Monday, May 24, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, May 24, 2010

In This Issue

  • White House Delivers Plan for Spending-Cut Authority
  • Obama to Seek GOP Support for War Funding Bill
  • Responding to Lawmaker's Request, BP Kicks In Funding for Spill Research
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Today in Washington

The House considers several bills and resolutions, including a measure on criminal penalties for antitrust violations.

The Senate holds procedural votes on sending its version of financial regulatory legislation to a House-Senate conference committee; also debates a war spending measure.

The President receives briefings; attends reception for the Federal Judge Association; participates in a call with Gulf Coast governors on the BP oil spill; welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to the White House; hosts a reception to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month; meets with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, the Government Accountability Project and the Make it Safe Coalition begin their two-day National Whistleblower Assembly. Events are in the Capitol Visitors Center, Rayburn House Office Building and other locations.

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Top Stories

White House Delivers Plan for Spending-Cut Authority

The Obama administration sent a proposal to Congress on Monday that would give the president greater authority to force Congress to cut spending after it is enacted. [Read More]

Obama to Seek GOP Support for War Funding Bill

The president is expected to try to build support for a war spending measure during a rare meeting with Senate Republicans, GOP aides said Monday. [Read More]

Responding to Lawmaker's Request, BP Kicks In Funding for Spill Research

In response to a request by Rep. Edward J. Markey , BP agreed Monday to pledge $500 million toward a research fund to aid independent scientific assessment of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Democrats Thrown 'Worst Curveball' in Hawaii Race, Candidate Says: The two Democrats in Hawaii's special election together pulled more votes than Republican Charles Djou, but Djou was the winner and the Democrats are now picking through the results. Runner-up Colleen Hanabusa tells the Honolulu Advertiser: "We probably got thrown the worst curveball by being called irrelevant and being called a wasted vote."

N.Y. Conspiracy Theory: The New York Daily News reports on the suspicions some Republicans are sharing with each other about who has what to gain if the party doesn't do well in this year's Senate election.

Alabama Ad Attacks Obama: "I'm going to Congress to help stop him from destroying our nation," House candidate Les Phillip says about the president. "And they're not going to call ME a racist." The ad is Web-only for now, Phillip tells CQ-Roll Call, but it will be moving to television later this week.

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

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