Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Euclid Corridor Progress: JUly 2007

Work continues on the Euclid Corridor, or Silver Line, as workers install one in a series of transit stop shelters in front of Fenn Tower at Cleveland state University today.

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Cleveland Public Art: New Art Planned for Mall B

For everyone who misses Brian Tolle's “For the gentle wind doth move Silently, invisibly,” a new piece is being proposed by Cleveland Public Art. The piece, "The Verdant Walk" is designed by the landscape architecture firm North Design Office out of Toronto, Ontario Canada.




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Second phase in advanced energy initiative, joining wind turbine to raise community and civic awareness of renewable energy opportunities

CLEVELAND, July 31, 2007 – Nearly a year after installing what has become Cleveland’s iconic wind turbine, the Great Lakes Science Center is installing a 300 foot solar array canopy at its entrance. The solar panels represent the Great Lakes Science Center’s second advanced energy initiative and, coupled with the wind turbine, will continue to raise community and civic awareness regarding renewable energy. The array consists of 156 GE solar panels with a 31.2kW capacity.

The solar array is made possible through funding from Cleveland Foundation, Ferro Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Additional partners include Panzica Construction, Doty & Miller Architects and GE Energy. The project, named SolarWorks, will be dedicated on July 11 at 10:30 a.m.

“Our advanced energy initiative, and specifically the solar array, brings the Great Lakes Science Center mission of demonstrating the interrelationship between science, technology and the environment to life,” said Linda Abraham-Silver, president and executive director, Great Lakes Science Center. In fact, the solar array was designed to provide an immediate, meaningful renewable energy experience to anyone that approaches the Great Lakes Science Center.

The solar panels will provide an estimated 24-28kW instantaneous output on a sunny day in the spring or fall, out of a 31.2kW capacity. The array is expected to produce 36,000 – 43,000kWh during the course of a year, averaging approximately 100kWh per day. This is the equivalent of the average electricity needed for four Ohio homes, or up to eight energy- efficient homes. The energy generated will be enough power to light all of the Great Lakes Science Center exhibition galleries—more than 65,000 square feet of exhibition space.Energy generation is only one objective, of course, for the solar panels, according to Great Lakes Science Center President and Executive Director Linda Abraham-Silver. “We want to raise awareness, engage curiosity and encourage discussion, just as we do with our indoor signature exhibits and programs.” An interior touch-screen kiosk will provide both real-time and historical data visualizations, including power generated over time, and the amount of carbon dioxide not generated for the power equivalent.

Doty & Miller Architects and Panzica Construction provided design and construction for the project. Construction started at the beginning of May and will be ready for the beginning of the Solar Conference.

About Ferro Corporation

Ferro Corporation (www.ferro.com) was founded in 1919 in Cleveland, and today, Cleveland remains home to our worldwide headquarters. The Company is a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials for manufacturers. Our materials enhance the performance of products in a variety of end markets, including solar energy, electronics, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, building and renovation, appliances, automotive, household furnishings, and industrial products. Ferro has approximately 6,700 employees who work in 20 countries around the world. The Company reported sales of $2.0 billion in 2006.

About Ferro Electronic Material Systems

Ferro Electronic Material Systems is the fastest growing business at Ferro. Its products include metal pastes and powders for solar energy applications, advanced packaging and thick film conductors; chemical mechanical planarization slurries for semiconductors and advanced integrated circuits; dielectrics used in passive chip components and multilayer ceramic capacitors; and surface finishing materials for LCD, hard disk and ophthalmic lens polishing. Ferro Electronic Material Systems is based in Cleveland, and has production, laboratory, sales, and technical support facilities around the world, including Vista, CA; Penn Yan and Niagara Falls, NY; South Plainfield, NJ; Haverhill, United Kingdom; Uden, The Netherlands; Hanau, Germany; Tsukuba, Japan; and Suzhou, China.

About The Cleveland Foundation

Established in 1914, The Cleveland Foundation is the nation’s third-largest community foundation with assets of $1.9 billion. The Foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowments, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on vital issues. For more information The Cleveland Foundation, please visit www.clevelandfoundation.org

About Great Lakes Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center year, is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers, featuring more than 400 signature hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibitions, daily demonstrations and the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater. The Science Center is open daily 9:30AM to 5:30PM with discounted parking for guests in the attached 500-car garage. For more information, contact the Great Lakes Science Center at 216 694-2000 or visit www.GreatScience.com


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Thursday, July 26, 2007

All Aboard Ohio: U.S. Appropriations Bill Funds West Shore Corridor Study

All Aboard Ohio

Ken Prendergast
Director, Research & Communications

July 25, 2007

U.S. appropriations bill funds West Shore Corridor study
Only Ohio rail/transit project to receive federal planning funds

Thanks to the efforts of Rep. Betty Sutton (D-13), the West Shore Corridor has become a bonafide transportation project in the eyes of federal, state and regional transportation planning agencies. Rep. Sutton successfully secured $350,000 for a West Shore Corridor rail/bus transit alternatives analysis as part of the House of Representatives' Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The project’s sponsor, and thus the recipient of funds, is the Lorain County Board of Commissioners.

More funding for the alternatives analysis will be sought. The funding will allow a consultant to be hired to seek public input to develop a range of proposed rail and bus transit options, then determine potential ridership and revenues, capital and operating costs, station-area land uses, train horn Quiet Zones, safety enhancements and other impacts of those options. Local public officials would then be in a position to select a preferred option and pursue funding for implementation.

Ultimately, West Shore commuter rail/enhanced bus services could connect neighborhoods and employment districts in Cleveland, Lakewood, Rocky River, Westlake, Bay Village, Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield Village, Sheffield Lake, Lorain and Vermilion. West Shore Corridor rail/bus services would provide a leading, close-to-home for other key transportation corridors in Northeast Ohio. It might also pay economic dividends in addressing serious, transportation-based problems in Northeast Ohio by:

§ Reducing Greater Cleveland’s transportation costs (fifth-highest in the nation – ULI, 2003; CNT, 2004), which cause working-class households to devote more of their budgets to transportation than housing, limiting their ability to build wealth;

§ Increasing access to jobs, education and health care that have sprawled beyond the traditional service areas of local transit systems (only 8-15 percent of available jobs in the Cleveland-Akron-Lorain area are within a 40-minute transit ride – Census, 2000);

§ Encouraging compact development patterns in a pedestrian-friendly setting at transit stations (“Commuter rail might also focus land development around stations, slowing urban sprawl and would provide an example of inter-regional cooperation.” – Parsons Brinckerhoff, NEORail Feasibility Study, 2001);

§ Reducing vehicular emissions that cause Greater Cleveland to fall into EPA air quality non-attainment, compromising human and economic health. Ironically, Honda refused to consider non-attainment areas for its newest U.S. assembly plant. In Cuyahoga County, mobile sources (ie: vehicles) accounted for 86-95% of ozone precursors, or 16-36 percentage points higher than the typical U.S. urban area (USEPA & EDF, 1996);

§ Provide a fast, more reliable option to driving in and out of downtown Cleveland which will only become more stressful as several major road projects (Inner Belt, West Shoreway, Clifton) get underway within the next several years.

Since July 2006, citizens, business people, city and county officials, state and federal legislators, transportation and planning agency representatives, plus many others have been working together via a series of stakeholders meetings to determine whether there is a public interest in advancing planning for enhanced West Shore Corridor transit.
The next stakeholders meeting will be from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 29, in the Gallery Room at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd.

Stakeholders responded positively to the House of Representatives’ vote.

“Thanks to Congresswoman Sutton and an outpouring of local support, developing West Shore Corridor rail and bus transit has grown from a good idea to a real project,” said Ken Prendergast, director of research and communication at All Aboard Ohio. “That support is why the West Shore Corridor was the only Ohio rail or transit project approved by Congress to receive federal planning funds.”

“Special thanks to first-term Congresswoman, Betty Sutton, who has seen the value of this project to our West Shore and Northeast Ohio areas and gone to bat for our collective communities,” said Lorain County Commissioner Betty Blair.

“I think that this shows great commitment from federal leaders for commuter rail and great cooperation on the municipal, county and federal level,” said Kevin Kelley, chair of Cleveland City Council’s Aviation and Transportation Committee. “Transit has been embraced by communities around the nation and this community should study transit development as an economic development tool. I am absolutely thrilled about this important first step. This is a nice solid gain.”

“We’re excited about the possibility of commuter rail and this is another step in that direction,” Lakewood Mayor Tom George said. “Commuter rail is an excellent fit for Lakewood, the western communities and the region. At this time of high energy prices, alternative forms of transportation are on the cutting edge of our community discussions."

“I think this is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the importance of alternative transportation throughout this western region and it demonstrates that the cooperation between counties and statekholders can affect the distribution of federal funds for needy projects such as this,” said Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough. “And I hope this is just a beginning step toward ultimate completion of a commuter rail system for the region.”

Although $1.5 million in FY2008 federal funds was sought for the alternatives analysis, the funding appropriated was in line with awards to similar transportation projects around the country. The West Shore Corridor was one of 25 projects nationwide identified by the House of Representatives to receive a total of $9.8 million in U.S. Department of Transportation Alternatives Analysis Program funds. The House also increased the funding ceiling for the Alternative Analysis program from $18 million to $25 million, of which roughly $3.3 million remains uncommitted. West Shore stakeholders will seek additional funds in the coming months from a variety of sources to expand the scope of planning elements.


All Aboard Ohio! is a statewide nonprofit organization based in Columbus that advocates for improved public transit and passenger train services in Ohio. More information can be found at www.allaboardohio.org. The Stocker Foundation in Lorain is a generous supporter of All Aboard Ohio’s West Shore Corridor educational efforts.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Legislative Action: 10th District and State - 072407

American Planning Assn

July 23, 2007

In this MegaVote for Ohio's 10th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes -
* Senate: Troop Withdrawal Amendment
* Senate: College Cost Reduction Act
* House: Energy/Water Development Appropriations, FY2008
* House: Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations, FY2008

Upcoming Congressional Bills -
* Senate: Higher Education Amendments Act
* Senate: Homeland Security Appropriations, FY2008
* House: Transportation/HUD Appropriations, FY2008
* House: Commerce/Justice/Science Appropriations, FY2008
* House: Farm Bill Extension Act of 2007

Recent Senate Votes

Troop Withdrawal Amendment - Vote Rejected (52-47, 1 Not Voting)

During the Defense Authorization bill debate, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on this amendment that would have set a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

Sen. George Voinovich voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

College Cost Reduction Act - Vote Passed (78-18, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate approved this bill to increase the amount of aid to college students.

Sen. George Voinovich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Recent House Votes

Energy/Water Development Appropriations, FY2008 - Vote Passed (312-112, 7 Not Voting)

This $31.6 billion bill would fund the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation for the upcoming fiscal year.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted Not Voting......send e-mail or see bio

Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations, FY2008 - Vote Passed (276-140, 15 Not Voting)

The House passed this $153.7 billion bill that would fund the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education for the 2008 fiscal year.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Upcoming Votes

Higher Education Amendments Act - S.1642

This Senate bill would reauthorize higher education programs and place limits on relationships between student loan lenders and colleges.

Homeland Security Appropriations, FY2008 - H.R.2638

The Senate is scheduled to begin work on this $37.6 billion bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security for the 2008 fiscal year.

Transportation/HUD Appropriations, FY2008 - H.R.3074

This $105 billion House bill would fund the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development for the upcoming fiscal year.

Commerce/Justice/Science Appropriations, FY2008 - H.R.3093

This $54 billion House bill would fund the departments of Commerce and Justice for the upcoming fiscal year.

Farm Bill Extension Act of 2007 - H.R.2419

The House is scheduled to take up a new farm bill that authorizes a broad range of agricultural programs.

Cleveland + : Special Events

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Show your Northeast Ohio spirit as CBS' "The Early Show" broadcasts LIVE on a huge stage in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum --rain or shine-- on Friday, July 27 from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Come down to the Rock Hall before work for an all-star line up including celebrity chef Bobby Flay and a local Cleveland chef or two, weatherman and feature reporter Dave Price and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Patti Smith, who will perform a free mini-concert to end the show.

Show up at Friday's "The Early Show" broadcast with a homemade "Cleveland+" sign and you could win a pair of Cleveland Browns tickets or one of two pairs of Cleveland Indians tickets.

PLUS, all showgoers carrying homemade Cleveland+ signs or shirts bearing Cleveland+ can visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Musuem for free immediately following the broadcast at 9 a.m. on July 27, 2007.
Winners will be chosen randomly. No other offers apply. Offer good until noon of July 27, 2007 only.

PLEASE NOTE: Erieside Drive, the street in front of the Rock Hall, will be closed to accommodate the show. If you are traveling in on I-90, please use the W. 3rd Street exit (and not E. 9th Street) to access the Port Authority parking lot.


Professionals in the City – "The Region's New Vision"

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2007
Place: Cleveland Botanical Garden
Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. (Hors d'Oeuvres from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.)

Panelists Include:
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, U.S. Representative, 11th Congressional District
The Honorable Mayor Frank G. Jackson, City of Cleveland
The Honorable Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic, City of Akron
The Honorable Mayor Jay Williams, City of Youngstown

Admission is FREE.

Presented by: Cleveland365.com in partnership with University Circle Inc., The Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com

For more information and to register for this event please click here or log onto Cleveland365.com

Sponsored by: National City Bank, Cleveland+, First Energy Foundation, Cleveland Clinic, AT&T, News Channel 5, Cleveland Magazine, ATSI, Cleveland Connexion, RPM Inc., Alltel, American Family Insurance and Cleveland Hopkins Airport Civic Innovation Lab and The Call & Post.

Professionals in the City is a series of quarterly networking events with themed discussions featuring Q & A with major community stakeholders. These events engage N.E. Ohio's Emerging Leaders attracting professionals from Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Lorain and Youngstown.


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Monday, July 23, 2007

Help Raise Money for the Coast Guard Station at Wendy Park

When you shop at Whole Foods this Wednesday, 5% of the sales will go to Wendy Park and renovations at the Historic Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.

Hello Friends of Wendy Park,
On July 25, 2007 Whole Foods will donate 5% of their sales to the Wendy Park Foundation. Whole Foods was Founded in 1980 as one small store in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market® is now the world's leading retailer of natural and organic foods, with 196 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. To date Whole Foods Market remains uniquely mission driven: We're highly selective about what we sell, dedicated to stringent Quality Standards, and committed to sustainable agriculture.
When you shop with Whole Foods Market next Wednesday, 5% of sales for the day will go to the Wendy Park Foundation to assist in the acquisition of solar lighting & an irrigation system at the U.S. Coast Guard Station (A historic fusion of bold architecture and resilient nature). Recent efforts of the Wendy Park Foundation has made the historical site accessible for the first time in over 30 years, except for one summer in the early 90's when a restaurant operated out of the station. The Wendy Park Foundation hopes to work with the City of Cleveland and local residents and businesses to restore this important piece of Cleveland's history that is nationally registered!
Whole Foods is located at:
13998 Cedar Rd
University Heights, OH 44118
(p) 216.371.5320
Thank you for your support and I hope to see you at Whole Foods on July 25th!

Christine Bucknell
Executive Director of the Wendy Park Foundation

Thursday, July 19, 2007

West 117th Street Target Opening + More

According the to Ward 19 Newsletter, the new 130,000 sq ft Target on West 117th Street is set to open on July 29.West 121st Street will be extended to Berea Road as well in order to attract new business in the industrial section to the west of the store.

Of more interest is the announcement of two new retail operators that will build on the two of three outlots near Target. A new 87,000 sq ft grocery store and a new family restaurant. No names have been given yet, but they will be announced in the near future

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Grant News II: The George Gund Foundation, $5.9 Million

Second, the George Gund Foundation:

Foundation Awards $5.9 Million in July

CLEVELAND OH - Efforts to increase access to health care for Ohio residents, focus on issues affecting the state’s largest school districts and educate the public about environmental concerns received funding from The George Gund Foundation this month.

Trustees made 92 grants and one program-related investment totaling $5,931,306 to a wide range of education, human service, environment, arts and economic and community development organizations at the second quarterly meeting of 2007.

The Foundation continued its support for the Columbus-based Health Policy Institute of Ohio, which conducts policy analysis and research on health care issues and trends affecting the state’s residents, with a two-year $225,000 grant.

CATALYST: Cleveland, an independent newsmagazine that has reported on school improvement efforts in Cleveland since 1999, will use a two-year $350,000 grant to expand its focus to other urban districts in the state. The expanded publication will be known as CATALYST: Ohio.

Earthwatch Ohio, a free bimonthly newspaper reporting on environmental issues, received a two-year $50,000 grant.

The Foundation also made a $500,000 program-related investment as a loan to Neighborhood Progress Inc. for redevelopment of the former St. Luke Hospital site.

Other grants of interest included:
• $50,000 to the United Labor Agency for Ohio Youth Voices, a program to involve young people in development of state polices that affect their lives.

• $60,000 over two years to the Ohio Association of Childcare Agencies, Inc. to develop outcome measures for residential child welfare programs in Ohio.

• $50,000 to Karamu House for the 2007-2008 theater season.

• $15,000 to the Burning River Foundation for Burning River Fest 2007.

• $25,000 to the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio for strategic planning.

The George Gund Foundation was established in 1952 by George Gund, former chairman of the Cleveland Trust Company. The Foundation funds programs that enhance our understanding of the physical and social environment in which we live and increase our ability to cope with its changing requirements. Grants are made quarterly in the areas of education, human services, economic and community development, environment and arts. Foundation commitments to date have totaled almost $493 million.

For further information contact:
Deena M. Epstein (216)241.3114

Grant News I: The Cleveland Foundations, $11.1 Million

A couple of press releases regarding some grants recently given.
First, The Cleveland Foundation:

Cleveland Foundation announces $11.1 million in quarterly grants

CLEVELAND, June 29, 2007 – The board of directors of The Cleveland Foundation today authorized $11.1 million in grants to address Greater Cleveland's most pressing needs in education, economic development and health care, among other areas.

Those nonprofit organizations receiving funding this quarter include:

Major Capital Grants

Once a year, the Foundation provides funds to select nonprofit organizations in Greater Cleveland that are pursuing major capital projects. These funds are awarded through a competitive review process. Projects seeking funding must be for the purpose of construction, renovation, refurbishment or purchase of buildings; acquisition of land; or creation or improvement of public spaces. Projects must also be central to the mission of each organization applying for grants and likely to have a long-term effect on the organization's success.

The Cleveland Foundation awarded a total of $2.5 million in capital grants this year to the following five groups ($500,000 each):

  • Catholic Charities Services Corporation (Parmadale): Parmadale is one of Ohio's largest private residential facilities for the treatment of adolescents with severe behavioral health and developmental difficulties. To address increasing demand for services, and to ensure the safety of patients and staff, Parmadale has embarked on a capital campaign to build three new intensive treatment centers.
  • Detroit-Shoreway Community Development Corporation: Detroit-Shoreway is one of three organizations – along with Cleveland Public Theatre and New West Theatre – involved in the Gordon Square Arts District effort. The initiative aims to foster economic development and create attractive arts destinations on Cleveland's west side. Funding will be used to help redevelop the Capitol Theatre, a 1920's movie house on West 65th Street, into a three-screen, art and independent movie theatre.
  • Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation: Fairfax Renaissance seeks to purchase and renovate the former Langston Hughes Library to serve as the headquarters for Senior Outreach Services, an agency that serves inner-city seniors. The project is part of a larger economic develop initiative taking place in the Fairfax neighborhood.
  • Hattie Larlham Foundation: Hattie Larlham provides comprehensive services for children with profound disabilities and medical conditions. The agency plans to add two units for children requiring specialized medical technology, upgrade its facility to incorporate modern assistive technologies and equipment, and create a Life Achievement Center for the development of cognitive, social, physical and emotional skills.
  • New Directions: New Directions offers treatment for chemically dependent adolescents and their families dealing with emotional, behavioral and psychiatric problems. The organization provides the only gender-specific residential treatment for adolescent females in a nine-county area, and is looking to build new residential treatment centers so that it might continue to offer these services.

Economic Development

A $200,000 grant was awarded to University Circle Incorporated to support its program, "Living in the Circle: Strategic Investment Initiatives for Housing, Retail and Safety in Greater University Circle." Part of the grant will be used to open a visitor center to encourage development of new housing in University Circle. Funds will also be used to study the feasibility of a mixed-use retail development, and to assess the needs, growth potential and performance improvement of the University Circle Police Department.

MidTown Cleveland will receive a $750,000 loan from the Foundation. The organization works to ensure the continued viability of the area from East 55th to East 79th streets between Chester and Carnegie avenues. MidTown Cleveland has developed a comprehensive approach to redeveloping this area, and will use the loan to acquire and redevelop key parcels of land.

Public Education Reform

The Foundation will continue its support of Cleveland State University's Executive-in-Residence (EIR) program with a $100,000 grant. The EIR program is one of several initiatives within the College of Education and Human Services designed to position the university as a nationally recognized institution in the preparation and advanced professional development of urban teachers and leaders.

Urban School News, publisher of the newsmagazine CATALYST Cleveland, will receive $370,000 to expand the publication's coverage area. CATALYST Cleveland documents, analyzes and supports school improvement efforts in Cleveland's public schools. The grant will help the magazine report and analyze similar efforts in other large urban school districts around Ohio, not just in Cleveland.

The Ohio 8 Coalition is a strategic alliance involving the superintendents and teachers union presidents from the eight largest urban school districts in the state: Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. Ohio 8 members seek to showcase the accomplishments of urban districts and work with policymakers to improve education in Ohio. The board approved a $67,816 grant to support three of Ohio 8's strategic priorities:

Slavic Village Development (SVD) will receive $28,000 to help create neighborhood-based "schools of excellence" in the Broadway/Slavic Village area. SVD plans to launch a multiyear strategy with several objectives, including ensuring the community has access to high-quality public schools, and increasing resident and parent involvement in neighborhood schools.

Health Care

The board approved a $116,114 grant to Recovery Resources, one of the largest behavioral health agencies in Northeast Ohio. The organization is working to create an integrated treatment program for clients suffering from both mental illness and substance abuse.

Legislative Action: 10th District and State - 071807

American Planning Assn
Congressional Directories

July 16, 2007

In this MegaVote for Ohio's 10th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes -
* Senate: Dorgan Amendment-Bringing Osama bin Laden and Other Leaders of al Qaeda to Justice
* House: Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act

Upcoming Congressional Bills -
* Senate: 2008 National Defense Authorization Act
* House: 2008 Energy and Water Appropriations
* House: 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations

Recent Senate Votes

Dorgan Amendment-Bringing Osama bin Laden and Other Leaders of al Qaeda to Justice - Vote Agreed to (87-1, 12 Not Voting)

This amendment to the defense authorization bill calls for quarterly classified reports on the Bush administration’s work to capture al Qaeda leaders.

Sen. George Voinovich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Recent House Votes

Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act - Vote Passed (223-201, 8 Not Voting)

The House voted to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted NO......send e-mail or see bio

Upcoming Votes

2008 National Defense Authorization Act - H.R.1585

The Senate is scheduled to continue work on this defense appropriations authorization bill.

2008 Energy and Water Appropriations - H.R.2641

This $31.6 billion bill would fund the Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation for the upcoming fiscal year.

2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations - H.R.3043

This $153.7 billion bill would fund the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education for the upcoming fiscal year.