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Politics

House okays bill outlawing gas price gouging

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 24, 2007


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WASHINGTON

Responding to high costs at the pump, the House approved legislation Wednesday that would outlaw gasoline price gouging, but opponents, including the Bush administration, said the language was too vague. The measure would establish the first federal law against energy price gouging, but it would go into effect - and then for just 30 days - only if the president declared an energy emergency. The House passed the legislation 284-141, and Senate Democrats said they would take up energy legislation - including price gouging - next month after finishing an immigration bill.

House approves bills for veterans

The House on Wednesday approved a spate of bills to benefit veterans, including one aimed at improving screening and treatment of veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The House also agreed to extend health care eligibility for combat veterans, provide more chiropractic care and expand outreach programs to ensure that veterans get the benefits they deserve.

Sides reach deal on war spending

Democrats may have lost their fight with President Bush over a timetable for ending the war in Iraq, but they won billions of dollars for farm aid, hurricane victims, veterans and health care for poor children. After Bush vetoed a $124-billion war funding bill containing $21-billion in unrequested funds, White House negotiators signed off on a $120-billion measure containing four-fifths of the additional money. The final bill has yet to be released, but the House plans a vote today and the Senate on Friday. Aides and lawmakers said administration officials had agreed to its general terms.

Consumer safety nominee backs out

President Bush's pick to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission withdrew his nomination Wednesday amid strong opposition because of his career as a manufacturers' lobbyist. The White House said it was reluctantly accepting the decision by Michael Baroody after "some members in the Senate rushed to judgment." Baroody is a lobbyist for the National Association of Manufacturers, and critics said he would not provide the leadership needed in order to protect consumers.

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