Monday, February 09, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, February 09, 2009 – 2:20 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Obama Visits Indiana to Tout Stimulus as Senate Moves Toward Key Vote
  • Leahy Wants 'Truth Commission' To Examine Bush Administration
  • 'Use It Or Lose It' Provisions Could Be Hurdle in Stimulus Conference
  • Political Trivia for Monday, February 09, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House considers a number of measures under suspension of the rules.

The Senate votes on a key substitute amendment to the economic stimulus package.

The President visits Elkhart, Ind., to discuss the economic stimulus package with local residents; holds an 8 p.m. news conference at the White House.

In Washington, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., co-chair of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, discusses his personal perspective on Lincoln's life and legacy at a dinner. 6 p.m., Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Obama Visits Indiana to Tout Stimulus as Senate Moves Toward Key Vote

As the Senate moved toward a key procedural vote on Monday on its version of an economic stimulus package, President Obama tried to drum up public support for the plan on a visit to an Indiana city hit hard by the slumping economy. [Read More]

Leahy Wants 'Truth Commission' To Examine Bush Administration

In a speech at Georgetown University, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., gave few details about what form such a commission might take, but proposed investigating everything from the Bush administration's detainee and interrogation policies to the war in Iraq and the firing of U.S. Attorneys. [Read More]

'Use It Or Lose It' Provisions Could Be Hurdle in Stimulus Conference

The House bill would require states to obligate at least half of the stimulus highway funding within 90 days, while the Senate would give them 180 days. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Monday, February 09, 2009

What was the last full year in Alabama Democrats held both Senate seats and the governor's office? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE NATION: Sex-Offender-Tracking Mandate Meeting State Resistance
ILLINOIS: Court: Imprisoned Ex-Governor Can Get $65,000 Pension
MINNESOTA: State to Probe Firefighting Foam for Water Pollution
MILWAUKEE: Judge Halts Voter-Approved Paid-Sick-Day Mandate

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Political Clippings

The Dallas Morning News reports that with the Texas gubernatorial primary a year away, "the politics of government intervention in the economy have emerged as the first clear flashpoint" between Gov. Rick Perry and his GOP rival, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison . "Perry has declared his independence from Washington by opposing stimulus packages in virtually any form - and chiding Hutchison for voting for the initial $700 billion bailout pushed by the Bush administration," the newspaper reports. "Hutchison aides fire back that Perry has been hypocritical on the issue."

According to the Chicago Tribune, Sen. Roland W. Burris , D-Ill., "rarely discusses one milestone in his long public career: a record $800,000 campaign loan he received in his 2002 run for governor. Nor is he quick to mention the man who made the loan, businessman Joseph Stroud, who provided most of Burris' financial support - $1.57 million in all - for that failed bid. But court documents in an obscure civil case shine light on that relationship and raise questions about how much influence flowed from such a large loan, none of which Burris has repaid." The newspaper reports: "Shortly after the 2002 campaign ended, Burris phoned prosecutors and local police about criminal charges Stroud wanted filed against a former employee who had sued him, claiming wrongful termination, records show."

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This Week in Health Policy on the Hill

SCHIP: President Obama signs SCHIP legislation into law.
ECONOMIC STIMULUS: Senate continues work on an economic stimulus package that includes health care funding.
HHS SECRETARY: Former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Obama’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, withdraws from consideration.

Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links

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