Wednesday, February 24, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, February 24, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Returns Scaled-Back Jobs Package to House
  • Democrats, GOP Jockey Over Next Step on 'Jobs Agenda'
  • Two More Service Chiefs Urge Slow Change to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
  • Clinton Says Iran Sanctions Bill Should Leave Flexibility
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Today in Washington

The House considers legislation to end the health insurance industry's exemption from federal antitrust law.

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

The President meets with advisers; addresses the Business Roundtable; participates in credentialing ceremony for foreign ambassadors; meets with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

In Washington, the Nixon Center honors Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates with its Distinguished Service Award at its annual awards dinner. 7 p.m., Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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Top Stories

Senate Returns Scaled-Back Jobs Package to House

Two months after the House passed a $154 billion jobs package, the Senate on Wednesday sent back a counterproposal that would be one-tenth of its size. [Read More]

Democrats, GOP Jockey Over Next Step on 'Jobs Agenda'

Senate Democrats have found Republican support elusive for a bill that would combine year-long extensions of expired tax provisions with similar continuations of expanded unemployment coverage and health insurance subsidies for jobless workers. [Read More]

Two More Service Chiefs Urge Slow Change to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

The chiefs of the Marine Corps and the Navy on Wednesday added their opposition to any quick repeal or relaxation of the ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military. [Read More]

Clinton Says Iran Sanctions Bill Should Leave Flexibility

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asked lawmakers Wednesday not to restrict her flexibility to negotiate international sanctions against Iran. [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Detroit Free Press reports that "Dan Kildee, a veteran Genesee County elected official and nephew to U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, will file paperwork today to become a Democratic candidate for governor." Kildee, 51, stepped forward in the wake of the surprise withdrawal last month of Lt. Gov. John Cherry. "Two other high-profile Democrats, former Treasurer Bob Bowman and University of Michigan Regent Denise Ilitch, publicly toyed with a possible bid after Cherry's departure, but they ultimately bowed out." Still in the race are state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, and House Speaker Andy Dillon."

A new poll out this morning from Quinnipiac University shows former Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, with a small lead over either of his top Democratic rivals in his bid for the seat of retiring Ohio GOP Sen. George V. Voinovich Portman leads Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher by 40%-37%, and is up 40%-35% against Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. In theMay 4 Democratic primary contest, Fisher leads Brunner 29%-20%, but 48% are undecided.

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