Tuesday, February 03, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, February 03, 2009 – 2:42 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Daschle Withdraws as HHS Pick
  • Amendment To Boost Highway Spending In Stimulus Bill Falls Short
  • Talk of Bipartisanship in House Continues to Yield Partisan Swipes
  • Boxer Wants to Move ‘Straightforward’ Climate Bill This Year
  • GOP Challenges House Democrats to Release Omnibus Details
  • Political Trivia for Tuesday, February 03, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House votes on legislation to help people clear their names from government terrorist watch lists and databases, along with two other homeland security bills.

The Senate begins voting on amendments to the economic stimulus package.

President Obama meets with senior advisers; announces his nomination of Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., to be Commerce secretary.

In Washington, the American Enterprise Institute hosts a discussion, “The Gas Wars: Causes, Forecasts, and Solutions for Russia, Ukraine, and the EU.” Panelists include Anders Eslund, of the Peterson Institute for International Economics; Angelos Pangratis of the European Commission to the USA; Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution; and Gary J. Schmitt of AEI. 3:30 p.m., Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Daschle Withdraws as HHS Pick

Former Sen. Tom Daschle withdrew as President Obama’s nominee to be Health and Human Services Secretary following his admission that he had to repay $140,127 in back taxes because he had failed to report the value of car and driver services provided to him by a California company. Obama said he accepted Daschle’s decision with “sadness and regret.” [Read More]

Amendment To Boost Highway Spending In Stimulus Bill Falls Short

The 58-39 vote sends a strong signal that Republicans will be able to hold ranks on preventing the package from getting bigger. [Read More]

Talk of Bipartisanship in House Continues to Yield Partisan Swipes

House Democratic and Republican leaders fired new charges across the aisle Tuesday about which party is stonewalling President Obama’s call for more bipartisanship, in the process showing how difficult meeting that aim will be. [Read More]

Boxer Wants to Move ‘Straightforward’ Climate Bill This Year

The leader of the Senate’s environment committee said Tuesday that she expects to move a global warming bill this year, but possibly on a slower schedule than her counterpart in the House. [Read More]

GOP Challenges House Democrats to Release Omnibus Details

House Republican leaders on Tuesday called for public release of the proposed omnibus legislation that would encompass the nine unfinished spending bills for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Which is the “most religious” state, according to a Gallup poll? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MILWAUKEE COUNTY: County Seeks State Takeover of Welfare Programs
DETROIT: Ex-Mayor Released from Jail
THE NATION: Study: Corn Ethanol May Be Worst for Air Quality
MARYLAND: Bidding for Slots Licenses Falls Short

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Political Clippings

The Dallas Morning News reports that Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry in his GOP primary race against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, called Perry the “true conservative” in the Republican race. “Her endorsement appeared aimed at undercutting Hutchison’s appeal with GOP women,” as well as social conservatives, according to the newspaper. “Both groups will be important in picking the party’s nominee in next year’s Republican primary.”

According to the Miami Herald, Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist did not “quell the hype” on Monday about a potential run for the Senate in 2010. But he is “likely to keep everybody guessing” until Florida’s annual legislative session ends May 1, the newspaper reports. Crist has talked with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which recruits GOP candidates for Senate races. “The latest Quinnipiac University poll found Crist as popular in Florida as President Barack Obama, with 67 percent viewing him favorably despite the state’s economic woes,’ the Herald reports. Florida’s Senate seat will be up for grabs in 2010 because incumbent Republican Mel Martinez has decided to retire.

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