Tuesday, March 11, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008 – 1:39 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Leaders Optimistic About Adoption of Ethics Proposal
  • Senate Democratic Leaders Oppose Earmark Moratorium
  • House Republicans Seek to Force Floor Vote on Immigration Enforcement Bill
  • Farm Bill Extension Likely This Week
  • Senate Panel Considers Public-Private Partnership for Infrastructure Funding
  • Political Trivia for March 11

Today in Washington

The House  works on a measure that would establish an outside Office of Congressional Ethics to conduct preliminary probes of ethics complaints against House members.

The Senate  considers proposed amendments to the fiscal 2009 budget resolution.

The President  speaks to the National Religious Broadcasters 2008 Convention at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.

In Washington,  Georgetown Law School hosts a panel discussion on the “Accountability of Private Security Contractors.” 6 p.m., 120 F St. N.W.


Top Stories

House Leaders Optimistic About Adoption of Ethics Proposal

House Democratic leaders are cautiously optimistic that they have finally rounded up enough votes to create a new outside ethics panel when the House votes this afternoon.  [Read More]

Senate Democratic Leaders Oppose Earmark Moratorium

Senate Democratic leaders are opposing efforts to use the fiscal 2009 budget resolution to impose a one-year moratorium on member earmarks, a plan that may face procedural obstacles that would be hard to surmount.  [Read More]

House Republicans Seek to Force Floor Vote on Immigration Enforcement Bill

House Republicans planned to begin collecting signatures Tuesday on a petition to force a floor vote on a tough immigration enforcement bill sponsored by a conservative Democrat.  [Read More]

Farm Bill Extension Likely This Week

Both parties in the House have agreed to move a 30-day extension of the farm policy law this week as negotiations continue on a five-year rewrite.  [Read More]

Senate Panel Considers Public-Private Partnership for Infrastructure Funding

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee held a hearing Tuesday on legislation to create a public-private partnership to finance needed improvements in the nation’s infrastructure.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for March 11

Who was the last Arkansas senator to run without an opponent from the other major party?  [Read More]


Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEW YORK STATE: Governor Weighs Resignation in Prostitution Scandal
VIRGINIA: State Banning Phosphates from Dishwasher Detergents
TEXAS: Governor Suspends Unemployment Levy
MINNESOTA: State Chief Justice Stepping Down
NEW YORK CITY: Financier Gives Library $100 Million
DETROIT: Residency Rule Blocks Funding for Nonprofits
NEWARK, N.J.: Police Chief Suspended in Personnel Dispute


Political Clippings

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that former Lt. Gov. Steve Kirby has decided he will not seek the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D. Kirby cited concerns for how the race would affect his family in announcing his decision Monday and ending weeks of speculation. The daily notes that “although three other Republicans already are in the race, the Sioux Falls businessman would have been an early favorite to capture the nomination because of his statewide name recognition and wealth.”

The Albany Times Union reports that Republican House candidate Alexander “Sandy” Treadwell, one of three seeking the nomination to challenge Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in November, is pouring so much of his own money into his campaign that he has triggered the “millionaire’s amendment.” But the daily notes he can also count on his personal connections to help finance his campaign — “close to half of the nearly $1.24 million he raised last year came from connections established as a member of the Republican National Committee, state GOP chairman from 2001 to 2004, Gov. George Pataki’s secretary of state and a director of several charitable foundations and cultural institutions.”


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