Friday, August 03, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2007 – 2:56 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Struggles to Restore Civility After Explosion of Partisan Rancor
  • Negotiations on Surveillance End Without Deal
  • House Action on Energy Bill Slipping Into Weekend
  • Appeals Court Invalidates FBI Raid on Rep. Jefferson’s Office
  • ‘Holds’ Block Senate Vote on OMB Nominee Nussle
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Today in Washington

The House debates rule for consideration of two bills under suspension of the rules of a bill (HR 3311) authorizing funds for emergency repairs of collapsed Minneapolis bridge and modify foreign intelligence surveillance bill (HR 3356); may consider defense appropriations bill (HR 3222) .

The Senate votes on the nomination of Timothy D. DeGiusti to be the U.S. district judge for the Western District of Oklahoma; may vote on surveillance bill.

The President meets with the FBI’s counterterrorism team, then with the bureau’s homeland security team.

In Washington,  the Health and Human Services Office for Preparedness hosts an all-day forum for companies interested in working with the federal government to showcase technological advances in medical countermeasures to man-made and natural threats. Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St. N.W.

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Top Stories

House Struggles to Restore Civility After Explosion of Partisan Rancor

The House erupted into chaos late Thursday night when Democrats ruled that a roll call had failed even though, when the gavel fell, 215 members had voted for a Republican motion and 213 had voted against it.  [Read More]

Negotiations on Surveillance End Without Deal

Congressional Democrats and the White House have broken off negotiations over a legislative fix to an intelligence gap without a deal, but Democrats threatened to press forward with a bill regardless.  [Read More]

House Action on Energy Bill Slipping Into Weekend

Energy legislation remained in limbo Friday, stalled by tight vote counts, partisan squabbling and fresh veto threats from the White House. Floor consideration was likely to be delayed until Saturday at best.  [Read More]

Appeals Court Invalidates FBI Raid on Rep. Jefferson’s Office

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that last year’s FBI raid on the Capitol Hill office of Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La., improperly exposed legislative materials to executive review and ordered the return of some of the documents seized.  [Read More]

‘Holds’ Block Senate Vote on OMB Nominee Nussle

The Senate will not consider the nomination of former GOP Rep. Jim Nussle to head the White House budget office before leaving for the August recess, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Friday.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that House Democratic leaders persuaded most of the 42 Democrats who were first elected in November, when their party captured control of the House, to stockpile cash quickly for their 2008 re-election campaigns. Campaign finance reports show that the 42 Democrats raised an average of $520,000 in the first half of this year, and began July with an average of $454,000 cash on hand in their campaign accounts.

The Darien News reports that Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., “may have smudged his choirboy image earlier this month when he swore at a U.S. Capitol police officer and touched his nametag while trying to locate a visiting family of constituents.” The daily said Shays has made several attempts to apologize to the officer but has not been successful, said John Cardarelli, the congressman’s spokesman. Jim Hines, a Democrat hoping to run against Shays in next year’s elections, said, “I think it’s embarrassing to Chris Shays and his constituents that he chose to verbally assault a police officer.”

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MINNEAPOLIS: Officials Feared Bridge Would Crack
CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio: County OKs $3 Million to Forestall Foreclosures
HENRICO COUNTY, Va.: Abusive Driver' Fees Takes Hit
RHODE ISLAND: Officials: State Can Grant Gay Divorce
THE NATION: A Study Finds Some States Lagging on Graduation Rates

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Political Trivia

Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., is one of the few non-lawyers to sit on the Judiciary Committee, where he takes a hard line on illegal immigrants, a signature issue. He may be best remembered for his unsuccessful 1996 effort to allow local school districts to decide whether to provide a public school education to the children of illegal immigrants. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2007 – 2:50 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Clears Major Lobbying and Ethics Overhaul
  • Minnesotans Press Emergency Relief Bill After Bridge Collapse
  • House Passes Measure to Limit Military Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan
  • White House, Democrats Still at Loggerheads Over FISA Bill
  • House Democrats Struggle to Move Energy Bill Before Recess
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Today in Washington

The House continues consideration of the fiscal 2008 Agriculture appropriations bill (HR 3161); considers a conference report on a bill to promote U.S. competitiveness in technology, education and science (HR 2272); passes bill (Hr 3159) mandating minimum intervals between troop deployments to Iraq.

The Senate clears for the president a lobbying and ethics overhaul (S 1); continues consideration of a bill (HR 976) that serves as the vehicle for a $35 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The President meets with the Cabinet; makes statement with Cabinet members in the Rose Garden.

In Washington,  the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosts the fourth annual Partners Meeting, a four-day event to bring together community and faith-based organization leaders and USDA agencies to exchange ideas and explore solutions to problems facing farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Aug. 1-3, Doubletree Hotel Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Dr., Arlington.

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Top Stories

Senate Clears Major Lobbying and Ethics Overhaul

Despite some GOP grumbling, the Senate on Thursday cleared for President Bush’s signature a major lobbying and ethics overhaul that Democrats made a centerpiece of their agenda after capturing control of Congress in November.  [Read More]

Minnesotans Press Emergency Relief Bill After Bridge Collapse

Minnesota lawmakers are pressing for quick enactment of legislation to provide emergency relief to their state following the I-35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis late Wednesday.  [Read More]

House Passes Measure to Limit Military Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

In its latest challenge to the president’s war policy, the House passed legislation Thursday to require minimum rest periods at home for U.S. military units between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  [Read More]

White House, Democrats Still at Loggerheads Over FISA Bill

Congressional Democrats may press ahead without support from the White House or congressional Republicans on an emergency, short-term bill designed to fill an intelligence gap in surveillance of foreign terror suspects.  [Read More]

House Democrats Struggle to Move Energy Bill Before Recess

House Democrats face a tough call on whether to go forward with an energy policy bill paired with a contentious, separate package of energy tax measures targeting the oil and gas industry.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that Democrats lost a high-profile contender Wednesday for the seat of retiring GOP Rep. Ray LaHood in Illinois’ 18th District when state Sen. John Sullivan said that he will not run. Sullivan will instead seek re-election to his current post. While Democrats now will have to redouble their efforts to find a strong candidate, Republican candidates likely will be tripping over each other in a district where President Bush took 58 percent of the vote in 2004. The Illinois primary election is Feb. 5, the earliest in the nation, and candidates can begin circulating nomination documents next week; the filing deadline is Nov. 5.

The Oregonian reports that Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley announced Wednesday he will challenge Sen. Gordon H. Smith, R-Ore., slamming Smith for backing the Bush administration on a wide range of policies. Merkley, a Democrat, said the race would be “a referendum on the direction our country is headed.” Senate Democratic leaders recruited Merkley, suggesting that they would commit large sums of money to his effort to unseat Smith in 2008 and bolster the razor-thin Democratic majority in the Senate.

The Concord Monitor reports that Democrat Katrina Swett “has busily amassed a $1.2 million war chest that her campaign believes sets a fundraising record.” Swett, daughter of Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., and wife of former Rep. Dick Swett, D-N.H., has relied heavily on out-of-state contacts in her efforts to match Sen. John E. Sununu, R-N.H., who brought in $1.5 million in the first half of the year.

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MINNEAPOLIS: Bridge Collapses, 9 Dead
NEW YORK CITY: Safety Violations Cited for Deaths in Subway Work
HOUSTON: First Protected Historic District Created
FULTON COUNTY, Ga.: Child Welfare Agency Gets New Chief
CALIFORNIA: Funds Medicaid Program Halted
PENNSYLVANIA: Teacher Pact Hits Snag in State College System

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Political Trivia

Though this is Rep. Jason Altmire’s first time in a public office, it isn’t the Pennsylvania Democrat’s first time in Washington. He worked as a congressional aide to former Florida Democratic Rep. Pete Peterson (1991-97). Altmire was part of a congressional task force on health care during the 1993 push by President Bill Clinton for a new national health care policy. He said the experience led him to consider a career in health care services. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2007 – 2:51 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Clears Major Lobbying and Ethics Overhaul
  • Minnesotans Press Emergency Relief Bill After Bridge Collapse
  • House Passes Measure to Limit Military Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan
  • White House, Democrats Still at Loggerheads Over FISA Bill
  • House Democrats Struggle to Move Energy Bill Before Recess
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Today in Washington

The House continues consideration of the fiscal 2008 Agriculture appropriations bill (HR 3161); considers a conference report on a bill to promote U.S. competitiveness in technology, education and science (HR 2272); passes bill (Hr 3159) mandating minimum intervals between troop deployments to Iraq.

The Senate clears for the president a lobbying and ethics overhaul (S 1); continues consideration of a bill (HR 976) that serves as the vehicle for a $35 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The President meets with the Cabinet; makes statement with Cabinet members in the Rose Garden.

In Washington,  the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosts the fourth annual Partners Meeting, a four-day event to bring together community and faith-based organization leaders and USDA agencies to exchange ideas and explore solutions to problems facing farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Aug. 1-3, Doubletree Hotel Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Dr., Arlington.

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Top Stories

Senate Clears Major Lobbying and Ethics Overhaul

Despite some GOP grumbling, the Senate on Thursday cleared for President Bush’s signature a major lobbying and ethics overhaul that Democrats made a centerpiece of their agenda after capturing control of Congress in November.  [Read More]

Minnesotans Press Emergency Relief Bill After Bridge Collapse

Minnesota lawmakers are pressing for quick enactment of legislation to provide emergency relief to their state following the I-35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis late Wednesday.  [Read More]

House Passes Measure to Limit Military Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

In its latest challenge to the president’s war policy, the House passed legislation Thursday to require minimum rest periods at home for U.S. military units between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  [Read More]

White House, Democrats Still at Loggerheads Over FISA Bill

Congressional Democrats may press ahead without support from the White House or congressional Republicans on an emergency, short-term bill designed to fill an intelligence gap in surveillance of foreign terror suspects.  [Read More]

House Democrats Struggle to Move Energy Bill Before Recess

House Democrats face a tough call on whether to go forward with an energy policy bill paired with a contentious, separate package of energy tax measures targeting the oil and gas industry.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that Democrats lost a high-profile contender Wednesday for the seat of retiring GOP Rep. Ray LaHood in Illinois’ 18th District when state Sen. John Sullivan said that he will not run. Sullivan will instead seek re-election to his current post. While Democrats now will have to redouble their efforts to find a strong candidate, Republican candidates likely will be tripping over each other in a district where President Bush took 58 percent of the vote in 2004. The Illinois primary election is Feb. 5, the earliest in the nation, and candidates can begin circulating nomination documents next week; the filing deadline is Nov. 5.

The Oregonian reports that Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley announced Wednesday he will challenge Sen. Gordon H. Smith, R-Ore., slamming Smith for backing the Bush administration on a wide range of policies. Merkley, a Democrat, said the race would be “a referendum on the direction our country is headed.” Senate Democratic leaders recruited Merkley, suggesting that they would commit large sums of money to his effort to unseat Smith in 2008 and bolster the razor-thin Democratic majority in the Senate.

The Concord Monitor reports that Democrat Katrina Swett “has busily amassed a $1.2 million war chest that her campaign believes sets a fundraising record.” Swett, daughter of Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., and wife of former Rep. Dick Swett, D-N.H., has relied heavily on out-of-state contacts in her efforts to match Sen. John E. Sununu, R-N.H., who brought in $1.5 million in the first half of the year.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MINNEAPOLIS: Bridge Collapses, 9 Dead
NEW YORK CITY: Safety Violations Cited for Deaths in Subway Work
HOUSTON: First Protected Historic District Created
FULTON COUNTY, Ga.: Child Welfare Agency Gets New Chief
CALIFORNIA: Funds Medicaid Program Halted
PENNSYLVANIA: Teacher Pact Hits Snag in State College System

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Political Trivia

Though this is Rep. Jason Altmire’s first time in a public office, it isn’t the Pennsylvania Democrat’s first time in Washington. He worked as a congressional aide to former Florida Democratic Rep. Pete Peterson (1991-97). Altmire was part of a congressional task force on health care during the 1993 push by President Bill Clinton for a new national health care policy. He said the experience led him to consider a career in health care services. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2007 – 2:35 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Children’s Health Bill Edging Ahead in Both Chambers
  • FISA Negotiations Continue With Vote Possible This Week
  • Slight Crack Opens in White House Line Against Spending Bills
  • Conferees Reach Deal on ‘Competitiveness’ Legislation
  • Tobacco Regulation Bill Approved by Senate Panel
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Today in Washington

The House considers $50 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (HR 3162) and the fiscal 2008 Agriculture appropriations bill (HR 3161).

The Senate continues consideration of a bill (HR 976) that serves as the vehicle for a $35 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The President meets with top congressional leaders at breakfast; no other events on his public scheduled.

In Washington,  Gillian Sorensen, senior adviser at the United Nations Foundation, discusses challenges and controversies facing the United Nations, including foreign aid, peacekeeping, human rights, environmental concerns and other topics; sponsored by the School of Advanced International Studies. 4:30 p.m., Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Children’s Health Bill Edging Ahead in Both Chambers

Democrats in both chambers pushed forward Wednesday with legislation to expand children’s health insurance, despite furious resistance from Republicans in the House.  [Read More]

FISA Negotiations Continue With Vote Possible This Week

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday that he would push to complete an emergency overhaul of the law that governs electronic surveillance of terror suspects before the August recess — but he wasn’t making any promises.  [Read More]

Slight Crack Opens in White House Line Against Spending Bills

Congressional Democrats remained in a standoff with President Bush over fiscal 2008 spending levels after a White House meeting Wednesday, but top Republicans said Bush signaled he may be willing to negotiate the totals of individual spending bills.  [Read More]

Conferees Reach Deal on ‘Competitiveness’ Legislation

After a quick meeting of conferees Tuesday evening, House and Senate lawmakers signed off on a final version of “competitiveness” legislation that would significantly bolster federal funding for math and science research and education.  [Read More]

Tobacco Regulation Bill Approved by Senate Panel

After several false starts over the past few weeks, a Senate panel approved a bill Wednesday to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

CQPolitics.com reports that the ethics questions enveloping Alaska GOP Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young, have energized Democrats, who are rarely competitive in the state. Diane Benson, a writer and mother of a wounded Iraq war veteran, who lost the 2006 House race by 56.6 percent to 40 percent, is seeking a rematch against Young. Also running is Jake Metcalfe, a labor lawyer who officially entered the House race Monday after resigning as chairman of the Alaska Democratic Party. The best-known potential contenders for either the House or Senate are holding back, for now — Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich and Ethan Berkowitz, a former state House minority leader who was the lieutenant governor nominee on the Democrats’ unsuccessful 2006 ticket.

According to the Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune, “State Sen. Alan Bates said Tuesday he does not plan to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Gordon Smith. In a brief statement, the Ashland doctor said his family, his patients and his legislative work toward universal health care coverage ‘take precedence over a U.S. Senate bid.’ House Speaker Jeff Merkley, D-Portland, who has been courted by the Democratic National Committee to challenge Smith, will announce his plans today, according to a staff spokesman. . . . Still mulling the race is Jeff Golden of Ashland, a former talk show host on Jefferson Public Radio.”

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
INDIANAPOLIS: Scaled Back Tax Causes $52 Million Shortfall
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.: County May Scale Back Deputies' Pensions
OHIO: Governor Appoints Fund Oversight
TEXAS: Summer Deluge Gives Rise to Gulf 'Dead Zone'
THE NATION: States Export Their Inmates as Prisons Fill

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Political Trivia

The son of Waterloo-area farmers, Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, views himself as one of the few farmer-statesmen left in a country founded by them. He often returns home to work the family corn and soybean fields. He has been known to haul grain with a cell phone tucked inside his cap so he can feel the vibrations of an incoming call. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2007 – 2:28 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Passes Lobbying and Ethics Overhaul
  • Fiscal 2008 War Costs Will Exceed Bush Budget Estimate
  • Deal Clears Way For Friday House Vote on Energy Package
  • Senate Panel Seeks to Prod EPA on California Auto Emissions Rule
  • Sen. Stevens Urged to Step Down From Committees
  • Fire Alarm Testing Could Delay Visitor Center Again
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Today in Washington

The House passes an ethics and lobbying overhaul (S 1) along with other bills under suspension of the rules and considers the fiscal 2008 Agriculture appropriations bill (HR 3161).

The Senate debates a bill (HR 976) that serves as the vehicle for a $35 billion expansion over five years of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The President has no events on his public scheduled.

In Washington,  the International Center for Journalists and the International Correspondents Committee of the National Press Club hold a panel discussion on Latin America and press freedom. A panel of experts will discuss crackdowns in Venezuela, murders in Mexico, attacks on the Bolivian media and other recent events. 5:30-7 p.m., National Press Club, 14th and F Sts., N.W.

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Top Stories

House Passes Lobbying and Ethics Overhaul

By an overwhelming 411-8 vote, the House passed a lobbying and ethics bill Tuesday that would increase disclosure requirements for earmarks and lobbying activities. The bill now goes back to the Senate for final action.  [Read More]

Fiscal 2008 War Costs Will Exceed Bush Budget Estimate

The cost of war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for the next fiscal year will likely exceed the $145.2 billion request the White House made in February, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told the House Budget Committee Tuesday.  [Read More]

Deal Clears Way For Friday House Vote on Energy Package

House leaders have brokered a compromise with energy-state Democrats on a few key provisions of a broad energy package, paving the way for a potential floor vote Friday.  [Read More]

Senate Panel Seeks to Prod EPA on California Auto Emissions Rule

A sharply divided Senate committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would force the Environmental Protection Agency to decide whether to allow California to go forward with its landmark effort to regulate greenhouse gases.  [Read More]

Sen. Stevens Urged to Step Down From Committees

A government watchdog group on Tuesday called for the removal of GOP Sen. Ted Stevens from his Senate committees, less than 24 hours after the FBI and IRS raided the senator’s Alaska home in connection with a public corruption probe centered in the state.  [Read More]

Fire Alarm Testing Could Delay Visitor Center Again

Fire alarm system testing is threatening yet another delay in opening the chronically behind-schedule and over-budget Capitol Visitor Center, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Northwest Herald reports that Democrat Robert Abboud, village president of Barrington Hills, Ill., on Monday announced his candidacy for the nomination to take on eight-term GOP Rep. Donald Manzullo in the 16th District. Abboud, 50, a nuclear engineer and business owner, may seek to capitalize on his outsider status. “Manzullo has faced light competition in recent elections. He beat his Democratic challenger with 67 percent of the vote in 2006, 70 percent in 2004 and 71 percent in 2002.” He also has held “a dominating” fundraising edge.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that “Republicans have targeted 28 Democratic lawmakers considered vulnerable in the 2008 election cycle,” including Texas Democratic Reps. Ciro D. Rodriguez and Nick Lampson. “San Antonio lawyer Francisco “Quico” Canseco is seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Rodriguez. Also eyeing a Republican bid are Bexar County Commissioner Lyle Larson and San Antonio businessman Jim McGrody. . . . Republicans are still trying to draft a top-tier candidate to run against Lampson, who defeated write-in candidate Sekula Gibbs in 2006 to win the seat once held by then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. “

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports, “St. Paul moved a step closer to securing $50 million in federal grant money for security at next year’s Republican National Convention, officials said Monday. The money is part of a homeland security bill the Senate passed 89 to 4 on Thursday. It also provides $50 million to Denver for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. . . . Minnesota Sens. Norm Coleman, a Republican, and Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, vowed Monday to keep it in the final bill,” which a House-Senate conference will draft.

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
DETROIT: School Board Suspects Fraud
CHICAGO: Budget $217 Million Short
NEW YORK STATE: State Warns Companies in Tax Deals
NEW JERSEY: UPS Agrees to Benefits in Civil Unions
MASSACHUSETTS: State Faces a $17 Billion Maintenance Backlog

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Political Trivia

Five weeks after Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del, won his first term in 1972, his wife, Neilia, and their infant daughter, Amy, were killed and their two sons seriously injured in an automobile accident. Biden at first said he would not take the job he had just won. Persuaded by Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana, Biden was sworn in at the bedside of one of his sons. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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Monday, July 30, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007 – 2:07 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Democrats Prepare to Push Revised Lobbying Bill
  • House Considers Iran, Sudan Sanctions Bills
  • Shadegg Foe Still Competitive in Fundraising
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Today in Washington

The House considers measures under suspension of the rules, including bills to tighten sanctions against Sudan (HR 180) and Iran (HR 957, HR 2347); to improve health care for veterans (HR 2874, HR 2623) and to temporarily extend small business programs (HR 3206).

The Senate debates motion to proceed to consideration of a bill (HR 976) that would become the vehicle for a $35 billion expansion over five years of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The President holds news conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Camp David; participates in a photo opportunity at the White House with seven-year-old Ezekiel Taylor, the 2007 March of Dimes National Ambassador.

In Washington,  the American Civil Liberties Union’s policy counsel Mike German, a former FBI whistleblower, discusses his insights into national security, the minds of terrorists, and the use of constitutionally sound law enforcement techniques. He also reads from his book “Thinking Like a Terrorist.” 5-7 p.m., ACLU, 6th floor, 915 15th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Democrats Prepare to Push Revised Lobbying Bill

Democratic leaders unveiled their final proposed lobbying and ethics overhaul on Monday, quickly winning backing from outside watchdog groups.  [Read More]

House Considers Iran, Sudan Sanctions Bills

The House took up legislation Monday aimed at intensifying financial pressure on Sudan and Iran to end behavior seen as violating international standards.  [Read More]

Shadegg Foe Still Competitive in Fundraising

Democrat Bob Lord, who raked in seven times more money than three-term Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., in the first quarter of 2007, was surpassed by the incumbent in the second quarter. But he remains competitive.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Rapid City Journal, in an editorial today, called on ailing Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., to clarify his capabilities and his intentions now that he has spent more than seven months recuperating from a devastating brain hemorrhage in December. The paper urged Johnson “to communicate directly with the media and the people of South Dakota about those matters,” noting “there have been no firm answers about how much longer South Dakota can expect to be without one-third of its voice in Washington, D.C. The truth is that Sen. Johnson is an elected official, not a private citizen, and his election to that office comes with responsibilities to the public he serves. The people of South Dakota deserve to hear from Sen. Johnson — in person.”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., has been financially abandoned by many of the left-leaning groups that supported her first Senate run in 1996. But Landrieu has found new support after moving to the political center in advance of her run for a third term next year. With $2.8 million in her campaign account, Landrieu was the 10th-most prolific fundraiser in the Senate through the first half of 2007, with $2.8 million in her campaign account. “She collects money from labor unions and corporations, trial lawyers and business executives — groups generally at odds with each other but willing to give handsomely to a swing-vote member when every vote is critical.”

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, was “down but not out” last week after a Wall Street Journal story claimed he was a target in a widening Justice Department investigation into political corruption in the state. Justice Department spokeswoman Jaclyn Lesch “declined to comment” and would “neither confirm nor deny” that Young was under investigation. Regardless, the story “sparked speculation that Republican leadership in the House could ask Young to surrender his committee seats.” Meanwhile, the Alaska Democratic Party “took aim” at Young, launching the Web site dropdon.com.

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
LOS ANGELES: School Board Gets 73 Percent Pay Hike
MILWAUKEE COUNTY: County May Rescind Pension 'Buybacks'
BOSTON: Big Dig Contractor to Pay $50 Million for Fraud
ST. PAUL, Minn.: Last Missing Sewer Worker's Body Recovered
ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif.: Pact Ends Garbage-Pickup Dispute
TEXAS: Teachers' Pension to Bankroll Casino Project
CALIFORNIA: State Study Links Pesticides, Autism
NEW JERSEY: Panel: Slow Down Governor's Motorcades

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Political Trivia

Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., sings and plays the drums in his church choir — and in “The Second Amendments,” a bipartisan congressional country rock band fronted by lead singer Collin C. Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat, and including three other Republicans. The band played for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in December 2005. (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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