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  1. I'm sick, so my activity will be lower the next couple days.
  2. Signing In Name: Alexander Winter State & Party Affiliation: D-NM Committee Position: Member
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  5. Winter Introduces Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2003 ALBUQUERQUE, NM - U.S. Senator Alexander Winter (D-NM) spoke to members of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO this afternoon to announce introduction of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2003. The bill would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over the course of five years, then index the federal minimum wage to the rate of inflation every year thereafter, subject to a 5% limit. "This is a common sense bill that will gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour within five years," Senator Winter said. "Then we're going to index it to inflation, because Congress has been too erratic in passing increases. From 1974 to 1981, Democrats and Republicans worked together to steadily increase the minimum wage. After 1981, the minimum wage remained frozen at $3.35 until 1990, when Congress finally raised it to $3.80 and then $4.25 in 1991. It increased another 50 cents in 1996, and then finally reached $5.15 in 1997. It's been stuck there ever since. Indexing the federal minimum wage to inflation is the only way to ensure American workers get a raise no matter what the political climate is like inside the D.C. Beltway." "Here's the bottom line: If Congress can pass tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans, we can pass a minimum wage increase to benefit Americans who are still on the lower rungs of our economic ladder," Senator Winter continued. "We're talking about Americans who aren't asking for a handout, they're just asking for a hand up as they work day in and day out to realize the American dream for themselves and their families. They're simply asking to be able to meet their basic needs with the wage they work so hard to earn. The truth is even though our economy is on the road to recovery, many working Americans aren't feeling any relief. A recession caused in part by corporate corruption has left many Americans who were already struggling on the brink of catastrophe. They need a raise -- and you need a raise! The AFL-CIO, and other labor unions whose members often make more than the minimum wage, fight for increases to the minimum wage not only out of a sense of solidarity, but because you know when the minimum wage is increased it becomes a rising tide that lifts all boats. As wages increase for those who are lower paid, they also increase for those making more. Increasing the minimum wage is a win-win for American workers at every level. Call your Representatives, call your Senators, and tell them if Washington can deliver tax cuts for the people who helped put us in recession, Washington can deliver a raise for the American worker!"
  6. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES Mr. Winter (for himself and Ms. Kiely Fowler, with thanks to Mr. Kucinich of Ohio) introduced the following resolution RESOLUTION Requesting the President to transmit to the Senate not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution documents or other materials in the President's possession relating to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Resolved, That the President is requested to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution documents or other materials in the President's possession that provides specific evidence for the following claims relating to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction: (1) On August 26, 2002, the Vice President in a speech stated: "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction . . . What he wants is time, and more time to husband his resources to invest in his ongoing chemical and biological weapons program, and to gain possession of nuclear weapons.". (2) On September 12, 2002, in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, the President stated: "Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons . . . Iraq has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon.". (3) On October 7, 2002, in a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, the President stated: "It [Iraq] possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons . . . And surveillance photos reveal that the regime is rebuilding facilities that it had used to produce chemical and biological weapons.". (4) On January 7, 2003, the Secretary of Defense at a press briefing stated: "There is no doubt in my mind but that they currently have chemical and biological weapons.". (5) On January 9, 2003, in his daily press briefing, the White House spokesperson stated: "We know for a fact that there are weapons there [in Iraq].". (6) On March 16, 2003, in an appearance on NBC's "Meet The Press", the Vice President stated: "We believe he [Saddam Hussein] has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons. I think Mr. El Baradei frankly is wrong.". (7) On March 17, 2003, in an Address to the Nation, the President stated: "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.". (8) On March 21, 2003, in his daily press briefing the White House spokesperson stated: "Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly . . . all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.". (9) On March 24, 2003, in an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation", the Secretary of Defense stated: "We have seen intelligence over many months that they have chemical and biological weapons, and that they have dispersed them and that they're weaponized and that, in one case at least, the command and control arrangements have been established.". (10) On March 30, 2003, in an appearance on ABC's "This Week", the Secretary of Defense stated: "We know where they [weapons of mass destruction] are, they are in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad.". PES Urges the President to submit to the Senate documents or other materials in his possession that provides specific evidence with respect to claims of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
  7. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES Mr. Winter (for himself and Ms. Kiely Fowler, with thanks to Mr. Bingaman of New Mexico) introduced the following bill A BILL To require a report on the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the "Guantanamo Bay Oversight Act of 2003". SEC. 2. REPORT ON DETAINEES HELD AT GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA. (a) Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a report on the status of each detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (b) The report under subsection (a) shall include, for each detainee currently held at Guantanamo Bay, the following: (1) The name and nationality of the detainee. (2) A description of the process utilized to determine the status of the detainee. (3) A statement whether or not the process utilized by the United States Government to determine the status of the detainee complies with international law and United States law, including Army Regulation 190-8 which requires that -- (A) in accordance with Article 5 of the Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War, if any doubt arises as to whether a person, having committed a belligerent act and been taken into custody by the Armed Forces, belongs to any of the categories enumerated in Article 4 of the Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War, such person shall enjoy the protections of the Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War until such time as the status of such person has been determined by a competent tribunal; and (B) a competent tribunal shall determine the status of any person not appearing to be entitled to prisoner of war status who has committed a belligerent act or has engaged in hostile activities in aid of enemy armed forces and who asserts that such person is entitled to treatment as a prisoner of war, or concerning whom any doubt of a like nature exists. (4) A statement whether or not the United States Government intends to charge or release the detainee. (5) If the United States Government has not yet determined whether or not to charge or release the detainee, a description of the procedures to be utilized by the United States Government to make such a determination, including a schedule for carrying out such procedures. (c) The report under subsection (a) shall include, for each detainee formerly held at Guantanamo Bay, the following: (A) The name and nationality of the detainee. (B) The terms of the conditional release agreement with respect to the detainee. (C) A statement of the basis for the determination of the United States Government that the detainee no longer posed a threat warranting detainment. (D) A statement of the length of detainment of the detainee, including the release date of the detainee. (E) A description of the compensation, if any, provided, or to be provided, to the detainee with respect to the detainment. (d) The report under subsection (a) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex. (e) Any classified annex to the report shall be submitted only to the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives. PES Directs the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress on the status of each detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including whether or not: (1) the process utilized to determine the status of the detainee complies with international law and U.S. law; and (2) the U.S. Government intends to charge or release the detainee.
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