Wednesday, July 15, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, July 15, 2009 – 2:10 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Health Care Overhaul Takes First Step Forward
  • A Majority Backs Health Care Overhaul This Year, but With a Partisan Divide
  • Senate Republicans Press Sotomayor on Abortion, Discrimination Case
  • Senate Turns to Hate Crimes Amendment, Setting Aside F-22 Dispute for Now
  • Chu Brings Diverse Career to Congress
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Today in Washington

The House considers the fiscal 2010 Energy-Water spending bill, with 21 amendments to be debated.

The Senate continues to debate the defense authorization bill, as Judiciary Committee continues confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

The President delivers remarks on health care reform; meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, hosts a discussion on leadership strategies and women's rights. 3:30 p.m., 121 Cannon House Office Building.

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Top Stories

Health Care Overhaul Takes First Step Forward

The biggest health care overhaul in decades took its first step forward on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the measure by a 13-10 party-line vote. [Read More]

A Majority Backs Health Care Overhaul This Year, but With a Partisan Divide

Americans favor passage of a major health care system overhaul this year by 56 percent to 33 percent although there is a sharp partisan divide on the issue and many shades of opinions on specific proposals, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted July 10-12. [Read More]

Senate Republicans Press Sotomayor on Abortion, Discrimination Case

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans on Wednesday made their first concerted effort to draw out Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on the subject of abortion rights. [Read More]

Senate Turns to Hate Crimes Amendment, Setting Aside F-22 Dispute for Now

Senate leaders on Wednesday temporarily set aside a defense bill amendment dealing with the F-22 fighter jet in order to tackle one expanding the definition of hate crimes under federal law. [Read More]

Chu Brings Diverse Career to Congress

Chu, the easy winner of Tuesday's House special election in the state's 32nd District, will fill the seat Solis vacated in February after she was confirmed as President Obama's secretary of Labor. [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
ALASKA: Feds Slam Health Programs, Halt Enrollments
SOUTH CAROLINA: Governor Didn't Answer Multiple Cellphone Calls
NEW YORK CITY: London Innovator Tapped to Head Transit Agency
DETROIT: Board Seeks to Block Outsourced School Management

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Political Clippings

The Los Angeles Times reports that as a result of the bad economy, "California's congressional delegation is unlikely to grow and could even lose a seat after next year's census for the first time since stagecoach days."

WISH-TV Indianapolis reports that Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., "will file paperwork on Wednesday showing that he has more than $12 million in campaign money on hand for his re-election bid."

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that "Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, running for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat, got some good news...when Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory endorsed his candidacy; and he is likely to get more Wednesday, when campaign finance reports are filed that are expected to show him with a large lead over rival Democrat Jennifer Brunner."

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