Friday, June 19, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Friday, June 19, 2009 – 2:30 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate Panel's Health Care Bill Shuns Public Option
  • House Adopts Resolution Supporting Iranian Protests
  • No Perjury Charges for Burris
  • House Passes Legislative Branch Spending Bill
  • Six Words Snarl Senate Panel's Health Care Overhaul Debate
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Today in Washington

The House passed a fiscal 2010 spending bill for the legislative branch; votes on impeaching U.S. District Court Judge Samuel B. Kent of Texas.

The Senate has no votes expected.

The President speaks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast; holds event to discuss fatherhood and mentoring; hosts event with young men from local schools; attends the Radio and Television Correspondents' dinner.

In Washington, 65th Annual Radio and Television Correspondents' dinner with President Obama expected to attend, 7:45 p.m., Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Panel's Health Care Bill Shuns Public Option

An outline of a Senate Finance Committee proposal to overhaul the health care system would require individuals to have health care coverage, offer tax credits to help them afford it, and set up a marketplace for people to buy "platinum," "gold," "silver" or "bronze" coverage. [Read More]

House Adopts Resolution Supporting Iranian Protests

A resolution supporting Iranian dissident protestors adopted Friday by the House put the chamber at odds with the guarded response to the disputed election urged by President Obama and Senate Democrats. [Read More]

No Perjury Charges for Burris

Sen. Roland W. Burris will not be charged with perjury in connection with the impeachment of former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, a state prosecutor said Friday. [Read More]

House Passes Legislative Branch Spending Bill

The House Friday passed a $3.7 billion spending bill for legislative branch expenses in fiscal 2010, despite concerns by some Republicans that Congress was not keeping its administrative costs under control. [Read More]

Six Words Snarl Senate Panel's Health Care Overhaul Debate

Democrats and Republicans locked horns Friday over inclusion of medical comparative effectiveness study language in a draft health care overhaul measure, suggesting that majority plans to spend only eight days debating and amending the bill may be ambitious. [Read More]

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PHILADELPHIA: Court Rejects City Gun Controls
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Schools Chief Fires 250 Teachers
CALIFORNIA: National Guard Offering Golden Handshakes
COLORADO: State Sees First Wolverine Since 1919

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Political Clippings

The LAPolitics Weekly reports that District 3 Democrat Charlie Melancon plans to run for the U.S. Senate next year against incumbent Republican Sen. David Vitter.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune reports that "Federal election officials released two written drafts . . . setting forth the reasons they might let Norm Coleman use campaign cash for legal bills stemming from a swirl of ethics and legal allegations that a supporter tried to maneuver money to the former senator."

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Thursday, June 18, 2009 – 2:13 P.M.

In This Issue

  • As Geithner Sells Financial Overhaul, Dodd Puts Emphasis on Consumers
  • Senate Adopts Slavery Apology Resolution
  • Ensign's Mea Culpa Wins Praise From Image Experts
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Today in Washington

The House resumes consideration of the fiscal 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill.

The Senate considers a resolution apologizing for slavery and segregation before continuing debate on the conference report on the fiscal 2009 supplemental war spending bill.

The President meets with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; meets with special Middle East envoy George J. Mitchell; delivers remarks at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks at the Fifth Annual Tribute to the Coast Guard dinner, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. N.W.

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Top Stories

As Geithner Sells Financial Overhaul, Dodd Puts Emphasis on Consumers

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd wasted little time letting those in attendance at Thursday's Banking Committee hearing know how he felt about the financial industry's sharp opposition to the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency. [Read More]

Senate Adopts Slavery Apology Resolution

The Senate adopted a resolution Thursday offering a formal apology for slavery and the era of "separate but equal" Jim Crow laws that followed. [Read More]

Ensign's Mea Culpa Wins Praise From Image Experts

Did it. Sorry. Moving on. These are the new talking points for politicians ensnared in sex scandals, say political image consultants. [Read More]


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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE SOUTHWEST: GAO: No Strategy for Curbing Weapons Flow to Mexico
THE NATION: Audit: FEMA Files in Disarray
DETROIT: Police Systematically Undercounting Homicides
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.: County Social Worker Fired in Girl's Death

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Political Clippings

Politics in Minnesota reports that the final Minnesota Supreme Court ruling on the outcome of the state's U.S. Senate race between former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken is expected to arrive Thursday.

The Southern Political Report says Louisiana's 3rd District "is likely to be the site of a hotly contested congressional election next year, whether or not three-term [Democratic] Rep. Charlie Melancon seeks re-election" or decides to run against GOP Sen. David Vitter. "If Melancon, the only Democrat on Louisiana's House delegation, stays put and seeks re-election, he is likely to be one of the GOP's high profile targets," the publication reports.

South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim Demint's endorsement of Marco Rubio to win the Florida U.S. Senate seat in 2010, puts him at odds with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which endorsed Gov. Charlie Crist, says the New Times.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Wednesday, June 17, 2009 – 2:25 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Fed at Center of Obama Financial Plan
  • Democrats Lose Ground in Health Care Debate
  • Energy Bill Wins Senate Panel's Approval, Will Wait for Floor Action
  • Food Safety Overhaul Approved by House Panel
  • Ensign Resigns GOP Leadership Post After Acknowledging Affair
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Today in Washington

The House is expected to consider the fiscal 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill, amid contentious partisan debate over amendments.

The Senate resumes consideration of a bill to promote U.S. tourism and may take up the conference report on the fiscal 2009 war spending bill.

The President speaks about overhauling financial regulations; meets with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan; delivers brief remarks and signs a presidential memorandum authorizing federal benefits for same-sex partners.

In Washington, the Consumer Federation of America holds its 39th annual awards dinner, honoring FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, Consumers Union President James Guest and Today Show Financial Editor Jean Chatzky, 7:30 p.m., Capital Hilton, 16th and K Sts. N.W.

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Top Stories

Fed at Center of Obama Financial Plan

President Obama's expansive proposal to reshape the battered financial system, set to be unveiled Wednesday afternoon, centers on expanding the power of the Federal Reserve to regulate the nation's largest financial institutions, as well as creating two new regulators with broad authority over key sectors of the industry. [Read More]

Democrats Lose Ground in Health Care Debate

Senate Democrats have been knocked off balance in their push for a health care overhaul, stalled by controversy over the plan's cost, criticism of its limited impact, and the absence of their leader on the issue, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. [Read More]

Energy Bill Wins Senate Panel's Approval, Will Wait for Floor Action

A Senate committee voted Wednesday to approve comprehensive energy legislation, with four Republicans -- including the panel's ranking member -- supporting the measure. [Read More]

Food Safety Overhaul Approved by House Panel

A House committee approved a sweeping food safety overhaul bill Wednesday after tweaking it to address most remaining GOP concerns, including the bill's effect on small food producers. [Read More]

Ensign Resigns GOP Leadership Post After Acknowledging Affair

Sen. John Ensign has resigned his GOP leadership post a day after announcing he had an affair with a campaign staffer who was married to one of his Senate aides. [Read More]

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NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK: Rail Tunnel Faces Federal Funding Uncertainty
MILWAUKEE COUNTY: Audit: 90% of Assistance-Center Calls Unanswered
THE NATION: Some Transit Aid May Be Freed Up for Operations
KING COUNTY, Wash: County Exec: Ask Voters to Raise Taxes

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Political Clippings

The Huntsville Times in Alabama reports that Republican House candidate Les Phillip suggested voters won't be able to trust Rep. Parker Griffith's status as a conservative "Blue Dog" Democrat when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leans on him for votes. Phillip, a native of Trinidad and a former Navy pilot, said Pelosi pumped millions of dollars into Griffith's campaign and "she'll be calling in her markers."

The Utica Observer Dispatch reports that Republican New York state Sen. Joseph Griffo, who passed on seeking the nomination to replace Rep. John M. McHugh, R-N.Y., said he wasn't influenced by the power struggle between Democrats and Republicans in the state Senate. "It was something that was very flattering, and I do believe there are important issues facing the nation, but I also believe there are tremendous challenges facing Albany," Griffo said. McHugh is leaving to become Army secretary.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Tuesday, June 16, 2009 – 2:12 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Boehner Says a 'No' Vote on War Spending Bill Protects the Troops
  • House Appropriators Approve Increases for Veterans' Programs
  • Oklahoma Senator Blasts His State's Guardrail to 'Nowhere'
  • Senate Agrees to Proceed With Tourism Bill
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Today in Washington

The House votes on fiscal 2010 appropriations for science programs and the departments of Commerce and Justice; votes on the conference report for the fiscal 2009 war supplemental spending bill.

The Senate holds a procedural vote on a bill intended to promote tourism in the United States.

The President meets with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the White House; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates at the White House.

In Washington, International Rescue Committee and the Migration Policy Institute release a report on resettlement of Iraqi refugees in the United States, with IRC president George Rupp and MPI director Kathleen Newland. 3:30 p.m., Migration Policy Institute, 1400 16th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Boehner Says a 'No' Vote on War Spending Bill Protects the Troops

House Republican leaders are bracing for criticism of what they expect will be near unanimous opposition among their members when the House votes later today on a $106 billion war supplemental spending bill. [Read More]

House Appropriators Approve Increases for Veterans' Programs

A House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday approved a $132.3 billion spending bill for the Veterans Affairs Department, military construction projects and other programs in fiscal 2010. [Read More]

Oklahoma Senator Blasts His State's Guardrail to 'Nowhere'

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn's assault on stimulus-funded Army Corps of Engineers projects is noteworthy both because the spending would happen in his own state and because of his past working relationship with President Obama. [Read More]

Senate Agrees to Proceed With Tourism Bill

The measure, pushed by Majority Leader Harry Reid, would create a private company to advertise the United States as a tourist destination to foreigners. [Read More]
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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
WASHINGTON D.C. | Ruling Backs City's Moves Toward Same-Sex Marriage
NEW YORK CITY | Budget Deal Raises Sales Tax, Cuts 2,000 Workers
THE SOUTHWEST | U.S., Mexico Sign New Border Security Agreement

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Political Clippings

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Rep. Kendrick B. Meek is "rounding up support for his U.S. Senate bid from much of the South Florida Democratic establishment." On Monday, Meek picked up endorsements from Florida Reps. Ron Klein and Debbie Wasserman Shultz. "Meek also has received endorsements from Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter and West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel," according to the newspaper.

According to the Wichita Eagle, Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt "are even in the race for the Republican nomination to fill Sen. Sam Brownback's open Senate seat, according to a new poll." The poll conducted by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News last week found that "40 percent of Kansans polled said they would vote for Moran and 38 percent said they would vote for Tiahrt," the newspaper reports. "Another 22 percent said they were undecided" about the 2010 race.

From Political Wire: Sestak Staffs Up for Primary Challenge

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Monday, June 15, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Monday, June 15, 2009 – 2:18 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Financial Regulatory Overhaul Previewed by Geithner, Summers
  • Lawmakers Seek Relief for Unwitting Users of Some Tax Shelters
  • Lawmakers Confront Gaps in Aviation Safety Net
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Today in Washington

The House votes on bills to expand authority for the inspector general for Afghanistan to protect Americans from certain foreign libel lawsuits.

The Senate is in morning business; no roll call votes.

The President speaks on health care at the American Medical Association's annual conference in Chicago; meets with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the White House.

In Washington, New members are inducted into the U.S. Energy Association Hall of Fame, including Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania and former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, 6:30 p.m., Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Financial Regulatory Overhaul Previewed by Geithner, Summers

The administration plans to impose increased reporting requirements on all issuers of asset-backed securities, reduce the role of credit-ratings agencies and require all brokers to maintain some element of the risk in the securitization process. [Read More]

Lawmakers Seek Relief for Unwitting Users of Some Tax Shelters

Tax writers from both parties and both chambers of Congress said Monday they are committed to moving legislation that would scale-back penalties for small businesses using illegal tax shelters. [Read More]

Lawmakers Confront Gaps in Aviation Safety Net

Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, is drafting a bill that would create a national database that would allow airlines to check pilots’ safety backgrounds. [Read More]
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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MICHIGAN | Feds to Back $2 Billion in Recovery Bonds
ARIZONA | State Cuts HIV Drugs for Needy
THE NATION | Mayors: Stimulus Shortchanging Cities
MILWAUKEE | City's Paid-Sick-Leave Mandate Struck Down

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Political Clippings

The St. Petersburg Times reports that Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is expected to produce "an eye-popping number" when he releases the first fundraising report of his campaign for the Senate. "Crist has been holding fundraisers at a furious clip lately, and is expected to have a money-raising reception virtually every day until the end of the month, in and out of Florida," the newspaper writes. The first reports are due in July. Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio is another potential GOP candidate Rep. Kendrick B. Meek is the leading Democrat in the race. "As a sitting governor, Crist has a massive fundraising advantage," according to the Times. “And looking at the last session, the governor earned chits with virtually every big money group except trial lawyers. Developer and Realtors? Check — the growth management bill. Business community? Check — capping workers' compensation attorney fees. Doctors? Check — the bill requiring insurance companies to make payments to out-of-network doctors."

According to the Nashua Telegraph, New Hampshire investor Fred Tausch is making moves that some observers interpret as precursors to a 2010 campaign for the Senate. Tausch has attacked Rep. Paul W. Hodes — who is seen as a top Democratic contender for 2010 — in recent weeks. And Tausch "continues to ramp up his anti-federal stimulus effort known as STEWARDS of Prosperity," according to the newspaper. "Last week, Tausch began to air radio ads attacking the number of federal bailouts the Obama administration and Congress have approved." Other potential GOP candidates are former Sen. John E. Sununu, former Rep. Charles Bass and Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney, according to the Telegraph.

The Albany Times Union reports that the New York State United Teachers will endorse Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in her 2010 bid to remain in the Senate. "She's obviously been very supportive of our issues," NYSUT president Dick Iannuzzi said, according to the newspaper. Iannuzzi added that the union want to help get Gillibrand more statewide exposure. The union had backed her two successful bids for the House. Gillibrand was appointed to her Senate seat this year to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who became secretary of State.

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The Latest From CQ Politics

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

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

In This Issue

  • Financial Regulatory Overhaul Previewed by Geithner, Summers
  • Lawmakers Seek Relief for Unwitting Users of Some Tax Shelters
  • Lawmakers Confront Gaps in Aviation Safety Net
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Today in Washington

The House votes on bills to expand authority for the inspector general for Afghanistan to protect Americans from certain foreign libel lawsuits.

The Senate is in morning business; no roll call votes.

The President speaks on health care at the American Medical Association's annual conference in Chicago; meets with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the White House.

In Washington, New members are inducted into the U.S. Energy Association Hall of Fame, including Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania and former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, 6:30 p.m., Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Financial Regulatory Overhaul Previewed by Geithner, Summers

The administration plans to impose increased reporting requirements on all issuers of asset-backed securities, reduce the role of credit-ratings agencies and require all brokers to maintain some element of the risk in the securitization process. [Read More]

Lawmakers Seek Relief for Unwitting Users of Some Tax Shelters

Tax writers from both parties and both chambers of Congress said Monday they are committed to moving legislation that would scale-back penalties for small businesses using illegal tax shelters. [Read More]

Lawmakers Confront Gaps in Aviation Safety Net

Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, is drafting a bill that would create a national database that would allow airlines to check pilots’ safety backgrounds. [Read More]
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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MICHIGAN | Feds to Back $2 Billion in Recovery Bonds
ARIZONA | State Cuts HIV Drugs for Needy
THE NATION | Mayors: Stimulus Shortchanging Cities
MILWAUKEE | City's Paid-Sick-Leave Mandate Struck Down

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Political Clippings

The St. Petersburg Times reports that Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is expected to produce "an eye-popping number" when he releases the first fundraising report of his campaign for the Senate. "Crist has been holding fundraisers at a furious clip lately, and is expected to have a money-raising reception virtually every day until the end of the month, in and out of Florida," the newspaper writes. The first reports are due in July. Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio is another potential GOP candidate Rep. Kendrick B. Meek is the leading Democrat in the race. "As a sitting governor, Crist has a massive fundraising advantage," according to the Times. ”And looking at the last session, the governor earned chits with virtually every big money group except trial lawyers. Developer and Realtors? Check — the growth management bill. Business community? Check — capping workers' compensation attorney fees. Doctors? Check — the bill requiring insurance companies to make payments to out-of-network doctors."

According to the Nashua Telegraph, New Hampshire investor Fred Tausch is making moves that some observers interpret as precursors to a 2010 campaign for the Senate. Tausch has attacked Rep. Paul W. Hodes — who is seen as a top Democratic contender for 2010 — in recent weeks. And Tausch "continues to ramp up his anti-federal stimulus effort known as STEWARDS of Prosperity," according to the newspaper. "Last week, Tausch began to air radio ads attacking the number of federal bailouts the Obama administration and Congress have approved." Other potential GOP candidates are former Sen. John E. Sununu, former Rep. Charles Bass and Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney, according to the Telegraph.

The Albany Times Union reports that the New York State United Teachers will endorse Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in her 2010 bid to remain in the Senate. "She's obviously been very supportive of our issues," NYSUT president Dick Iannuzzi said, according to the newspaper. Iannuzzi added that the union want to help get Gillibrand more statewide exposure. The union had backed her two successful bids for the House. Gillibrand was appointed to her Senate seat this year to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who became secretary of State.

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