Friday, January 09, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2009 – 2:06 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Launches New Labor Agenda With Wage Discrimination Bills
  • House Democrats Scaling Back Children’s Health Insurance Plan
  • House Chairman Unveils Conditions for Second Half of Bailout Funding
  • Obama Names His National Intelligence Team
  • House Adopts Measure Backing Israel on ‘Durable’ Gaza Truce
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 9
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Today in Washington

The House passes legislation to make it easier for workers to collect damages for wage discrimination, as well as a resolution calling on Hamas to cease rocket and mortar attacks on Israel, renounce violence, and recognize Israel’s right to exist.

The Senate has no votes expected, though Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has set a Sunday vote on an omnibus public lands package.

President Bush has no public events scheduled.

President-Elect Barack Obama introduces his national intelligence team in a news conference at the transition office in Washington, D.C.

In Washington, the National Press Club hosts Journopalooza, as four bands composed of journalists from the Washington area compete for the title of Best Reporter-Based Washington Rock Group. 8 p.m., National Press Club Ballroom, 14th and F Sts., N.W.

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Top Stories

House Launches New Labor Agenda With Wage Discrimination Bills

In a bid to advance an ambitious labor agenda in the 111th Congress, the House passed legislation Friday designed to strengthen the ability of workers to combat wage discrimination.  [Read More]

House Democrats Scaling Back Children’s Health Insurance Plan

House Democrats are scaling back plans to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, as budget scoring problems and rising costs make a five-year bill unlikely.  [Read More]

House Chairman Unveils Conditions for Second Half of Bailout Funding

The Treasury Department would have to use a significant chunk of remaining financial bailout money to stem foreclosures and would face stricter accountability under legislation unveiled Friday.  [Read More]

Obama Names His National Intelligence Team

President-elect Barack Obama closed one of the last big gaps in his administration’s slate Friday by formally announcing his national intelligence team.  [Read More]

House Adopts Measure Backing Israel on ‘Durable’ Gaza Truce

The House overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Friday to express solidarity with Israel and condemn the Islamist group Hamas for its role in the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 9

The shortest presidential inaugural address was delivered in which year?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan “has emerged as one of the leading Republican contenders for the seat being vacated in 2010 by Sen. Mel Martinez.” The newspaper reports that “if Buchanan decides to run — and he has signaled strong interest in doing so — it will likely create a battle royal for the 13th Congressional District House seat.” Five to six Republicans and three to four Democrats could vie for Buchanan’s seat.

The Springfield (MO) News-Leader reports that U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt would be a leading candidate to replace Christopher S. Bond, who plans to vacate his senate seat in 2010. Blunt’s son, outgoing Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, said, “I think he makes a lot of sense in a lot of different ways.” But there might be some other prominent Republicans who would take issue with the governor’s comments. Former Sen. Jim Talent (2002-2007) and outgoing state Treasurer Sarah Steelman both said they also are interested in the seat.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
WISCONSIN: Investment Losses to Shrink State Pension Checks
WASHINGTON STATE: Record Floods Bring Emergency Declaration
NEW YORK CITY: Report: City Pay Outpacing Private Sector
OAKLAND, Calif.: Transit Board Apologizes for Passenger Slaying
WASHINGTON, D.C., Region: Transit Shortfall May Bring Hundreds of Layoffs

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