Friday, July 23, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, July 23, 2010

In This Issue

  • Slimmer Version of Spending Bill Prevails
  • Prospects Shrink for Broad Energy Bill This Year
  • Tennessee's Alexander Joins List of Kagan Opponents
  • New W.Va. Senator Gets His Committee Positions
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President receives briefings and meets with advisers.

In Washington, a retirement ceremony honoring Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal will be held at 6 p.m. on the parade field at Fort McNair in Southwest Washington. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will deliver remarks.

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Top Stories

Slimmer Version of Spending Bill Prevails

The Senate has sent a $58.8 billion fiscal 2010 supplemental spending bill back to the House in hopes of putting the long-delayed measure on the path to final passage. [Read More]

Prospects Shrink for Broad Energy Bill This Year

Postponement of the Senate's much-anticipated energy debate is raising new doubts about prospects for climate change legislation, and about the ability of this Congress to complete energy provisions that have much broader support. [Read More]

Tennessee's Alexander Joins List of Kagan Opponents

Lamar Alexander on Friday became the 21st Senate Republican to announce plans to vote against Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination. [Read More]

New W.Va. Senator Gets His Committee Positions

The Senate's newest senator, West Virginia Democrat Carte P. Goodwin , has been given positions on the Armed Services, Budget and Rules and Administration committees left open by the death last month of his predecessor, Robert C. Byrd. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Wrestling Scenes Used Against McMahon: The state Democratic Party in Connecticut is pushing an Internet-focused campaign against Republican Linda McMahon that uses video snippets of scenes from the World Wrestling Entertainment empire that made McMahon wealthy. The scenes? Well, you can guess they don't exactly flatter those involved.

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

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, July 22, 2010

In This Issue

  • House Sends Unemployment Benefits Extension to Obama
  • Pelosi Says House Will Follow Senate's Lead on Bush-Era Tax Cuts
  • House Votes to Extend Program of Background Checks
  • Congress Renews Ban on Imports From Myanmar
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Today in Washington

The House clears a bill extending through Nov. 30 eligibility for expanded unemployment benefits that lapsed last month.

The Senate clears one-year renewal of a ban on imports from Myanmar over alleged human rights abuses by its military government; resumes consideration of a package of tax breaks for small businesses.

The President meets with advisers; signs legislation that aims to prevent improper federal payments to contractors and others; meets with Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, and Christopher Hill, U.S. ambassador to Iraq; meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.

In Washington, the National League of POW/MIA Families opens its three-day annual meeting, with dinner and candlelight ceremony. 7 p.m., Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va.

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Top Stories

House Sends Unemployment Benefits Extension to Obama

Ending months of partisan wrangling, the House on Thursday sent President Obama an extension of unemployment benefits for jobless workers who have exhausted their regular six months of benefits. [Read More]

Pelosi Says House Will Follow Senate's Lead on Bush-Era Tax Cuts

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and other House leaders said Thursday they would take their lead from the Senate on the makeup and duration of an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts that expire at the end of the year. [Read More]

House Votes to Extend Program of Background Checks

Legislation to extend a pilot program that allows youth-serving organizations to obtain criminal background checks on volunteers and employees was passed by the House Thursday. [Read More]

Congress Renews Ban on Imports From Myanmar

Acting with rare bipartisan accord, the Senate on Thursday sent President Obama legislation to extend a ban on imports from Myanmar. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Raese Enters West Virginia Senate Race: Wealthy Businessman John Raese announced Thursday he would run in the November special election to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd's term, becoming the first Republican to enter the contest.

NRSC Will Let W.Va. Primary Take Its Course: The National Republican Senatorial Committee's involvement in the GOP primary in West Virginia will likely be limited to candidate recruiting, says NRSC Chairman John Cornyn.

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

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, July 21, 2010

In This Issue

  • General Prods Senate To Fund Full Budget Request for Iraq's Security Forces
  • Black Caucus Urges Reinstatement of Fired Agriculture Official
  • House Seeks To Promote Better Offshore Drilling Procedures
  • Lending Fund Will Be Offered as Amendment to Small-Business Bill
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Today in Washington

The House considers various bills, including a suspension of tariffs on hundreds of imports needed by U.S. manufacturers and a pair of oil spill research measures.

The Senate votes on an extension of unemployment benefits through Nov. 30.

The President signs the financial services regulatory overhaul bill; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., lunches with House members; meets with senior advisers; receives briefing on BP oil spill.

In Washington, the 5th annual National Conference — which brings together researchers, experts, nonprofit leaders, legislators and other officials to discuss the needs of the nation's youth — meets for panel discussions and a dinner gala. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is among the speakers. Panels at the Congressional Auditorium at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center; dinner gala at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.

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Top Stories

General Prods Senate To Fund Full Budget Request for Iraq's Security Forces

The general nominated to take over U.S. Joint Forces Command said Wednesday he opposes a Senate panel's decision to authorize $1 billion less than requested for Iraqi security forces in the next fiscal year. [Read More]

Black Caucus Urges Reinstatement of Fired Agriculture Official

The Congressional Black Caucus says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack should immediately reinstate a black department employee whom he fired Monday because of a video in which she appeared to admit that she withheld assistance from a white farmer. [Read More]

House Seeks To Promote Better Offshore Drilling Procedures

As part of the continuing legislative reaction to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the House passed a pair of bills Wednesday to promote safer deep-water drilling technologies and provide better cleanup responses for future spills. [Read More]

Lending Fund Will Be Offered as Amendment to Small-Business Bill

Senate Democrats will strip a $30 billion lending fund from a small-business bill this week, then add it back next week as an amendment, according to one of the fund's main champions. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Capito to Forgo West Virginia Senate Run: West Virginia GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito announced Wednesday that she will not run in the special election to finish the term of late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. Instead, Capito says she will focus on winning re-election to the House.

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

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:02 p.m.

In This Issue

  • Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Kagan Nomination
  • House Partisans Play the Blame Game on Gulf Oil Spill
  • Broadcasters Wary of Spectrum Auction Plans
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Today in Washington

The House considers various bills under suspension of the rules, including legislation to streamline the process of national criminal history background checks for those who work with children.

The Senate votes on limiting debate on an extension of unemployment benefits.

The President meets with senior advisers; meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron and later holds joint press conference with him.

In Washington, the National Council on Independent Living, others, host a gala celebrating the 20th anniversary of enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 7-11 p.m., Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Kagan Nomination

With the support of a single Republican, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. The full Senate is expected to confirm her before starting its August recess. [Read More]

House Partisans Play the Blame Game on Gulf Oil Spill

House Democrats and Republicans traded blame Tuesday for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, at a hearing that featured Interior secretaries from the Bush and Obama administrations. [Read More]

Broadcasters Wary of Spectrum Auction Plans

As lawmakers and administration officials wrestle with federal spectrum policies, television broadcasters are warning that the administration's plans for reallocating spectrum to foster broadband Internet access could harm the quality of their medium. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

West Virginia Gov. Manchin To Seek Byrd's Senate Seat: West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (D) announced Tuesday that he will run in this fall's special election to replace the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D). Manchin's announcement, which came less than a day after he signed legislation teeing up the special election for November, was no surprise. The Democrat will likely enjoy a clear field in his party's primary, scheduled for Aug. 28, and has a strong chance of winning the Nov. 2 general election. All eyes now turn to Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who under the special election law is eligible to run both for another House term and the open Senate seat.

For Democrats, a Generic Lead: For the first time since March, when Gallup began tracking voter preferences on a generic ballot of Republicans vs. Democrats, Democrats are winning, 49 to 43 percent. Republicans still lead among independent voters, and perhaps most significant of all, enthusiasm for voting in November is climbing among GOP voters. In the survey, 51 percent of Republicans said they were 'very enthusiastic' about voting, while for Democrats that number is just 28 percent.

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

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Monday, July 19, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, July 19, 2010

In This Issue

  • Spending Bill Will Not Have Money To Prevent Teacher Layoffs, Aide Says
  • Decision Time for Climate Provisions
  • Expiring Tax Cuts Portend a 'Rollicking' Autumn
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Today in Washington

The House considers several measures, including one on workforce investment.

The Senate debates a bill on a small-business lending fund.

The President makes a statement about the economy; receives daily briefings and meets with advisers; honors the 2009 WNBA champion, the Phoenix Mercury; meets with former Sen. John Glenn about space policy; attends a White House Music Series event saluting Broadway.

In Washington, the National Council for Independent Living begins its annual conference. The four-day event is titled, "20 Years of the ADA: The Fight Goes On!" Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Spending Bill Will Not Have Money To Prevent Teacher Layoffs, Aide Says

House Democratic leaders will accept the Senate's plan to pass a stripped-down supplemental spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while seeking another vehicle for money to prevent the layoffs of some 140,000 teachers, a well-informed House aide said Monday. [Read More]

Decision Time for Climate Provisions

It's a make-or-break week for environmental advocates and senators struggling to keep climate change provisions in the mix during a pre-recess energy debate. [Read More]

Expiring Tax Cuts Portend a 'Rollicking' Autumn

Less than six months before the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire, Democrats have yet to decide which to extend, when to move legislation and whether any changes they make should be permanent or temporary. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Greene Doesn't Exactly Wow Them in First Speech: South Carolina's mystery Senate candidate, Alvin Greene, earned mixed reviews in his first speech as the Democratic Party's nominee to challenge Republican Sen. Jim DeMint.

The Recovering Activist Caucus: According to a story by our sister site, Congress.org, at least 15 members of Congress previously worked as activists. The list includes Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who previously lobbied against aiding the Nicaraguan Contras; Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., who worked for the Center for the California Taxpayer; and Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va., who was active on human rights issues.

The Top 10 House Candidates Who Banked the Most in the 2nd Quarter: Call it an anti-incumbent mood or just frugal spending by new campaigns, but seven of the top 10 House candidates who banked the most money during the second quarter were challengers.

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

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