Tuesday, February 23, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, February 23, 2010

In This Issue

  • Toyota Recalls Likely To Prompt Tougher Federal Oversight
  • Army Leaders Balk at Moratorium on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
  • GOP Leaders Assail Health Bill But Will Attend Summit
  • Senate Duo Pushes Bipartisan Tax Overhaul
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Today in Washington

The House considers legislation to establish a single "governing entity" to represent Native Hawaiians in negotiations and power agreements with the federal and Hawaiian state governments.

The Senate debates legislation to provide a tax credit for hiring unemployed workers and to fund transportation projects.

The President lunches with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; meets with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk; with Biden, meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates ; dines with business leaders in the State Dining Room.

In Washington, country music star Craig Morgan; NASCAR greats Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon; Indy 500 Champion Dan Wheldon; WWE Superstar 'MVP'; and Gen. Craig R. McKinley, Chief, National Guard Bureau; Kelly Perdew, winner The Apprentice; and Karri Turner, JAG star, are among the luminaries at the National Guard Youth Foundation fifth annual Challenge Champions Gala. 5:30 p.m., JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

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Top Stories

Toyota Recalls Likely To Prompt Tougher Federal Oversight

House Democrats signaled Tuesday that they intend to draft legislation that would beef up federal oversight of automobile safety in response to the problems in some Toyota models. [Read More]

Army Leaders Balk at Moratorium on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Army leaders told Congress Tuesday that they want no relaxation of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy until the Defense Department completes a review of the implications of overturning the law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. [Read More]

GOP Leaders Assail Health Bill But Will Attend Summit

Republican leaders in Congress continued to assail the comprehensive health care overhaul that Democrats are trying to enact this year, even as they prepared to attend a White House summit called by President Obama. [Read More]

Senate Duo Pushes Bipartisan Tax Overhaul

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Judd Gregg, R-N.H., on Tuesday unveiled a proposed tax code overhaul built around a broader tax base and lower rates. They contended they could build support for the measure by emphasizing the job-creation benefits of a simpler tax system. [Read More]
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Political Clippings

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind., who hopes to run for the Senate seat of retiring Democrat Evan Bayh, "withdrew his name from the primary ballot Monday morning, meaning he won't seek a third term in the U.S. House. ... Now, Ellsworth must rely on the Indiana Democratic Party's 32-member Central Committee to choose him" as Bayh's replacement on the November ballot." "However, on Monday, another leading candidate -- U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, the Seymour Democrat who represents Indiana's 9th District -- said he might try to become the party's Senate candidate, as well."

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that "state Sen. Anthony H. Williams, who has represented Philadelphia for 20 years in the General Assembly," yesterday announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor and said he had raised almost $2 million in less than a month. Williams, 52, joins three other contenders for the nomination: Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, and state Auditor General Jack Wagner.

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