Thursday, June 05, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2008 – 2:04 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Adopts Budget Resolution That Defers Big Decisions
  • Senate Panel Releases Iraq Report; GOP Calls it Partisan Politics
  • Byrd Released From Hospital
  • Farm Bill Fix Will Get Roll Call Vote in Senate
  • Political Trivia for June 5
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Today in Washington

The House is expected to finalize the fiscal 2009 budget resolution and vote on a bill to reauthorize a Chesapeake Bay water trails program.

The Senate resumes consideration of a motion to proceed to a consumer energy bill and later votes on a new version of the five-year farm bill to replace an incomplete measure that became law last month.

The President speaks at the ceremonial groundbreaking of the U.S. Institute of Peace; participates in a photo opportunity with the Houston Dynamo; meets with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Jan Peter Balkenende.

In Washington, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Robert Borosage, Campaign for America’s Future co-director, discuss populist uprisings and the presidential elections, with author David Sirota, Arlene Holt Baker of the AFL-CIO, and CWA President Larry Cohen. 5:30 p.m., NEA Auditorium, 1201 16th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

House Adopts Budget Resolution That Defers Big Decisions

The House gave final approval Thursday to the fiscal 2009 budget resolution, as the two parties traded jabs over whose fiscal policies were better for the country.  [Read More]

Senate Panel Releases Iraq Report; GOP Calls it Partisan Politics

Bush administration officials, in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, made several public statements about the danger of Saddam Hussein’s regime that were contradicted by available intelligence at the time, according to a Senate Intelligence Committee report released Thursday.  [Read More]

Byrd Released From Hospital

Senate Appropriations Chairman Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., was released from the hospital Thursday morning but will not immediately return to Congress.  [Read More]

Farm Bill Fix Will Get Roll Call Vote in Senate

Senate leaders will move Thursday to pass a farm bill that includes the trade-related portion accidentally left out of the version Congress sent to President Bush in May.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for June 5

When did North Dakota voters last elect a Republican to Congress?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Des Moines Register reports, “A recount appears likely in a Republican congressional primary in southeast Iowa’s 2nd District, where Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa claimed the nomination Tuesday by a 109-vote margin. Peter Teahen of Cedar Rapids, who placed second in the race, is not conceding defeat and is leaning ‘very heavily’ toward requesting a recount, said Wes Enos, Teahen’s campaign manager.” The GOP nominee will take on freshman Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack, who ousted veteran Republican Rep. Jim Leach two years ago. “Secretary of State Michael Mauro said Wednesday that county officials will canvass the election results either Monday or Tuesday. Requests for recounts are accepted for three days after the canvass.”

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Democrat Al Franken “got a welcome boost” for his Senate bid Wednesday with an endorsement from former Vice President Al Gore. “Gore said the entertainer/author ‘definitely won’t be your typical Washington politician . . . . Al will be passionate and principled and wonky and honest and, yes, funny — sometimes all at once.’” But Franken is struggling to overcome several stumbles as he heads into this weekend’s state convention, which will choose between him and college professor Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer for the Senate nomination to take on GOP Sen. Norm Coleman. “Both candidates have promised to abide by the endorsement and avoid a primary.”

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CALIFORNIA: Governor Declares Statewide Drought
GEORGIA: Mental Hospital Cited As ‘Critically Deficient’
TEXAS: State sets Up Watchdog Unit for Criminal Justice System
CALIFORNIA: Ruling Favors Governor on Prison Transfers
CHICAGO: City Among Finalists for 2016 Olympics
NEW YORK CITY: Plan to Improve Safety at Construction Sites Unveiled
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Police to Set Up Checkpoints In Violent Neighborhoods
HOUSTON: City to Hire 'Tele-Nurses' As Alternative to Ambulances

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