Friday, June 12, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, June 12, 2009 – 2:15 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Sends Tobacco Regulation Bill to President Obama
  • Signal Problems? Don't Call Me, Call the FCC
  • Patrick Kennedy Checks Into Treatment Facility
  • House Democrats Pressed to Back War Supplemental
  • House Panels Seek Restraints on Army, Navy Programs Seen as Wasteful
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Today in Washington

The House clears for President Obama's signature legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the production, advertising and sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 1:45 p.m. Monday.

The President receives daily briefings from senior advisers; meets separately with Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; meets with Prime Minister Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe.

In Washington, the Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion with Melissa Hathaway, National Security Council cybersecurity chief, on the conclusions of the White House 60-day review of cyberspace policy and cybersecurity policy moving forward. 3 p.m., B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. N.W.

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Top Stories

House Sends Tobacco Regulation Bill to President Obama

The bill authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco represents the strongest government action in years to crack down on smoking, which health authorities have repeatedly identified as the No. 1 preventable cause of death in America. [Read More]

Signal Problems? Don't Call Me, Call the FCC

There will be no congressional reprieve this time around. Come the end of the day, people still relying on an analog signal for their TV viewing will be out of luck. [Read More]

Patrick Kennedy Checks Into Treatment Facility

Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy , who has struggled with alcoholism and addiction, announced Friday that he has checked himself into a medical facility for treatment. [Read More]

House Democrats Pressed to Back War Supplemental

Despite deals cut late Thursday to wrap up the fiscal 2009 war supplemental, some House Democrats say they do not yet have enough support to pass the final bill. [Read More]

House Panels Seek Restraints on Army, Navy Programs Seen as Wasteful

Two House subcommittees voted Friday to put new restraints on the Army's Future Combat System and a Navy program to produce coastal patrol ships. [Read More]

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SAN FRANCISCO: Hundreds of Transit Stops Could Be Cut
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.: Protests Stop Parking-Meter Plan
MICHIGAN/TENNESSEE/WISCONSIN: States Vying for Restarted GM Plant
NEW JERSEY: Tougher Standards Sought for Carcinogen
ARIZONA: State Handing Out $121 Million to Spark Home-Buying

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Political Clippings

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that "hours before the biggest Missouri Republican Party fundraiser of the year . . . Washington University law professor Thomas Schweich announced that he would not run for U.S. Senate. 'I have chosen not to run for U.S. Senate. I believe that we should unite behind Rep. Roy Blunt,' said Schweich in a statement."

The Deseret News reports that Cherilyn Eagar entered the Utah Senate race accusing other GOP members in the races of being "counterfeit conservatives." Eagar was a professional singer and actress, and since 2007 has co-owned a real estate Internet marketing company, the newspaper reports. She has been active in a number of GOP women's groups and political campaigns, but has never sought public office herself. She hopes to unseat incumbent Robert F. Bennett.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, June 11, 2009 2:05 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Tobacco Regulation Bill Nears Senate Passage
  • Detainee Issue Looms as Conferees Tackle War Supplemental
  • House Armed Services Panels Begin Defense Policy Debate
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Today in Washington

The House votes on a bill to authorize $1.5 billion a year through fiscal 2013 in economic and developmental assistance to Pakistan.

The Senate is expected to pass a bill authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products.

The President receives daily briefings, travels to Green Bay, Wis., to promote his health care overhaul at a town hall meeting, then returns to the White House.

In Washington, Mental Health American honors Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and former Sen. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M. (1973-2009), with performances by country singer Dwight Yoakam and Grammy nominee Vanessa Carlton. 6:30 p.m., Andrew Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Tobacco Regulation Bill Nears Senate Passage

Despite the determined resistance of tobacco-state lawmakers, the Senate was moving toward passage Thursday of sweeping legislation to authorize the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products [Read More]

Detainee Issue Looms as Conferees Tackle War Supplemental

As negotiators on a supplemental war funding bill prepared to meet Thursday afternoon, the House voted to instruct its conferees to accede to the Senate and prohibit release of photographs depicting abuse of U.S. detainees. [Read More]

House Armed Services Panels Begin Defense Policy Debate

The Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities -- the first of six panels to act on the bill -- approved by voice vote provisions authorizing spending for science and technology programs, cybersecurity and, perhaps most notably, for everything U.S. Special Operations Command sought in the budget and then some. [Read More]
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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
SAN FRANCISCO: City Adopts Nation's Toughest Recycling Law
VIRGINIA: Governor Orders Cuts in Energy, Water Use

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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

The New York Daily News reports that Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., slammed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., on Wednesday for being too quick to change her positions on issues. "I feel that the best way to judge a candidate is not on what they say they will do in the future, but what they've done in the past. And her past record is a troubling one to me," Maloney, who is considering challenging Gillibrand next year, told NY1 television.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that former state Rep. Ralph Samuels is considering challenging Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in next year's GOP primary. Meanwhile, state Rep. John Harris "says he plans to run for governor if Palin doesn't." Two Democrats have already filed to run, and two others have said they are considering it. Samuels, the former House majority leader, has sparred with Palin in the past.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, June 10, 2009 2:10 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Tobacco Regulation Bill Nears Passage in Senate
  • Obama Wants To Grant Shareholders Non-Binding Vote on Executive Pay
  • Deal on War Supplemental Near
  • House Judiciary Votes to Impeach Texas Federal Judge
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Today in Washington

The House votes on a foreign affairs authorization bill and may move to go to conference on the fiscal 2009 supplemental war spending bill.

The Senate votes to limit debate on a bill to allow the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products, with passage expected tomorrow.

The President meets with senior advisers in the morning, then lunches with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and later, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Biden.

In Washington, the Oceana organization sponsors an advance screening of FOOD, Inc., a documentary about the industrialization of the U.S. food supply. 7 p.m., Landmark E St. Cinema, 555 11th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Tobacco Regulation Bill Nears Passage in Senate

The Senate is on track to pass landmark legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products, after voting to limit debate on the measure. [Read More]

Obama Wants To Grant Shareholders Non-Binding Vote on Executive Pay

The Obama administration is reviving efforts to put some limits on executive compensation, urging Congress to ensure that shareholders have a voice on the issue and to bolster the independence of corporate compensation committees. [Read More]

Deal on War Supplemental Near

Action on a final version of a war spending bill appears imminent, as House Democrats on Wednesday reportedly prevailed in their battle to keep language out of the measure barring public release of prisoner abuse photographs. [Read More]

House Judiciary Votes to Impeach Texas Federal Judge

The resolution lays out four charges against U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent, who pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice in February after admitting that he gave false testimony to federal investigators looking into the sexual misconduct complaints made by two female court employees. [Read More]
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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
DETROIT: Mayor: Privatize City Power Agency
BOSTON: In Turnabout, Mayor Backs Charter Schools
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF.: County Poised to Slash Sheriff' Budget
NEW YORK STATE: A.G. Suing Big Loan-Modification Firm

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Taegan Goddard' Political Wire

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that "Three-term Utah Sen. [Robert F.] Bennett is picking up one -- and maybe two -- more Republican challengers this week in his 2010 re-election bid." James Williams filed his statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission in January and will announce his campaign Wednesday. "Meanwhile, GOP activist and business owner Cherilyn Eagar has called a news conference Thursday to announce results of her exploratory committee's look into entering the race," the newspaper reported.

The Culpeper (VA) Star-Exponent reports that Culpeper County Democratic Committee Chairperson Anita Harkte said "she's up for another run against" Minority Whip Eric Cantor for his District 7 set in 2010.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Correction: CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, June 09, 2009 – 3:14 P.M.

Top Stories

Correction: House Democrats' Health Care Overhaul Includes Public Plan, Insurance Mandate

(Corrects full story link.) The health care overhaul under development by House Democrats would subsidize insurance premiums for families earning as much as four times the poverty level, while expanding Medicaid and improving its payments to health providers. [Read More]
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CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, June 09, 2009 – 2:35 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Confirmation Hearing for Sotomayor Set to Begin July 13
  • House Democrats' Health Care Overhaul Includes Public Plan, Insurance Mandate
  • House Poised to Vote on 'Cash for Clunkers' Proposal
  • D.C. Voting Bill Unlikely to See Floor Time This Year, Hoyer Says
  • House Panel Recommends Impeachment of Texas Federal Judge
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Today in Washington

The House considers a "cash for clunkers" bill that would give big rebates to vehicle owners who trade in old gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient new cars, SUVs or trucks.

The Senate continues consideration of legislation to authorize the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products.

The President meets with senior advisers; delivers remarks on pay-as-you-go budget rules; meets with Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks at City Year's National Leadership Conference, a national service response to the high school dropout problem. 4:30 p.m., Georgetown University, 3800 Reservoir Rd. N.W.

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Top Stories

Confirmation Hearing for Sotomayor Set to Begin July 13

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its confirmation hearing for Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, on July 13, Chairman Patrick J. Leahy announced Tuesday. [Read More]

House Democrats' Health Care Overhaul Includes Public Plan, Insurance Mandate

The health care overhaul under development by House Democrats would subsidize insurance premiums for families earning as much as four times the poverty level, while expanding Medicaid and improving its payments to health providers. [Read More]

House Poised to Vote on 'Cash for Clunkers' Proposal

The final bill would offer up to $4,500 in cash rebates to help people who trade in cars or SUVs with a combined fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon or less to buy newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles. [Read More]

D.C. Voting Bill Unlikely to See Floor Time This Year, Hoyer Says

The pessimistic forecast from House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, a longtime advocate of D.C. voting rights, was a sharp change from an earlier optimism that he could find a way out of a deadlock over a provision in a Senate-passed version of the bill that would strip away many of the District's gun ownership restrictions. [Read More]

House Panel Recommends Impeachment of Texas Federal Judge

A special House Judiciary Task Force Tuesday voted 10-0 to recommend impeachment of a Texas federal judge convicted of obstruction of justice earlier this year for lying about unwanted sexual contact with two of his female employees. [Read More]

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY | Ground Broken for Biggest Public-Works Project
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas | Feds Slam Jail over Health Care, Use of Force
PHILADELPHIA | Judge Orders Team to Pay City $8 Million
WASHINGTON STATE | State Ups Premiums to Cut Thousands from Health Plan

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Political Clippings

The Concord (NH) Monitor reports that "former New Hampshire Republican Senator Bob Smith (1990-2003) made it official: He is running to return to the U.S. Senate in 2010 &mdash from Florida." Smith hopes to fill the seat to be vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that efforts to raise money to defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have had little success."''Ouch folks, this is not too good' was the subject line on an e-mail sent by the Our Country Deserves Better [Political Action Committee]. It said only 75 people had chipped in less than $2,800 to the latest push for the 'Defeat Harry Reid' campaign against the Senate majority leader from Nevada."

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Monday, June 08, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, June 08, 2009 – 2:18 P.M.

In This Issue

  • White House Breaks Milestone Stand, Charts Next 100 Days of Recovery
  • Who's Spending the Most the Fastest
  • Detainee Photos Offer Yet Another Sticking Point for War Spending Bill
  • While McHugh Awaits Confirmation, Would-Be Successors Wait, Too
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Today in Washington

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

The Senate resumes consideration of a tobacco regulation bill.

The President meets with senior advisers; meets with his Cabinet to discuss the implementation of the economic stimulus law.

In Washington, Congressional Republicans hold their annual House-Senate dinner, with keynote address by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. 7:30 p.m., Washington Convention Center, Mt. Vernon Square.

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Top Stories

White House Breaks Milestone Stand, Charts Next 100 Days of Recovery

The Obama administration reponded to mounting concern that stimulus dollars aren't flowing fast enough by introducing a "Roadmap to Recovery" plan which spotlights ten major initiatives the administration says will save or create 600,000 jobs. [Read More]

Who's Spending the Most the Fastest

In the first 100 days, the Department of Health and Human Services has paid out more than $18.7 billion of the $29.5 billion in stimulus money it has available, according to the government's Web site. [Read More]

Detainee Photos Offer Yet Another Sticking Point for War Spending Bill

As House leaders struggle to line up enough Democratic support to pass a war spending measure, Sens. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., are fighting to keep in the final version a provision that would block release of detainee photographs. [Read More]

While McHugh Awaits Confirmation, Would-Be Successors Wait, Too

For Democrats, New York Rep. John McHugh's nomination to be Secretary of the Army offers an opportunity to pick off yet another Republican seat in the Northeast. For Republicans, it's a chance to redeem themselves after a narrow loss in the special election for another New York House seat in March. [Read More]

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEW YORK STATE | Deal Reached to Cut Pension Benefits
THE NATION | Build America Bonds Catching On
PENNSYLVANIA | State Orders Rescued Bats Destroyed
MASSACHUSETTS | A.G.: Fine Utility Millions for Ice-Storm Response

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Political Clippings

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner "is reviewing purchases made by her state campaign to determine whether they included equipment for her U.S. Senate campaign, which would be a violation of federal regulations." Brunner, who is competing for the Democratic nomination with Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, said she she relied on campaign staff to spend the money and close the state account properly. "If there's a problem, we'll fix it," she said.

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Lynn Sweet says in her blog that Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination for Senate next year, but plans instead to run for re-election. Schakowsky told Sweet a statewide contest " 'would have been very exciting,' but she wanted to take advantage of 'this moment in history' to use her House leadership position to work on pending health care and energy legislation."

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