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March 11, 2007

Senate Rules Committee to Hold Smithsonian Oversight Hearing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Robert Bennett (R-Utah), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, today announced plans to hold an oversight hearing on April 18, 2007, on the Smithsonian Institution. Date: Wednesday, April 18 Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: Committee on Rules and Administration; 301 Russell Senate Office Building "The Smithsonian is one of the premier institutions in the world. Our committee is committed to … Continue Reading

February 07, 2007

Statement of Chairman Feinstein at Rules Committee Hearing to Evaluate Electronic Voting Systems

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today convened a hearing to evaluate the security of electronic voting systems used in federal elections and the ability to perform audits on these systems. The following is the prepared text of Chairman Feinstein?s opening remarks for today?s hearing, ?The Hazards of Electronic Voting ? Focus on the Machinery of Democracy: I'd like to thank my Ranking Member, Senator … Continue Reading

February 01, 2007

Senator Feinstein Announces Support for Legislation to OUtlaw Voter Deception and Intimidation Practices

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), today announced her support of legislation to outlaw voter deception and intimidation practices. Senator Feinstein serves as Chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which has oversight authority over election reform issues. Last year, roughly 14,000 Democratic voters with Spanish surnames in California's 47th District, (which includes parts of Orange County), received letters before the Nov. 7 election falsely … Continue Reading

January 18, 2007

Senate Approves Landmark Ethics Reform

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate tonight approved a landmark ethics reform package, the strongest such legislation since the Watergate-era. The bill ((S.1 - The Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act) will next be the subject of a Conference Committee with the House, before being returned to each Chamber for final passage. The following is a comment from Senator Feinstein, who as chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, managed the bill on the Senate floor, followed … Continue Reading

January 16, 2007

Senate Approves Feinstein-Rockefeller Amendment to Require Accountability and Transparency for Classified Earmarks

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today approved the amendment to the comprehensive ethics reform bill filed by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) that seeks to bring accountability and transparency to classified earmarks. "This amendment provides the public with the assurance that the classified parts of the defense and intelligence budgets are subjected to the same scrutiny and openness as everything else," Senator Feinstein said. The following is the … Continue Reading

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