Thursday, January 22, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009 – 2:13 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Finance Approves Geithner Nomination
  • Senate Turns Back Challenge to Wage Bias Bill
  • Confirmation of EPA Administrator Delayed by Barrasso
  • Rep. Young: Send Detainees to Pelosi’s District
  • House Votes To Block Release of More Bailout Funds, But Gesture Is Hollow
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 22
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Today in Washington

The House passes a resolution designed to block the release of the second half of the $700 billion financial industry bailout fund.

The Senate considers legislation making it easier for workers to file suit in wage discrimination cases, rejecting the first major amendment offered.

The President meets with economic advisers and senior staff; issues executive orders on Guantanamo Bay and detainee interrogations; meets with retired military officers; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, National Security Adviser James Jones and deputy national security adviser Tom Donilon before addressing State Department employees with Clinton.

In Washington, the Filipino Family Fund and the Culture of Life Foundation hold a “Champions for Family” award reception, honoring Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., Dr. Rene Bullecer, and Rev. Jerome Magat. With Reps. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.; Trent Franks, R-Ariz.; Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb.; Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan.; Vellie Dietrich-Hall, White House Commissioner; others. 4:45 p.m., Phoenix Hotel, 520 N. Capitol St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Finance Approves Geithner Nomination

The Senate Finance Committee has approved Timothy F. Geithner’s nomination to be Treasury secretary, pushing aside questions about the nominee’s tax problems and concerns over the government’s financial bailout program.  [Read More]

Senate Turns Back Challenge to Wage Bias Bill

By a comfortable margin, the Senate on Thursday rejected the first and most comprehensive challenge to a bill aimed at making it easier for victims of wage discrimination to seek redress in court.  [Read More]

Confirmation of EPA Administrator Delayed by Barrasso

A Republican senator has delayed confirmation of a new EPA administrator because he wants more information about the role of a new “energy czar” in the White House.  [Read More]

Rep. Young: Send Detainees to Pelosi’s District

A senior House Republican has suggested a secure location for the detainees now held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba — Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco.  [Read More]

House Votes To Block Release of More Bailout Funds, But Gesture Is Hollow

The House passed a resolution of disapproval Thursday designed to block release of the second half of the $700 billion financial bailout fund. But the vote will have no substantive impact.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 22

President Clinton in January 1996 declared the end of what era?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that “Joe Trippi, a veteran Democratic political consultant who served as campaign manager for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential bid, has joined Brian Moran’s [Virginia] gubernatorial campaign.” Moran served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1996 to 2008, and is the brother of U.S. Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va. The newspaper reports, “Moran is battling former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe” and state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds in a June primary for the nomination. Attorney General Bob McDonnell is the likely Republican nominee for governor, according to the newspaper.

The Chattanoogan reports that Tennessee GOP Chairman Robin Smith “confirmed ... she has an interest in the” race for Tennessee’s 3rd District seat being vacated by Republican Zach Wamp, who is running for governor. Smith could make a decision at the end of March.

The New York Daily News reports that some were speculating that Caroline Kennedy withdrew herself from consideration to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York because she was informed Gov. David A. Paterson would not select her for the seat once held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy. “This has face-saving written all over it,” said one congressional Democrat.

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