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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Thursday, March 04, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, March 04, 2010 1:50 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Michigan's Levin Tapped to Lead Ways and Means Panel
  • Rangel Decision Has An Electoral Context
  • Democratic Factions Invited to White House for Health Care Talks
  • House Plans Vote on Modified Jobs Bill
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Today in Washington

The House votes on several measures, including a bill intended to create more jobs.

The Senate considers legislation to extend the life of some tax provisions and federal programs.

The President signs legislation intended to promote foreign tourism in the United States and later meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.

In Washington, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, the Asian Real Estate Association of America and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers begin a two-day 2010 Multicultural Real Estate and Policy Conference. Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Michigan's Levin Tapped to Lead Ways and Means Panel

Sander M. Levin was named acting chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, putting an ally of organized labor and the domestic auto industry in a prime spot to advance his interests. [Read More]

Rangel Decision Has An Electoral Context

Rep. Charles B. Rangel's decision to step down as the Ways and Means Committee chairman on Wednesday had as much to do with 2010 election politics as it did with House rules, disclosure requirements and his recent admonishment by the ethics panel. [Read More]

Democratic Factions Invited to White House for Health Care Talks

President Obama on Thursday continued to press Congress to bring a health care overhaul to a vote, inviting a large group of House Democrats to the White House, including representatives of Democrats' liberal and minority caucuses and the New Democrat Coalition, a group of moderates. [Read More]

House Plans Vote on Modified Jobs Bill

The House will consider the Senate-passed "jobs" package on Thursday after deciding to amend the bill so it is fully offset in order to address the concerns of moderates in the Democratic Caucus. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Arkansas' Lincoln Releases First Ad Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark. on Thursday released the first television commercial in what is shaping up to be the toughest re- election campaign of her career. The ad comes just days after Lincoln got a serious primary challenge from her state's lieutenant governor, Bill Halter.

Journalist Sits Down With Reid's 'Tea Party' Opponent: Veteran Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston got the dirt on mysterious "Tea Party" candidate Scott Ashjian and his campaign to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Local Republicans Back Buerkle Against Maffei in N.Y. 25: Former Syracuse Common Councilor Ann Marie Buerkle won the endorsement of local Republican officials on Wednesday night in New York's 25th District, where the GOP is hoping to target Democratic incumbent Dan Maffei. Businessman Mark Bitz has not announced whether he will run in the Republican primary in September or drop out and endorse Buerkle.

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

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, March 03, 2010 1:50 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Rangel No Longer Chairman of Ways and Means
  • Democrats Ready to Move New Health Care Bill
  • GOP Leader Wants Fiscal Commission Hearings Televised
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Today in Washington

The House considers several bills and resolutions, including a measure that would limit schools' use of restraints or seclusion in handling students.

The Senate considers a $149 billion package of tax breaks and extensions of various federal programs.

The President delivers remarks at the White House about health care; meets separately with the leaders of Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion; hosts reception for lawmakers to thank them for passing statutory pay-as-you-go budget rules.

In Washington, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., and Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra of California host a kickoff event for the 2010 Census with Census Director Robert Groves. 4 p.m., 1302 Longworth Bldg., Capitol Hill

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Top Stories

Rangel No Longer Chairman of Ways and Means

The House on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Charles B. Rangel from his post as Ways and Means chairman after the New York Democrat earlier announced he was taking a leave of absence. [Read More]

Democrats Ready to Move New Health Care Bill

Congressional Democrats are completing a revision of comprehensive health care legislation that the Senate's No. 2 Democrat said Wednesday could garner enough of his party's votes to pass both chambers -- most likely through expedited budget reconciliation procedures. [Read More]

GOP Leader Wants Fiscal Commission Hearings Televised

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner wants President Obama's new commission on the federal debt to open its proceedings to the public and issue its recommendations before the November elections. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Perry's Backers Like Hutchison -- in the Senate: Public Policy Polling's Tom Jensen writes this morning that the results of the Texas primary -- with Gov. Rick Perry winning big enough to avoid a runoff -- shouldn't be interpreted to mean that Republicans don't like Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

GOP Faces Runoffs in Two Texas House Races: Republicans will need a second round of balloting next month to determine nominees against Texas Democratic Reps. Chet Edwards and Ciro D. Rodriguez, after no candidate was able to reach the 50 percent threshold in crowded primaries on Tuesday.

In Kentucky, Conway Launches His First Ad: With less than three months to go before the Kentucky primary, state Attorney General Jack Conway released the first television ad of his Senate campaign on Wednesday. In it, he targets his fellow Republican candidates in the race. The topic? His GOP opponents' support for Republican Sen. Jim Bunning's recent filibuster.

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

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, March 02, 2010

In This Issue

  • GOP's Collins Joins Democrats in Pushing Against Bunning
  • Sen. Rockefeller Vows to Follow Up on Auto Safety
  • Debate Intensifies Over Giving Fed a Role in Consumer Protection
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Today in Washington

The House votes on a number of minor resolutions as well as a bill to reauthorize a program to plan for and respond to earthquakes.

The Senate is scheduled to hold a procedural vote on a judicial nomination; a vote on confirmation is also possible. Senators may then begin consideration of a bill to extend several expiring tax provisions and other programs.

The President is in Georgia to tour Savannah Technical College, deliver remarks on jobs and the economy, and tour a manufacturing facility and a small business.

In Washington, Women's Policy, Inc. holds its annual gala to honor the women in Congress. 6:30 p.m., East Hall, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. N.E.

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Top Stories

GOP's Collins Joins Democrats in Pushing Against Bunning

The Senate opposition to the filibuster by Kentucky Republican Jim Bunning has turned bipartisan. [Read More]

Sen. Rockefeller Vows to Follow Up on Auto Safety

The Democratic senator in charge of overseeing transportation said Tuesday that he will pursue "comprehensive legislation" intended to plug gaps in Toyota's safety record as well as at the federal safety watchdog that oversees automakers. [Read More]

Debate Intensifies Over Giving Fed a Role in Consumer Protection

A Republican offer to house a consumer protection regulator at the Federal Reserve Board is gaining traction, but a final deal remains elusive, sources said Tuesday morning. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Viewer's Guide to the Texas Primaries: It's primary day in Texas. In the marquee Republican race for the Texas governorship, Gov. Rick Perry has used Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's D.C. ties against her, and "tea party" favorite Debra Medina has emerged as a credible contender. It seems certain that Perry will outpoll Hutchison and Medina; the only question is, can Perry win a majority of all GOP votes cast and avoid a runoff with Hutchison on April 13? The governor thinks so.

Specter Zooms Ahead of Toomey: After months of either trailing or tying in polls on his re-election bid, Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter has jumped ahead of Republican former Rep. Pat Toomey in the latest Quinnipiac University survey. Specter leads 49 percent to 42 percent in the poll, taken Feb. 22 to 28.

Rangel's Donations Become Political Football, Again: Whenever controversy bubbles up around Rep. Charles B. Rangel, Republicans are quick to attack Democrats who have received contributions from the embattled Ways and Means chairman over the years. This week has been no exception.

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

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Monday, March 01, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, March 01, 2010

In This Issue

  • White House Pushes Harder for Renewal of Expired Highway Programs
  • Little Indication of Movement on Stalled Trade Deals
  • Rep. Deal to Quit Congress
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session

The Senate continues consideration of a bill that would extend several expired federal programs, including some unemployment benefits and highway projects.

The President delivers remarks at the America's Promise Alliance Education event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; later, meets separately with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, the Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) begins a three-day summit on new energy technologies and the opportunities and challenges they present. Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.

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Top Stories

White House Pushes Harder for Renewal of Expired Highway Programs

The Obama administration is ratcheting up pressure on Congress to pass an extension of highway programs that expired Sunday. [Read More]

Little Indication of Movement on Stalled Trade Deals

President Obama's newly released 2010 trade agenda gives little indication that the White House will quickly advance long-stalled pacts with Panama, Colombia or South Korea, despite the president's increasing focus on international commerce. [Read More]

Rep. Deal to Quit Congress

GOP Rep. Nathan Deal announced Monday that he will quit his job in Congress March 8 to concentrate on his campaign for governor of Georgia. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Halter to Challenge Lincoln in Ark. Primary: Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter announced Monday that he will challenge Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Democratic primary. In a statement released by his campaign, Halter, one of the most liberal politicians in the state, said he plans to file for the Senate race on Tuesday.

Rep. Moore's Wife in the Mix For His Seat: House Democrats have been on the hunt for someone to run for the seat of retiring Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan. Perhaps they didn't need to look further than Moore's own home. According to a report in the Kansas City Star, Moore floated his wife Stephene as a possible contender for the seat. Moore told a luncheon crowd this weekend that his wife was a potential candidate and Democrats should "stay tuned."

Cuomo's Day Job Gets in the Way: Have you wondered when New York's ever-so-popular attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, is going to start running for governor? The New York Daily News says there's a reason for Cuomo to hang back: Work to do that can't be put on hold while he runs for governor. The biggest job is a probe of the current governor, David A. Paterson -- not exactly the kind of thing a state's top investigator can set aside in pursuit of higher office.

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

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