Tuesday, April 29, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008 – 2:22 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House To Take Up Supplemental As Early Next Week
  • Bush Says Lifting Gas Tax Might Be an Option
  • Credit Union Legislation Faces More Negotiations
  • Senate Leaders Seek Way Forward on FAA Bill
  • Senate GOP Will Attempt To Block New Medicaid Regulations
  • Political Trivia for April 29

Today in Washington

The House considers a dozen measures, including an omnibus measure containing more than 60 natural resources bills.

The Senate continues debate on a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (HR 2881).

The President holds news conference; meets with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Afghanistan; makes remarks on National Volunteer Week.

In Washington, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivers a keynote address at the American Jewish Committee’s 102nd annual meeting. 7 p.m., Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St. N.W.


Top Stories

House To Take Up Supplemental As Early Next Week

Democratic leaders said Tuesday the emergency supplemental bill for war funding would be unveiled in the House next week after discussions involving Democrats from both chambers.  [Read More]

Bush Says Lifting Gas Tax Might Be an Option

President Bush this morning indicated that he may be open to a lifting the 18.4-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax over the summer, in order to ease pain at the pump at time of record-high fuel prices.  [Read More]

Credit Union Legislation Faces More Negotiations

Lawmakers and the lending industry are planning to work on a compromise version of legislation that would allow credit unions to expand into underserved areas, after last minute objections scuttled House consideration of the bill.  [Read More]

Senate Leaders Seek Way Forward on FAA Bill

The Senate takes up a legislation Tuesday that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration and address recent revelations about missed safety inspections at some air carriers and the FAA’s lax oversight of these inspections.  [Read More]

Senate GOP Will Attempt To Block New Medicaid Regulations

Senate Republicans might try to obstruct a bill that would block the Bush administration’s new Medicaid regulations, a strategy that could force Democrats to attach the measure to war spending legislation.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for April 29

Of the 30 formerly Republican House seats captured by Democrats in 2006, how many favored President Bush in 2004?  [Read More]


Political Clippings

The Indianapolis Star reports that 7th District Rep. Andre Carson, D- Ind., is being overshadowed by his primary opponent former state health commissioner Woody Myers and his self-funded campaign. Carson won a March 11 special election to replace his grandmother, the late Rep. Julia Carson, 1996-2007. Andre “Carson is the sitting officeholder, the man with the title, the family name and the built-in advantages that come with incumbency. But Myers has been the more visible candidate, with a powerful TV advertising campaign and a well-run campaign office that has many wondering whether he’ll put an end to the Carson dynasty when voters head to the polls next week,” the newspaper reports. In a sparsely attended press conference in Indianapolis, Carson said that when district residents begin receiving their rebate checks they will think of him. “Those tax rebates will provide much-needed assistance to working families here in Indianapolis,” he said. Carson was elected to his late grandmother’s seat in a special election on March 11, several weeks after Congress approved the rebates.

The Macon Telegraph reports that former congressman Mac Collins, 1993-2005, who ran a close race against incumbent Democrat Rep. Jim Marshall two years ago and had said he was considering another bid in the 8th District this year, won’t be running. “I’m just going to sit this one out,” Collins said. “Collins’ decision may simplify the nominating process for retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard. Goddard has already become the popular choice for Republican Party elders. Gov. Sonny Perdue has endorsed him and, at an April 19 gathering, county Republican parties in the 8th District endorsed him as well,” the newspaper reports. Robert Nowak, a former Bibb County schoolteacher plans to face Marshall in the Democratic primary, filed Monday, the first day to file for local, state and federal offices. Marshall has not yet filed for re-election, but he is expected to before qualifying ends Friday at noon.


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