Friday, October 21, 2005

Currently in Congress 1-15 October 2005

The latest issue of Currently in Congress is available on the U.S. Mission to South Africa's Library webpage: http://pretoria.usembassy.gov/wwwhic00.html

Highlights: FY06 spending bills (and a controversial amendment to the Defense spending bill), a bill to increase oil refinery construction and expansion in the U.S., the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the ratification of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, various hurricane housing relief bills, and a resolution in support of the Africa-America Institute.

Hearings include: Marriage promotion in Washington DC, small business growth and Hurricane Katrina, the Exon-Florio amendment (which allows the President to stop a takeover of a U.S. company by a foreign entity if it threatens national security), the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement, India's Caste System, Spyware, and the Kyoto Protocol.

Previous issues are archived on the website.