Friday, July 20, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2007 – 2:08 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Cuts Lender Subsidies to Bolster Student Aid
  • Partisan Acrimony Reaches Full Boil in Senate
  • Anti-War Bloc in House Vows to Oppose Further Iraq Funding
  • Transportation-HUD Funding Fight Moves to House Floor
  • Hoekstra Urges Probe of CIA Cooperation in Secret Prison Case

Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate meets for speeches only; returns at 10 a.m. Monday to begin debate on Higher Education Act reauthorization bill (S 1642).

The President meets with military support organizations.

In Washington,  the Washington Forum hosts a discussion on China’s university student associations, with Lidia Louk, Falun Dafa Club, Columbia University; Xiaodan Wang, former student, University of Minnesota; Visiting Asst. Professor Larry Liu, American University; Jingning Li, former president of Chinese Student and Scholar Association, Catholic University; and others. 2-4 p.m., Room 2105, Rayburn House Office Building.


Top Stories

Senate Cuts Lender Subsidies to Bolster Student Aid

Senators aiming to curtail lender subsidies and use the funds to beef up aid for college students and graduates took a major step Friday toward reversing years of Republican policies.  [Read More]

Partisan Acrimony Reaches Full Boil in Senate

Partisan acrimony has come to a full boil in the Senate, with both parties accusing the other of bad will and abusive parliamentary hijinks.  [Read More]

Anti-War Bloc in House Vows to Oppose Further Iraq Funding

A group of 69 House Democrats has put the White House on notice that its members will not support any more war funding bills unless the measures include a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq.  [Read More]

Transportation-HUD Funding Fight Moves to House Floor

When the House takes up a $104 billion fiscal 2008 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill Monday, Republicans likely will try to reduce its spending total to the level sought by President Bush.  [Read More]

Hoekstra Urges Probe of CIA Cooperation in Secret Prison Case

The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee on Friday called for the nation’s spy chief to investigate whether Central Intelligence Agency officers improperly aided a European probe of secret prisons the CIA operated abroad.  [Read More]


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Political Clippings

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Paul Broun’s narrow victory in Tuesday’s election for a vacant House seat in Georgia is likely to stand. Less than 100 provisional and absentee ballots remain to be counted, leaving former state Sen. Jim Whitehead with little chance of eliminating Broun’s 373-vote lead. Broun has declared victory, but spokesman John Stone said Whitehead won’t concede or ask for a recount until all the votes are counted and the Georgia secretary of state certifies the election.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that Republican state Rep. Jonathan Paton has dropped out of the race to challenge Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., saying he will support state Senate President Tim Bee, a friend, though Bee hasn’t yet announced his candidacy. The Daily Star suggests that Paton could be “a possible candidate for Bee’s Senate seat” as he plans to file papers Friday to form an exploratory committee and start raising money.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., has regained most of his speech and mobility and is nearing a return to his Senate office. His son, Brendan, said Thursday that his father should be back by the fall, possibly as soon as September. Brendan Johnson said his father speaks more slowly and softly than he did before the brain injury, but has no problems forming and communicating complex thoughts. “Unlike most politicians, his brain is working faster than his mouth is,” he joked. “Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., keeps in regular contact with Johnson. She said that the senator, barring a setback, told her he plans to run for re-election” next year.”


Today on

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEWARK, N.J.: Land-Seizure Ruling a Blow to 2,000-Condo Project
KING COUNTY, Wash.: County Bans Trans Fat, Mandates Menu Labeling
WASHINGTON, D.C.: I.G.: City Overpaid $97 Million for Medicaid
CALIFORNIA: Court Removes Cloud over Thousands of Sentences
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY REGION: Report: Warming Already Threatening Bay
THE GULF COAST REGION: House Panel: FEMA Ignored Formaldehyde Hazards


Political Trivia

From an old Texas family, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, grew up in La Marque, a small town on the Gulf Coast. Her great-great-grandfather, Charles S. Taylor, was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. In an elementary school diary, Hutchison once penciled, “I want to be president of the United States.” But she says she never had any real political ambitions until a local GOP leader urged Hutchison, a TV reporter, to run for the state legislature. (Source: Member Profiles)



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