Friday, July 16, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, July 16, 2010

In This Issue

  • Manchin Taps Goodwin for Byrd's Senate Seat
  • Boehner Calls for Regulations Freeze That Could Affect Health, Financial Legislation
  • D.C. Airport Proposal Hangs Up FAA Reauthorization
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President is in Bar Harbor, Maine, with his family for the weekend.

In Washington, The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community holds its annual convention and will address questions including "Are Muslims required to obey non-Muslim Governments?" and others. Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va.

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Top Stories

Manchin Taps Goodwin for Byrd's Senate Seat

West Virginia Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin III tapped Carte Goodwin, his former general counsel, to temporarily fill the Senate seat of the late Robert C. Byrd, giving Democrats the possibility of 59 votes. [Read More]

Boehner Calls for Regulations Freeze That Could Affect Health, Financial Legislation

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner on Friday endorsed a one-year moratorium on almost all new federal regulations, an idea he said would create jobs by ending uncertainty among businesses fearful of new federal mandates. [Read More]

D.C. Airport Proposal Hangs Up FAA Reauthorization

As lawmakers scramble to finish an agreement on a major aviation bill, a Republican proposal to expand long-distance flights at Washington's closest airport is proving to be a significant speed bump. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

New Quinnipiac Poll Shows Blumenthal Maintains Wide Lead: Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) led former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R), 54 percent to 37 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll in the state's Senate race released Friday.

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

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, July 15, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Speeds Toward Final Action on Financial Regulatory Overhaul
  • GOP Jeers as Pelosi Downplays Tensions With White House
  • Compromise NASA Bill Advances in Senate
  • Child Nutrition Legislation Gets a Boost in House Panel
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Today in Washington

The House considers a reauthorization of the federal flood insurance program.

The Senate is poised to send President Obama a comprehensive financial services regulatory overhaul.

The President meets with senior advisers, then travels to Holland, Mich., to attend groundbreaking ceremonies at a power plant.

In Washington, Project GOAL (Get Older Adults onLine) hosts a conference on the importance of broadband for older Americans. Speakers: John Horrigan, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer Research; Dr. Mohit Kaushal, Federal Communications Commission; Mary Madden, Pew Internet Trust and American Life Project; Bill Paschall, AT&T; Kathy Brown, Verizon; Alice Borrelli, Intel; Jonathan Seliger, InTouchLink; Richard Adler, People and Technology; Tom Kamber, OATS. 4:30 p.m., NCTA Conference Facility, 25 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Suite 100.

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Top Stories

Senate Speeds Toward Final Action on Financial Regulatory Overhaul

A comprehensive financial regulatory overhaul moved a giant step closer to enactment Thursday, as the Senate voted to limit debate on the measure. The legislation was expected to reach President Obama's desk by late afternoon. [Read More]

GOP Jeers as Pelosi Downplays Tensions With White House

Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted Thursday that simmering political discord between some House Democrats and the White House won't derail the party's agenda for the rest of this year. But Republican Leader John A. Boehner scoffed, saying that Congress has been largely paralyzed for months. [Read More]

Compromise NASA Bill Advances in Senate

Legislation that moves a few steps toward President Obama's proposal for the U.S. manned space program was approved Thursday by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. [Read More]

Child Nutrition Legislation Gets a Boost in House Panel

A child nutrition bill that would increase spending on food programs for infants and youth by $8 billion over a decade advanced out of a House committee Thursday, although members did not make any headway on paying for the bill. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

GOP's Keown on Par with Rep. Bishop in 2nd Quarter Fundraising: Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., outraised his likely general election challenger by just $28 from April through June. State Rep. Mike Keown (R) also wasn't in too bad of shape in terms of cash on hand, considering the fact that he's up against a nine-term congressman. Keown had about $238,000 in the bank at the end of June compared to $405,000 for Bishop. Keown is favored in the three-way Republican primary looming on Tuesday.

State Sen. Nunnelee Wins The Quarter, Rep. Childers Tops in Cash: Mississippi state Sen. Alan Nunnelee (R) outraised freshman Rep. Travis Childers (D) in the second quarter by pulling in $312,000 to the Congressman's $277,000. But Childers ended June with a nearly four-to-one cash on hand advantage over his challenger. The congressman had $903,000 in the bank at the end of June to about $230,000 for Nunnelee. The 1st District race is currently rated a tossup.

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

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Bill Would Give 'Clean' Coal $20 Billion Boost
  • GAO Says Airline Fees Are Escaping Taxation
  • Sens. Kyl, Lincoln Maneuver to Advance Estate Tax Proposal
  • Republicans Call for Berwick to Appear at Health Care Hearings
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Today in Washington

The House considers minor bills under suspension of the rules.

The Senate marks time with floor speeches and quorum calls.

The President meets with senior advisers; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., lunches with senators; attends meeting on cybersecurity; meets with former President Bill Clinton and group of business leaders to discuss job creation; meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; meets with top House Democrats on legislative agenda.

In Washington, former President Bill Clinton and Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., are among those attending a reception marking 15 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam. 7 p.m., Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Park Rd. Washington.

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Top Stories

Senate Bill Would Give 'Clean' Coal $20 Billion Boost

Two Senate moderates are eyeing an upcoming energy bill to provide a significant funding stream for "clean" coal technology. [Read More]

GAO Says Airline Fees Are Escaping Taxation

The federal government could have collected about $186 million in additional excise taxes just on checked baggage fees last year if those fees had been subject to the current ticket tax, according to a report released Wednesday. [Read More]

Sens. Kyl, Lincoln Maneuver to Advance Estate Tax Proposal

Senators seeking to advance a new, less onerous estate tax to replace the version that expired last year hope to attach their proposal to a small-business lending bill awaiting Senate action. [Read More]

Republicans Call for Berwick to Appear at Health Care Hearings

House Ways and Means Committee Republicans asked panel Chairman Sander M. Levin to schedule a hearing with the newly installed head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services so they can grill him on his views and plans for implementing the health care overhaul law. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Harris Posts Strong Quarter In Maryland's 1st District: State Sen. Andy Harris (R) raked in over $371,000 during from April 1 to June 30, his best fundraising quarter of the cycle as he makes his second run at Maryland's 1st District. Harris had about $897,000 on hand. He will face off against wealthy businessman Rob Fisher, who has yet to file his second quarter report, in a September GOP primary. Democrat Frank Kratovil, who captured the seat in 2008, had $1.3 million on hand at the end of June.

Quinnipiac Poll Shows Sestak Even With Toomey: Pennsylvanians voters are evenly divided about who they want to replace party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter, according to a Quinnipiac University poll taken July 6-11. Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic candidate, and former Rep. Patrick Toomey, the Republican, are now tied at 43 percent each, with 12 percent undecided. Toomey led Sestak by 8 points three months ago.

Attack Ad Puts Feingold Foe On Defensive Over Great Lakes Drilling: Being an "outsider" candidate is an appealing concept this year. But there's a drawback to running for a big office without first getting some experience in politics, as a Senate candidate is learning in Wisconsin. Republican Ron Johnson, who wants to oust Democrat Russ Feingold, gave Feingold the fuel for an attack ad when he was asked whether he would support drilling in Alaska and the Great Lakes. Johnson gave a long reply and had the chance to rule out any local drilling, but he didn't. The Johnson campaign later issued a statement opposing Great Lakes drilling.

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

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Democrats Seal 60th Vote for Financial Regulatory Overhaul
  • Obama Taps Lew for Second Stint as OMB Director
  • Senators Add Their Findings to FDA's Review of Diabetes Drug Avandia
  • Judiciary Committee Vote on Kagan Nomination Delayed Until Next Week
  • Senate Chairman Calls for Action Against Militant Group in Pakistan
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Today in Washington

The House considers minor bills under suspension of the rules.

The Senate may resume consideration of a small-business lending bill; may begin consideration of the conference report on financial regulatory overhaul.

The President meets with Senate Democratic leadership team to discuss agenda; lunches with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates; makes remarks on National HIV/AIDS strategy at a reception to honor the work of the HIV/AIDS community.

In Washington, Steve Mentz, author of "At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean" and curator of the Folger exhibition "Lost at Sea," discusses the role of the ocean in Shakespeare's plays. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street S.E.

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Top Stories

Senate Democrats Seal 60th Vote for Financial Regulatory Overhaul

Democratic leaders cemented the 60 votes they will need to finalize the financial services overhaul legislation Tuesday, as Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson said he would vote for the conference report. [Read More]

Obama Taps Lew for Second Stint as OMB Director

President Obama announced Tuesday he will nominate Jacob J. Lew to be the next White House budget director, a position Lew held during the Clinton administration. [Read More]

Senators Add Their Findings to FDA's Review of Diabetes Drug Avandia

As the Food and Drug Administration opened a two-day hearing Tuesday on the safety of GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug Avandia, leaders of the Senate Finance Committee sent findings from their own inquiry indicating the company withheld studies from regulators showing the drug's potential heart risks. [Read More]

Judiciary Committee Vote on Kagan Nomination Delayed Until Next Week

As expected, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed consideration of Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court at Republicans' request Tuesday, setting up a July 20 vote. [Read More]

Senate Chairman Calls for Action Against Militant Group in Pakistan

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., on Tuesday called for military action and diplomatic pressure against a militant group based in Pakistan that is responsible for numerous deadly attacks inside Afghanistan. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Rep. Markey, D-Colo., Has Almost Double The Money of Challenger: State Rep. Cory Gardner, the highly touted GOP recruit running in Colorado's battleground 4th district, raised more $377,000 during the second quarter. His campaign says that Gardner now has nearly $763,000 in the bank for his bid against freshman Rep. Betsy Markey (D), whom national Republicans view as a top target in the traditionally Republican district. Still, Markey's campaign had about $1.5 million in the bank at the end of the quarter.

Georgia GOP Sen. Isakson Dominates Money Chase: With nearly $5 million in the bank, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) holds a Goliath-sized advantage over Democratic challenger Michael Thurmond, the Georgia labor commissioner. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Isakson has raised almost $7.5 million, while Thurmond's barely cracked into six figures, raising almost $116,900. Thurmond's primary challenger, R.J. Hadley, hasn't released his fundriasing numbers yet, though he did tell the newspaper he raised less than the others.

New Poll Shows Republican Fiorina Edging Calif. Sen. Boxer: Keep an eye on Republican Carly Fiorina in California. Another poll shows the Senate challenger statistically tied with Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, and this time the incumbent doesn't have the solace of being a hair ahead. Survey USA has Fiorina with 47 percent to 45 percent for Boxer, with 8 percent undecided or favoring some other candidate.

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

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Monday, July 12, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, July 12, 2010

In This Issue

  • Brown Expresses Support for Financial System Overhaul
  • Grim Outlook Expected in Midyear Budget Review
  • Democrats Push FCC to Set More Ambitious Broadband Goals
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is expected to vote on a judicial nomination.

The President meets with Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez.

In Washington, Federal Reserve board member Elizabeth Duke speaks at a forum titled "Addressing the Financing Needs of Small Businesses." 5:15 p.m., William McChesney Martin Federal Reserve Board Building

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Top Stories

Brown Expresses Support for Financial System Overhaul

Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., indicated Monday that he expects to support a House-passed conference agreement on overhauling the financial regulatory system, bringing Democratic leaders a step closer to the supermajority they need to get the measure to the president's desk. [Read More]

Grim Outlook Expected in Midyear Budget Review

The Obama administration's upcoming midyear assessment of the federal budget and the economy may be bleaker than anticipated given the slow progress of recovery from the recession. [Read More]

Democrats Push FCC to Set More Ambitious Broadband Goals

Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee have signaled that goals set by the Federal Communications Commission for fostering broadband access are too ­modest. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

South Dakota Donors, Thune Won't Be Calling On You After All: You may not see another story like this for a long, long time. A politician running for re-election has decided to give his state's circle of well-heeled party contributors a break by not asking them for money to help him keep his job.

Capito On West Virginia Senate Run: Not Scared, Just Not Sure Yet: Rep. Shelly Moore Capito isn't sure about giving up her safe seat in the House to run for the Senate seat of the late Robert C. Byrd, but has decided this much: She won't drag out her decision-making.

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

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