Issue 3 and Volume 152.

NO TIME TO REST BY BILL MANNING The other day a firefighter told me my name came up in a firehouse conversation in context with the proposed 21st Century Fire and Public Safety Act of 1999, a.k.a. the Pascrell Bill. “Those editorials you wrote did the job, but maybe it`s time to give it a rest and see what happens next,” he advised. A rest? By all accounts, the Anointed Seven have reached an accord on the bill, and Congressman Curt Weldon is involved. I am told he is working jointly with Congressman Bill Pascrell, the bill`s author, and that it will be made public in March and introduced to Congress shortly thereafter. This is great news. It`s rumored that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert has shown an interest in the effort–even better. But it`s just the beginning of the journey. Thousands of bills are introduced into Congress each…

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