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Feb. 24 - The Senate approved a $15-billion plan to stimulate job creation last Wednesday in a 70 - 28 vote that reflected significant bipartisan support. The bill would fund a federal highway program to prevent states from abandoning expensive construction projects and create an estimated one million jobs. Senator Charles Schumer (D - N.Y.) also co-sponsored a provision that exempts employers from payroll taxes if they hire people who have not held a job for 60 days. Although the plan passed by a large margin in the Senate, many lawmakers in the House of Representatives have raised concerns over how the costs of the bill will be calculated and the distribution of highway construction money.
Feb. 26 - The House Ethics Committee ruled that seven members of Congress charged with misconduct in a lobbying scandal did not violate any federal laws. The Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent organization created in 2008, released a report alleging that private contractors gave significant campaign contributions to the seven lawmakers in exchange for millions of dollars in defense industry earmarks. The House Ethics Committee acknowledged that the PMA lobbying group encouraged defense contractor clients to make donations to the seven politicians, but it concluded that these lawmakers were not aware of the contributions.
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