Thursday, October 15, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, October 15, 2009 2:05p.m.

In This Issue

  • Pelosi Links 'Public Option' in Health Plan to Individual Mandate
  • GOP Leader Says Congress Should Tap Stimulus Funds for $250 Social Security Payment
  • Partisan Tensions Intensify Over Judicial Nominations
  • Derivatives Regulation Approved by House Panel
  • Democrat Takes Lead in Special Election
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Today in Washington

The House approves the final version of the fiscal 2010 Homeland Security spending bill.

The Senate is expected to clear the final version of the fiscal 2010 Energy-Water appropriations bill.

The President visits with students at the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School in New Orleans; holds town hall meeting at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus; flies to San Francisco and speaks at DNC fundraiser at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

In Washington, National Archives celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washignton" with special screening, with Robert Osborne film historian, host of Turner Classic Movies. 7 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution and 7th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Pelosi Links 'Public Option' in Health Plan to Individual Mandate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi . D-Calif., offered a spirited defense Thursday of a "public option" in health care overhaul legislation, framing it as an essential ingredient for helping America's middle class deal with rising insurance costs. [Read More]

GOP Leader Says Congress Should Tap Stimulus Funds for $250 Social Security Payment

House Republican Leader John A. Boehner said Thursday he would support President Obama's proposal for another one-time $250 payment to Social Security recipients, veterans and the disabled, if the money comes from unspent economic stimulus funds. [Read More]

Partisan Tensions Intensify Over Judicial Nominations

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans ratcheted up partisan tensions over judicial nominations Thursday, lining up against a California district court candidate. [Read More]

Derivatives Regulation Approved by House Panel

Legislation that would regulate the over-the-counter derivatives market for the first time won approval from the House Financial Services Committee Thursday, after members adopted an amendment that would require many more derivatives to be traded on public exchanges. [Read More]

Democrat Takes Lead in Special Election

In the race to fill the empty congressional seat of Republican John McHugh, new polling shows that the Democratic candidate, Bill Owens, is surging, and the Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman, is pulling nearly a quarter of the vote. [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Reno Gazette reports that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will visit Reno tomorrow for the first time this year "to help U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., raise money for his re-election effort and tout the progress of the stimulus" at a pair of invitation-only events. "That message is difficult to deliver in Nevada, which continues to suffer more than other states from the recession. The unemployment rate continues to increase. Taxable sales are down and gaming revenue continues to drop," the paper notes. Republicans, who contend the stimulus package was wasteful spending, bought two days of air time for a new radio ad timed to coincide with Biden's visit.

The Chicago Sun Times columnist Lynn Sweet reports on her blog that "Illinois Senate hopeful Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer, huddled with White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the state of play of the open Senate seat once held by President Obama." Giannoulias also met with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., head of the Democrats' Senate campaign arm, and with "key members of the Democratic labor union community." White House spokesman Robert Gibbs earlier "said the Obama team would not take sides in the Illinois Democratic primary."

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