Friday, March 26, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, March 26, 2010

In This Issue

  • START Treaty Could Face Fight in Senate
  • Jobless Benefit Extensions Will Have to Wait
  • FAA Extension Clears, But Highway Fight Continues
  • 'Cap and Trade' Label Vanishes From Senate Climate Bill Negotiations
  • Justice Department Releases List of Terrorism Convictions
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Today in Washington

The House has left Washington for its spring break and will reconvene April 13.

The Senate adjourns for two-week recess without acting on legislation to extend federal unemployment benefits and COBRA health insurance subsidies for the jobless.

The President, in phone call with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, seals agreement on a new START nuclear arms reduction treaty; meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; heads to Camp David, Md.

In Washington, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada delivers an address, "The Use of Foreign Law: a Comparative View of Canada and the United States," at the 104th annual meeting of the American Society of International Law; 5:30pm, Salon I and II, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. N.W.

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Top Stories

START Treaty Could Face Fight in Senate

President Obama on Friday heralded a new 10-year arms control deal with Russia to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles by nearly one-third, setting the stage for what could be an arduous treaty ratification fight in the Senate. [Read More]

Jobless Benefit Extensions Will Have to Wait

The Senate left for its two-week recess Friday without clearing a short-term extension of federal unemployment benefits and other programs. [Read More]

FAA Extension Clears, But Highway Fight Continues

After a dustup that left almost no one satisfied, the Senate on Friday cleared a one-month extension of Federal Aviation Administration programs, postponing a showdown on a highway funding issue that had become entangled with the FAA's fate. [Read More]

'Cap and Trade' Label Vanishes From Senate Climate Bill Negotiations

As architects of Senate climate legislation continue to tweak their proposal in a bid for broad support, the "cap and trade" label has fallen by the wayside. [Read More]

Justice Department Releases List of Terrorism Convictions

In the latest development in the debate over whether suspected terrorists should be tried in civilian courts or by military tribunals, the Justice Department on Friday turned over detailed information on criminal prosecutions of suspected terrorists since the Sept. 11 attacks. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Sen. Bennett's Friend, the Governor, Staying Neutral: The Deseret News is reporting that Utah Republican Sen. Robert F. Bennett's rivals all say they did well and he did poorly in this weekend's precinct caucuses in Utah. But what may be more interesting is the way the state's Republican governor is dealing with his party's unhappiness with the three-term senator: "I'm staying out of it," said Gov. Gary Herbert.

Obama Would Start Even With ... Any Republican: A CNN-Opinion Research poll concludes that if President Obama had to face voters today, the nation's top Democrat would be looking at a draw against whichever Republican might run against him.

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

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, March 25, 2010 2:35 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Senate Passes Bill Modifying New Health Care Law
  • House Gets Last Word on Second Health Care Bill
  • Senate Democrats Attempt to Extend Jobless Benefits, Medicare 'Doc Fix'
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Today in Washington

The House considers a bill to extend Small Business Administration loan guarantee program and is expected to clear the health care reconciliation bill, modifying the overhaul law enacted two days ago.

The Senate moves toward passage of a budget reconciliation measure that would make changes to the health care overhaul package signed into law Tuesday.

The President meets with senior advisers at the White House before flying to Iowa to deliver remarks on the health care overhaul at an event in Iowa City.

In Washington, Oxfam America and Foreign Policy host a panel of Haitian voices and development experts to discuss how Haiti can be rebuilt after the earthquake and how to empower Haiti to take the lead on its own development. 3 p.m., Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Ave N.E.

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Top Stories

Senate Passes Bill Modifying New Health Care Law

Turning back all major GOP assaults on their bill, Senate Democrats passed a second health care bill Thursday, making a number of changes to the historic overhaul that President Obama signed into law two days ago. [Read More]

House Gets Last Word on Second Health Care Bill

After a battle that has consumed Congress for months, the House is expected to have the last word late Thursday on the final piece of the Democrats' massive health care overhaul. [Read More]

Senate Democrats Attempt to Extend Jobless Benefits, Medicare 'Doc Fix'

Senate Democrats will try to clear short-term extensions of several federal programs on Thursday, including unemployment benefits, but it's still unclear whether they will be able to do so quickly. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

1-Point Lead for Fiorina: Carly Fiorina has pulled slightly ahead of former Rep. Tom Campbell in their race for the Republican Senate nomination in California, according to a new poll, but many primary voters are still making up their minds -- and a third candidate in the race is getting a well-timed boost.

Polis Opens Another Joint Fundraising Committee: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., is again providing fundraising assistance to his Democratic colleagues as they prepare for a challenging midterm election. The Jared Polis Majority Fund will divide everything it raises among Polis' re-election campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democrats in a dozen House races.

Spratt Opponent Moves Up in 'Young Guns' Program: South Carolina Republican state Sen. Mick Mulvaney, who is challenging House Budget Chairman John Spratt, D-S.C., will be promoted to the second-highest level of the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns" fundraising and campaign infrastructure program.

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

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, March 24, 2010 2:10 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Senate Moves Toward 'Vote-a-Rama' on Health Bill Amendments
  • Democrats Step Up Push for Financial Overhaul
  • House To Add Tougher Pilot Training Standards to FAA Bill
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Today in Washington

The House considers a package of tax breaks for small businesses, legislation to provide disaster relief funding and support summer jobs for teens and young adults, and a measure to extend FAA operations for three months while adjusting the distribution of certain recently approved highway funds.

The Senate considers a budget reconciliation measure that would make changes to the health care overhaul package signed into law Tuesday.

The President meets with Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the panel's top Republican; meets with Senate Banking Chairman Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., and House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., on a financial regulatory overhaul; signs an executive order stating that no federal funds can be used to cover abortion services under the newly enacted health care overhaul.

In Washington, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni the stars of "Law & Order: SVU," along with executive producer Dr. Neal Baer discuss Hollywood's portrayal of global health problems, and the impact of entertainment media on Americans' support for such programs; 6:30 p.m., Library of Congress, the Mumford Room (6th floor) of the Madison Building

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Top Stories

Senate Moves Toward 'Vote-a-Rama' on Health Bill Amendments

As the Senate burned through its 20 hours of debate on the health care reconciliation bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid voiced confidence that Democrats can block or defeat Republican amendments to the bill. [Read More]

Democrats Step Up Push for Financial Overhaul

Fresh off their victory on health care legislation, the White House and top congressional Democrats plan to make an overhaul of financial regulations their next big push. [Read More]

House To Add Tougher Pilot Training Standards to FAA Bill

The House was poised Wednesday to add language intended to strengthen airline pilot training standards to a bill to reauthorize operations of the Federal Aviation Administration and modernize the air traffic control system. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Cheney Endorses Grayson in Ky. Senate Race: Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday endorsed Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the state's closely watched GOP Senate primary. "I'm a lifelong conservative, and I can tell the real thing when I see it," Cheney said in a written statement.

Senor Won't Run Against Gillibrand Another high-profile Republican has opted out of running against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Dan Senor, a White House adviser during George W. Bush's presidency, said he "took a very serious look" at the Senate race but "ultimately decided this wasn't the right time in my family and business life for me to run."

Brown Makes Endorsement in GOP Primary for Delahunt's Seat: Sen. Scott Brown, D-Mass., has endorsed state Rep. Jeff Perry over former state Treasurer Joe Malone in the GOP primary for the race to succeed retiring Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass. In a video, Brown calls Perry "a longtime personal friend," and "someone who will stand alongside me to bring an independent voice to the Commonwealth."

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

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, March 23, 2010

In This Issue

  • Obama Signs Health Care Overhaul
  • Senate Gears Up To Modify New Health Care Law
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Today in Washington

The House takes up a package of tax breaks for small businesses, after it considers several bills to provide economic benefits for veterans.

The Senate moves toward debate of a budget reconciliation measure that would make changes to the health care overhaul package signed into law earlier in the day.

The President signed into law the most sweeping health care overhaul in decades.

In Washington, The National Committee for Quality Assurance holds its annual Health Quality Awards Dinner, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius delivering the keynote address. 7 p.m., Andrew Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Obama Signs Health Care Overhaul

To the cheers and applause of congressional Democrats who made it happen, President Obama signed into law the most comprehensive health care overhaul in decades, paving the way for the Senate to start work later Tuesday on follow-up legislation that would modify it. [Read More]

Senate Gears Up To Modify New Health Care Law

Just hours after President Obama signed a health care overhaul into law, the Senate was preparing to start work on legislation that would make significant changes to it. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Club for Growth Endorses Scott in S.C.: South Carolina state Rep. Tim Scott got a boost Tuesday when the political action committee for the powerful anti-tax group Club for Growth announced that it will be endorsing him in the crowded GOP primary race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Henry Brown. The Club is backing Scott over some candidates with well-known names in South Carolina politics, such as Carroll Campbell III, the namesake son of a former governor, and Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond, the son of former Sen. Strom Thurmond.

Condi for Carly in California Senate: After a couple years out of the political spotlight, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is popping back up in California, where she has endorsed two Republican women running for statewide office in 2010. Senate candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who hopes to oust Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., announced Rice's endorsement Tuesday. Rice endorsed gubernatorial candidate and former e-Bay CEO Meg Whitman, earlier this month.

Another Poll Shows Feingold vs. Thompson Competitive: A Public Policy Polling survey conducted March 20-21 is just the latest evidence pointing to a competitive potential race between Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and former GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson, who is still weighing a campaign. Of the 700 Wisconsin voters surveyed, 47 percent said they would re-elect Feingold and 44 percent said they would back Thompson.

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

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Monday, March 22, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, March 22, 2010

In This Issue

  • Health Care Bill Puts Senate Parliamentarian in Crossfire
  • Clinton's AIPAC Speech Takes Conciliatory Tone
  • House Lines Up Latest 'Jobs Agenda' Measure
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Today in Washington

The House considers several measures, including bills on veterans' programs.

The Senate heads toward passage of legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration.

The President meets with advisers. No public events scheduled.

In Washington, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee holds its annual Policy Conference, including a dinner featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y. 6:30 p.m., Washington Convention Center, Mount Vernon Square N.W.

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Top Stories

Health Care Bill Puts Senate Parliamentarian in Crossfire

Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin heard arguments Monday afternoon from Senate aides of both parties about whether a reconciliation health bill should be ruled out of order because of its potential effects on Social Security. [Read More]

Clinton's AIPAC Speech Takes Conciliatory Tone

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reassured Israel's supporters on Monday that the Obama administration commitment to the security of the Jewish state was "rock solid," but she defended her recent criticism of Israel's settlement activities, saying they undermined the trust needed for U.S.-brokered peace negotiations with the Palestinians. [Read More]

House Lines Up Latest 'Jobs Agenda' Measure

The House is expected to consider legislation Tuesday that would provide funding for disaster relief, summer jobs and small business programs as Democrats continue to push their "jobs agenda." [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Simon Backing Campbell For Calif. GOP Senate Nomination: The Los Angeles Times reports that the latecomer in California's race to choose a Republican Senate nominee, ex-Rep. Tom Campbell, will be getting some help speaking to the party's right flank. Campbell, according to the report, will be endorsed today by a former GOP nominee for governor, conservative Bill Simon.

Cuomo Leads Big While Republicans Squabble: Democrat Andrew Cuomo already was the strong front-runner in the race for governor of New York, even before the Republican primary contest began showing signs of devolving into a slugfest. He maintained a big lead in a poll released Monday morning by the research institute at New York's Siena College.

Been There, Vote For Me: Back taxes, mortgage problems and campaign debt don't have to add up to reasons to vote for somebody else, says Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who is running for the Republican nomination in Delaware. "I think the fact that I have struggled financially is what makes me so sympathetic," she tells the Wilmington News Journal.

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

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