dollar bundling by lobbyistsa key element for truly reforming the way business is done in Washington.

22 WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING David Broder wrote in the Washington Post on fiscal responsibility: Instead of promising more unaffordable tax cuts that go mainly to the richest Americans, as their Republican counterparts have done for the past six years, key Democrats are imposing some real spending discipline on themselves. The Concord Coalition, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Committee for Economic Development write: In urging adherence to PAYGO … we note that Congress has been very careful to comply with the rule so far this year.

23 GOP: THE GRAND OBSTRUCTION PARTY More progress could be made on critical American challenges if Bush Republicans were not recklessly stalling our agenda: 4 million more children still dont have health care o876 troops have been killed since Republicans first filibuster on changing course in Iraq oroads and highways are deteriorating oAmericans are paying more at the gas pump o1,400 new police officers are being kept off the street as crime rises

24 GOP: THE GRAND OBSTRUCTION PARTY As Trent Lott said: The strategy of being obstructionist can work or fail. … So far it's working for us. The President vetoed: Stem cell research, twice Stem cell research, twice Changing course in Iraq Changing course in Iraq Health insurance for children Health insurance for children Funding for Departments of Labor, HHS and Education Funding for Departments of Labor, HHS and Education

25 GOP: THE GRAND OBSTRUCTION PARTY Lower prescription-drug cost Lower prescription-drug cost Comprehensive immigration reform Comprehensive immigration reform Intelligence authorization Intelligence authorization Troop readiness legislation Troop readiness legislation Majority votes to change course in Iraq Majority votes to change course in Iraq Veterans funding Veterans funding D.C. voting rights D.C. voting rights Farm bill Farm bill Eliminating unfair tax burdens of middle class Eliminating unfair tax burdens of middle class Addressing mortgage crisis Addressing mortgage crisis Building roads and bridges Building roads and bridges Senate Republicans Blocked:


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