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Democrats Pledge Array of Investigations 

KEVIN FREKING / AP 26nov2006


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We guarantee that no Democrat will investigate what really happened to the World Trade Center on 9/11. We urge readers to ask all three of these fine examples of the Democratic Party to investigate because most of the official explanation amounts to nonsense. 

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And then please ask them . . . 

  John Dingell, D-Mich
  Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.
  Barney Frank, D-Mass.

Emailing info below

The incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is promising an array of oversight investigations that could provoke sharp disagreement with Republicans and the White House.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., pledged that Democrats, swept to power in the Nov. 7 elections, would govern "in the middle" next year. But the veteran lawmaker has a reputation as one who has never avoided a fight and he did not back away from that reputation on Sunday.

Among the investigations he said he wants the committee to undertake:

Meanwhile, the incoming chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee said his committee would not take on contentious issues, such as extending expiring tax cuts or overhauling Social Security, at the beginning of the year. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Democrats do not want a fight with President Bush and want to prove they can govern.

"The first thing we're going to do is try to work together on things we know we can accomplish," Rangel said. "Rather than have the committee against the president, it's not going to happen," Rangel said.

Rep. Barney Frank, set to lead the House Financial Services Committee, said issues such as raising the minimum wage will be popular, even thought the idea has been identified with liberals.

"In my own committee, the biggest difference you're going to see is we're going to return to help deal with the housing crisis that bites so many parts of our country socially and economically," said Frank, D-Mass.

Frank, who in 1987 became the first member of Congress to voluntarily make his homosexuality public, also said he wants to modify the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The current policy prohibits officials from inquiring about the sex lives of service members and requires discharges of those who openly acknowledge being gay.

"One of things I do want to address, yes, is discrimination based on sexual orientation," Frank said.

"In fact, what we have is a shortfall in the military. I think when you have people being fired who can read Arabic and understand Arabic, because of what they do when they're off duty, that that's a grave error. But that's not what we're going to begin with."

A report in 2005 by the investigative arm of Congress estimated it cost the Pentagon nearly $200 million to recruit and train replacements for the nearly 9,500 troops that had to leave the military because of the policy. The losses included hundreds of highly skilled troops, including translators, between 1994 through 2003.

The lawmakers appeared on "Fox News Sunday."


Writing Email to Your Representative

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Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich
State: MI        Zip Code: 48124-2028

Website: http://www.house.gov/dingell/

In Washington, D.C. 
2328 Rayburn House
Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 
(202) 225-4071

In Michigan 
19855 West Outer Drive Suite 103-E
Dearborn, MI 48124 
(313) 278-2936 

23 East Front Street
Suite 103 
Monroe, MI 48161
(734) 243-1849

5 South Washington Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 481-1100

Rep.  Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.
State: NY         Zip Code: 10027-4446

Website: http://rangel.house.gov 

Washington D.C. Office
2354 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Office: (202) 225-4365
Fax: (202) 225-0816

New York Office
163 West 125th Street, Suite #737
New York, NY 10027
Office: (212) 663-3900
Fax: (212) 663-4277

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
State: MA        Zip Code: 02458-1275

Website: http://www.house.gov/frank/ 
Washington Address:
Congressman Barney Frank
2252 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5931

District Addresses:

29 Crafts Street
Newton, MA 02458
(617) 332-3920

558 Pleasant Street
Room 309
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 999-6462

The Jones Building
29 Broadway
Suite 310
Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 822-4796


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