Wednesday, February 06, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6, 2008 – 2:23 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Hoyer Sounds Warning Note as Senate Nears Showdown on Stimulus Bill
  • Manufacturers’ Group Challenges Lobby Law Requirement
  • Gates Pressed for War Cost Estimate
  • Mukasey Urges Legislative Response to Crack Cocaine Sentencing Decision
  • Hoyer Assails White House Refusal to Provide Surveillance Documents
  • Dancing With the Candidate?
  • Political Trivia for Feb. 6
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Today in Washington

The House  considers several measures under suspension of the rules, including a one-year extension of a law that bans health insurers that offer medical and surgical benefits from setting different lifetime or annual limits for mental health coverage.

The Senate  continues work on an electronic surveillance overhaul and an economic stimulus package.

The President  attends ceremonial swearing in of Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer at the Agriculture Department; receives the 2006-2007 National Hockey League champion Anaheim Ducks at the White House.

In Washington,  American University’s Washington College of Law continues its Founders Celebration 2008 with “Moving From the Past in the Legal Profession, a panel of distinguished lawyers and judges talking about their experiences as minorities in the legal profession. 5-7 p.m., Room 603, American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Hoyer Sounds Warning Note as Senate Nears Showdown on Stimulus Bill

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., warned the Senate Wednesday not to load up its stimulus legislation with so many extras that President Bush would veto the package.  [Read More]

Manufacturers’ Group Challenges Lobby Law Requirement

The National Association of Manufacturers on Wednesday filed suit in federal court challenging a new disclosure requirement for lobbying groups.  [Read More]

Gates Pressed for War Cost Estimate

Pressed by lawmakers, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday that military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan would cost about $170 billion in fiscal 2009, bringing the total cost to about $1 trillion.  [Read More]

Mukasey Urges Legislative Response to Crack Cocaine Sentencing Decision

Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey on Wednesday urged Congress to pass legislation by March 3 addressing criminal sentencing guidelines for cocaine drug offenses to blunt the possibility that hundreds or thousands of offenders could suddenly be released from prison.  [Read More]

Hoyer Assails White House Refusal to Provide Surveillance Documents

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer attacked the Bush administration Wednesday for its continued refusal to turn over to House leaders documents about how telecommunications companies did or did not cooperate with federal requests for their customers’ records after Sept. 11, 2001.  [Read More]

Dancing With the Candidate?

Entertainment Tonight reports that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., has been approached by “Dancing With the Stars,” to join one of their tour dates.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Feb. 6

How many times have Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama disagreed on key Senate votes?  [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE ATLANTA REGION: Water-War Ruling a Setback for Region
DETROIT: Mayor Under Fire from Judge, Council in Scandal
SALT LAKE CITY: Partnership Registry Faces Legislative Resistance
THE SOUTH: Two Dozen Dead as Tornadoes Rip Four States

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