Monday, June 08, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, June 08, 2009 – 2:18 P.M.

In This Issue

  • White House Breaks Milestone Stand, Charts Next 100 Days of Recovery
  • Who's Spending the Most the Fastest
  • Detainee Photos Offer Yet Another Sticking Point for War Spending Bill
  • While McHugh Awaits Confirmation, Would-Be Successors Wait, Too
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Today in Washington

The House considers non-controversial measures under suspension of the rules.

The Senate resumes consideration of a tobacco regulation bill.

The President meets with senior advisers; meets with his Cabinet to discuss the implementation of the economic stimulus law.

In Washington, Congressional Republicans hold their annual House-Senate dinner, with keynote address by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. 7:30 p.m., Washington Convention Center, Mt. Vernon Square.

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Top Stories

White House Breaks Milestone Stand, Charts Next 100 Days of Recovery

The Obama administration reponded to mounting concern that stimulus dollars aren't flowing fast enough by introducing a "Roadmap to Recovery" plan which spotlights ten major initiatives the administration says will save or create 600,000 jobs. [Read More]

Who's Spending the Most the Fastest

In the first 100 days, the Department of Health and Human Services has paid out more than $18.7 billion of the $29.5 billion in stimulus money it has available, according to the government's Web site. [Read More]

Detainee Photos Offer Yet Another Sticking Point for War Spending Bill

As House leaders struggle to line up enough Democratic support to pass a war spending measure, Sens. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., are fighting to keep in the final version a provision that would block release of detainee photographs. [Read More]

While McHugh Awaits Confirmation, Would-Be Successors Wait, Too

For Democrats, New York Rep. John McHugh's nomination to be Secretary of the Army offers an opportunity to pick off yet another Republican seat in the Northeast. For Republicans, it's a chance to redeem themselves after a narrow loss in the special election for another New York House seat in March. [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEW YORK STATE | Deal Reached to Cut Pension Benefits
THE NATION | Build America Bonds Catching On
PENNSYLVANIA | State Orders Rescued Bats Destroyed
MASSACHUSETTS | A.G.: Fine Utility Millions for Ice-Storm Response

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Political Clippings

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner "is reviewing purchases made by her state campaign to determine whether they included equipment for her U.S. Senate campaign, which would be a violation of federal regulations." Brunner, who is competing for the Democratic nomination with Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, said she she relied on campaign staff to spend the money and close the state account properly. "If there's a problem, we'll fix it," she said.

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Lynn Sweet says in her blog that Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination for Senate next year, but plans instead to run for re-election. Schakowsky told Sweet a statewide contest " 'would have been very exciting,' but she wanted to take advantage of 'this moment in history' to use her House leadership position to work on pending health care and energy legislation."

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