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Congress: The PMA noose tightens?

"Rep. Pete Visclosky's (D-Ind.) chief of staff has resigned after the congressman's offices were served with subpoenas related to a federal investigation into the now-defunct lobbying group PMA," The Hill reports.

Roll Call adds, "The news came as Visclosky announced Tuesday that he is handing off control of the energy and water spending bill while the federal inquiry proceeds."

And more Murtha: "In early 2005, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) apparently added language to a tsunami relief bill shifting $8.2 million from a former client of his brother's lobbying firm to a new client of the same firm," Roll Call reports.

"That earmark is now tangled up in a federal indictment alleging that some of the money was skimmed by contractors and a Defense Department employee for their personal use."