Friday, June 19, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on

Midday Update for Friday, June 19, 2009 – 2:30 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Panel's Health Care Bill Shuns Public Option
  • House Adopts Resolution Supporting Iranian Protests
  • No Perjury Charges for Burris
  • House Passes Legislative Branch Spending Bill
  • Six Words Snarl Senate Panel's Health Care Overhaul Debate

Today in Washington

The House passed a fiscal 2010 spending bill for the legislative branch; votes on impeaching U.S. District Court Judge Samuel B. Kent of Texas.

The Senate has no votes expected.

The President speaks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast; holds event to discuss fatherhood and mentoring; hosts event with young men from local schools; attends the Radio and Television Correspondents' dinner.

In Washington, 65th Annual Radio and Television Correspondents' dinner with President Obama expected to attend, 7:45 p.m., Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.


Top Stories

Senate Panel's Health Care Bill Shuns Public Option

An outline of a Senate Finance Committee proposal to overhaul the health care system would require individuals to have health care coverage, offer tax credits to help them afford it, and set up a marketplace for people to buy "platinum," "gold," "silver" or "bronze" coverage. [Read More]

House Adopts Resolution Supporting Iranian Protests

A resolution supporting Iranian dissident protestors adopted Friday by the House put the chamber at odds with the guarded response to the disputed election urged by President Obama and Senate Democrats. [Read More]

No Perjury Charges for Burris

Sen. Roland W. Burris will not be charged with perjury in connection with the impeachment of former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, a state prosecutor said Friday. [Read More]

House Passes Legislative Branch Spending Bill

The House Friday passed a $3.7 billion spending bill for legislative branch expenses in fiscal 2010, despite concerns by some Republicans that Congress was not keeping its administrative costs under control. [Read More]

Six Words Snarl Senate Panel's Health Care Overhaul Debate

Democrats and Republicans locked horns Friday over inclusion of medical comparative effectiveness study language in a draft health care overhaul measure, suggesting that majority plans to spend only eight days debating and amending the bill may be ambitious. [Read More]


Today on

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
PHILADELPHIA: Court Rejects City Gun Controls
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Schools Chief Fires 250 Teachers
CALIFORNIA: National Guard Offering Golden Handshakes
COLORADO: State Sees First Wolverine Since 1919


Political Clippings

The LAPolitics Weekly reports that District 3 Democrat Charlie Melancon plans to run for the U.S. Senate next year against incumbent Republican Sen. David Vitter.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune reports that "Federal election officials released two written drafts . . . setting forth the reasons they might let Norm Coleman use campaign cash for legal bills stemming from a swirl of ethics and legal allegations that a supporter tried to maneuver money to the former senator."


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