Monday, March 02, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, March 02, 2009 – 2:50

In This Issue

  • Obama Nominates Sebelius to Health and Human Services
  • Snowstorm Causes Cancellation of House Votes
  • Political Trivia for Monday, March 02, 2009
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Today in Washington

The House will debate several suspension bills but will hold no votes as a result of the snowstorm.

The Senate continues work on the fiscal 2009 omnibus appropriations bill.

The President introduces the Health and Human Services secretary nominee, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius; meets with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

In Washington, the Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a conversation with Sunday talk show hosts Bob Schieffer, George Stephanopoulos, David Gregory and Chris Wallace. 5 p.m., CSIS B1 Conference Center, 1800 K St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Obama Nominates Sebelius to Health and Human Services

President Obama's cabinet, and his team to push health care reform, took one step closer to completion on Monday when he officially nominated Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services. [Read More]

Snowstorm Causes Cancellation of House Votes

The first votes of the week will be on Tuesday after 3 p.m., House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said. [Read More]

Political Trivia for Monday, March 02, 2009

How many presidents were born in the month of March? [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
TEXAS: Toll Roads May Get $700 Million from Stimulus
CALIFORNIA: Governor Declares Statewide Drought Emergency
DETROIT: City Unions Balking at 10 Percent Pay Cut
MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz.: Thousands Protest Sheriff’s Immigrant Crackdown
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif.: Mayor Resigning over Watermelon Cartoon

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Political Clippings

The Chicago Tribune reports that Sen. Richard J. "Durbin, who advised Sen. Roland Burris last week to step down from the Senate, acknowledged...that racial considerations were at play in the decision by majority Democrats to seat Burris." Durbin said on WGN-AM 720, "My colleague from Illinois, Congressman Bobby Rush, made strong statements along those lines. They were painful and hurtful, and it became part of this calculation." A number of lawmakers have called on Burris to resign after it was learned of his attempts to raise money for Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich while lobbying the governor's inner circle for the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

The Kansas Liberty reports that state Sen. "Dick Kelsey, a conservative Republican, has become the first to declare his candidacy in what could be a crowded Republican field vying to replace U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt as Kansas' Fourth District Representative in the U.S. Congress." Tiahrt will not seek re-election to his House seat. He will attempt to win the seat of Sen. Sam Brownback, who will not seek reelection in 2010.

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This Week in Health Policy on the Hill

Health on the Hill with kaisernetwork.org and CQ are weekly audio updates from CQ reporters highlighting the latest health policy developments on Capitol Hill. A podcast of the report is also available.

• BUDGET: Obama budget plan includes "fund" to health finance health care reform.
• OMNIBUS: House passes omnibus spending package that includes fiscal 2009 funding for Department of Health and Human Services.
• HEALTH CARE REFORM: Obama and key lawmakers say health care reform must pass this year.
Read the online report | Health on the Hill audio links
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