Wednesday, January 07, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, 2009 – 1:57 P.M.

In This Issue

  • ‘Jaw-Dropping’ $1.2 Trillion Deficit Projected This Year
  • Stimulus Action Likely To Begin Next Week
  • Legal Questions To Be Answered Before Burris Seating
  • House Clears Measure to Pave Way for Sen. Salazar at Interior
  • Senate to Start New Year With Sunday Vote
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 7
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Today in Washington

The House passes bills requiring disclosure of donors to presidential libraries, limiting the ability of current and former presidents to block release of their records and addressing the salary of Interior Secretary-designate Ken Salazar.

The Senate is in session, awaiting legislative action.

President Bush participates in a luncheon with President-elect Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; makes remarks to presidential appointees; makes remarks at a reception in honor of the Points of Light Institute.

President-Elect Barack Obama holds news conference and appoints a chief performance officer; attends lunch with President Bush and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

In Washington, George Washington University holds a discussion of advice for President-elect Barack Obama about congressional relations. 4:30 p.m., Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St., N.W.

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Top Stories

‘Jaw-Dropping’ $1.2 Trillion Deficit Projected This Year

The federal budget deficit will balloon to roughly $1.2 trillion this fiscal year, a record that does not even include the costs of the economic recovery plan now being assembled on Capitol Hill.  [Read More]

Stimulus Action Likely To Begin Next Week

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday that committee hearings on the economic stimulus package are likely to begin next week, followed by markups of the massive legislation.  [Read More]

Legal Questions To Be Answered Before Burris Seating

In an effort to assuage lawmakers who say Roland W. Burris should be seated immediately as the junior senator from Illinois, Senate leaders said Wednesday they will be reaching out individually to dissenters in the coming days.  [Read More]

House Clears Measure to Pave Way for Sen. Salazar at Interior

The House Wednesday cleared a resolution intended to allow Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., to become secretary of the Interior.  [Read More]

Senate to Start New Year With Sunday Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to start the new Congress with a rare Sunday vote that could test whether an expanded Democratic majority can overcome Republican opposition to legislation.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 7

Which state had the closest open-seat U.S. House race in 2008?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

Michigan radio station WHMI reports that GOP Rep. Mike Rogers is considering a run for governor in 2010. Rogers confirmed that several supporters have approached him to run but says he hasn’t decided what he will do. The station cited other “big Republican hitters” likely to jump into the race, including Reps. Peter Hoekstra and Candice S. Miller, along with Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Domino’s Pizza chief executive David Brandon, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

The Tennessean reports that former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. hasn’t yet decided whether to seek the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor in 2010. In a statement, Ford said he was “grateful for the interest and the kind expressions of support” but “now is not the time. It’s time we — Republicans and Democrats — begin to put the people and their economic future ahead of politics.” Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday he would not seek the GOP nomination, but three other Republicans have announced their candidacy, and at least two other Democrats have formed exploratory committees.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
TEXAS: Plan for $175 Billion Transportation Network Dies
MICHIGAN: Tougher Rules Slashing Welfare Rolls
THE WEST COAST: Mystery Illness Killing Hundreds of Pelicans
THE NATION: Most Coal Ash Dumps Unregulated, Unmonitored
NEW YORK CITY: City Gives Up Bid for Luxury Yankee Stadium Suite
PITTSBURGH: Homicides Up 28 Percent

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