Friday, January 23, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009 – 1:58 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Leaders Vow To Speed Action on Stimulus After Meeting With Obama
  • Tax Portion of Senate’s Stimulus Proposal Unveiled
  • Rep. Gillibrand Picked to Fill Clinton’s Senate Seat
  • Rockefeller’s Rewrite of Digital TV Bill May Satisfy Republicans
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 23

Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President holds meetings with congressional leaders, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy F. Geithner.

In Washington,  There will be a film screening to celebrate National Geographic Channel’s world premiere special, “On Board Air Force One,” ‘which features exclusive footage of Barack Obama’s first official flight. 5 p.m., National Geographic Headquarters, 1145 17th St., N.W.


Top Stories

Leaders Vow To Speed Action on Stimulus After Meeting With Obama

Congressional leaders who met Friday with President Obama renewed their pledge to pursue both speed and bipartisanship as they work to send him a massive economic stimulus package by mid-February.  [Read More]

Tax Portion of Senate’s Stimulus Proposal Unveiled

The Senate Finance Committee chairman on Friday unveiled a $275 billion tax-cut plan that largely tracks the priorities of President Obama and House Democratic leaders, attached to $180 billion in proposed spending for health, unemployment benefits and other programs.  [Read More]

Rep. Gillibrand Picked to Fill Clinton’s Senate Seat

Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday was appointed to succeed fellow Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next U.S. senator from New York.  [Read More]

Rockefeller’s Rewrite of Digital TV Bill May Satisfy Republicans

Senators seem to be nearing a compromise on delaying the Feb. 17 nationwide transition to digital television by four months.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 23

On what date in 1993 did President Bill Clinton make his first address to Congress?  [Read More]


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Political Clippings

The Minnesota Post reports that former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman will be a “paid consultant and strategic adviser and will travel around the country fundraising and speaking to Jewish communities about current affairs for the Republican Jewish Coalition, a Washington organization that does outreach and lobbying and counts a number of GOP heavyweights among its board members,” the publication reports. “He will not, however, work as a lobbyist, in keeping with new ethics rules prohibiting senators from lobbying for at least two years after leaving office.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that GOP Rep. Roy Blunt is seriously considering a run to replace retiring GOP Sen. Christopher S. Bond, who will retire in 2010. Blunt said he was “looking at it very seriously. I’m making some calls and people are calling me.”


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