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Washington Post: Roberts took $5,000 from Stevens' PAC


Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][1][(Washington Post) Following Stevens PAC Money:][2] Lawmakers have long used political action committees to sow good will among fellow candidates. So how is Sen. Ted Stevens, the Alaska Republican whose house was raided yesterday in a federal corruption probe, using his Northern Lights PAC? Well, he doled out $95,000 to colleagues in the first half of the year, including $5,000 to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who is up for re-election and just happens to sit on the Senate Ethics Committee. That's the panel that could be called into review Stevens conduct at a later date in the controversy over his Alaska home renovations and relationship with an oil services company called VECO. [Roberts declined to answer questions about the matter, as did the committee's top Democrat, Barbara Boxer of California, and top Republican, John Cornyn of Texas.][(Kansas City Kansan) Missouri, Kaw levees could get $47M boost:][3] The flood-prone rivers marking a major portion of Wyandotte County's borders could be in store for an injection of federal dollars. U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Tuesday announced that projects including river levees in the Kansas City area and the combined sewage overflow project in Atchison, Kan., were included in the Conference Report on the Water Resources Development Act. The legislation now goes to the House and Senate for a vote on final passage. If approved, it would then go to the President. Roberts worked to secure funds for the Seven Levees project in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.Rep. Dennis Moore (D) ![][4][(AP) Bill calls for Gonzales impeachment inquiry:][5] Democratic House members, including several former prosecutors, introduced a measure Tuesday directing the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether to impeach Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales. Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.), a co-sponsor of the measure, said the investigation was warranted given the questions about whether Gonzales misled Congress in testimony about the firing of eight U.S. attorneys and about a secret government eavesdropping program. "The resolution isn't for impeachment, it's an inquiry," Moore said. "If the investigation concludes that he misled Congress and gave false information or otherwise, I would certainly look into whether further action is necessary." Moore, who spent a dozen years as district attorney for Johnson County, Kan., has not called for Gonzales to resign, as a number of Democrats have. But the former prosecutor said the investigation was needed because "it's important to me that we have a justice system that we believe in that's fair."Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][6][(CQPolitics.com) With Eyes on Maintaining Majority, Democrats Put Freshmen in Spotlight:][7] House leaders are offering the freshmen unusual opportunities to quickly burnish their legislative credentials: allowing them to serve on important committees, headline press conferences, offer popular amendments on the floor and meet weekly with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. ... Leaders also have provided freshmen with opportunities to sponsor high-profile legislation and amendments. Nancy Boyda, who edged GOP incumbent Jim Ryun in her Republican-leaning east Kansas district, is the lead sponsor of a House-passed ethics bill that has been incorporated into the broader lobbying package (S 1) that lawmakers hope to clear before week's end. Boyda's legislation (HR 476) would deny pensions to lawmakers convicted of felonies including bribery.[(The Hill) House passes ethics bill:][8] The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a sweeping lobbying and ethics reform bill on a 411-8 vote. "We have kept our promise to drain the swamp that is Washington, D.C.," Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, adding that the legislation is "historic." Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.) said the vote was a "start to cleaning up Washington," adding that the bill was "personally important" to her. "This is a journey and we're going to start putting in place changes to rebuild trust" in government, Boyda added.Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R) ![][9][(Phillipine News) Filner says there's money for equity bill:][10] here is money to fund the Filipino World War II veterans' equity bill, which has been separately approved in both the Senate and House veterans' affairs committees. "Oh yes, the money is there," Rep. Bob Filner, chair of the House committee and primary author of H.R. 760, the House version of the "Filipino Veterans' Equity Act of 2007," told Philippine News when asked if funding for the proposed law is available, and where would it come from. The Senate committee had approved $300 a month for each veteran living in the U.S., while the House committee proposed $500. Both chambers also approved the proposal that Filipino American veterans should receive the same pensions U.S. veterans are entitled to. Rep. Mike Honda, a member of the Philippine-U.S. Friendship Caucus, suggested that there should be an effort to reach out to other veterans groups in the U.S. for support of the Filipino equity bill. ... Amb. Gaa gave profuse thanks to the members of the caucus, which also include Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), Robert Scott (D-VA), Sam Farr (D-CA), Hilda Solis (D-CA), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Donald Payne (D-NJ), and Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam). [1]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [2]: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2007/07/guest_post_following_stevens_p.html [3]: http://www.kansascitykansan.com/articles/2007/08/01/news/news1.txt [4]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/moore.jpg [5]: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/la-na-impeach1aug01,1,130274.story?coll=la-news-politics-national&track=crosspromo [6]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg [7]: http://www.cqpolitics.com/2007/07/with_eyes_on_maintaining_major.html [8]: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/house-passes-ethics-bill-2007-07-31.html [9]: http://bioguide.congress.gov/bioguide/photo/T/T000260.jpg [10]: http://www.philippinenews.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=8d1409f0dc789ee2f248b0a2fb0e128c


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