Tuesday, June 16, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, June 16, 2009 – 2:12 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Boehner Says a 'No' Vote on War Spending Bill Protects the Troops
  • House Appropriators Approve Increases for Veterans' Programs
  • Oklahoma Senator Blasts His State's Guardrail to 'Nowhere'
  • Senate Agrees to Proceed With Tourism Bill
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Today in Washington

The House votes on fiscal 2010 appropriations for science programs and the departments of Commerce and Justice; votes on the conference report for the fiscal 2009 war supplemental spending bill.

The Senate holds a procedural vote on a bill intended to promote tourism in the United States.

The President meets with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the White House; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates at the White House.

In Washington, International Rescue Committee and the Migration Policy Institute release a report on resettlement of Iraqi refugees in the United States, with IRC president George Rupp and MPI director Kathleen Newland. 3:30 p.m., Migration Policy Institute, 1400 16th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Boehner Says a 'No' Vote on War Spending Bill Protects the Troops

House Republican leaders are bracing for criticism of what they expect will be near unanimous opposition among their members when the House votes later today on a $106 billion war supplemental spending bill. [Read More]

House Appropriators Approve Increases for Veterans' Programs

A House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday approved a $132.3 billion spending bill for the Veterans Affairs Department, military construction projects and other programs in fiscal 2010. [Read More]

Oklahoma Senator Blasts His State's Guardrail to 'Nowhere'

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn's assault on stimulus-funded Army Corps of Engineers projects is noteworthy both because the spending would happen in his own state and because of his past working relationship with President Obama. [Read More]

Senate Agrees to Proceed With Tourism Bill

The measure, pushed by Majority Leader Harry Reid, would create a private company to advertise the United States as a tourist destination to foreigners. [Read More]
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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
WASHINGTON D.C. | Ruling Backs City's Moves Toward Same-Sex Marriage
NEW YORK CITY | Budget Deal Raises Sales Tax, Cuts 2,000 Workers
THE SOUTHWEST | U.S., Mexico Sign New Border Security Agreement

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Political Clippings

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Rep. Kendrick B. Meek is "rounding up support for his U.S. Senate bid from much of the South Florida Democratic establishment." On Monday, Meek picked up endorsements from Florida Reps. Ron Klein and Debbie Wasserman Shultz. "Meek also has received endorsements from Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter and West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel," according to the newspaper.

According to the Wichita Eagle, Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt "are even in the race for the Republican nomination to fill Sen. Sam Brownback's open Senate seat, according to a new poll." The poll conducted by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News last week found that "40 percent of Kansans polled said they would vote for Moran and 38 percent said they would vote for Tiahrt," the newspaper reports. "Another 22 percent said they were undecided" about the 2010 race.

From Political Wire: Sestak Staffs Up for Primary Challenge

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