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Monroe Eye on the Beltway: Himes Wonders What's Next

And, Lieberman talks with CNN about the Taliban.

Monroe Eye on the Beltway: Himes Wonders What's Next


BLUMENTHAL: In an interview with The Daily Campus, the senator expressed his support for the Know Before You Owe Private Lender Act, which would require private lenders to inform prospective student borrowers of all of their loan options, "so people don’t leap into committing."

LIEBERMAN: Following the death of a Afghan peacemaker in Kabul on Sunday, the senator told CNN that the Taliban "is not interested in peace talks," according to GovExec.com. Lieberman also said that the U.S. should "continue to put pressure" on the Taliban to engage in these talks.

HIMES: The congressman used Twitter to ponder what's coming this week in Congress' 2012 session:

"Back in DC. Last week, GOP saved a non-existent $20 bn from TBTF banks and eliminated a real $20 bn in food stamps for the poor. This week?"

DELAURO: The congresswoman introduced legislation on Tuesday to help end obstetric fistula, which affects two million women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa. The bill encourages the expansion of private and public-private efforts and promotes trained specialists going to Africa to help train health care providers.

“This legislation has the potential to transform the empowerment of women in the region by eradicating fistula and, as a result, improving the social, educational, and economic conditions of fistula victims and their communities,” DeLauro said.

MURPHY: The congressman was joined by Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney and Karen Jarmoc from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence on Monday to call for immediate action to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act.

"Domestic violence is the last issue that should be politicized," he said. "Whether you're gay, straight, Native American, or an immigrant, victims of domestic violence are victims, plain and simple, and Congress needs to act now to ensure the Violence Against Women Act is as strong as it can be."

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