Friday, October 16, 2009

CQ Today Midday Update

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Midday Update for Friday, October 16, 2009 –

In This Issue

  • D.C. Voting Measure Could Be Added to Defense Spending Bill
  • Second Stopgap Funding Measure on House Agenda
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President attends a "Points of Light" forum at Texas A&M University, returning to Washington later tonight.

In Washington, Education Secretary Duncan addresses the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Principal of the Year banquet. 8:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency-Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, Va.

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Top Stories

D.C. Voting Measure Could Be Added to Defense Spending Bill

House Democratic leaders are considering floor action on a proposal to give the District of Columbia a full voting member in the House of Representatives. [Read More]

Second Stopgap Funding Measure on House Agenda

House leaders are turning their attention to another temporary funding measure to keep the government operating while appropriators struggle to complete their work on fiscal 2010 spending bills. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

The Miami Herald reports that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist didn't have much to say Thursday about two pieces of bad news. The Republican, who is running for Senate in 2010, said he had not seen the InsiderAdvantage survey released this week that pegged his approval rating at 48 percent. He instead made reference "to a Florida Chamber of Commerce survey this week that showed him at 62 percent," the newspaper reported. And what about the fact that Crist lost a high-profile straw poll on Wednesday to Marco Rubio, his GOP rival for the Senate seat? "I don't think much about it," Crist said, according to the Herald. Palm Beach County's Republican Executive Committee voted 90-17 in favor of Rubio.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said "she will not drop out of the Democratic race for U.S. Senate against Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, her better-financed rival." According to the newspaper, "While not revealing her fundraising totals for the third-quarter reporting period that ended Sept. 30, Brunner said she raised less than the $228,000 her campaign collected in the second quarter." Fisher, meanwhile, "reported that he raised about $620,000 in the third quarter and has about $1.6 million in cash on hand." Brunner addressed the situation this way: ""There's some rumor-mongering going on that I'm getting out of the race. There are two ways to move ahead: You either run faster or pull someone back, and I prefer to run faster. I will see this thing through to the end."

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Thursday, October 15, 2009 2:05p.m.

In This Issue

  • Pelosi Links 'Public Option' in Health Plan to Individual Mandate
  • GOP Leader Says Congress Should Tap Stimulus Funds for $250 Social Security Payment
  • Partisan Tensions Intensify Over Judicial Nominations
  • Derivatives Regulation Approved by House Panel
  • Democrat Takes Lead in Special Election
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Today in Washington

The House approves the final version of the fiscal 2010 Homeland Security spending bill.

The Senate is expected to clear the final version of the fiscal 2010 Energy-Water appropriations bill.

The President visits with students at the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School in New Orleans; holds town hall meeting at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus; flies to San Francisco and speaks at DNC fundraiser at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

In Washington, National Archives celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washignton" with special screening, with Robert Osborne film historian, host of Turner Classic Movies. 7 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution and 7th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Pelosi Links 'Public Option' in Health Plan to Individual Mandate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi . D-Calif., offered a spirited defense Thursday of a "public option" in health care overhaul legislation, framing it as an essential ingredient for helping America's middle class deal with rising insurance costs. [Read More]

GOP Leader Says Congress Should Tap Stimulus Funds for $250 Social Security Payment

House Republican Leader John A. Boehner said Thursday he would support President Obama's proposal for another one-time $250 payment to Social Security recipients, veterans and the disabled, if the money comes from unspent economic stimulus funds. [Read More]

Partisan Tensions Intensify Over Judicial Nominations

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans ratcheted up partisan tensions over judicial nominations Thursday, lining up against a California district court candidate. [Read More]

Derivatives Regulation Approved by House Panel

Legislation that would regulate the over-the-counter derivatives market for the first time won approval from the House Financial Services Committee Thursday, after members adopted an amendment that would require many more derivatives to be traded on public exchanges. [Read More]

Democrat Takes Lead in Special Election

In the race to fill the empty congressional seat of Republican John McHugh, new polling shows that the Democratic candidate, Bill Owens, is surging, and the Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman, is pulling nearly a quarter of the vote. [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Reno Gazette reports that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will visit Reno tomorrow for the first time this year "to help U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., raise money for his re-election effort and tout the progress of the stimulus" at a pair of invitation-only events. "That message is difficult to deliver in Nevada, which continues to suffer more than other states from the recession. The unemployment rate continues to increase. Taxable sales are down and gaming revenue continues to drop," the paper notes. Republicans, who contend the stimulus package was wasteful spending, bought two days of air time for a new radio ad timed to coincide with Biden's visit.

The Chicago Sun Times columnist Lynn Sweet reports on her blog that "Illinois Senate hopeful Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer, huddled with White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the state of play of the open Senate seat once held by President Obama." Giannoulias also met with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., head of the Democrats' Senate campaign arm, and with "key members of the Democratic labor union community." White House spokesman Robert Gibbs earlier "said the Obama team would not take sides in the Illinois Democratic primary."

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Wednesday, October 14, 2009 – 2:32 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Session Could Last 'Til Christmas, as Health Care Vote Slips
  • Senate Shifts Focus to Energy-Water Bill
  • House GOP Cool to Job-Creation Tax Credit
  • Wexler to Leave Congress for Nonprofit
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Today in Washington

The House considers a bill to boost airline pilot training requirements and legislation to allow state and local governments to divest shares in companies that invest in the energy sector of Iran.

The Senate limits debate on the conference report for the fiscal 2010 Energy-Water spending bill and considers the measure.

The President meets with national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan; with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, tours construction site of Fairfax County Parkway Extension and touts benefits of the economic stimulus law; signs an executive order restoring the White House Advisory Commission and Interagency Working Group on concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community; and observes Diwali, a "Festival of Lights" celebrated across faiths; delivers remarks at an evening event celebrating the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

In Washington, Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks at the Wallace Foundation's National Conference. 5:30 p.m., Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Session Could Last 'Til Christmas, as Health Care Vote Slips

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Wednesday that Congress will probably be in session until mid-December and possibly even later. [Read More]

Senate Shifts Focus to Energy-Water Bill

The Senate shifted its attention Wednesday to the final fiscal 2010 Energy-Water appropriations bill after surmounting one senator's bid to put members on record in favor of public disclosure of agency reports to Congress. [Read More]

House GOP Cool to Job-Creation Tax Credit

Minority Whip Eric Cantor said Wednesday that House Republican leaders oppose a job creation tax credit, one of the ideas being considered by congressional Democrats and the Obama administration to combat unemployment of almost 10 percent. [Read More]

Wexler to Leave Congress for Nonprofit

Florida Rep. Robert Wexler announced Wednesday that he will leave Congress in January to become president of the nonprofit Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be in St. Louis on Thursday to help Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan raise money for her Senate campaign after he makes a public appearance to tout the economic stimulus package. The official event "will be followed by an afternoon fundraiser on Carnahan's behalf at a private residence," according to the newspaper. Carnahan, the favorite to win the Democratic primary, is the daughter of the late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan and former Sen. Jean Carnahan. The Republican favorite is Rep. Roy Blunt. Both candidates raised more than $1 million in the third quarter, according to the Post Dispatch.

According to the Citizen-Times of Asheville, N.C., Hendersonville Mayor Greg Newman announced Monday he will challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler in the 2010 election for North Carolina's 11th District House seat. "Newman, a lawyer with 20 years' experience and Hendersonville's mayor since 2005, said he feels the nation is ready for a change, with many citizens disillusioned with the economy and high unemployment, expensive health care reform proposals and a long-running war in Afghanistan," the newspaper reported. "But he acknowledged that he'll have his work cut out for him in unseating Shuler, a former NFL quarterback elected in 2006 who already has a million dollars in campaign funds."

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

CQ Midday Update

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Midday Update for Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – 2:15 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Snowe Gives Critical Boost to Senate Health Care Bill
  • GOP Hopes For Help From Candidates for Senate, Governor
  • South Carolina Challengers Have Strong Fund-Raising Quarter
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Today in Washington

The House considers Iran sanctions legislation, as well as a number of minor bills and resolutions.

The Senate continues consideration of the fiscal 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill, with a vote expected in the late afternoon to limit debate.

The President meets with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; attends a working lunch with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero; with Zapatero, makes a statement to the press; meets with Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.; with Biden, meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; with first lady Michelle Obama, Biden and Mrs. Biden, attends a performance celebrating Hispanic musical heritage.

In Washington, American University hosts panel on how youth view President Obama. 7 p.m., Abramson Family Recital Hall, American University Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, N.W.

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Top Stories

Snowe Gives Critical Boost to Senate Health Care Bill

Republican Olympia J. Snowe of Maine gave critical momentum to a Senate health care overhaul Tuesday as she said she would support the measure nearing a vote in the Finance Committee. [Read More]

GOP Hopes For Help From Candidates for Senate, Governor

House Republicans are counting on some top-of-the-ticket coattails in a handful of highly competitive states to boost their candidates and help the party further down the ballot in 2010. [Read More]

South Carolina Challengers Have Strong Fundraising Quarter

Rep. Bob Inglis' office didn't have final fundraising numbers available late last week but a spokesman said the lawmaker raised about $100,000 in the third quarter. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

The Denver Post reports that two-term Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier "will drop out of the crowded GOP race for the U.S. Senate and instead challenge U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter" in the 7th District, creating a competitive race there. The 7th, comprising Denver's western, eastern and northern suburbs, "is the state's most evenly divided district in terms of voter registration." Frazier, 32, "has attracted an ardent following who say his pedigree will attract new voters: He is black, young and a social moderate." By shifting to the congressional race, Frazier is likely to be able to drawn on national GOP support, the paper said.

According to The State, Republican contenders to succeed embattled South Carolina GOP Gov. Mark Sanford are piling up cash. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, not yet an announced contender, "has about $825,000 on hand to fuel his campaign. Bauer has said he plans to announce his candidacy by the end of October" if Sanford doesn't resign by then. Two other Republicans, Rep. Gresham Barrett and state Attorney Gen. Henry McMaster, have raised even more - about $1.6 million, with about $1.3 million on hand, and $1.09 million, with $1 million on hand, respectively.

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