Friday, March 12, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, March 12, 2010

In This Issue

  • Pelosi Sets Up Health Care Vote Next Week
  • House Sticks Around to Pass Bill on Harmful Algal Blooms
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Today in Washington

The House wrapped up its week by passing legislation on algal bloom research and on bankruptcy judges.

The Senate is not in session.

The President met this morning with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan; meets this afternoon with science and technology advisers.

In Washington, Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers the keynote address at the National Space Club's Goddard Memorial Dinner. 7:30 p.m., Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Pelosi Sets Up Health Care Vote Next Week

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has outlined provisions of a health care "corrections" bill that she hopes the House will pass next week, setting the stage for final congressional action on Democrats' health care overhaul. [Read More]

House Sticks Around to Pass Bill on Harmful Algal Blooms

A bill that would establish a federal research strategy for addressing harmful algal blooms passed Friday in the House, which had rejected the measure earlier this week under different parliamentary rules. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Brooks Won't Run For Massa's Seat: Hear that? It's the sound of Republicans exhaling in upstate New York. Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said she won't make a bid for the GOP nomination in the special election to fill the seat relinquished by Democrat Eric Massa. Former Corning Mayor Tom Reed already is in the race, and many in the GOP were hoping to avoid an intraparty fight.

Ted Turner To Host Fundraiser For Specter: Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who faces a primary fight from Rep. Joe Sestak, will get a boost later this month from media mogul and CNN founder Ted Turner. Specter said in a phone interview that Turner will host a fundraiser for him in Atlanta on March 21.

Close Senate Contest in Colorado: Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton are locked in a tight Senate race, according to a Public Policy Polling survey taken March 5-8. The poll found Bennet and Norton each with 43 percent support.

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

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, March 11, 2010

In This Issue

  • House Republicans Embrace One-Year Moratorium on Earmarks
  • F-35 Beset by More Delays, Cost Overruns
  • Senate Chairman Will Go Solo on Financial Rules
  • House Democrats Work To Settle on Health Care Endgame
  • Senate Democrats Weigh Linkage of Student Loan, Health Care Bills
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Today in Washington

The House votes to impeach G. Thomas Porteous Jr., a federal judge in Louisiana, on various corruption counts; considers legislation to add roughly three dozen judges to the federal bankruptcy court system.

The Senate considers and may vote on amendments to legislation to reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration programs and modernize the air traffic control system.

The President addresses the Export-Import Bank's annual conference; meets separately with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss health care bill; meets with activists pressing comprehensive immigration bill; meets with Sens. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., about their efforts to produce a bipartisan immigration bill; meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; with the first lady, hosts a preview screening of HBO's new series, "The Pacific," which tells the story of the Pacific front during World War II.

In Washington, the National Endowment for Democracy holds a panel discussion on progress and setbacks for democracy in Africa. 5-6:30 p.m., 1025 F St. N.W.

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Top Stories

House Republicans Embrace One-Year Moratorium on Earmarks

House Republicans voted among themselves Thursday to forgo earmark requests for a year -- a move designed to trump a more limited curb on member-directed spending adopted by Democrats a day ago. [Read More]

F-35 Beset by More Delays, Cost Overruns

The Senate Armed Services Committee learned Thursday that the Pentagon's most expensive weapon program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, will cost tens of billions of dollars more than previously disclosed and will be fielded later than officials recently predicted. [Read More]

Senate Chairman Will Go Solo on Financial Rules

Efforts to write a bipartisan overhaul of financial regulations fell apart again in the Senate on Thursday, and Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd plans to move the process forward on his own. [Read More]

House Democrats Work To Settle on Health Care Endgame

House Democratic leaders worked Thursday to assuage the concerns of nervous rank-and-file members while they awaited final budget numbers for their planned revisions to a Senate-passed health care overhaul. [Read More]

Senate Democrats Weigh Linkage of Student Loan, Health Care Bills

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he is leaving it up to his caucus to decide whether to wrap a health care overhaul and a student loan bill into a single budget reconciliation package. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

GOP Hopeful Airs First Radio Ad in S.D.: South Dakota Republican state Rep. Blake Curd is up with his first radio ad in the campaign for the state's at-large House seat.The 60-second introductory spot is airing for two weeks in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, South Dakota's two biggest media markets. Curd faces a competitive primary against South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson and House Assistant Majority Leader Kristi Noem as they vie to take on Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin.

Anti-Health Care Advertising Zeroes In On Giffords: Residents of Arizona's 8th district are hearing a lot about the health care debate and how Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) should vote on the legislation. Giffords, a sophomore who faces a competitive race in the fall, voted for the bill that passed the House in November but has not committed to voting for the Senate's version. As a result, she has faced a barrage of advertising from the bill's opponents.

Runyan to Launch Adler Challenge in N.J.: Former NFL player Jon Runyan is set to formally launch his bid for New Jersey's 3rd district next week. Runyan, a longtime offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles, has succeeded in uniting the district's Republican factions behind him and will not face a contested primary. GOP divisions helped Rep. John Adler (D-N.J.) win the open seat in 2008. Republicans hope that with a united front, they will be able to unseat the freshman in the traditionally Republican district this time around.

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

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In This Issue

  • Both Parties Pursue New Earmark Limits
  • Search for GOP Backing Delays Senate Immigration Bill
  • House Democrats Prepare Tax Breaks for Small Businesses
  • Blue Dogs Push for Seat on Fiscal Commission
  • Technology Not the Main Problem in Sorting Intelligence, Expert Says
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Today in Washington

The House considers bills to provide debt relief to Haiti, permit accelerated deductions for Chile earthquake relief, and compensate Department of Transportation employees who were furloughed for two days because of delays in congressional action on a highway bill extension. Also debates a war powers resolution regarding the U.S. troop commitment in Afghanistan.

The Senate votes on a measure that would extend various business tax breaks, prevent a cut in Medicare payments to physicians, continue special federal Medicaid help for states, and extend federal unemployment benefits.

The President meets with Haitian President René Préval and makes remarks on relief and recovery efforts; travels to St. Louis to deliver remarks on health care reform at St. Charles High School; attends fundraising dinner for Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., before returning to Washington.

In Washington, the Spy Museum hosts a talk by Gail Harris, author of "A Woman's War: The Professional and Personal Journey of the Navy's First African American Intelligence Officer." She will talk about her experiences providing intelligence support to military operations and on the way intelligence is used and sometimes misused. 6:30 p.m., Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW.

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Top Stories

Both Parties Pursue New Earmark Limits

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner said Wednesday that GOP members will consider imposing a unilateral moratorium on earmark requests this year, in a bid to trump newly announced Democratic limits on member-directed spending. [Read More]

Search for GOP Backing Delays Senate Immigration Bill

Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday he and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham are "getting real close" to a deal on a comprehensive immigration overhaul. [Read More]

House Democrats Prepare Tax Breaks for Small Businesses

House Democrats on Wednesday continued their efforts to promote job creation, scheduling committee action next week on a bill to give small businesses tax breaks worth about $13 billion. [Read More]

Blue Dogs Push for Seat on Fiscal Commission

Leaders of the fiscally conservative House Democratic Blue Dog Coalition have asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi to appoint at least one member of their group to the president's fiscal commission. [Read More]

Technology Not the Main Problem in Sorting Intelligence, Expert Says

A National Counterterrorism Center official told senators Wednesday that more effective analysis of the voluminous data available about potential terrorists could require more personnel, but not necessarily major computer upgrades. [Read More]


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CQ Politics: The Eye

Florida Democrats Do Better Against Rubio Than Crist: Democrats face an uphill battle in the race for Florida's open Senate seat but do better if former state House Speaker Marco Rubio is the Republican nominee, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling. Likely Democratic nominee Rep. Kendrick Meek trails Rubio by 5 points in a head-to-head matchup, losing 44 percent to 39 percent. If he were to face GOP Gov. Charlie Crist, Meek would lose 46 percent to 33 percent.

Ralph Reed Will Not Run: Former Christian Coalition architect Ralph Reed announced Wednesday that "after much thought and prayer," he will not go after the 7th District Georgia seat being vacated by GOP Rep. John Linder. But Reed didn't close the door on a future congressional bid. CQ Politics rates Georgia's 7th district as Safe Republican.

Would-Be Massa Replacement Wants Special Election ASAP: The sole candidate currently in the race for Demcratic former Rep. Eric Massa's now-vacant New York seat today called on Gov. David Paterson to call a special election "as soon as possible." Former Corning Mayor Tom Reed, a Republican, declined to suggest a specific date, a choice that rests with the governor. The election must take place 30 to 40 days after Paterson declares the seat vacant. Reed has been in the race since July, and was the presumed GOP nominee to take on Massa.

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

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, March 09, 2010

In This Issue

  • Hoyer Predicts Abortion Standoff Will Be Resolved
  • White House, Democrats Make Time for Energy and Climate Bill
  • Lawmakers Look to Trade for Boost to Haiti's Recovery
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Today in Washington

The House considers minor bills and resolutions under suspension of the rules.

The Senate votes on amendments and a motion to limit debate on legislation to extend expiring tax breaks and federal unemployment benefits.

The President meets with senior advisers; lunches with business leaders; meets with Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece; meets with President's Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; meets with bipartisan group of senators to discuss energy policy; with first lady, attends evening reception in the East Room honoring Greek Independence Day.

In Washington, American Women For International Understanding hosts its 3rd annual "Women of Courage" award gala, with hosts Leslie Schweitzer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif; journalist Helen Thomas; philanthropist Doris Buffett; marine biologist Sylvia Earle; and others. 6-8:30 p.m., National Press Club, 14th and F Streets N.W.

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Top Stories

Hoyer Predicts Abortion Standoff Will Be Resolved

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer vowed Tuesday to resolve the dispute over abortion language that threatens to sink Democrats' efforts to enact a health care overhaul. [Read More]

White House, Democrats Make Time for Energy and Climate Bill

Even as President Obama and congressional Democrats struggle to finish a health care overhaul, they are ramping up efforts to rally support for a comprehensive energy and climate change bill. [Read More]

Lawmakers Look to Trade for Boost to Haiti's Recovery

Senate Finance Committee members are working with their House counterparts on tariff-lowering legislation designed to boost Haiti's apparel industry as part of the effort to help the Caribbean nation recover from the devastating January earthquake. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Hoffman Tells Supporters He Will Defeat Owens This Time: Accountant Doug Hoffman, conservative hero of last fall's upstate New York special election, sent out an e-mail Monday night declaring he will formally enter the race for the 23rd District seat that he narrowly lost to Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y. Hoffman, who ran on the state's Conservative Party line in the special election, hopes to run this year on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines.

Republican Michele Rollins May Run For Castle's Seat: Republican officials in Delaware are encouraging Michele Rollins, a businesswoman and philanthropist, to run for the state's at-large House seat, which Republican Michael N. Castle is leaving to run for the Senate. Rollins, a former Miss USA and the widow of former Lt. Gov. John Rollins, could devote significant personal resources to the contest. The leading Democratic candidate, former Lt. Gov. John Carney, has been campaigning for nearly a year and had $531,000 in his campaign account at the beginning of this year.

Lead Flips to GOP in Colorado: The lead in the Colorado gubernatorial race has shifted to Republican Scott McInnis, although Democrat John Hickenlooper remains within striking distance, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll taken March 4. A Rasmussen poll a month ago showed McInnis, a former six-term congressman, trailing Hickenlooper, Denver's mayor, 45 percent to 49 percent. The latest poll: McInnis is ahead 48 percent to 42 percent. Incumbent Bill Ritter, a Democrat, isn't seeking re-election.

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

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Monday, March 08, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, March 08, 2010

In This Issue

  • Parties Seek Similar Fiscal Ends, if Not Means
  • 'Temporary' COBRA Subsidy Program Bobs Along in a Sea of Joblessness
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate continues consideration of a bill (HR 4213) to extend expired tax provisions. No roll call votes expected.

The President spoke this morning at a Pennsylvania event on health insurance; meets this afternoon with the Bowl Championship Series National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide football team; later meets with El Salvador President Mauricio Funes; speaks at a reception honoring women from around the world and their achievements; meets with Senate Rules and Administration Chairman Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

In Washington, the More magazine Reinvention Convention focuses on women interested in refreshing their careers, finances, style and health. More Editor-in-Chief Lesley Jane Seymour leads a day of interactive events geared toward women over 40. The convention will be emceed by Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe. Keynote addresses will be delivered by real estate mogul and Today Contributor Barbara Corcoran, Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Anna Quindlen and Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin, M.D. Surgeon General of the United States. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Parties Seek Similar Fiscal Ends, if Not Means

With the country facing enormous long-term budget deficits, Democrats and Republicans now echo each other's rhetoric on the need for fiscal discipline -- but they remain sharply divided on nearly every aspect of how they want to achieve that goal. [Read More]

'Temporary' COBRA Subsidy Program Bobs Along in a Sea of Joblessness

It's only a small lifeboat in a nation with 14.9 million unemployed people, but the COBRA subsidy program, created by Congress early last year to provide health benefits to laid-off workers, is a lifesaver to those able to climb aboard. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Thompson Could Soon Form Exploratory Committee: A former aide to Republican ex-Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson said Sunday that Thompson could soon form an "exploratory" committee for a possible campaign against Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold. Bill McCoshen said on the Wisconsin public affairs program "UPFRONT with Mike Gousha" that Thompson is "very seriously considering" a Senate race and that he "wouldn't be surprised" if Thompson forms a preliminary committee in the next couple of weeks.

Johnson Backs Ex-Colleague Simmons for Senate: Republican former Rep. Rob Simmons announced Monday morning that GOP former Rep. Nancy Johnson is backing his bid for Senate in Connecticut. Simmons is facing off with former World Wrestling Entertainment chief executive Linda McMahon and businessman Peter Schiff in the GOP primary for the open-seat race. The Republican winner probably will face Democrat Richard Blumenthal, the state's attorney general, in November.

Both Parties Have Shot at Ky. Senate Seat: Kentucky voters say they're just as likely to choose a Democrat as they are a Republican to replace GOP Sen. Jim Bunning, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll conducted for the Louisville Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV.

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

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