Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:12 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Senate Republicans Trigger Procedural War To Slow Health Bill
  • Senate's Procedures Leave House Democrats Frustrated on Jobs Bill, Other Issues
  • States Seek Deadline Extension for Driver's License Standards
  • Kerry Assures Copenhagen Delegates Congress Will Pass Climate Bill
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Today in Washington

The House considers a four-bill package wrapping up the appropriations cycle for fiscal 2010 and extending a variety of expiring policies for at least two months.

The Senate continues to consider amendments to health care overhaul legislation.

The President meets with Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams; meets with Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum; meets with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; with the first lady, hosts a Hanukkah reception.

In Washington, Education Secretary Arne Duncan congratulates the 2009 National History Teacher of the Year winner, Tim Bailey of Utah, following the announcement by the Duncan Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. A Q&A with students follows. 4-5 p.m., School Without Walls at George Washington University, 2130 G St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Republicans Trigger Procedural War To Slow Health Bill

Senate Republicans appear to be launching all-out procedural warfare in an attempt to keep Democrats from passing a health care bill before Christmas. [Read More]

Senate's Procedures Leave House Democrats Frustrated on Jobs Bill, Other Issues

House Democrats pointedly criticized the Senate on Wednesday for failing to take further steps to create jobs, seeking to distinguish themselves from the other chamber as the 2010 election season approaches amid stubbornly high jobless rates. [Read More]

States Seek Deadline Extension for Driver's License Standards

As the deadline for compliance with rigorous federal driver's license standards looms and congressional action on alternative standards is nowhere in sight, states are asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for another temporary reprieve. [Read More]

Kerry Assures Copenhagen Delegates Congress Will Pass Climate Bill

Sen. John Kerry promised the world Wednesday that Congress will pass a sweeping climate change bill in 2010 -- if negotiators in Copenhagen can reach a global deal this week. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

The Jacksonville Observer reports that a new poll shows Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio "are now tied in the 2010 race for the Republican Senate nomination in Florida.A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely GOP primary voters finds Crist and Rubio each with 43 percent of the vote. Five percent prefer another candidate, and nine percent are undecided." That is a drop of 10 points for Crist since August, the paper noted. "As his name recognition increased, Rubio's support in the polls has jumped from 31 percent in August to 43 percent today."

According to the Kansas City Star, "four-term Kansas state Rep. Kevin Yoder said Tuesday he will seek the 3rd District congressional seat that long-time incumbent Dennis Moore is vacating." Yoder, the chairman of the state House Appropriations Committee, "will enter a GOP primary that already includes former state Sen. Nick Jordan and former state Rep. Patricia Lightner."

The Olympian reports that Republican state Rep. Jaime Herrera and Democratic state Sen. Craig Pridemore and Hispanic activist Maria Rodriguez Salazar yesterday joined the 3rd Congressional District race to succeed retiring Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash. "The trio joins a field that already had two Democrats and three announced Republicans, and more appear to be on the way. ... The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put out a statement Tuesday that focused solely on Herrera, indicating the national party sees her as the biggest threat among the four Republicans."

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