Thursday, June 25, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, June 25, 2009 – 2:25 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senators Identify Ways to Keep Health Bill Costs in Check
  • Climate Bill Timing in Doubt as Backers Woo the Undecideds
  • Senators Seek to Ease Iranian Media Access
  • House Ethics Panel Opens Probe of Lawmakers' Caribbean Trips
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Today in Washington

The House will take up the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill and may also take up the fiscal 2010 Interior-Environment spending bill.

The Senate is expected to vote to confirm Harold Koh as the State Department's top legal adviser.

The President takes part with first lady Michelle Obama in an event for service members at the Ft. McNair Army base in Washington; discusses immigration with Republican and Democratic lawmakers; meets separately with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; hosts a luau for members of Congress and their families on the South Lawn.

In Washington, Physicians hold a virtual town hall meeting to explain opposition to health care reform proposals, with Rep. Tom Price, AAPS President Mark Kellen, Jane Orient of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness, 7:30 p.m., 722 12th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senators Identify Ways to Keep Health Bill Costs in Check

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, working with the Congressional Budget Office, has come up with a way to write a health care overhaul bill costing less than $1 trillion that would not increase the federal budget deficit. [Read More]

Climate Bill Timing in Doubt as Backers Woo the Undecideds

As the House heads toward a vote on landmark global warming legislation, Democratic leaders are still trying to shore up support from pockets of resistance in their own party. [Read More]

Senators Seek to Ease Iranian Media Access

Three hard-line Senate voices on Iran said Thursday they will introduce legislation to expand Iranians' access to free media in the wake of a post-election crackdown on protests and communication. [Read More]

House Ethics Panel Opens Probe of Lawmakers' Caribbean Trips

The House ethics committee said Thursday it has opened an investigation of trips by four House members and a delegate, including Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel, to conferences in the Caribbean that a conservative group says violated House rules. [Read More]
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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
SOUTH CAROLINA: Spokesman: Governor Won't Step Down
THE NATION: Environmentalists Rank Greenest Governors
PHOENIX: Long-Time City Manager to Retire
SAN FRANCISCO: City Plans Push to Revive Stalled Bike Plan

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Political Clippings

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Nevada Republicans are striking back at party members who have endorsed Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for re-election. First lady Dawn Gibbons, for example, said she has lost her honorary membership in at least two Republican women's clubs and was asked to step down as a co-chairwoman of a local Republican fundraiser. Reid is a top target of national Republicans.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has started airing 30-second television ads â€" the first of the general election campaign. The ads which will run for 10 days everywhere but in the Washington suburbs, focus on job creation and entrepreneurship. McDonnell faces Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds in the November vote, which is seen as a key off-year test for both parties.

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