Thursday, July 02, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, July 02, 2009 – 2:00 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Revised Senate Health Bill Includes Employer Mandate, Public Plan Option
  • GOP: 60 Votes Will Haunt Democrats at Ballot Box
  • Radiation Detectors for New York: Earmark or Vital Homeland Security Need?
  • Note to Readers
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 7.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday, July 6.

The President meets with business leaders to discuss innovation and jobs; departs Washington for Camp David, Md.

In Washington, Americans for Peace Now holds a discussion on peace prospects in the Middle East, with Israeli journalist Nathan Guttman and Arab journalist Salameh Nematt. 5:30 p.m., Room 2200, Rayburn House Office Building.

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Top Stories

Revised Senate Health Bill Includes Employer Mandate, Public Plan Option

The revised bill by one of the Senate committees handling health legislation would cover 97 percent of Americans for almost $400 billion less than the original estimate of $1 trillion over ten years. The latest draft includes a government-run plan that would compete with private insurers. [Read More]

GOP: 60 Votes Will Haunt Democrats at Ballot Box

Republicans say that though Democrat Al Franken's victory in the Minnesota Senate race gives the Democratic caucus the numbers to stop a Republican filibuster, major foibles could mean more seats go to the GOP in 2010. [Read More]

Radiation Detectors for New York: Earmark or Vital Homeland Security Need?

The administration and its supporters in Congress say a program to maintain radiation detectors around New York City was a pilot set to end this year, and that New York should pick up its costs from here on. But backers in Congress insist it is vital to the Homeland Security Department's antiterrorist effort. [Read More]

Note to Readers

The next CQ Midday Update will be published Monday, July 6. We wish you a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday weekend.
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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
SOUTH CAROLINA | Governor Ditched Security Dozens of Times
CALIFORNIA/NEW YORK STATE | Company to Repay $2 Million to N.Y. Pension
THE NATION | Despite Stimulus Billions, Summer School Slashed
DETROIT | Dozens of Sex Offenders Released by Mistake

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Political Clippings

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports that several Republicans are considering a run to replace retiring GOP Sen. Judd Gregg. Among those considering a bid: "New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, who has refused to comment on published reports that she is being encouraged to run by party leaders; BAE Systems executive Rich Ashooh; former Gov. Steve Merrill; former congressman Charles Bass; and Nashua businessman Fred Tausch, who has been gaining name recognition through ads for his STEWARD political action group. Manchester lawyer Ovide Lamontagne [said]...that he was 'more likely than not' to run."

The State reports South Carolina "Gov. Mark Sanford left the Governor's Mansion without a security escort 38 times in 2008. In the first six months of this year, he left the mansion without security 39 times." Sanford left the mansion with or without security a total of 195 times over the 18 month period.

Radio Iowa reports that some Iowa residents are receiving phone calls with an automated survey asking residents who they would vote for in a 2012 primary. The names mentioned? Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, July 01, 2009 2 p.m.;

In This Issue

  • Senate Struggle Expected over Climate Change Legislation
  • Housing Programs Draw New Funding, Attention Under Democrats
  • Democrat Maloney In, GOP's King Probably Out of New York Senate Race
  • New York Freshman Massa Challenged By GOP Recruit Reed
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 7.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday, July 6.

The President receives daily briefings, discusses health care overhaul during online town hall at Northern Virginia Community College; signs bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

In Washington, the 43rd annual Smithsonian Folk Life Festival continues on the National Mall, celebrating African-American culture, music from the U.S. and Latin America, and the culture of Wales.

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Top Stories

Senate Struggle Expected over Climate Change Legislation

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is expected to kick off hearings on climate change legislation modeled on the House bill on July 7. The struggle will be to get the key moderates whose votes are essential to building the 60-vote filibuster-proof majority needed to pass the bill through the Senate. [Read More]

Housing Programs Draw New Funding, Attention Under Democrats

Legislation is in the works on subjects ranging from an expansion of the Section 8 rent voucher program to bankrolling the National Housing Trust Fund (HR 3068), with measures to preserve affordable housing stocks and to prevent fraud expected in the weeks ahead. [Read More]

Democrat Maloney In, GOP's King Probably Out of New York Senate Race

Nine-term Republican Rep. Peter T. King gave his strongest public signal yet that he will not enter the Senate race, while Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney definitely will launch a strong challenge to the incumbent in the September 2010 Senate primary. [Read More]

New York Freshman Massa Challenged By GOP Recruit Reed

Tom Reed, the mayor of the small upstate New York city of Corning, announced Wednesday that he is challenging freshman Democratic Rep. Eric Massa for the state's 29th District seat. [Read More]
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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
SOUTH CAROLINA: New Revelations Bring Calls for Governor to Quit
MASSACHUSETTS: Plan Would Allow Wind Farms Visible from Shore
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA.: Time for a Growing County to Become a City?
NEW YORK CITY: Council Backs Muslim Holidays for Schools

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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

The Willoughby (OH) News-Herald reports that "car dealer Tom Ganley has announced he's running for the Republican Party's nomination for U.S. Senate." Ganley, who likely would face former Rep. Rob Portman (1993-2005) in the primary, is seeking to replace retiring GOP Sen. George V. Voinovich.

The Charleston (SC) Post and Courier reports that Democratic state Senator Brad Hutto said he is looking at challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint in 2010. "If Hutto runs he would be expected to face a primary challenge from Mike Ruckes, a Summerville retiree," the newspaper reports.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, June 30, 2009 – 2:00 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Drug Industry Lobbying Efforts, Campaign Funds Tilt Toward Democrats
  • Administration Seeks Agency to Protect Consumers
  • Health Experts Say U.S. Is Prepared for Swine Flu Pandemic
  • EPA Releases List of Coal Ash Sites
  • Moving the Marines to the Front is Jones' Mission
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 7.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday, July 6.

The President delivers remarks on innovative nonprofit community programs from across the country; meets with Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

In Washington, the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts a discussion with U.S. Ambassador to Colombia William Brownfield, on U.S.-Colombian relations. 4 p.m., B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Drug Industry Lobbying Efforts, Campaign Funds Tilt Toward Democrats

The pharmaceutical industry, which has long invested heavily in federal lobbying, is now on course to smash its previous records as it tries to shape the health care overhaul pushed forward by Democrats. [Read More]

Administration Seeks Agency to Protect Consumers

The Obama administration sent draft legislation to Capitol Hill Tuesday that would create an agency charged with protecting consumers of financial products such as credit cards and mortgages. [Read More]

Health Experts Say U.S. Is Prepared for Swine Flu Pandemic

Two public health experts painted a relatively rosy picture Tuesday of the United States' ability to respond to the swine flu pandemic, saying the country had learned from earlier mistakes and from plans developed during the avian flu scare several years ago. [Read More]

EPA Releases List of Coal Ash Sites

The EPA has published a list of potentially dangerous waste sites at coal-fired power plants in response to pressure from Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. [Read More]

Moving the Marines to the Front is Jones' Mission

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., says he thinks he finally has a better shot at renaming the Navy Department to honor a big constituent back home — the Marine Corps — with a little help from one of its alumni, Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CALIFORNIA | State Gets OK for Tougher Emissions Limits
MASSACHUSETTS | Utility Fined $8 Million over Storm Response
THE NATION | Massive Furloughs Impacting State Services
WASHINGTON, D.C. | Homicides on Pace to Be Least in Decades

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Political Clippings

Crain's Chicago Business reports that "Chicago Urban League chief Cheryle Jackson is forming a U.S. Senate exploratory committee — the last formal step before actually announcing her candidacy." Jackson would compete for the seat currently held by Roland W. Burris.

The New York Daily News reports that District 14 Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney sent an e-mail to supporters seeking "to explain the rationale behind her increasingly likely primary challenge to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand." She said New York "needs an independent voice in Congress" willing to "challenge the status quo."

The Franklin News Post reports that former Rep. Virgil Goode (1997-2009) likely will seek the GOP nomination to run again against Virginia District 5 Democrat Tom Perriello in 2010. Perriello defeated Goode in 2008.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, June 29, 2009 – 2:25 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Critics Seize on Supreme Court Decision to Assail Sotomayor's Judgment
  • High Court Decides To Rehear Campaign Finance Case
  • Is Preventive Care a Cost Saver?
  • House Intelligence Panel's Report Warns of Emerging Threats
  • House Chairman Wants To Use Bailout Dividends for Affordable Housing Trust
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 7.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday, July 6.

The President delivers remarks on energy policy; meets with President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia; with first lady Michelle Obama, hosts a reception for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month; attends a reception with National Finance Committee members.

In Washington, memorial service for retired Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr., and Ann Wherley, his wife, who died in the June 22 Metro rail crash, 6:00 p.m., DC Armory, 2001 E Capitol St S.E

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Top Stories

Critics Seize on Supreme Court Decision to Assail Sotomayor's Judgment

Critics of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor seized on Monday's high court ruling overturning a decision she'd joined in a high-profile reverse discrimination case, presaging questions likely to arise at her Senate confirmation hearings next month. [Read More]

High Court Decides To Rehear Campaign Finance Case

The Supreme Court wants to hear a new round of arguments in a closely watched case about how nonprofits can weigh in during political campaigns, and has signalled that it might broaden the case to cover print advertising in addition to TV programming. [Read More]

Is Preventive Care a Cost Saver?

Preventive care saves money, right? Uh, not exactly. Senate Democrats drafting the big health care overhaul were hoping not only to improve Americans' health by promoting preventive care but also to squeeze out savings for the government to help provide insurance coverage to people who lack it. [Read More]

House Intelligence Panel's Report Warns of Emerging Threats

The House Intelligence panel is worried about emerging threats in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Mexico, and thinks spy agencies are behind in addressing cybersecurity, diversity and foreign language training, according to a committee report released Monday. [Read More]

House Chairman Wants To Use Bailout Dividends for Affordable Housing Trust

With money tight for almost everything, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has come up with a creative way to fund an affordable housing trust fund: Dividend payments by banks receiving bailout money from Uncle Sam. [Read More]

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEW YORK STATE: Former Health Commissioner Pleads Guilty
THE GREAT LAKES REGION: Biggest Threat to Lakes: Warming Globe
PITTSBURGH: Chief Wants 4,000 Police for G-20 Summit
LOS ANGELES: Council Advances Early-Retirement Plan

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Political Clippings

Gannett reports "Sen. John Ensign's admission of an extramarital affair with a campaign aide has cost Nevada some of its clout in Congress. Although the state still has a powerful champion in U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Ensign's humiliating resignation from his GOP leadership post makes it harder for him to rally Republican support for legislation that benefits Nevada, experts say."

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that "so far, none of North Carolina's big-name Democrats seems to want to run next year against [GOP] Sen. Richard [M.] Burr. Even as Burr has begun preparations for what could be a tough re-election fight, his most likely challengers are two dark-horse candidates, both lawyers with little political experience and even less statewide name recognition."

The WVIR-TV reports that "one Republican has thrown his hat into the ring to challenge" Virginia District 5 Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello. Bradley Rees of Bedford County announced his decision to run against the incumbent.

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