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A Window on Washington

Congressman Amo Houghton and Senator Jack Reed to discuss the Congressional agenda

The war in Iraq changed the agenda of Congress. Legislation dealing with many important issues has been set aside for the time, as Congress concentrates on bills dealing with national security and financing the war.

Join Hobart and William Smith Colleges as they welcome Congressman Amo Houghton (R-N.Y.) and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) who will discuss the Congressional agenda in a forum titled, “A Window on Washington,” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The talk is free and the public is invited.

Congressman Houghton has served since 1987 as the Representative of New York's 31st Congressional District. He received an honorary degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1991. He is the fifth-ranking Republican and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, chairing its oversight subcommittee. He is a member of the Trade Subcommittee, a member of the International Relations Committee and vice chairman of its subcommittee on Africa. The only former CEO of a Fortune 500 firm to serve in the House, Houghton joined Corning Glass Works in 1951, after serving in the Marine Corps in 1945 and 1946.

Politically, Houghton has built a reputation as a results-oriented Congressman who espouses moderate social programs and conservative fiscal policy. He has emerged as a leader of a core of moderate Republicans who have brokered key legislative successes. His bill to regulate secretive “stealth PACs” has been described as the most meaningful campaign finance reform since Watergate.

Senator Reed was elected to the Senate in 1996, having previously served three terms as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island. He has been a leader in the House and the Senate on education, health care and campaign finance reform, promoting and strengthening Rhode Island's economy and on defense, international affairs, child care and gun control issues.

Reed , a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, served active duty as an Army ranger and a paratrooper. He is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He is the senior Democratic member of the Joint Economic Committee. Reed also serves as Eastern regional ranking member of the Democratic Policy Committee and as a Deputy Whip.