Tuesday, July 07, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, July 07, 2009 – 2:20 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Franken Takes Oath, Makes It 60
  • Leaders Urge Senate Democrats To Unite Against Filibusters
  • With a Caveat, Hoyer Says He's Open to Second Economic Stimulus
  • ABA Rates Sotomayor ‘Well Qualified’
  • U.S. Manufacturers Push for Tariff Adjustments
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Today in Washington

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

The Senate holds a swearing-in ceremony for Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota; debates the fiscal 2010 Homeland Security appropriations bill.

The President in Moscow, meets with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for a working breakfast; meets with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev; delivers the commencement address at ceremonies for the 2009 graduating class of the New Economic School; meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev; with Medvedev, meets with Parallel Business Summit; meets with the Parallel Civil Society Summit; meets with Russian opposition leaders.

In Washington, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia hosts a panel discussion on reforming America's health care, with Reps. John Boozman, R-Ark., Paul Broun, R-Ga. and Bill Cassidy, R-La., among others; 4 p.m., George Washington University Hospital auditorium, 900 23rd St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Franken Takes Oath, Makes It 60

Funny man-turned-politician Al Franken was sworn in today as Minnesota's junior senator, bringing the Senate's membership to a full 100 and handing Democrats an effective 60-vote super majority for the first time in more than 30 years. [Read More]

Leaders Urge Senate Democrats To Unite Against Filibusters

Senate Democratic leaders are asking their rank and file to maintain party unity on procedural votes now that Democrats have secured a 60-vote operating majority that can end filibusters. However, moderate Democrats may not agree to the leadership's request in any event. [Read More]

With a Caveat, Hoyer Says He's Open to Second Economic Stimulus

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday he is open to the idea of another economic stimulus package, even though he believes the package enacted earlier this year is still too new to judge whether it is working effectively. [Read More]

ABA Rates Sotomayor ‘Well Qualified’

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has received the American Bar Association's highest rating, according to a letter released Tuesday by the White House. [Read More]

U.S. Manufacturers Push for Tariff Adjustments

U.S. manufacturers who need chemicals or other ingredients not available from domestic producers are pushing Congress to move a package of tariff reductions and suspensions they say are essential to the struggling industrial sector. [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEW MEXICO | State's Sweeping Anti-DUI Efforts Paying Off
THE CHESAPEAKE BAY REGION | Report: Bay Pollutants Threaten Health
LOS ANGELES | City Girds for Michael Jackson Service
MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. | Hispanic Males Now Majority in County's Jails

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Political Clippings

The Fort Myers (FL) News-Press reports that District 17 Rep. Kendrick Meek spent the holiday weekend touring the Florida Panhandle. "The only major Democrat seeking the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., Meek said he took in about $1.2 million in contributions during the just-concluded quarter on top of about $1.5 million in the previous period," according to the newspaper.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that "Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson's U.S. Senate exploratory committee said...that it has raised in excess of $600,000 since May — more than twice what Sen. Jim Bunning raised for his re-election effort in the first quarter of this year."

The Deseret Morning News (UT) reports that District 3 "Freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz says several GOP state convention delegates are urging him to challenge fellow Republican Sen. [Robert F.] Bennett for his seat next year, and Chaffetz is keeping the door open to that possibility."

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