Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In This Issue

  • Effort to Create Powerful Debt Commission Falls Short
  • Hoyer Sees Political Boost in Spending Freeze
  • Senate May Vote on Bernanke Confirmation by Week's End
  • Hoyer Sketches Elements of Scaled-Back Health Bill
  • Can House Democrats Reconnect for 2010?

Today in Washington

The House votes on commemorative resolutions, as well as a bill to provide emergency aid to U.S. survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.

The Senate debates a measure to increase the federal debt limit; rejects an amendment to create a powerful bipartisan commission to recommend ways to reduce the red ink over time.

The President calls the University of Kentucky men's basketball team to thank them for raising over $1 million for relief efforts in Haiti through "Hoops for Haiti;" has lunch with business leaders; meets with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, CBS Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer moderates a discussion on terrorism with Ambassador Daniel Benjamin of the Sate Department and others. 5 p.m., Center for Strategic & International Studies B1 Conference Center, 1800 K St., N.W.


Top Stories

Effort to Create Powerful Debt Commission Falls Short

A proposal backed by President Obama to create a bipartisan commission to recommend ways to reduce the national debt fell short in the Senate on Tuesday. [Read More]

Hoyer Sees Political Boost in Spending Freeze

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday that President Obama's proposed three-year freeze on domestic discretionary spending will be a "challenge" for Congress to execute, but he added that it could help Democrats seeking re-election in November. [Read More]

Senate May Vote on Bernanke Confirmation by Week's End

A vote to confirm Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke to a second term could come by the end of this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday. [Read More]

Hoyer Sketches Elements of Scaled-Back Health Bill

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer outlined steps Tuesday that Democrats would take if they decide to try to draft a stripped-down health care overhaul with Republican help. [Read More]

Can House Democrats Reconnect for 2010?

Even as President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address -- giving Democrats a chance to reset the political agenda for 2010 -- House Democrats are girding for the possibility of more retirements in the wake of last week's special election debacle in Massachusetts. [Read More]


Political Clippings

The Desoto Times Tribune of Mississippi reports that Republican "State senator Alan Nunnelee launched his bid for the U.S. First Congressional District in Southaven Monday, touting his religious and fiscally conservative beliefs." Nunnelee, who is chairman of the state Senate's appropriations panel, "decried the actions of the Congress during the past 12 months, which he said entailed 'higher taxes, more borrowed money, and less freedom.'" The seat is currently held by Democrat Travis W. Childers, who won the 2008 election with nearly 55 percent of the vote. The newspaper added that "Henry Ross, former mayor of Eupora, assistant district attorney and circuit court judge, also has announced his plans to run for the seat."

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman announced Monday "that he will not run for governor and will instead focus on promoting the city and improving its economy." "It has been a great ride and I have 15 more months on this ride," Goodman said of the time left in his third and final term as mayor. "I'm going to keep myself busy for the next 15 months." According to the Sun, "Goodman and his wife changed their party affiliations from Democrat to non-partisan on Dec. 15, in a move some read as a signal that he was leaning toward a run for governor as an independent." In announcing that he would not run for governor, Goodman did not endorse any of the announced gubernatorial candidates, who include incumbent Republican Jim Gibbons, GOP challenger Brian Sandoval and Democrat Rory Reid, son of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that Republican former U.S. Attorney Thomas A. Marino "will join what might become a crowded field when he formally announces his candidacy" on Wednesday for Pennsylvania's 10th District House seat. "He will join a GOP race that already includes Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk and Luzerne County chiropractor Dr. David Madeira, who plans a formal announcement Thursday. Others are also said to be considering bids," according to the newspaper. Incumbent Democrat Christopher Carney was first elected to the seat in 2006, and he won re-election in 2008 with 56 percent of the vote.



Blogger http://www.ehow.com/members/stevemar2-articles.html said...

I just wanted to say great job Kentucky on coming up with that fundraising idea! Haiti could really use every dollar that was raised. Recovering from a catastrophic event like the earthquake will take several months, if not years.

3:28 PM  

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