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Rep. Israel meets with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. 9/25/08
Rep. Israel leads a Congressional Delegation visit to Afghanistan. 10/12/08
Rep. Israel travels to Afghanistan with Lt. Gen. William Caldwell. 10/12/08
Rep. Steve Israel holds an expo on green building. 10/22/2008
Rep. Israel presents WWII veterans with overdue service medals. 12/3/08
Rep. Israel speaks to Battle of the Bulge veterans and their families at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale. 12/13/08
Rep. Israel meets with NY and U.S. service members in Iraq. 12/21/08
Rep. Israel & Gov. Paterson participate in a medal ceremony for NY service members in Afghanistan. 12/23/08
Rep. Israel address summit on energy & economic recovery. 2/23/09
Reps. Israel & Massa visit a GM hydrogen fuel cell R&D facility 3/20/09
Rep. Israel with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. 4/21/09
Rep. Israel meets with New Yorkers at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Rally on Capitol Hill. 4/30/09
Rep. Israel announces federal funds for a hybrid postal vehicle project. 5/29/09
Rep. Israel meets with constituents representing the Alliance for Retired Americans. 6/17/08
Rep. Israel announces legislation to label household cleaning products. 7/6/09
Rep. Israel honors Grumman lunar module workers on the 40th Anniversary of the moon landing. 7/20/09

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    Forty years ago, one man made a bold leap onto the surface of the moon. It was a historic moment, one that I will never forget watching. But to be honest, I've never liked describing that immense success as simply a “bold leap.” When we talk about that venture with those words, we are maximizing the moment when Neil Armstrong embedded his boots on the lunar surface, but minimizing the countless hours, days, months and years that men and women on the ground put into making that bold leap happen. It wasn't just one man's bold leap. It was thousands of Long Islanders who came to work every day to research, develop, engineer, assemble, weld, manufacture and program a machine to get those men on the surface so that the final leap could happen.

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    It's census time. And if you're a same-sex married couple, there may be an unpleasant surprise in how the Census Bureau treats your marriage. When same-sex married couples send in their forms this year they will of course mark themselves off as “married.” Incredibly, that designation will be changed by someone at the Census Bureau to “unmarried partners.” The Census Bureau is taking it upon itself to change an honest answer into its own interpretation.

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    This week the House Appropriations Subcommittees have been busy reviewing federal spending for fiscal year 2010. As a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, I have a chance to help ensure we're providing support for all our veterans.

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