DOT Secretary Ray LaHood Proposes Legislation to Improve Rail Transit Safety Oversight

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–December 8, 2009.  U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today called on Congress to pass the Obama Administration’s Public Transportation Safety Program Act of 2009, a new transit safety bill to ensure a high and standard level of safety across all rail transit systems.  The measure would effectively eliminate the[Read More…]

Statement of Senator Carl Levin at the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing on Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–December 8, 2009.  The following is the opening statement as prepared for delivery by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for the committee hearing on strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan with Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry and General Stanley A. McChrystal. Today, the Committee hears from[Read More…]

Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Baghdad Bombings

BELGIUM–(ENEWSPF)–December 8, 2009. On behalf of NATO, I strongly condemn the bombings that have taken place in Baghdad today, which have killed scores of innocent people. There can be no justification for this kind of terrorism. I express my condolences to the many families who have lost loved ones today,[Read More…]

Gates: NATO Steps Up, Pakistan Makes Strides

KABUL–(ENEWSPF)–Dec. 8, 2009 – NATO’s commitment of 7,000 additional troops for the International Security Assistance Force it leads in Afghanistan comes as a pleasant surprise to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who calls it a sign of the alliance’s renewed commitment there. “Frankly, my hope was that we could get[Read More…]

Defense Secretary Gates Meets With Karzai, Other Afghan Leaders

KABUL–(ENEWSPF)–Dec. 8, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today, the first senior U.S. official to visit with Afghan President Hamid Karzai since President Barack Obama’s announcement last week of his new strategy for Afghanistan. Gates was slated to kick off his visit with a one-on-one session with[Read More…]

House Holds Hearing On Death Penalty Appeals

WASHINGTON—(ENEWSPF)—December 8, 2009. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties today held a hearing on the need for reform of death penalty appeals. Specifically, the hearing focused on the impact of habeas corpus limitations to pending death penalty sentences. The right to habeas corpus allows[Read More…]

Statement by President Obama on the Settlement of Cobell Class-Action Lawsuit on Indian Trust Management

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–December 8, 2009. “Today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Attorney General Eric Holder announced that, at long last, a settlement has been reached in the Cobell class-action lawsuit.  This suit was originally filed in 1996 over the United States government’s trust management and accounting of hundreds of thousands of[Read More…]

Administration Launches Comprehensive Open Government Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–December 8, 2009.  As part of the Obama Administration’s work to change how Washington does business, the White House Tuesday issued the Open Government Directive requiring federal agencies to take immediate, specific steps to open their operations up to the public.  The Administration also released an Open Government Progress[Read More…]

Final 2023 Mayoral Forum with Joe Woods

Final Village Trustee Forum – March 19, 2023