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And now some fresh pickings from the political grapevine you may be pinching pennies put congress.
Is not lawmakers have given themselves a sizable budget increase.
This year's appropriations bill provides about four point seven billion dollars for legislative branch activities an increase of about five point 8%.
That includes more than nineteen million dollars for miscellaneous items.
Of which 500000.
Will go to a pilot program for senators to send out postcards about their town hall meetings.
And four million dollars for consultants for some of the cap of Capitol Hill top lawmakers.
Supporters of the bill say they are being frugal and that last year congress increased its budget by almost 11%.
But Senator John McCain says quote.
Has anybody had any trouble lately having people come to their town hall meetings we need to spend an additional 500000.
Dollars to notify.
Republicans are demanding that the man running the house Ways and Means Committee congressman Charles Rangel give up his chairmanship.
Texas congressman John Carter says he's giving the New York Democrat until next week to step aside or he will introduce a resolution to force his removal quote.
To allow mr.
Rangel to continue to serve as chairman is the same as allowing a confessed bank robber to serve as chairman of the banking committee during the trial.
If he refuses to house must remove him.
By a recorded vote.
Rangel is being investigated in several areas including his failure to report income taxes on the Caribbean villa they use of rent controlled apartments in New York.
And the use of congressional letterhead in soliciting donations for a center and his name.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had promised that rank that wrangles ethics probe would be completed by the end of 2008.
And a Michigan woman has been told by the state that she can no longer look after her neighbor's children before they get on the school bus every morning because.
She is breaking the law.
Lisa Snyder received a letter from the Michigan Department of Human Services warning.
That if she continued she would be violating a law and that unlicensed daycare centers she says quote I was freaked out I was blown away.
The law states the people.
On not allowed to care for on related children in their homes for more than four weeks each year unless they are licensed daycare providers.
Snyder and other parents say the law prevents friendly favors that help balance work and family.
Michigan governor Jennifer grand home has instructed the agency director to work with the state legislature to get that law change.
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