|July 27, 2006--Heading into the August recess, Senate and House Democrats
rallied on Capitol Hill to promote their "New Direction" theme. Congressional
Democrats first set out the "New Direction" agenda little more than a month
ago on June
16. At this rally the Democrats presented a somewhat retooled
for '06" plan encompassing six legislative priorities: real security
at home and overseas; better American jobs-better pay; college access for
all; energy independence-lower gas prices; affordable health care-life-saving
science; and retirement security and dignity. During the recess
Democratic members plan to hold more than two hundred "New Direction" events.
(Note that a smaller group of Republicans
held a message event
at about the same time as this rally was going on). (related
(Below) Earlier in the day, the Democratic leaders--DSCC Chair Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and DSCC Chair Rep. Rahm Emanuel (IL)--held a press briefing to emphasize that Democrats are "united, focused and disciplined."
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