Wednesday, July 09, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2008 – 1:45 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Hoyer Backs Obey on Appropriations Deadlock
  • Senate Appropriators Take on Highway Trust Fund Shortfall
  • Senate Panel Approves Expanded Cuba Travel in Spending Bill
  • Senate Poised To Clear Electronic Surveillance Bill
  • State Department Official Downplays Iran’s Strategic Influence
  • Political Trivia for July 9
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Today in Washington

The House takes up a bill aimed at preserving White House e-mail; takes up a number of bills under suspension of the rules, including legislation that would address public housing and veterans’ housing.

The Senate is expected to clear an electronic surveillance overhaul.

The President  participates in the Group of Eight summit in Japan.

In Washington, Actor Kevin Costner attends a screening of the film, “Swing Vote,” which tells the story of Bud Johnson, and his daughter Molly and how they influence an election. The Center for American Progress (CAP) and Touchstone Pictures sponsor the screening. 7 p.m., E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street N.W.

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Top Stories

Hoyer Backs Obey on Appropriations Deadlock

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., indicated Wednesday that it was unlikely that the House would move appropriations bills, echoing the sentiments of Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey, D-Wis.  [Read More]

Senate Appropriators Take on Highway Trust Fund Shortfall

Senate appropriators Wednesday approved a draft transportation spending bill that includes money to cover the $4 billion shortfall in the federal Highway Trust Fund, rejecting a House decision not to address the issue.  [Read More]

Senate Panel Approves Expanded Cuba Travel in Spending Bill

A Senate panel Wednesday approved a $44.8 billion fiscal 2009 spending bill, which includes a controversial provision to expand family travel to Cuba.  [Read More]

Senate Poised To Clear Electronic Surveillance Bill

Senators Wednesday were on the verge of clearing an overhaul of electronic surveillance rules after easily defeating three amendments aimed at a provision that would effectively wipe out lawsuits against companies allegedly involved in warrantless spying.  [Read More]

State Department Official Downplays Iran’s Strategic Influence

On the same day Iran test-fired missiles in a show of force in the Persian Gulf, the Bush administration Wednesday sought to downplay the country’s power and influence.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for July 9

How many vice presidents did not serve out a full term to which they were elected?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that John Kennedy, a Republican challenging Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in Louisiana, says his recent switch from the Democratic party is inconsequential to his campaign. Kennedy, the state treasurer, ran for the Senate as a Democrat in 2004. “Party has never been the most important thing in my life,” said Kennedy, who switched to the GOP last year. Democrats, meanwhile, label Kennedy “a political opportunist.” Kennedy said his endorsement of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. for president in 2004 was a mistake. He is touting his fiscally conservative approach, even when a Democrat. The state primary is Sept. 6.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, appears to have a solid lead over her Democratic rival, Rep. Tom Allen, in a June poll. The survey showed some 56 percent of those who said they plan to vote this fall prefer Collins, compared to 31 percent for Allen. But Allen’s campaign noted that other polls show a closer race and attributed any Collins advantage to greater name recognition. A Rasmussen Reports poll, also conducted in June, showed Collins leading Allen by 49 percent to 42 percent.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
OHIO: Out-of-State Vets to Get In-State Tuition Rate
HAWAII: Scientists: Reef Fish Rapidly Disappearing
CALIFORNIA: 1,000 Evacuated by 38,000-Acre Fire
SEATTLE: Mayor Targets Fortress-Like Townhomes
NORTH MIAMI: City Hall Moving to Four-Day Week
PHILADELPHIA: City to Enforce Lost-Gun Reporting Mandate

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