Wednesday, March 05, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2008 – 2:33 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Earmark Fight Takes Center Stage in House Budget Markup
  • House Democrats Considering New Effort to Slow Foreclosures
  • House Defense Appropriations Panel Jumps Into Tanker Dispute
  • Dispute Over Penalties Delays Higher Education Bill
  • Hoyer Says Democrats Will Call for Ethics Vote This Week
  • Political Trivia for March 5

Today in Washington

The House  passed a bill to create a corps of experts for emergency reconstruction and development overseas; considers mental health parity legislation.

The Senate  continues work on a Consumer Product Safety Commission overhaul bill.

The President  speaks before the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference; endorses Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona for president.

In Washington,  members of Congress, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Department of Defense officials will join 200 wounded troops from Walter Reed Army Hospital and Bethesda National Naval Medical Center at the 4th Annual Armed Forces Foundation Congressional Gala, 6 p.m., Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. S.W.


Top Stories

Earmark Fight Takes Center Stage in House Budget Markup

House Democrats released a budget blueprint Wednesday that reprises fights with Republicans over taxes and spending and showcases tensions with the Senate over how to deal with the alternative minimum tax.  [Read More]

House Democrats Considering New Effort to Slow Foreclosures

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., is crafting legislation under which the federal government would step in to buy certain troubled mortgages, but only if the lenders are willing to take the losses on the loans and write down the mortgages.  [Read More]

House Defense Appropriations Panel Jumps Into Tanker Dispute

A bipartisan chorus of House defense appropriators Wednesday assailed an Air Force decision to pick a team of companies that includes a Europe-based firm to build the U.S. military’s next generation of midair refueling tankers.  [Read More]

Dispute Over Penalties Delays Higher Education Bill

A renewal of the primary law governing colleges, universities and federal financial aid will not come to the floor in either chamber until after the March recess.  [Read More]

Hoyer Says Democrats Will Call for Ethics Vote This Week

Democrats intend to bring up their revised ethics plan for a House vote Thursday, even though they don’t yet know whether there’s enough support to adopt the changes, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for March 5

When did John McCain exit the race for the Republican nomination in 2000?  [Read More]


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Political Clippings

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that two new Web sites could fuel speculation that former Lt. Gov. Steve Kirby will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D. The daily said was registered Saturday, and was registered Feb. 25. Kirby, who has been flirting with the idea of challenging Johnson for weeks, said he thought one of his advisers registered the Web sites. Democrats had created a Web site questioning Kirby’s business and political dealings and raising funds for Johnson, but Johnson asked that it be suspended.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and other national GOP operatives met in Walnut Creek, Calif., recently to formulate strategy. Among the topics discussed is how Republican presidential nominee John McCain could help Republicans unseat Democrats in conservative districts such as the one represented by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif. “They definitely think McCain will bring out conservative Democrats and independents who could tip close congressional races,” said John Herrington, a past chairman of the state GOP and owner of Vic Stewart’s Steak House, where the meeting took place.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that Bexar County Commissioner Lyle Larson, fresh from his GOP primary victory Tuesday over San Antonio lawyer Francisco “Quico” Canseco, is turning his attention to Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez, D-Texas. “We’re going to fight Ciro for every vote in this district: Democrat, Republican and independent,” Larson said.


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