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Topic - Alcee L. Hastings
Each of them takes an oath to defend the Constitution, but many House lawmakers either don't understand the founding document or don't take its precepts seriously, according to an analysis by The Washington Times that studied the constitutional backing that representatives submitted for each of the more than 3,000 bills they introduced in 2011.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Tuesday he does not think Israel has made a decision to launch a military strike on Iran to thwart its nuclear ambitions.
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A conservative legal group said Wednesday the congressional ethics office is looking into allegations that Florida congressman Alcee L. Hastings sexually harassed a female former aide.
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Frustrated by the lack of action to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Congressional Democrats are calling for at least temporary immunity so gay service members can testify about their experiences.
That statement said the bill was acting to "overturn an unconstitutional mandate," but Mr. Hastings, Florida Democrat, said that wasn't specific enough.
"I would also like to call into question how it's possible for us to consider this bill on the House floor when its sponsor, Mr. Pitts of Pennsylvania, failed to provide a statement citing Congress' constitutional authority to enact it," he demanded on the House floor.