Friday, April 23, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, April 23, 2010

In This Issue

  • Climate Bill Negotiators Make Headway, but Job Is Far From Done
  • New Report Provides Fodder for Both Sides in Health Debate
  • Obama Praises Senators' Bipartisan Immigration Efforts
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President deliverered remarks in the morning at a Rose Garden naturalization ceremony for active duty military members; leaves this afternoon for Asheville, N.C., for the weekend.

In Washington, Education Secretary Arne Duncan gives the keynote address at the National Association of Secondary School Principals' annual awards dinner. 8 p.m., Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va.

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Top Stories

Climate Bill Negotiators Make Headway, but Job Is Far From Done

New details have emerged about Senate climate change legislation expected to be introduced Monday, as the bill's lead authors resolved problems with a section on transportation fuels. But there is much work to do elsewhere in the bill. [Read More]

New Report Provides Fodder for Both Sides in Health Debate

Millions more Americans would be covered under the new health care law signed by President Obama last month, but the nation's costs would go up slightly, according to a new report by independent experts at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. [Read More]

Obama Praises Senators' Bipartisan Immigration Efforts

President Obama on Friday praised congressional leaders for plans to move forward on a comprehensive immigration overhaul and singled out efforts by Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Lindsey Graham — while condemning an Arizona measure that is helping fuel the debate. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Coakley Bummed About Perception of Her Campaign: Remember Martha Coakley, who not so long ago was expected to stroll into the Senate as the Democrats' annointed successor to the late Edward M. Kennedy? In an interview, she said: "The thing that I'm most disappointed in frankly is that some people saw or thought that my heart wasn't in it or that I didn't campaign hard enough."

Webster Has To Play Catchup in Grayson Race: As anticipated, former Florida state Sen. Dan Webster got into the Republican primary race for the seat now held by Democrat Alan Grayson. "Webster's late entry means he's lost top-tier allies who could have helped him, namely former Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings and former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, two Republicans who appear firmly loyal to (Bruce) O'Donoghue," notes the Orlando Sentinel.

Well-Known Names Among Coats' Donors: As a former senator and lobbyist, Dan Coats knows a lot of people -- and his most recent campaign finance report shows a lot of their names. Coats' campaign for the Republican nod in Indiana's open-seat senate race has received money from former Wisconsin Gov. Thommy Thompson, former Sens. Don Nickles and Connie Mack, and several other high-profile GOP players.

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

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, April 22, 2010 2:10 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Senate Votes To Block Pay Raise for Lawmakers in 2011
  • Reid Ready To Push Forward on Financial Regulatory Overhaul
  • McConnell Defends Filibuster, Blames Democrats for Gridlock
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Today in Washington

The House considers a motion to go to conference with the Senate on an Iran sanctions bill.

The Senate votes on the nomination of a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge.

The President travels to New York City to deliver address at Cooper Union on financial regulatory overhaul; after returning to White House, meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and addresses an Earth Day reception

In Washington, Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks at the Earth Day Network's 40th Anniversary Celebration. 5:30 p.m., 12th St. SW on the National Mall.

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Top Stories

Senate Votes To Block Pay Raise for Lawmakers in 2011

The Senate voted Thursday to block the annual cost-of-living adjustment for members of Congress in 2011. [Read More]

Reid Ready To Push Forward on Financial Regulatory Overhaul

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pressed ahead Thursday with plans to move a massive financial overhaul to the Senate floor, defying threats of a GOP filibuster. [Read More]

McConnell Defends Filibuster, Blames Democrats for Gridlock

The Senate's top Republican launched a defense of the filibuster Thursday, seeking to shift blame for floor gridlock away from GOP tactics and onto Democratic efforts to control the flow of debate and amendments. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Sorry, Charlie -- Cheney Piles On: Add former Vice President Dick Cheney to the list of Republicans jumping on the bandwagon of Senate candidate Marco Rubio -- and expressing stern discontent with the fellow Republican who's no longer the frontrunner in that primary, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. "Lately it seems Charlie Crist cannot be trusted even to remain a Republican. I strongly urge him to either stay in the Republican primary or drop out of the race," Cheney said in a statement released by the Rubio campaign.

Herseth Sandlin Challenger on TV in S.D.: South Dakota state Rep. Kristi Noem is the first of three Republican opponents to Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) to air a television ad, as she competes with state Rep. Blake Curd and South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson for the GOP nomination on June 8. Curd is the best-funded candidate and Nelson, as a statewide elected official, is the best-known. Herseth Sandlin, who is seeking a fourth full term, is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Jordan Ends Campaign for Moore's Seat in Kan. 3rd: Former Kansas state Sen. Nick Jordan, who at one point was the frontrunner, has dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination in the 3rd district, one of the most competitive open-seat contests in the country. Jordan lost by 16 points in 2008 to Rep. Dennis Moore (D), who is retiring. The congressman's wife, Stephene Moore, recently announced she would run for his seat. Jordan's campaign had been dogged by comparatively poor fundraising; he raised less than $90,000 in the first three months of this year.

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

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, April 21, 2010

In This Issue

  • Obama Promises Swift Decision on Supreme Court Nomination
  • House GOP Leaders Slam Financial Regulation Bill as Senate Talks Continue
  • Bill Seeks To Restore Broad Reach of Clean Water Act
  • House Panel OKs Bill To Beef Up Pentagon's Procurement Process
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Today in Washington

The House considers a bill to enhance health care for wounded veterans as well as support-services for veterans' caregivers; also considers legislation requiring state and local education agencies to publish information annually on schools' efforts to promote healthy lifestyles.

The Senate votes on executive branch and judicial nominations.

The President meets with bipartisan leaders of the Senate and its Judiciary Committee on his upcoming Supreme Court nomination; lunches with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; attends reception for G-20 labor leaders; welcomes members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House; with Biden, meets first with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and then with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

In Washington, the Washington Press Club Foundation hosts the 66th Annual Congressional Dinner, with speakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. S.W.

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Top Stories

Obama Promises Swift Decision on Supreme Court Nomination

President Obama promised Senate leaders Wednesday that he would choose his second nominee to the Supreme Court within a matter of weeks. [Read More]

House GOP Leaders Slam Financial Regulation Bill as Senate Talks Continue

House GOP leaders assailed the Democrats' financial regulatory overhaul on Wednesday as bipartisan talks continued in the Senate on a framework for floor debate. [Read More]

Bill Seeks To Restore Broad Reach of Clean Water Act

A House committee chairman on Wednesday introduced a revised version of legislation to overturn two recent Supreme Court rulings that narrowed the scope of the federal clean water law. [Read More]

House Panel OKs Bill To Beef Up Pentagon's Procurement Process

The House Armed Services Committee moved Wednesday to enhance the Defense Department's procurement workforce and reduce its reliance on outside contractors. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Feds Scrutinize Florida GOP, Rubio: The FBI, the IRS and federal prosecutors are all investigating the Republican Party of Florida and the way GOP officials -- including current Senate candidate Marco Rubio -- used the party's credit cards. On the criminal side, it's the next phase of a probe that already produced an indictment against former House Speaker Ray Sansom, reports The Miami Herald. The IRS probe is separate and focused on whether Rubio and two other former holders of GOP-issued American Express cards misused them for personal expenses, the newspaper reports.

Cunningham Posts Disappointing Quarter in N.C. Senate Race: Former North Carolina state Sen. Cal Cunningham, a Democrat, announced on Wednesday that his campaign raised $345,000 during the first quarter, an underwhelming figure for someone who was hyped by national party officials as the candidate to unseat Republican Sen. Richard Burr in the Tar Heel state this cycle. Cunningham had about $478,000 on hand as of April 1, compared with Democratic primary rivals Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who had about $181,000 on hand, and attorney Ken Lewis, who had $94,000. But it's a far cry from the $5.3 million in the bank that Burr reported after raising nearly $1.6 million in the first quarter.

Webster About To Announce Against Rep. Grayson? Republican Dan Webster -- a former Florida state senator who has been reconsidering his decision not to challenge outspoken Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., this fall -- has scheduled a "major political announcement" for Thursday afternoon in the Orlando-based 8th District. GOP sources said Webster has been making calls to state legislators to say that he's now leaning toward running. If he does, it could further split the GOP vote that Orlando businessman Bruce O'Donoghue was trying to consolidate in a crowded primary.

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

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, April 20, 2010

In This Issue

  • Hoyer Says D.C. Voting Rights Bill Likely Dead for Year
  • Lieberman Urges End to 'Virtual Fence' Along Southern U.S. Border
  • Key Democrat Supports Adding Bank Tax To Financial Overhaul Bill
  • Campaign Finance Bill Finds a GOP Cosponsor in House, but Not in Senate
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Today in Washington

The House considers minor bills and resolutions, including legislation to allow families to set up tax-shielded 529 education savings plans in FDIC-insured bank deposits.

The Senate votes on executive branch and judicial nominations.

The President returns to Washington from Los Angeles.

In Washington, the Consumer Electronics Association brings the education, excitement and hot products seen at the 2010 International CES in Las Vegas to Capitol Hill. 4:30 to 7 p.m., Eastern Market, North Hall, Entrance at North Carolina and 7th St., S.E.

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Top Stories

Hoyer Says D.C. Voting Rights Bill Likely Dead for Year

A "profoundly disappointed" House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday that legislation designed to give the District of Columbia a voting member of Congress had been pulled from this week's calendar and is likely dead for this year. [Read More]

Lieberman Urges End to 'Virtual Fence' Along Southern U.S. Border

Senators urged the head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency on Tuesday to consider canceling an expensive and troubled contract for a "virtual fence" along the U.S.-Mexican border. [Read More]

Key Democrat Supports Adding Bank Tax To Financial Overhaul Bill

The Obama administration's proposed $90 billion tax on financial institutions should be added to the regulatory overhaul headed to the Senate floor, a key Senate leader said Tuesday. [Read More]

Campaign Finance Bill Finds a GOP Cosponsor in House, but Not in Senate

Legislation aimed at limiting the impact of a Supreme Court decision that rolled back campaign spending constraints on corporations has attracted one Republican cosponsor in the House -- but no joiners so far in the Senate. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Two New Polls Show Murtha Special a Tossup: Two separate polls released Tuesday show a tight race in the May 18 special election for the late Rep. John P. Murtha's (D-Pa.) seat. A Public Policy Polling survey showed businessman Tim Burns with a 3-point lead over Murtha aide Mark Critz, 44 percent to 41 percent. And in a polling memo paid for by the conservative American Action Network and conducted by GOP pollster McLaughlin and Associates, Critz and Burns are in a statistical tie, 40 percent to 39 percent.

Rand Paul Raises $100,000 in Last 'Money Bomb': Eye surgeon Rand Paul held his fifth and, his campaign said, final online "money bomb" fundraiser on Monday and raised over $101,000 from the 24-hour "Patriots Day" event. That was quite a bit less than Paul's previous online fundraising events for his campaign to win the GOP Senate nomination in Kentucky, but his campaign manager, David Adams, said he was not worried. "My only concern is that we stay away from collecting donations from bailout lobbyists," Adams said, alluding to a line of attack the Paul campaign has used against his GOP primary opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson. "The bottom line is we've got a pile of money and by May 18 we'll have spent all of it effectively enough to win the race," Adams said.

No Fundraiser After All: After Roll Call raised questions about the way the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs was advertising a fundraiser, the event was canceled. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) had invited lobbyists to join an advisory council that she would consult on foreign policy matters -- in exchange for $2,500 campaign contributions. The offer of special access in exchange for campaign donations appeared to violate a House ethics committee guideline that specifically discourages this type of fundraising solicitation, though it is not a violation of any law.

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

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Monday, April 19, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, April 19, 2010

In This Issue

  • Offshore Drilling Revenue Becomes Sticky Issue for Climate Bill
  • McCain, Kyl Call for Extra Border Help in Arizona
  • Democrats Defend Financial Regulatory Bill's Bank Fund
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is scheduled to hold procedural votes Monday on several executive branch and judicial nominees.

The President Meets with advisers in Washington, then flies to Los Angeles to speak at a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

In Washington, Jordan's King Abdullah II hosts the Jordan-U.S. Investment and Trade Forum. Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave. S.W.

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Top Stories

Offshore Drilling Revenue Becomes Sticky Issue for Climate Bill

Just a week before authors of a Senate climate bill unveil their legislative proposal, three senior Democratic senators wrote to colleagues Monday urging opposition to a proposal to shift some new offshore drilling revenue from federal to state treasuries. [Read More]

McCain, Kyl Call for Extra Border Help in Arizona

Seeking more funding to secure the border in Arizona, the state's senators argued Monday that the problems in their backyard were a national issue, because such a large percentage of illegal immigrants cross the Mexican border there. [Read More]

Democrats Defend Financial Regulatory Bill's Bank Fund

Senate Banking Committee Democrats continued Monday to resist Republican efforts to remove from the financial regulatory bill a $50 billion fund that would help cover the cost of winding down failing institutions. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

NRCC Adds 40 More to Young Guns List: The National Republican Congressional Committee has promoted more than a dozen candidates to "contender" status and added dozens more to its Young Guns program, which aims to recognize and help House Republican's top challengers this cycle.

Pelosi to Fundraise for Critz: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is scheduled to host a fundraiser for her party's nominee in the special election in Pennsylvania's 12th district -- a competitive, conservative-leaning area previously represented by of one of her closest confidants, the late Rep. John P. Murtha.

Sink Cuts Into McCollum's Edge: A recent poll showed Republican Bill McCollum with a narrow lead of 40 percent to 36 percent over Democrat Alex Sink in Florida's gubernatorial race. McCollum's 4 percentage-point margin in the poll was down from the 10-point edge (41 percent to 31 percent) he held over Sink in a previous survey.

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

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