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Cochran opposes earmark moratorium

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has come out strongly against a proposal that he says would effectively impose a moratorium on how Congress uses earmarks to appropriate funding for programs and projects within the federal government. The Senate on Tuesday voted with Cochran (68-29) to table an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jim ...

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Republicans line up against healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Democrats defended plans to push massive health care legislation through the House without a direct vote and Republicans assailed the strategy Tuesday, as both parties fenced ferociously over the health overhaul end game. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that no final decision had been made on the complex parliamentary strategy, which would allow House Democrats to pass ...

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Cochran co-sponsors interest-waiving bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation that would offer assistance to small businesses on the Gulf Coast by waiving interest payments on disaster-related loans issued after recent hurricanes. Cochran is cosponsoring the Southeast Hurricanes Small Business Disaster Relief Act (S.2986), which would direct the Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish a disaster relief program for small businesses ...

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Cochran pushes water projects as job-creators

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is pressing federal officials to accelerate federal water projects in Mississippi as one way to create greater economic activity in a state with a 12 percent unemployment rate. Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, addressed the new Mississippi unemployment rate during a March 12 hearing to review the FY2011 budget requests for ...

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A wary eye on Washington

Small businesses like Alex & Lele could get hammered by jobs bill in Congress Alexandra Wilkes and her cousin, Leslie Decker, have grabbed a sizable chunk of the jewelry market in the Jackson metropolitan area the past two years. The two, co-owners of Alex and Lele, specialize in handmade earrings and necklaces. To go with Wilkes and Decker, the store ...

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Jobs bill leaves Mississippi road builders in limbo

The spring construction season is close to getting started and roadbuilders and contractors are ready to go to work. There remain a few obstacles, though. The $35-billion jobs bill circulating through Congress, which allocates $15 billion in tax forgiveness for small businesses who hire new workers, also contains $20 billion in annual highway funding for the states. The bill’s debate ...

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Dodd to go it alone in seeking financial regulations

WASHINGTON — Unable to muster bipartisan agreement on key banking provisions, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee said Thursday he would offer his own version of a sweeping overhaul of U.S. financial regulations without Republican support. A month of talks between Sen. Christoper Dodd, a Democrat, and Republican Sen. Bob Corker found some common ground but failed to yield ...

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Witt calls for disaster-preparedness legislation

James Lee Witt, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the current co-chair of ProtectingAmerica.org is urging a subcommittee to the House Financial Services Committee to move quickly to enact legislation that would help American families and communities be better prepared for and protected from the devastation caused by massive natural catastrophes such as earthquakes and ...

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Senate passes disaster relief for farmers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has passed important provisions introduced by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) as well as Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) to provide timely disaster assistance to producers facing severe crop loss from last fall’s heavy rains and floods. Rep. Travis Childers (D-Miss.) has led the effort to pass disaster assistance in the House, joining ...

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Lawmakers vow to end corporate earmarks

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders announced today that they will ban the much-criticized practice of using annual spending bills to direct pet projects to for-profit companies that often return the favor with campaign contributions. House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters that he hopes the step will mean 1,000 fewer earmarks and break the linkage between campaign contributions ...

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