Friday, July 31, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, July 31, 2009 – 2:30 P.M.

In This Issue

  • House Adds $2 Billion to 'Cash for Clunkers'
  • House Compromise Would Let Medicare Negotiate Drug Prices
  • House Passes Executive Compensation Bill
  • Sen. Dodd Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer
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Today in Washington

The House considers a bill to give shareholders an advisory vote on corporate executive pay and legislation to add $2 billion to the 'Cash for Clunkers' auto trade-in program.

The Senate debates the fiscal 2010 Agriculture appropriations bill (HR 2997). No roll call votes are expected.

The President meets with advisers; lunches with business leaders; delivers remarks on the economy; meets with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; leads an evening Cabinet meeting at Blair House.

In Washington, the Hudson Institute hosts a roundtable discussion on a case study titled, "Integrating Civilian and Military Efforts in Provincial Reconstruction Teams." 4 p.m., Stern Conference Center, 1015 15th St., N.W., 6th Floor.

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Top Stories

House Adds $2 Billion to 'Cash for Clunkers'

The House Friday passed legislation that would provide an additional $2 billion for the popular "cash for clunkers" auto trade-in program. [Read More]

House Compromise Would Let Medicare Negotiate Drug Prices

The government would be authorized to negotiate prices in Medicare's prescription drug program under an agreement Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats struck Friday on its health overhaul bill. [Read More]

House Passes Executive Compensation Bill

The House Friday passed legislation to expand regulatory oversight of executive compensation and give shareholders a bigger say over what corporate executives are paid. [Read More]

Sen. Dodd Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd , a five-term Connecticut Democrat, has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, according to Democratic Party sources. [Read More]
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HOBOKEN, N.J.: Arrested Mayor to Step Down
CHICAGO: Half-Billion-Dollar Budget Gap Seen
The BOSTON Region: State: Fare Hike Would Cut Transit Ridership 5%
RHODE ISLAND: Unions Plan to Sue over Pension Changes CALIFORNIA: ACLU, Union Sue over Farmworker Deaths

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Political Clippings

WTVW-TV Evansville reports that "Indiana State Sen. Marlin Stutzman officially announced his candidacy to run against [Democratic] Sen. Evan Bayh in 2010. Stutzman, a 32-year old state senator from LaGrange county, is serving his first year in the Indiana Senate after serving for several years in the Indiana House."

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that "the national political parties in Washington, D.C., are prepared to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on campaigns for the 23rd Congressional District seat [currently held by Republican John M. McHugh] in Central and Northern New York, and have already influenced the selection of candidates." McHugh, who is stepping down, was recently nominated to become secretary of the Army.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that "Rep. Jim Matheson, seen as the Democratic front-runner if he chose to run for governor or the U.S. Senate next year, announced Wednesday that he instead will seek a sixth House term in 2010. 'I made the decision in terms of what I think is best for my family and best in terms of serving my constituents,' Matheson said." His father, Scott M. Matheson, served as governor of Utah from 1977 to 1985, the last Democrat to do so.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Thursday, July 30, 2009 – 2:25 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Pelosi Defends Health Care Deal as Work Resumes
  • House Panel Tightens Airline Pilot Standards
  • House Bill Would Extend Federal Benefits to Same-Sex Partners
  • Lobbyists Pay Tribute to Kennedy's Role in Health Care
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Today in Washington

The House completes consideration of the fiscal 2010 Defense spending bill; votes on a bill to overhaul food safety regulations.

The Senate votes on a bill that would extend highway, mortgage assistance and unemployment compensation programs; receives members-only briefing from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates; begins consideration of the fiscal 2010 Agriculture spending bill.

The President meets with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo; meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; holds a "beer summit" with Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

In Washington, the Foundation for Middle East Peace holds a forum on President Obama's trip to Cairo and his Middle East initiative, with Washington Post Jersusalem Bureau Chief Howard Schneider and Mohamed Hakki of WorldTent. 4 p.m., Middle East Institute, 1761 N St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Pelosi Defends Health Care Deal as Work Resumes

As the House Energy and Commerce Committee resumed its markup Thursday of a health care overhaul, Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the deal struck with some of the panel's conservative Democrats. [Read More]

House Panel Tightens Airline Pilot Standards

Legislation that would dramatically increase the amount of flying experience required to obtain an airline pilot's license was approved Thursday by a House committee. [Read More]

House Bill Would Extend Federal Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

Same-sex partners of federal employees would receive the same benefits as spouses of married employees under a bill approved by a House panel Thursday. [Read More]

Lobbyists Pay Tribute to Kennedy's Role in Health Care

Some of the largest expenditures from lobbyists and their clients during the first six months of this year went to hosting events and making charitable donations in honor of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy , D-Mass. [Read More]
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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
THE NATION: Unpaid Property Taxes Soaring
CHICAGO: Mayor Backs Set-Asides for Gay-Owned Firms
CALIFORNIA: Courts to Shut Down One Day a Month
THE NATION: Report: Illegal-Immigrant Population Down 14 Percent

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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that US District Court Judge James Zagel has said that "tapes of secretly recorded conversations the FBI amassed as it investigated former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich won't be made public." Zagel "indicated he would deny almost everything - including tapes, transcripts and other key documents - that news organizations including CNN and ABC had sought on the criminal case against Blagojevich, who was indicted last year on public corruption charges and impeached this year."

Television station WTVQ in Lexington, Ky., reports that Rand Paul, son of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, approached Sen. Jim Bunning for advice on a possible Senate campaign. Paul says he held off announcing his candidacy as long as Bunning, R-Ky., planned to seek re-election. But Bunning announced Monday that he would not seek a third term. Rand is expected to make his candidacy for the GOP nomination official next week, as is Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, July 29, 2009 – 2:20 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Two Homeowner Assistance Bills Pass in House
  • House Passes Extension of Federal Flood Insurance Program
  • House To Authorize Transfer of $7 Billion to Highway Trust Fund
  • Deal With Blue Dogs Revives House Health Bill Markup
  • Senate Finance Chairman Touts Latest CBO View of Health Bill
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Today in Washington

The House considers 24 measures under suspension of the rules, including a bill to overhaul food safety regulations and a bill to overhaul the Coast Guard's acquisitions process; may begin consideration of the fiscal 2010 defense appropriations bill.

The Senate considers the fiscal 2010 Energy-Water spending bill.

The President holds town hall meetings on health care in Raleigh, N.C. and Bristol, Va.

In Washington, the director of "Juli and Julia" donates Julia Child's copper pots to the National Museum of American History. 6:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th St., Constitution Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Two Homeowner Assistance Bills Pass in House

The House on Wednesday passed two bills to help people from being evicted from their homes because they can't make mortgage payments. [Read More]

House Passes Extension of Federal Flood Insurance Program

The House passed legislation Wednesday aimed at assuring federal disaster assistance for flood victims, including a six-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. [Read More]

House To Authorize Transfer of $7 Billion to Highway Trust Fund

Yielding to Senate lobbying, the House will boost to $7 billion a short-term fix for the nearly depleted Highway Trust Fund in legislation expected to move to the floor under suspension Wednesday, according to House and Senate aides familiar with negotiations. [Read More]

Deal With Blue Dogs Revives House Health Bill Markup

House Democratic leaders cleared the way Wednesday for their health care overhaul to advance after making major policy concessions to a group of moderate "Blue Dog" Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee. [Read More]

Senate Finance Chairman Touts Latest CBO View of Health Bill

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said Wednesday a preliminary report from the Congressional Budget Office shows that his draft health overhaul bill would cost less than $900 billion over 10 years, cover 95 percent of Americans by 2015 and be fully offset. [Read More]

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State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
PHILADELPHIA: City to Withhold Pay from Tax-Delinquent Employees
ALEXANDRIA, Va.: Police Chief Resigns after DUI Arrest
DETROIT: Cobo Center Expansion Greenlighted
THE WEST: Dire Wildfire Season Predicted

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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

Tampabay.com reports that "Gov. Charlie Crist was asked to comment on Senate rival Marco Rubio's personal finances, but the governor wouldn't bite. In a statement he filed last February, Rubio reported a net worth of $8,000 and debts of nearly $1 million, even though he earned $400,000 from three income sources in 2008."

The News Sentinel reports that Susan Bayh, the wife of Democratic Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, "was paid $2.1 million from 2006 to 2008 for serving on...five health care-related boards."

The Arizona Republic reports that "National Republicans are airing radio ads urging listeners to pressure three centrist Arizona House Democrats to oppose President Barack Obama's 'dangerous experiment' in health-care reform."

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Tuesday, July 28, 2009 2:10 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Senate Judiciary Approves Sotomayor Nomination
  • Blue Dogs See Progress But No Deal Yet on Health Care
  • House GOP Welcomes Overture From Blue Dogs
  • Unauthorized Credit Card Charges Prompt Senate Subpoena
  • Military Ordered To Find $60 Billion in Savings Over Next Five Years
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Today in Washington

The House is scheduled to vote on a variety of bills, including one to reimburse states for efforts to track absentee ballots and another to overhaul the Coast Guard's troubled Deepwater fleet acquisition program.

The Senate resumes consideration of the fiscal 2010 Energy-Water spending bill, which Senate leaders hope to finish by Wednesday.

The President participates in tele-town hall on health care at AARP headquarters; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with the chairs of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

In Washington, The U.S. Department of State and the John F Kennedy Center present Hip-Hop artists from Argentina, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, the Philippines and Vietnam. 6 p.m., Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center.

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Top Stories

Senate Judiciary Approves Sotomayor Nomination

The committee voted 13-6 to approve the nomination, in the same cavernous hearing room in the Hart building in which Sotomayor's confirmation hearing took place earlier this month. [Read More]

Blue Dogs See Progress But No Deal Yet on Health Care

Conservative Blue Dog House Democrats said Tuesday morning that intense negotiations continue on a health care overhaul, but an agreement remains elusive. [Read More]

House GOP Welcomes Overture From Blue Dogs

The Blue Dog revolt against the House leadership's health care overhaul took a new turn Tuesday morning, when a several members of the centrist faction made overtures to House Republicans about joining forces to slow and reshape the bill. [Read More]

Unauthorized Credit Card Charges Prompt Senate Subpoena

The Senate Commerce Committee chairman issued a subpoena Tuesday to compel the release of documents in an ongoing investigation into unauthorized credit card charges. [Read More]

Military Ordered To Find $60 Billion in Savings Over Next Five Years

The order from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is based on an assumption that there will be no real growth in defense budgets over the next five years, a radical departure for a department whose budgets have increased more than 80 percent since 2001. [Read More]

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GEORGIA: Governor: DOT Accounting 'Enron-Like'
HAWAII: State Health Director: Obama Is U.S. Citizen
MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZ.: Audit Slams County's Fleet Oversight
THE RALEIGH N.C. AREA: Seven Arrested in International Terror Plot

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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that "Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson said that he is in the race for U.S. Senate now that the incumbent is out, and soon will turn his exploratory committee into an official campaign." Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., announced Monday he would not seek re-election.

The New York Daily News reports that District 14 Democratic "Rep. Carolyn [B.] Maloney can't seem to decide when -- or even if -- she wants to launch her primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand." After saying she would announce her intentions Monday or Tuesday, he staff indicates they now are unclear when Maloney might do it.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that "the Ohio Democratic Party wants to make sure that likely GOP nominee Rob Portman gets his share of spitballs. It's created a parody Web site at www.robertportman.com that highlights the candidate's ties to former President George W. Bush. A former congressman from the Cincinnati area, Portman served in Bush's cabinet as U.S. Trade Representative and Office of Management and Budget Director."

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Monday, July 27, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Monday, July 27, 2009 – 2:00 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Sessions Will Vote No on Sotomayor
  • 2010 House Outlook: Democrats Look Secure
  • Who Will Be The First To Retire?
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Today in Washington

The House considers a number of bills involving veterans' benefits, flood insurance and housing.

The Senate begins consideration of the fiscal 2010 energy and water development spending bill.

The President attends the opening session of the U.S-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner; meets with FIFA President Joseph S. "Sepp" Blatter to discuss the U.S. bid to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups; welcomes WNBA champions the Detroit Shock to the White House; with first lady Michelle Obama, hosts a reception for ambassadors.

In Washington, the Heritage Foundation hosts an event entitled "Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America's Slide Into Socialism" with Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., 5:30 p.m., Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave, N.E

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Top Stories

Sessions Will Vote No on Sotomayor

Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced he will vote against the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, in an op-ed in USA Today. [Read More]

2010 House Outlook: Democrats Look Secure

As they gear up for the 2010 midterm elections, Democrats appear secure in their House majority they won with a big gain in 2006 and reinforced with another advance in 2008. [Read More]

Who Will Be The First To Retire?

In the political world, the approach of August signals crunch time for lawmakers who are wavering and haven't yet decided whether to run again in 2010 or announce their retirement. [Read More]
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FLORIDA: State Air Service Won't Be Privatized
CALIFORNIA: Energy Firms Bankroll Regulators' Trips Abroad
MASSACHUSETTS: Turnpike Gets Reprieve on $67 Million Debt Payment
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: Leaks in Jackson Death Investigation Probed

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Political Clippings

The Chicago Sun Times reports that "with plentiful references to his 'friend, mentor and inspiration,' President Barack Obama, State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias...declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat once held by Obama," and currently held by Democratic Sen. Roland W. Burris.

The New York Daily News reports that "as [Democratic District 14] Rep. Carolyn [B.] Maloney prepares to announce her primary challenge this week against the appointed [Democratic] Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, longtime observers are already bemoaning the twosome as not ready for prime time."

The Palm Beach Post (FL) reports that "Democratic St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Craft says he's 'leaning' toward entering the race" against District 16 Republican Rep. Tom Rooney. "The National Republican Congressional Committee recently added Rooney to its Patriot Program, which includes 25 GOP House members likely to face serious challenges from Democrats in 2010," the newspaper says.

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