Friday, August 21, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, August 21, 2009 – 2:28 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Bipartisan Negotiators Plan More Cost-Cutting in Senate Overhaul Bill
  • Targeted Immigration Provisions Hitch Ride on Spending Bill
  • GOP Push Bumps Rating on Missouri's Skelton
  • 'Conservative' Issue For South Carolina's Inglis
  • Editor's Note
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The President meets with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle; departs White House for Camp David, Md.

In Washington, Edison Place Gallery hosts "The Eyes of History 2009," an exhibit recapping the year in award-winning photos and videos. 12-4 p.m., 701 9th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Bipartisan Negotiators Plan More Cost-Cutting in Senate Overhaul Bill

Overhaul negotiators on the Senate Finance Committee agreed via teleconference Thursday night to put an increased emphasis on affordability of care and reducing health costs in any bill they produce. [Read More]

Targeted Immigration Provisions Hitch Ride on Spending Bill

Though several immigrant visa programs are set to expire at the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, lawmakers are working to renew them as part of a Homeland Security appropriations bill. [Read More]

GOP Push Bumps Rating on Missouri's Skelton

After cruising for many years over little-known opponents in west-central Missouri's 4th District, Democrat Ike Skelton appears certain to face a challenge next year from a Republican with a track record of success in state legislative elections. [Read More]

'Conservative' Issue For South Carolina's Inglis

Rep. Bob Inglis is, by most standards, a reliable Republican vote in Congress — but that hasn't stopped four GOP primary challengers from stepping up and arguing that he's not conservative enough. [Read More]

Editor's Note

Because of the congressional recess, the next CQ Midday Update will publish Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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Political Clippings

The Arizona Republic reports that Republican Vernon Parker, the mayor of Paradise Valley, may enter the 2010 race for governor as early as next month even though current GOP Gov. Jan Brewer has yet to announce whether she'll run to retain the seat. State Treasurer Dean Martin, another Republican, also has expressed interest in the job.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois GOP Chairman Andy McKenna surprised party leaders by stepping down Thursday. He was replaced by Pat Brady, the state's liaison to the Republican National Committee.

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