Friday, July 27, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2007 – 2:13 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Passes Farm Policy Overhaul
  • Child Health Bill Wins Approval From One House Panel, With One to Go
  • House-Senate Conferees Reach Deal on Water Projects Bill
  • Rep. LaHood to Retire at End of 110th Congress
  • House Panel Approves Bill to Aid Families of Immigrant Sept. 11 Victims

Today in Washington

The House passes five-year farm bill (HR 2419); considers conference report on legislation (HR 1) implementing the recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday, July 30, with cloture vote at 5:30 p.m. on motion to proceed to a bill (HR 976) that will be the vehicle for a child health insuance expansion.

The President presents the 2005 and 2006 National Medals of Science and Technology at the White House; meets to discuss the economy with Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, OMB Director Rob Portman, and White House Economic Advisor Edward Lazear at Camp David.

In Washington,  the American Constitution Society holds its national conference. Participants include 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Rosemary Barkett; Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala.; Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and others. Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road, N.W.


Top Stories

House Passes Farm Policy Overhaul

The House on Friday passed a five-year overhaul of agriculture policy that would impose modest new limits on farm subsidies, increase support for fruit and vegetable growers, bolster land conservation efforts and increase funding for nutrition programs.  [Read More]

Child Health Bill Wins Approval From One House Panel, With One to Go

Two House committees worked far into the night Thursday to advance a huge health insurance bill in the face of Republican delaying tactics. One panel finished; the other resumed work Friday.  [Read More]

House-Senate Conferees Reach Deal on Water Projects Bill

The House and Senate have resolved major differences over a bill authorizing more than $20 billion in water projects, setting the stage for final passage as early as next week.  [Read More]

Rep. LaHood to Retire at End of 110th Congress

Illinois Republican Rep. Ray LaHood, an institutionalist and parliamentary expert who was elected to seven terms after a career as a high-ranking aide, will retire at the end of the 110th Congress.  [Read More]

House Panel Approves Bill to Aid Families of Immigrant Sept. 11 Victims

A House Judiciary subcommittee Friday approved bipartisan legislation to allow immigrants who lost a spouse or a parent in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to become legal permanent residents.  [Read More]


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Political Clippings

The North Andover Eagle-Tribune reports that Democrat Niki Tsongas, widow of Sen. Paul Tsongas and a candidate for the vacant 5th District House seat in Massachusetts, described in a debate last week how she spent 10 years in Washington representing the 5th Congressional district. However, Tsongas is the only Democrat seeking the seat vacated by former Rep. Martin Meehan who has never held elective office. Her campaign said she misspoke after a video clip of her statement from the debate ended up on YouTube.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she and her husband have decided to sell back the property at the center of an ethics complaint against her. Murkowski said the land would be sold back to Anchorage real estate developer Bob Penney, from whom she purchased the land at a price reportedly well under market value last year. In a statement, the senator said, “I cannot allow this to become a distraction from the major challenges faced in representing Alaska.” Murkowski’s statement came a day after the National Legal and Policy Center filed an ethics complaint saying the land sale amounted to an illegal gift.


Today on

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
HAZLETON, Pa.: Judge Overturns Immigrant Ordinance
ST. PAUL, Minn.: Sewer Workers May Have Been Swept to Their Deaths
AUSTIN, Texas: Lake Renamed for Lady Bird
CALIFORNIA: Pollution Cuts Mandated for Diesel Equipment
NEW JERSEY: Court: Homeowners' Associations Can Limit Speech Rights
MASSACHUSETTS: Same-Sex Marriage OKd for New Mexicans
FLORIDA: State Opens Giant Supply Center for Storms


Political Trivia

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., was a stay-at-home mother in the early 1970s, when she helped launch a successful nationwide campaign to require freshness dates on food products. (Source: Member Profiles)



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