Friday, July 02, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, July 02, 2010

In This Issue

  • Delay on Supplemental Spending Bill Puts Pentagon in a Bind
  • Afghanistan Vote Reveals Differences in Democratic Leadership
  • Sen. Hatch Makes Up His Mind, Won't Vote for Kagan
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President is in West Virginia for a memorial service for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

In Washington, The exhibit Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture -- about "Bob Hope and other entertainers who chose to involve themselves in the political climate of their times" -- continues at the Library of Congress. Thomas Jefferson Building, 1st Street S.E., between Independence Ave. and East Capitol St.

Note to Readers: The next edition of the CQ Today Midday Update will be published Monday, July 12. We wish you a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday.

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Top Stories

Delay on Supplemental Spending Bill Puts Pentagon in a Bind

The armed forces may have to curtail training and base maintenance later this month because Congress did not clear a supplemental spending measure before leaving for its July Fourth recess. [Read More]

Afghanistan Vote Reveals Differences in Democratic Leadership

House Democratic leaders, normally President Obama's most loyal supporters on major issues, split right down the middle Thursday night in voting on whether to impose a plan for withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan. [Read More]

Sen. Hatch Makes Up His Mind, Won't Vote for Kagan

Orrin G. Hatch of Utah on Friday became the first Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to announce his opposition to Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court. [Read More]

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, July 01, 2010 2:20 PM

In This Issue

  • NRA Opposes Kagan, Will Score Senators on Confirmation Vote
  • House Leaders Still Searching for Votes to Move War Spending Bill
  • House Chairman Files One-Year 'Budget Enforcement' Resolution
  • Obama Says GOP Votes Needed to Overhaul Immigration System
  • House Chairman Wants To Keep Transit Safety Bill in Broader Transportation Measure
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Today in Washington

The House considers an extension through Nov. 30 of expired federal unemployment benefits, along with various bills under suspension of the rules; may consider supplemental spending bill for fiscal 2010.

The Senate pays tribute to the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., the longest-serving senator in history, who died June 28 at age 92.

The President meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner; delivers speech on immigration at American University; lunches with business leaders; meets with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; welcomes Sky Blue FC, winners of the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer championship; meets with Biden; signs Iran sanctions legislation into law.

In Washington, Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson delivers remarks as the National Crime Prevention Council recognizes McGruff the Crime Dog's 30th birthday. 6:15 p.m., National Museum of Crime & Punishment , 575 7th St. NW

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Top Stories

NRA Opposes Kagan, Will Score Senators on Confirmation Vote

The National Rifle Association announced Thursday it will oppose Senate confirmation of Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court and plans to score senators' votes in its annual evaluation of their records. [Read More]

House Leaders Still Searching for Votes to Move War Spending Bill

House Democratic leaders were still scrambling Thursday to find the votes to pass a supplemental spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus funding for domestic priorities such as preventing layoffs of teachers. [Read More]

House Chairman Files One-Year 'Budget Enforcement' Resolution

House Budget Committee Chairman John M. Spratt Jr. filed a "budget enforcement" resolution for fiscal 2011 on Thursday that would set a limit of $1.12 trillion on discretionary spending. Democrats say that would be about $7 billion less than President Obama requested. [Read More]

Obama Says GOP Votes Needed to Overhaul Immigration System

President Obama appealed for a bipartisan overhaul of the nation's broken immigration system Thursday, in a plea immediately dismissed by Republicans. [Read More]

House Chairman Wants To Keep Transit Safety Bill in Broader Transportation Measure

A bill that would allow the federal government to oversee public transit safety has begun moving in the Senate, but its prospects for enactment this year are clouded in the House. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

DNC Has Finalists for 2012 City: Charlotte, Cleveland, Minneapolis and St. Louis are the finalist cities for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, reports CNN's Peter Hamby. So far, Republicans are on track to finalize Tampa, Fla. for their presidential convention.

GOP Group Extends Anti-Reid Ad Buy: American Crossroads, a Republican 527 group, is extending its television ads targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid into a fourth week, according to an official from the group. The organization also said it has raised $8 million.

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

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In This Issue

  • On Financial Overhaul, Collins Says Yes, Brown Ponders, and Frank Stews
  • Democrats One Vote Short on Jobless Benefits Bill in Senate
  • Petraeus Confirmed to Lead U.S. Forces in Afghanistan
  • Kagan Filibuster 'Highly Improbable,' Senate GOP Whip Says
  • Ruling Keeps Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Plan Alive
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Today in Washington

The House considers various bills under suspension of the rules; may consider conference report on financial regulatory overhaul.

The Senate confirms Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to command U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The President meets with senior advisers; travels to Racine, Wis., for a town hall meeting on the economy.

In Washington, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film and the Foundation for the National Archives present the winners of the 2010 Student Academy Award. 7 p.m., National Archives Building, Constitution Ave. and 7th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

On Financial Overhaul, Collins Says Yes, Brown Ponders, and Frank Stews

As one key Senate Republican endorsed the newly revised financial regulatory overhaul bill Wednesday, House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank said he was "puzzled" by the tepid response of another GOP member whose vote is being courted. [Read More]

Democrats One Vote Short on Jobless Benefits Bill in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that Democrats are one vote short of the 60 they need to advance an extension of federal unemployment benefits. [Read More]

Petraeus Confirmed to Lead U.S. Forces in Afghanistan

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to be commander of forces in Afghanistan. The vote was 99-0. [Read More]

Kagan Filibuster 'Highly Improbable,' Senate GOP Whip Says

Senate Judiciary Republicans criticized answers offered by Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan at her confirmation hearing Wednesday, but signaled they are not inclined to try to filibuster the nomination on the Senate floor. [Read More]

Ruling Keeps Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Plan Alive

The Obama administration's plan to kill the planned nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada had a setback this week when a judicial panel ruled the Energy Department has no legal authority to withdraw a construction application. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Biden Heads To Ohio As Poll Shows Tight Senate Race: Vice President Joseph. R. Biden Jr. has his work cut out for him today in Cleveland, where he's campaigning and appearing at a fundraiser for the Democrats' Senate candidate, Lee Fisher. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows neither Fisher nor Republican Rob Portman has an edge among undecided voters -- 42 percent of those surveyed favor Fisher, 40 percent prefer Portm and and 17 percent haven't made up their minds.

NRCC Adds 16 To 'Young Gun' Ranks: If you're a Republican running for Congress, you want to be on the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns" list of promising candidates. Getting on the list shows donors that Washington takes your campaign seriously, and that you've built waht political professionals see as a potentially winning campaign infrastructure. The NRCC added 16 more candidates to the list today.

Perriello's First Campaign Ad As Incumbent: Just guessing here, but freshman Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va., may be the first candidate of the season to smear his face with dust and dump coffee on his shirt for a campaign ad. The commercials airing in the 5th District's Richmond and Charlottesville markets are aimed at illustrating a first-term House member working to generate farm, factory, police department and landfill jobs. "No one will work harder to bring jobs to Virginia," he says in the spot.

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

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, June 29, 2010 2:10 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Financial Regulations Bill May Face Further Negotiations
  • Petraeus Defends July 2011 Target to Start U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan
  • House Democrats Plan Split Vote on War Supplemental
  • Top Panel Republican Not Satisfied With Kagan's Responses on Military Recruitment
  • House To Vote on Extension of Unemployment Benefits
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Today in Washington

The House considers various bills under suspension of the rules, including measures to extend unemployment benefits and the closing date for purchases qualifying for the homebuyer's tax credit.

The Senate debates whether to consider a bill designed to promote greater lending to small businesses.

The President meets with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke; meets with a bipartisan group of senators regarding energy legislation; receives briefing on the BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico; meets with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia; meets with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

In Washington, Premier of documentary film, "Bhutto," with opening remarks by Sanam Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto's sister and only living sibling; Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States; and Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Post-screening discussion hosted by PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff. 7 p.m., National Geographic Society, 1600 M Street N.W.

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Top Stories

Financial Regulations Bill May Face Further Negotiations

The timing of final action on a comprehensive financial services overhaul remained uncertain Tuesday as House leaders waited for a green light from the Senate and a key GOP senator said he would not support the current version of the bill. [Read More]

Petraeus Defends July 2011 Target to Start U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus reaffirmed his support of a timeline for beginning a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, standing firm behind President Obama's policy at his confirmation hearing Tuesday. [Read More]

House Democrats Plan Split Vote on War Supplemental

House Republican leaders made it clear Tuesday that they won't support a supplemental spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan if it includes billions of dollars in added domestic spending. [Read More]

Top Panel Republican Not Satisfied With Kagan's Responses on Military Recruitment

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he was not swayed by Elena Kagan's defense of her military recruitment policy as dean of the Harvard Law School and was "more troubled by the nomination today than I was yesterday." [Read More]

House To Vote on Extension of Unemployment Benefits

The House was expected to vote later Tuesday or Wednesday on a bill to revive and extend expanded unemployment benefits that expired at the end of May. But concerns about the cost could sink the measure. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Chamber of Commerce Endorses Minnick: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce praised Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick in an announcement on Tuesday morning. The endorsement by the chamber, which is generally viewed as a more Republican friendly organization, will only help boost Minnick's claim of being one of the most conservative Democrats in the House.

Angle Appearance Gives Nev. Show a National Profile: Nevada Senate nominee Sharron Angle has been criticized a lot for avoiding interviews with anyone without a proven conserative pedigree. Today, she steps outside of her comfort zone. The Republican is scheduled to appear with Las Vegas Sun columnist Jon Ralston on his "Face To Face" TV show, and the interview is getting a national media buildup.

Poll Says Kasich Isn't Catching Strickland In Ohio: Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, continues to have a re-election edge over Republican challenger John Kasich, according to a survey conducted June 22-17 by Quinnipiac University.

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

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Monday, June 28, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, June 28, 2010

In This Issue

  • Manchin Likely to Appoint Placeholder
  • Senate Leaders Plan to Press Ahead on Financial Regulation
  • Second Amendment Questions Anticipated at Kagan Hearing
  • Obama's Veto Threat on Defense Authorization Questioned by Levin
  • FAA Negotiators Need More Time
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Today in Washington

The House convenes at 2 p.m. and considers a number of items under suspension of the rules, including bills on special-education teachers and Secret Service pay.

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. and resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to small-business lending legislation. This afternoon, the chamber will proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of Gary Scott Feinerman to be a U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

The President received daily briefings; meets with senior advisers this afternoon.

In Washington, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosts "The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship 20th Anniversary Summit" conference. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 6th Floor Auditorium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Manchin Likely to Appoint Placeholder

West Virginia's Democratic governor, Joe Manchin III, will appoint a replacement to fill the Senate seat of the late Robert C. Byrd. Manchin has said he won't appoint himself to the seat, but he is viewed as likely to choose a caretaker who would serve through 2012, when the governor could then run for Senate. [Read More]

Senate Leaders Plan to Press Ahead on Financial Regulation

Senate Democratic leaders are pressing ahead with plans for floor action on the final version of legislation to overhaul the financial services industry, despite a likely Republican filibuster and Monday's death of West Virginia Democrat Robert C. Byrd. [Read More]

Second Amendment Questions Anticipated at Kagan Hearing

As Elena Kagan's confirmation got under way on Monday, the top Senate Judiciary Committee Republican praised the Supreme Court nominee's talents, but said he had "serious concerns" about her. [Read More]

Obama's Veto Threat on Defense Authorization Questioned by Levin

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin cast doubt Monday on whether President Obama would follow through on his threat to veto a defense authorization bill and said only the crowded Senate calendar could slow the legislation. [Read More]

FAA Negotiators Need More Time

With a one-month extension of aviation programs set to move in Congress this week, lawmakers negotiating the long-term authorization bill are signaling that they need more time to work on outstanding issues, including a contentious dispute over labor laws. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Court Ruling Could Make 2nd Amendment Greater Campaign Issue: The Supreme Court today issued a 5-4 ruling on gun ownership rights that's bound to become fuel for both Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings, which begin today, and for this fall's House and Senate elections.

House Candidate Flinn: 'I Can't Get Elected' In Home District: The Jackson Sun reports on an extraordinary bit of candor from one of the candidates in Tennessee's Aug. 5 Republican primary: House candidate George Flinn says he isn't running in the district where he lives because "It's a Democratic district. I just can't get elected."

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

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