Friday, August 01, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, AUG. 1, 2008 – 2:13 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Passes Military Construction-VA Spending Bill
  • House Adjourns, But Republicans Linger to Bash Democrats on Energy
  • Bipartisan Rump Groups Seek to Chart Middle Course on Energy Policy
  • House Panel Gives White House a Week to Provide Documents on Firings
  • House Panel OKs More Visas for Foreign Nurses, Rollover Green Card Allotments
  • Political Trivia for Aug. 1
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Today in Washington

The House passes the fiscal 2009 Military Construction-VA spending bill and then adjourns until Sept. 8.

The Senate passes several non-controversial measures before departing for the August recess.

The President is in Kennebunkport, Maine, with no public events scheduled.

In Washington, the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers and the Kashmiri American Council conclude the 9th International Kashmir Conference. All day, 1111 16th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

House Passes Military Construction-VA Spending Bill

After rebuffing one last Republican effort to attach a domestic oil drilling amendment, the House on Friday passed the first fiscal 2009 appropriations bill to reach the floor of either chamber.  [Read More]

House Adjourns, But Republicans Linger to Bash Democrats on Energy

The C-SPAN cameras were gone and the microphones were off, but that didn’t stop a small group of Republicans from taking over the floor after the House adjourned Friday to attack Democrats for starting a five-week summer recess without doing something to lower gas prices.  [Read More]

Bipartisan Rump Groups Seek to Chart Middle Course on Energy Policy

Congress broke for August recess Friday locked in the same stalemate over energy that has stalled action on gasoline prices for most of the summer.  [Read More]

House Panel Gives White House a Week to Provide Documents on Firings

The House Judiciary Committee sent word to the White House on Friday that it expects to receive by Aug. 8 at least some documents about the 2006 firings of nine U.S. attorneys.  [Read More]

House Panel OKs More Visas for Foreign Nurses, Rollover Green Card Allotments

Bills that would allow more foreign nurses to work in the United States and make changes to the overall green-card system were approved Friday by a House panel.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Aug. 1

How many former vice presidents are living?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Los Angeles Times reports that Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, a Democrat who first ran for governor 26 years ago, on Thursday joined a growing list of 2010 contenders to succeed term-limited California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, who served as governor from 1975 to 1983, and former state Controller Steve Westly are other Democrats eyeing the 2010 race. “Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s name also has been mentioned, and Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County has filed papers allowing her to raise money for a campaign.” Republicans lining up include “Steve Poizner, who succeeded Garamendi as state insurance commissioner in 2007;” former U.S. Rep;. Tom Campbell; and “two former executives of Silicon Valley companies: Meg Whitman, who was at EBay; and Carly Fiorina, who headed Hewlett-Packard.”

According to the Denver Post, Democrat Jared Polis “cleared the $5 million mark in personal contributions with a $1.6 million injection to his own campaign in the first three weeks of July, disclosures filed Thursday show.” Polis, a wealthy businessman, is locked in a heated Aug. 12 primary battle with Joan Fitz-Gerald, a former state Senate president, “who has argued Polis is trying to buy the election.” Also seeking the 2nd District nomination is environmentalist Will Shafroth. “Each of the candidates has raised more than $1 million in contributions, setting primary fundraising records for Colorado.” All are vying for the nomination to succeed Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., in the heavily Democratic, Boulder-based 2nd District. Udall is running for the state’s open Senate seat.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
DETROIT: Governor Rejects Delay Request for Mayor's Removal Hearing
SAN FRANCISCO: Mayor: Mandate Garbage Sorting
THE NATION: Government' Spending Increases Outstrip Revenue Growth
FLORIDA: State Sets Record for Adoptions from Foster Care
MARYLAND: Former A.G. to Lead Probe of State Police Spying
WASHINGTON State: Court: Accused Teachers' Identities Can Be Kept Secret
MINNESOTA: DHS Fires Official Sacked by State after Bridge Collapse

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