Friday, March 05, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, March 05, 2010

In This Issue

  • Levin Seen as Safe Choice for Ways and Means
  • Democrats' EPA Legislation a Way to Vent on Clean-Air Rule
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Today in Washington

The House met briefly for a pro forma session.

The Senate continues consideration of legislation to extend tax provisions and other programs. No votes are expected.

The President delivers remarks on clean energy jobs at a small business in Arlington, Va.

In Washington, Theary Seng -- a U.S.-trained human rights lawyer and author of "Daughter of the Killing Fields," about her life and the loss of her parents during the Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia -- speaks about the ongoing Khmer Rouge Tribunal. 4 p.m., National Press Club, 14th and F Streets N.W.

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Top Stories

Levin Seen as Safe Choice for Ways and Means

The ascension of Rep. Sander M. Levin to the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee relieves some political pressure on House Democrats, but it does not resolve the question of who will lead the panel over the long term. For now, Levin -- a soft-spoken liberal -- is seen by colleagues as a safe choice. [Read More]

Democrats' EPA Legislation a Way to Vent on Clean-Air Rule

At first glance, a pair of bills introduced this week by two West Virginia Democrats — Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV and Rep. Nick J. Rahall II — look like fresh attempts to rebuff a White House plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. But the bills, which would delay regulation for two years, give Democrats a vehicle to vent unhappiness at the EPA without endorsing Republican-led resolutions that would roll back the agency's regulatory authority. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Bennet Trails Norton in Colorado: Republican Senate hopeful Jane Norton is polling ahead of Democratic candidate Andrew Romanoff and way ahead of the appointed incumbent, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey conducted March 2.

Griffith Inspires Bipartisan Protest: On Monday, a group of Democratic and Republican protesters -- including "tea party" activists and college Democrats -- will rally against party-switching Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith's fundraising event in Huntsville, Ala., with House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Kildee Exits Mich. Governor Race: It didn't take long -- a couple of weeks after he announced his bid for governor of Michigan -- for longshot candidate Dan Kildee to realize how long a shot he was. Kildee, the former treasurer of Genesee County and nephew of Rep. Dale E. Kildee, D-Mich., announced Friday that he had ended his camaign for the Democratic nomination.

The CQ Politics staff reports the latest news in House, Senate and governors' races in The Eye.

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