Friday, July 13, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007 – 2:07 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Prepares for Its Effort to Force Troop Reductions in Iraq
  • Senate Confirms Geren as Army Secretary
  • House Resumes Debate Over Appropriations Next Week
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Today in Washington

The House holds a pro forma session at 4 p.m., then reconvenes Monday at 2 p.m. to consider bills under suspension of the rules.

The Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday to continue consideration of the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill (HR 1585). No roll call votes on Monday.

The President participates in a video teleconference with Iraq provincial reconstruction team leaders, embedded provincial reconstruction team leaders, and brigade combat commanders.

In Washington,  the American Federation of Teachers holds its educational issues conference, with more than 2,000 teachers attending, through this weekend. Washington Hilton & Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Prepares for Its Effort to Force Troop Reductions in Iraq

The Senate marked time in its Iraq debate on Friday, laying the rhetorical groundwork for a showdown next week over its latest effort to force President Bush to begin withdrawing U.S. troops.  [Read More]

Senate Confirms Geren as Army Secretary

The Senate on Friday confirmed the nomination of Preston M. “Pete” Geren as Army secretary.  [Read More]

House Resumes Debate Over Appropriations Next Week

After a week’s break, the House returns to its fiscal 2008 appropriations bills next week, tackling the biggest of the 12 annual spending measures.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, edged her Democratic challenger, Rep. Tom Allen in fundraising for their 2008 Senate race. But the numbers also underscored the competitive nature of a contest high on the list of Democratic takeover targets. Collins’ campaign announced that she raised nearly $1.3 million between April 1 and June 30. The senator’s organization also said the campaign had more than $2.3 million cash on hand as of June 30. Allen reportedly raised almost $1.1 million in the second quarter and ended the period with $1.7 million cash on hand.

The Albuquerque Tribune reports that Bryon Paez, a political consultant and Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Somalia, is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Heather A. Wilson, R-N.M. Paez has worked for Gov. Bill Richardson and the Democratic National Convention, and has been a consultant in statewide races. He said Iraq is one of the issues he will highlight in his campaign.

The Albany Times Union reports that retired Army Lt. Col. Michael Rocque, 49, on Thursday joined Republicans seeking the nomination to challenge Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Rocque has raised $50,000 so far, said consultant Brendan Quinn. Other Republican candidates are former state GOP Chairman Sandy Treadwell, John Wallace and Richard Wager. Democrat Morris Guller is considering a primary challenge to Gillibrand, a freshman who unseated Republican incumbent John E. Sweeney in 2006.

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Political Trivia

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., cites as his heroes Gandhi, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Picasso and jazz musician John Coltrane. “I’m enamored with people who change the framework, who don’t take something as a given, but scramble it,” Obama says. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2007 – 2:19 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush Asks for More Time in Iraq as House Prepares to Press for Withdrawal
  • House Panel Rejects Executive Privilege Claim by Former Bush Aide
  • Peterson May Seek Tighter Caps on Payments to Individual Farmers
  • No Consensus Yet on Aviation Taxes As FAA Deadline Nears
  • House Appropriators Add Earmarks to Energy-Water Bill
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Today in Washington

The House considers legislation (HR 2956) mandating a withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Iraq by April 1, 2008, and a bill (HR 1851) that would expand Section 8 low-income rent vouchers.

The Senate continues consideration of the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill (HR 1585).

The President holds a news conference to discuss interim White House report on progress in Iraq.

In Washington,  the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, 2020 Vision Education Fund and CNA Corporation hold the 2007 National Energy Summit. The theme is “National Security and America’s Addiction to Carbon: Solutions to Oil Dependence and Climate Change,” with a special focus on the potential of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. All day, National Press Club, 14th and F Sts. N.W.

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Top Stories

Bush Asks for More Time in Iraq as House Prepares to Press for Withdrawal

The House was expected Thursday to set an April 1, 2008, deadline for a withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Iraq, even as President Bush insisted that more time is needed to stabilize the “young democracy” there.  [Read More]

House Panel Rejects Executive Privilege Claim by Former Bush Aide

A House Judiciary subcommittee on Thursday rejected a claim of executive privilege by former White House counsel Harriet Miers, opening the door for her to be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys last year.  [Read More]

Peterson May Seek Tighter Caps on Payments to Individual Farmers

The House’s top farm-bill writer says the legislation probably will include some new limitations on how much money farmers can receive annually from the government.  [Read More]

No Consensus Yet on Aviation Taxes As FAA Deadline Nears

The Senate Finance Committee Thursday began grappling with how to fund a transition to a new air traffic control system, though no consensus has yet emerged with less than three months left to act.  [Read More]

House Appropriators Add Earmarks to Energy-Water Bill

House appropriators approved a report to the fiscal 2008 Energy-Water spending bill Thursday containing almost $1.1 billion in earmarks requested solely by members.  [Read More]

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo.: Bacteria Sickens 70 Jail Inmates
SAN FRANCISCO BAY REGION: Report: Household Chemicals Threaten Bay
PHILADELPHIA: City Sues to Overturn State Gun-Control Pre-emption
THE NORTHEAST: Scientists Warn of a Warming Region
MASSACHUSETTS: New Chief Shaking Up Turnpike Authority
NEW JERSEY: Ethics Panel: Censure Supreme Court Justice

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that California Republican Rep. Elton Gallegly, who first tried to retire in 2006 but then ran for re-election after a candidate filing snafu, has reported more than $800,000 cash on hand for a 2008 bid. Gallegly, who represents the strongly Republican 24th Congressional District in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties north of Los Angeles, said initially last year that he would serve only one more term if re-elected. But this spring he told California and Washington, D.C., newspapers he will be a candidate in 2008.

According to PoliticsNJ.com, “former New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Anne Evans Estabrook took the first step toward her bid for the 2008 Republican nomination for U.S. Senate by announcing the formation of an exploratory committee that includes a Congressman, four GOP County Chairs, three state legislators and several key Republican fundraisers. . . . Estabrook, a 63-year-old resident of Spring Lake, is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Elberon Development Co., a New Jersey real estate company.”

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the Democratic Party has started running a television ad in Kentucky targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s support for the war in Iraq, even though the party lacks a candidate to challenge McConnell next year. “The ad urges Kentuckians to contact the Republican leader and ask him to stop backing President Bush’s Iraq policy and support a Democratic plan to withdraw troops from Iraq,” the paper said. “McConnell declined to comment on the ad. . . . The 30-second ad is the first sponsored this year by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Similar ads also started in three other states, aimed at Republican Sens. Norm Coleman in Minnesota, John Sununu in New Hampshire and Susan Collins in Maine.”

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Political Trivia

Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., grew up on his family’s beef cattle and cashmere goat ranch, competing in gymnastics and playing the drums. His mother taught elementary school, and his father, Jack, ran the ranch and worked a number of other jobs to help support the family. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2007 – 2:23 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate in Standoff Over Iraq Amendments to Defense Bill
  • House Republicans Resist Effort to Dictate Iraq Withdrawal
  • White House Projects Lower Fiscal 2007 Deficit
  • Former Aide Answers Some Questions, But Claims Privilege on Others
  • Senate Finance Examines Taxing Buyout Firms
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Today in Washington

The House considers a college student aid reconciliation bill (HR 2669), a reauthorization of FDA user fees (HR 2900), and several measures under suspension of the rules.

The Senate continues consideration of the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill (HR 1585).

The President participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the James S. Brady Briefing Room at White House; speaks on the federal budget.

In Washington,  the Organization of American States and the African Union host a meeting with senior government officials, diplomats, academics and others to discuss the role of political organizations in the promotion of democracy in Africa and the Americas. Participants include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and AU Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare. All day, Organization of American States, 17th Street and Constitution Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate in Standoff Over Iraq Amendments to Defense Bill

The Senate refused Wednesday to limit debate on the first amendment to the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill, digging in along largely partisan lines over whether to tell President Bush how to wage the war in Iraq.  [Read More]

House Republicans Resist Effort to Dictate Iraq Withdrawal

A Democratic plan to take up a House bill that would set a firm withdrawal deadline in Iraq is gaining little traction with Republicans.  [Read More]

White House Projects Lower Fiscal 2007 Deficit

The White House is projecting a deficit of $205 billion for fiscal 2007, an improvement from a February estimate of $244 billion.  [Read More]

Former Aide Answers Some Questions, But Claims Privilege on Others

A former White House aide testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday declined to answer many questions about the firings of nine U.S. attorneys, citing executive privilege.  [Read More]

Senate Finance Examines Taxing Buyout Firms

One of the hottest sectors of the financial world came under congressional scrutiny Wednesday as the Senate Finance Committee debated whether to raise taxes on the managers of private equity firms.  [Read More]

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Tab to Fix Transportation: $100 Billion-Plus
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Calif.: Softened Illegal-Immigrant Measure Approved
BOSTON: Contractors, State Faulted in Big Dig Collapse
NEW ORLEANS: Corps: Politics, Finances Weakened Levees
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: City Official Tapped for Top County Post
FLORIDA: Governor to Order Greenhouse-Gas Cuts
SOUTH DAKOTA: Closed Gold Mine Gets Nod for National Science Lab
NEW YORK STATE: Push Planned for Universal Health Coverage

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that while only 10 House Democrats sided with their party fewer than 80 percent of the time on votes pitting the two parties against each other during the first six months of this Congress, 39 House Republicans have party unity scores below 80 percent. Many moderate Republicans have sided with Democrats on some key votes. The leading House GOP dissident so far, Wayne T. Gilchrest of Maryland, voted with his fellow Republicans on just 52 percent of votes that split along party lines. In 2006, his party unity score was 75 percent.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) abruptly ended a public flirtation with the presidency of Bradley University on Tuesday, declaring himself out of the running for the top job at his alma mater and recommitted to his re-election campaign. LaHood had suspended campaign activities and fundraising while considering whether to formally apply for the presidency. . . . ‘People want me to stay in the job I’m at,’” he said. “The decision likely kills Democrats’ dreams of stealing LaHood’s GOP-leaning seat.”

The Lowell Sun reports, “Democratic congressional candidate Niki Tsongas yesterday announced that her campaign to replace former U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan has topped the $1 million fundraising mark. That figure would put Tsongas on top of the money list in the race for the state’s 5th Congressional District seat, which Meehan vacated July 1 to become UMass Lowell chancellor. . . . Tsongas campaign officials said they have raised more than $1 million from 2,000 individual donors during the first four months of the campaign, and now have about $575,000 cash on hand.”

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Political Trivia

Raised by his seamstress mother and her family in Harlem, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., dropped out of high school at 16, joined the Army. He won a Purple Heart and Bronze Star in the Korean War after surviving firefights that claimed much of his unit. Once back home, he finished high school and college, then landed an internship in the local district attorney’s office. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2007 – 1:52 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Democratic Leaders Seek April 2008 Deadline for Iraq Redeployment
  • Senate Finance Nears Deal on Expansion of Children’s Health Care Program
  • McCain Loses Top Campaign Staffers
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Today in Washington

The House considers measures under suspension of the rules, including a bill (HR 556) that would overhaul foreign investment regulations.

The Senate resumes consideration of the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill (HR 1585).

The President meets with Freedom Corps volunteer Jeraldine Farris in Cleveland, Ohio; visits GrafTech International, a graphite and carbon products manufacturer; lunches with community leaders; visits the Cleveland Clinic hospital; speaks to the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

In Washington,  The Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships for the 2007-2008 school year to 44 surviving children and spouses of firefighters, police and others in the public sector who died in the line of duty. Keynote address by U.S. Fire Administrator Gregory B. Cade, 6 p.m., Columbus Club, Union Station.

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Top Stories

Senate Democratic Leaders Seek April 2008 Deadline for Iraq Redeployment

Brushing aside Republican pleas for more time to assess the effectiveness of the Bush administration’s “surge” in Iraq, Senate Democrats will try to force a reduction and redeployment of U.S. troops by April 30, 2008.  [Read More]

Senate Finance Nears Deal on Expansion of Children’s Health Care Program

Members of the Senate Finance Committee said today they have reached agreement on the framework for an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.  [Read More]

McCain Loses Top Campaign Staffers

The campaign manager and chief strategist of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign quit Tuesday, dealing a blow to his struggling campaign.  [Read More]

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ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.: Bus Drivers' Strike Strands 225,000
CALIFORNIA: State Projects Population of 60 Million
NEW YORK STATE: Governor: Rethink Comptroller's Pension Oversight
TEXAS: Former Chief Justice Dies

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that House Democrats have shown strong unity over the six months since the party took control of Congress, largely by sticking to issues popular with the electorate. But, as always, there have been defectors, led by Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor, who broke with the Democratic position on nearly a third of House votes that fell mainly along partisan lines. Of the 10 Democrats registering the lowest party unity scores so far this year, six — including Taylor — are from the South, while another is from the GOP stronghold of Utah. Five of the 10 are freshmen who last year captured seats previously held by Republicans.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Democratic “environmental activist and self-described ‘pragmatic Progressive’ Jim Cohen will announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Wednesday, joining a field that includes humorist Al Franken, attorney Mike Ciresi, lawyer Bob Olson and frequent candidate Dick Franson. They all are seeking to unseat GOP Sen. Norm Coleman. An attorney, Cohen has worked for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund and the Environmental Task Force and is a founding member of the Will Steger Foundation on global warming.”

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet reports that the “district represented by former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), expected to announce in a few weeks if he will run again, is seen by a political newcomer as promising for a Democrat, so much so that he is poised to put $1 million in his primary race. A poll taken for Democratic House hopeful Bill Foster, 51, a Geneva businessman and scientist,” shows Hastert would start out ahead — “55 percent according to the poll and with a 63 percent approval rating — decent, but not a landslide.” But the poll also showed that in a “generic” matchup of a nameless Republican vs. a nameless Democrat, “Democrats trump Republicans 40 percent to 30 percent.”

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Political Trivia

As a young man, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, flew C-46 transports throughout China during World War II and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he got a law degree and worked as a federal prosecutor for three years. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Monday, July 09, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for MONDAY, JULY 9, 2007 – 1:56 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bush Claims Privilege to Block Testimony From Former Aides
  • Senate Remains a Parking Lot for Spending Bills
  • Biometric Worker Cards May Resurface From Immigration Debate
  • Bipartisan Pair Seeks Tax Credit to Spur Worker ‘Wellness’ Programs
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10.

The Senate votes on three pending judicial nominations; begins debate on the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill (HR 1585).

The President participates in a White House Conference on the Americas.

In Washington,  White House Conference on the Americas focuses on theme of “Advancing the Cause of Social Justice in the Americas.” Topics include meeting health care needs, expanding economic opportunity, and building public-private partnerships. All day, Hyatt Regency-Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, Va.

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Top Stories

Bush Claims Privilege to Block Testimony From Former Aides

President Bush has claimed executive privilege to prevent two former senior aides from testifying before Congress on the firings of nine U.S. attorneys last year.  [Read More]

Senate Remains a Parking Lot for Spending Bills

As the House and Senate Appropriations committees churn out bills, President Bush’s veto threats are not the only obstacle to completion of spending legislation before the 2008 fiscal year begins Oct. 1.  [Read More]

Biometric Worker Cards May Resurface From Immigration Debate

Although a comprehensive immigration overhaul is likely dead until after the 2008 elections, piecemeal legislation still has a chance, including measures to make Social Security cards more secure.  [Read More]

Bipartisan Pair Seeks Tax Credit to Spur Worker ‘Wellness’ Programs

Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Gordon H. Smith, R-Ore., introduced legislation today to provide a tax credit for businesses offering comprehensive wellness programs to their employees.  [Read More]

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CHICAGO: Mayor: City to Call Shots on Outsourced Hiring
ATLANTA: Audit: Airport Projects Costly, Late
MIAMI: Scandal-Plagued Housing Agency Gets Interim Director
THE WEST: Wildfires Ravage Parched Region
MARYLAND: Governor Under Fire over Death-Penalty Delay
FLORIDA: University Tuition Battle Heads to Court

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Political Clippings

The Houston Chronicle reports, “Fresh off his wife’s victory onto the Houston City Council, state Rep. Rick Noriega is poised to launch a race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. John Cornyn.” Noriega, 49, would join San Antonio trial lawyer Mikal Watts, 39, in the field of Democrats looking to take on Cornyn. Watts has “pledged to give his campaign $3.8 million to win the Democratic nomination and another $6.1 million for the general election against Cornyn. . . . Noriega has neither statewide name identification nor personal wealth to match Watts’ potential campaign. But that does not dissuade him from running.”

According to the Cherry Hill Courier-Post, “More than half of the respondents in a new poll believe New Jersey’s 83-year-old U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is too old to effectively serve another six-year term. Of the 1,604 Garden State voters surveyed in the Quinnipiac University poll released today, 54 percent agreed that Lautenberg — a Democrat up for re-election next year— was too old to run again, while 40 percent disagreed. The poll, though, also found 41 percent of voters approve of Lautenberg’s performance, with 32 percent disapproving.

The Billings Gazette reports, “No one in political circles was surprised last week when U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., said he would run for re-election in 2008 rather than seek” either the governorship or the U.S. Senate seat of Democrat Max Baucus, who is running for re-election next year. Rehberg and Baucus “squared off in 1996, with Rehberg giving Baucus his toughest Senate race yet. Baucus won, 50 percent to 45 percent, with minor party candidates splitting the rest. ... Some believe Rehberg, now 51, is biding his time to 2012 to challenge Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who ousted veteran Republican Sen. Conrad Burns last fall. Others say he may run for governor down the road.”

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Political Trivia

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., grew up in a cabin without indoor plumbing in the tiny mining town of Searchlight, Nev., on the edge of the Mojave Desert. His mother was a high school dropout who took in laundry to support the family; his father was an alcoholic miner who killed himself at 58. As a young man, Reid was an amateur middleweight who sometimes sparred with pros in exhibition fights. But he wanted out of Searchlight and a boxer’s hardscrabble life. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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