DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE A BOLD AGENDA THAT INCLUDES ALL AMERICANS -- (House of Representatives - December 05, 2006)
Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, within the first 100 hours of the new Democratic Congress, we will accomplish more than the Republican do-nothing Congress accomplished this entire year. While Republicans refuse to break their questionable cosy relationships with lobbyists, Democrats will pass an ethics reform bill that will once again make this the people's House, not the lobbyists' House. While Republicans refuse to expand economic opportunities to millions of Americans, Democrats will give minimum-wage workers their first raise in 9 years.
While Republicans refuse to go after price gouging oil companies, Democrats will begin the process of making our Nation energy independent by repealing needless tax breaks for Big Oil, and instead putting that money towards crucial funding of biofuel research.
While Republicans refused to help millions of seniors who fell into the prescription drug doughnut hole, Democrats will allow the Federal Government to negotiate lower drug prices so that the doughnut hole can be filled. These are all important initiatives that Democrats will pass within the first 100 hours of the next Congress.