Legislation

NRA Calls for Armed Police Officer in Every School

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WASHINGTON - The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings." The National Rifle Association broke its silence on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead. "The only thin... more

Lawmaker Backs Spousal Benefits for Military Gays

WASHINGTON - A Democratic congressman wants same-sex benefits for spouses of veterans and service members. Rep. Adam Smith of Washington is top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. Smith is introducing legislation to make the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments recognize any marriage that has been recognized by a state, the Dist... more

Senate Passes Bill to Improve Embassy Security

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WASHINGTON - The Senate on Monday approved legislation that would allow the State Department to transfer $1.1 billion to improve security at U.S. embassies overseas in the aftermath of the deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya last September. By voice vote, the Senate passed the bipartisan measure that would give the department the auth... more

Vietnam Vet to Lead Dems' Gun-Control Task Force

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He carried an M-16 assault rifle as a member of the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam. He's carried hunting rifles as an avid sportsman in California. That's why House Democrats say Rep. Mike Thompson is the perfect guy to carry their flag in the contentious gun-control battle sparked by last week's massacre at a Connecticut elementary s... more

Hold Lifted on Veterans COLA Bill Vote

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The "secret hold" put on a bill intended to provide a cost-of-living increase to nearly 4 million veterans and their survivors was removed Thursday and the legislation will be voted on when the Senate convenes, said a member of the Senate Minority Leader's staff. "The bill was being reviewed in the waning hours before the Senate finished its wo... more

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