Monday, June 04, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2007 – 2:12 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Appropriators To Shift Defense Funds to Domestic Priorities
  • Indictment of Rep. Jefferson Expected Today
  • Immigration Bill Faces Renewed Amendment Assault
  • Passport Equivalent Card Set For Western Hemisphere Travelers
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. tomorrow, June 5.

The Senate reconvenes at 2:30 p.m. to resume reconsideration of immigration overhaul legislation (S 1348).

The President and first lady Laura Bush depart for Prague, the first stop of the president’s trip to the 33rd Annual Group of Eight Summit, which begins June 6 in Germany.

In Washington,  George Washington University hosts an awards ceremony to recognize outstanding federal government service. Keynote by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 6 p.m., Ballroom, Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW.

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Top Stories

House Appropriators To Shift Defense Funds to Domestic Priorities

The House Appropriations Committee is set to approve allocations tomorrow that would boost spending in fiscal 2008 on domestic priorities such as education, health, veterans and housing programs while providing slightly less than President Bush requested for non-war defense activities.  [Read More]

Indictment of Rep. Jefferson Expected Today

The Department of Justice this afteroon was expected to announce a federal grand jury indictment of Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La., the subject of a two-year federal bribery probe.  [Read More]

Immigration Bill Faces Renewed Amendment Assault

Senators supporting a complex and contentious immigration overhaul are gearing up for a challenging week filled with numerous attempts to undo their fragile coalition.  [Read More]

Passport Equivalent Card Set For Western Hemisphere Travelers

The State Department intends to start issuing passport-equivalent cards in the spring of 2008, possibly delaying implementation of new passport requirements for entering the United States by land and sea.  [Read More]

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EUCI presents: Carbon Emissions: Understanding and Managing Carbon Risk

Congressional attempts at carbon mitigation have also begun to appear more frequently in legislative sessions. The potential for carbon regulatory policy in the U.S. represents a new set of challenges and opportunities for the North American utility and energy industry. This conference will outline regulatory developments, carbon emissions reduction technologies, management and financial support for carbon programs, and more. June 25-26, 2007, Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, Va.

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that Democrat Steve Marchand, mayor of the New Hampshire city of Portsmouth, is making some progress in his bid for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Sen. John E. Sununu next year. Former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, who lost to Sununu by 4 percentage points in the 2002 Senate race, is still “considering” a bid but has made no move thus far. And Marchard in recent weeks gained the endorsements of dozens of state lawmakers and other public officials. He also has obtained the backing of Democrat Gary Hirshberg, the wealthy president and chief executive officer of the Stonyfield Farm dairy products company, who in March withdrew his own tentative bid to take on Sununu next year.

According to the Salisbury (Md.) Daily Times, Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, “in his ninth term, is facing a certain primary and general election challenge next year.” Frank Kratovil Jr., a Democratic State's Attorney from Queen Anne’s County, has backing from high-ranking Maryland Democrats, including Gov. Martin O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Attorney General Doug Gansler. “Christopher Robinson, a Cambridge attorney who lost in the 2006 primary to Jim Corwin, has also filed 2008 paperwork.” Gilchrest first faces a primary battle against three-term state Sen. Andy Harris, a veteran Johns Hopkins University anesthesiologist, who said Gilchrest went “too far” when he was one of two Republicans to vote with Democrats for an Iraq war funding bill that set a timetable for U.S. withdrawal.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Dale Cardwell, who spent 11 years as an investigative reporter for WSB-TV, quit his job Friday and a day later became “a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, looking to knock off Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss. . . . Cardwell, 44, “a six-time Emmy winner,” was making a formal announcement today. “He joins DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones as the only Democrats yet to express public interest in the ’08 race. Cardwell said he will run against what he calls the daily, debilitating corruption of Washington, and promises to eschew money from special interest groups and political action committees.”

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This Week in Health Policy on the Hill

Health on the Hill with kaisernetwork.org and CQ are weekly audio updates from CQ reporters highlighting the latest health policy developments on Capitol Hill. A podcast of the report is also available.
MEDICARE: Report finds abusive marketing practices with some Medicare private fee-for-service plans.
SCHIP: Fiscal 2008 budget resolution includes up to $50 billion in new spending for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
MEDICAL DEVICES: House panel weights reauthorization of medical device user fee act. | Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links

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Political Trivia

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., often goes her own way. She was the sole Judiciary Democrat in 2006 to support a constitutional amendment to protect the flag. As the committee was drafting the bill, she described how, as a 12-year-old, she saw on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle in February 1945 a big picture of the Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima. “I was never the same ever after with respect to the flag,” said Feinstein. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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