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                                              Blumenauer Joins Elite DNC Ranks
                                                             By Chris Cillizza                    cide with Kerry’s visit to the state. It brought            He said that “awareness is building” among


Morning
                                                               ROLL CALL STAFF                    in roughly $800,000, he said.                            his colleagues about the importance of rais-
                                                 Never heavily involved in presidential pol-         “It’s clear that you don’t just go to Iowa and        ing money to aid Kerry in the fall.
                                              itics before this cycle, Oregon Rep. Earl Blu-      New Hampshire in the middle of the winter                   “There is not a day that goes by that there

Business                                      menauer (D) was recently recognized by the
                                              Democratic National Committee for his
                                              fundraising efforts, the only Member of Con-
                                              gress to receive the distinction.
                                                                                                  and endorse,” said Blumenauer. “We need re-
                                                                                                  sources” as well.
                                                                                                     Laura Capps, a spokeswoman for Kerry,
                                                                                                  said that Blumenauer provided a “crucial en-
                                                                                                                                                           isn’t an opportunity to have a conversation
                                                                                                                                                           about the stakes and what we’re doing,” said
                                                                                                                                                           the Oregon Democrat.
                                                                                                                                                              The attempt to reward individuals who
       OGO Stake. A liberal government           Blumenauer was named a “Patriot” for             dorsement” for the Senator in Iowa.                      raise significant funds is modeled after the

P      watchdog group filed suit in U.S.
       District Court on Wednesday to
thwart Justice Department efforts to “re-
                                              steering $100,000 into the committee’s
                                              “Kerry Victory 2004” account, a joint-
                                              fundraising agreement designed to benefit
                                                                                                     She added that since that day in January
                                                                                                  Blumenauer has “shown the depth of his com-
                                                                                                  mitment to electing Kerry.”
                                                                                                                                                           blueprint created by President Bush’s cam-
                                                                                                                                                           paign.
                                                                                                                                                              Seven Republican Members of Congress
classify” information provided to the         Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and the                  Blumenauer was one of 171 “Patriots”; the             are “Rangers” for the Bush campaign, mean-
Senate Judiciary Committee by an FBI          DNC.                                                DNC also announced 17 “Trustees” who                     ing they have raised at least $200,000 for the
whistleblower.                                   The Oregon Democrat made the DNC list            raked in $250,000 or more for the organiza-              effort.
   Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI linguist,      by organizing a May 25 fundraiser to coin-          tion.                                                                    See BLUMENAUER, page 24
told Judiciary she was fired after raising
concerns about the activities of another


                                                                                                                                                           House
translator in her section. Attorney General                                       GOLDEN DOMERS
John Ashcroft has requested that Judi-
ciary essentially remove Edmonds’ testi-
mony from public scrutiny, even though
she provided the information in two un-
classified briefings. The committee has
complied with the request.
                                                                                                                                                           Approps
                                                                                                                                                           Nixes Fence
   “It is absurd to reclassify information
that has been in the public domain for so
long,” said Danielle Brian, executive di-
rector of the Project on Government
Oversight, which brought the suit. “This                                                                                                                                By Jennifer Yachnin
is an entirely inappropriate use of the                                                                                                                                     ROLL CALL STAFF

classification system.”                                                                                                                                        House appropriators voted Wednesday to
                                                                                                                                                           prohibit the use of public tax dollars for a se-
   Gotta Have Faith. At a ceremony                                                                                                                         curity fence around the Capitol, blocking the
Wednesday in the Cannon House Office                                                                                                                        advancement of an idea that had already been
Building, Reps. Mark Green (R-Wis.)                                                                                                                        informally rejected by lawmakers in both
and Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) an-                                                                                                                          chambers in recent months.
nounced the creation of their new faith-                                                                                                                      The measure, passed by voice vote, is in-
based community solutions caucus.                                                                                                                          cluded as an amendment in the $2.7 billion
   Formally known as the Community So-                                                                                      Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call      fiscal 2005 legislative branch appropriations
lutions and Initiatives Coalition, the cau-      It was like a Notre Dame alumni meeting in Rep. Peter King’s office Tuesday, as                            bill approved by the full Appropriations pan-
cus is dedicated to improving the working        King (center), Rep. Mark Souder (top right) met with Oakland Raiders wide                                 el.
relationship between government and              receiver Tim Brown (right) shared tales of South Bend.                                                       Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer had
community faith-based organizations.                                                                                                                       raised the possibility of installing an extensive
   “The vast majority of Americas, De-                                                                                                                     security fence — surrounding both the Capi-
mocrats and Republicans alike, agree that                                                                                                                  tol and House and Senate office buildings —
government could be doing a far better
job of working with faith-based and com-
munity organizations,” Green said in a
                                              Committee Hears District                                                                                     during Appropriations hearings in both cham-
                                                                                                                                                           bers earlier this year.
                                                                                                                                                              Lawmakers had criticized the idea, which
statement. “These groups have been
fighting many of the social ills that plague
our communities, and they’ve been doing
                                              Voting Rights Proposals                                                                                      has been discussed several times in the past
                                                                                                                                                           two decades, asserting that it would close off
                                                                                                                                                           Congress to the public.
it with virtually no help from the govern-                 By Jennifer Yachnin                    “The District is a unique political and social              Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), who sponsored the
ment. It’s time that all changed.”                             ROLL CALL STAFF                    unit that cannot be commingled with the in-              amendment, said a security fence would create
                                                 While D.C. voting rights advocates praised       terests of Maryland or any state.”                       “essentially a private grounds for Congress.”
   Party Planners. With just over 200         a recent spike in legislation focused on their         Under the bill Rohrabacher introduced earli-             “If we put a fence around this place, we are
days to go before Inauguration Day 2005,      cause at a House Government Reform Com-             er this year, the city would essentially become          going to really hurt the image and under-
the Joint Congressional Committee on In-      mittee hearing Wednesday, witnesses largely         Maryland’s 9th district for the purpose of Con-          standing of what a democracy is all about,”
augural Ceremonies has opened its doors       panned two proposals that would closely tie         gressional representation. The legislation would         Farr added.
in the Russell House Office Building and       the city’s Congressional representation to          also make District residents eligible to vote for           House lawmakers approved a handful of
launched its official Web site.                Maryland.                                           Maryland’s two Senate seats. Regula’s propos-            other amendments to the spending bill —
   The site, http://inaugural.senate.gov,        House lawmakers reviewed four proposals,         al would cede the majority of the District’s land        which freezes funding at fiscal 2004 levels
provides a link for performers to apply to    each of which would create at least partial         back to Maryland, and the city’s residents would         — ranging from a study of dental and vision
participate in the ceremony along with in-    Congressional voting representation for the         become citizens of that state.                           benefits for Members and staff to new lim-
formation on ticket distribution.             District of Columbia.                                  While proposals offered by Davis and D.C.             its on compensation for House employees.
   Comprised of Senate Majority Leader           “Will moving forward with any of the             Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) received                     Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who chairs the
Bill Frist (R-Tenn), Sen. Chris Dodd          measures before us today be easy? Not at all,”      warmer receptions from the voting rights ad-             Appropriations subcommittee on the legisla-
(D-Conn.), Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-         Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) remarked at the start        vocates, Norton acknowledged that “none of               tive branch, argued that the spending bill
Ill.), House Majority Leader Tom De-          of the hearing. “We need to forge consensus         the bills has anything close to the necessary            “shows fiscal restraint.” The House version of
Lay (R-Texas) and House Minority              among Members with disparate views.”                support in Congress” at this point.                      the bill, which does not include more than
Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and               The proposals range from full Congression-          Norton is the sponsor of the “No Taxation             $825,000 in Senate operations funds, totals
chaired by Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.),         al representation for the District — which is       Without RepresentationAct,” which would pro-             nearly $4 million below the legislative branch
the committee plans and executes all in-      currently represented by a nonvoting Delegate       vide full representation to the District with two        agencies’ original requests.
augural activities at the Capitol, includ-    in the House and has no representation in the       Senate seats and one House seat. While                      “They will receive less than they requested
ing the swearing-in ceremony of the           Senate — to retrocession to Maryland. Wit-          Williams and Cropp acknowledged a prefer-                but enough to carry out their primary func-
president and vice president and the tra-     nesses, including D.C. Mayor Anthony                ence for Norton’s bill, both suggested that              tions,” said Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), the sub-
ditional inaugural luncheon that follows.     Williams (D) and D.C. City Council Chairman         Davis’more limited legislation could serve as a          committee’s ranking member.
    — Ethan Wallison and John McArdle         Linda Cropp (D), praised the proposals — not-       weigh-station on the path to full representation.           Among the more contentious topics
                                              ing the bipartisan support the concept has re-         Davis introduced legislation Tuesday that             Wednesday afternoon, the Appropriations
                                              ceived — but questioned proposals introduced        would temporarily expand the House to 437                panel agreed to study the expansion of vision
Correction                                    by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Rep.
                                              Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) that would link the Dis-
                                                                                                  seats, creating a fourth Congressional district
                                                                                                  in Utah, which is a Republican stronghold,
                                                                                                                                                           and dental care benefits for Members and staff,
                                                                                                                                                           a measure House lawmakers blocked during
 The party identification of Sen. Zell         trict’s voters to Maryland.                         and one seat for the District, a Democratic bas-         the fiscal 2004 appropriations process.
Miller (D-Ga.) was misstated in an item in       “I would be very reluctant to support any        tion. The House would contract to 435 seats                 Following a lengthy debate, lawmakers ap-
Wednesday’s “Heard on the Hill” (“Down        initiative that has the potential to fragment the   following the 2010 Census and reapportion-               proved an amendment offered by Rep. John
With Handwringers”).                          District’s political identity,” Williams said.      ment, but would preserve the D.C. district.                               See LEG BRANCH, page 24

				
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