Friday, May 18, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007 – 2:06 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Standoff Continues Over Iraq War Funding
  • House Panel Boosts FEMA Funding, Approves Homeland Security Bill
  • Republicans Seek Reprimand of Murtha for Alleged Earmark Threat
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President participates in photo opportunities with an AmeriCorps member and with recipients of the 2006 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching; attends private Virginia Republican Party reception in Richmond.

In Washington, Hirshhorn After Hours celebrates the opening of a new exhibition by German artist Wolfgang Tillmans, who is known for capturing often overlooked subjects and moments in everyday life. 8 p.m. - midnight, Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, S.W.

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Top Stories

Standoff Continues Over Iraq War Funding

Top Republicans and Democrats met with White House officials this morning to discuss the stalled Iraq fiscal 2007 war spending bill, but they made no discernible progress toward a deal.  [Read More]

House Panel Boosts FEMA Funding, Approves Homeland Security Bill

The House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $36.3 billion fiscal 2008 draft spending measure today, the first of the 12 annual appropriations bills to start moving.  [Read More]

Republicans Seek Reprimand of Murtha for Alleged Earmark Threat

House Republicans plan to force a floor vote next week aimed at embarrassing Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., for an alleged threat to retaliate against a GOP lawmaker who sought to eliminate one of his earmarks.  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.: County Pushes New Look for Big Boxes
DETROIT: Media Pack Scotches Mayor's Hawaii Trip
CALIFORNIA: State Targets Farm Pesticide Fumigants
NEW JERSEY/PENNSYLVANIA: Shipping-Channel Stalemate Broken

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Political Trivia

Born in Baltimore, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., was one of seven children of working-class parents who had migrated from the South. He recalls a childhood in which “we did not have many opportunities. . . . We did not play on grass. We played on asphalt.” But he was set on a productive course by “two very strong parents,” who scrimped and saved to buy their own home in a city neighborhood that was integrating. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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