Tuesday, August 10, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, August 10, 2010

In This Issue

  • House Ready To Clear $26.1 Billion State Aid Package
  • Border Security Bill Heads Back to Senate for Final Action
  • Rangel to the House: 'I Am Not Going Away'
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Today in Washington

The House passes $600 million border security bill, returning it to the Senate; was expected to clear for President Obama a $26.1 billion package of aid to states for education and Medicaid.

The Senate is not in session. Reconvenes Sept. 13.

The President receives daily briefings; makes remarks on teacher jobs; participates in an ambassador credentialing ceremony; meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, the National Academies of Science open a two-day meeting on structural and operating safety of offshore wind-energy turbines. Keck Center, 500 5th Street N.W.

Note to Readers: The CQ Today Midday Update will publish next on Monday, Aug. 16.

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Top Stories

House Ready To Clear $26.1 Billion State Aid Package

The House was on its way toward clearing legislation Tuesday that would provide $26.1 billion in aid to states — the primary goal of the chamber's unusual one-day August session. [Read More]

Border Security Bill Heads Back to Senate for Final Action

Asserting its constitutional jurisdiction over revenue measures, the House passed its own version of a $600 million border security bill Tuesday that would be paid for through increased visa fees. [Read More]

Rangel to the House: 'I Am Not Going Away'

Embattled Rep. Charles B. Rangel took to the House floor Tuesday, declaring in an impassioned speech that he will not resign his seat despite facing a public ethics trial. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Raese Hires Dornan for W.Va. Senate Special: West Virginia Senate candidate John Raese, a Republican, has hired veteran GOP strategist Jim Dornan to serve as his campaign manager for what will be a condensed special election to serve out the unexpired term of the late Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Over a two-decade political career, Dornan has worked on House campaigns in Maryland, New York, Washington, Oklahoma, Hawaii and several other states. Raese is one of 10 candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the special election. The primary will take place Aug. 28.

Toomey Continues To Spend On TV: Republican Pat Toomey, who's been on TV continuously for more than a month, is out with a new ad in the battle for Pennsylvania's open Senate seat. The former congressman dedicates the first 10 seconds of the 30-second spot to attacking his Democratic opponent, Rep. Joe Sestak. The Toomey campaign, with more than $4.6 million in the bank at the end of last quarter (more than twice Sestak's total), has been running TV commercials since July 7, according to spokeswoman Nachama Soloveichik. The Sestak campaign, by contrast, has yet to run its first television ad.

GOP's Kirk Links Giannoulias' Bank to Saddam Hussein: In Illinois, the Republican Senate nominee, Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, is making a two-step connection between Saddam Hussein and Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias. Kirk accuses Broadway Bank (the shuttered institution run by Giannoulias' family) of giving a loan to an Iraqi businessman connected to Saddam Hussein, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "Come on, again, that's political smokescreens, trying to link me to Saddam Hussein. It's a Washington, DC guilt by association game," Giannoulias told Fox Chicago in an interview.

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

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Monday, August 09, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, August 09, 2010

In This Issue

  • House Leaders Expect State-Aid Bill To Pass
  • Ethics Committee Unveils Charges Against Rep. Waters
  • Senate Democrats, Republicans Still Differ on Spending Levels
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Today in Washington

The House convenes for a pro forma session.

The Senate has adjourned for the summer recess; reconvenes Sept. 13.

The President welcomes the NFL champion New Orleans Saints to the White House; flies to Texas for Democratic Party events in Austin and Dallas; returns to Washington.

In Washington, the five members of the National Transportation Safety Board meet the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to discuss the recently issued findings and safety recommendations related to the NTSB's accident investigation of the June 2009 Red Line collision of two WMATA trains. WMATA headquarters, 600 5th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

House Leaders Expect State-Aid Bill To Pass

House Democratic leaders are confident they will have the votes Tuesday to pass a $26.1 billion bill that would keep more than 140,000 teachers on the job and help states pay for medical care for the poor, leadership aides said Monday. [Read More]

Ethics Committee Unveils Charges Against Rep. Waters

The House ethics committee Monday released a 10-page statement of alleged violations by Maxine Waters , alleging that her chief of staff — who is also her grandson — took active steps to help secure federal support for a bank in which Waters and her husband held hundreds of thousands of dollars of shares. [Read More]

Senate Democrats, Republicans Still Differ on Spending Levels

Some top Senate Democrats say no final decision has been made about whether they will further reduce discretionary spending levels for fiscal 2011 to meet Senate GOP demands. But Republicans appear confident they will prevail. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

'Bag Drag' Earns Gripes From Texas Democrats: In advance of today's presidential trip to Texas, the Houston Chronicle's R.G. Ratcliffe chronicles the complaints of Democrats who see their party pulling more cash out of the state than comes back via campaign help.

Giannoulias Ad Calls Kirk Desperate: Less than a week after President Obama raised $1 million for him in Chicago, Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is airing an ad whacking his Republican opponent, Rep. Mark Steven Kirk.

Pawlenty Backs Changing 14th Amendment: In case you're keeping track of how the immigration debate is playing among Republicans who might want to challenge President Obama in two years, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty appeared on Bloomberg Television over the weekend and joined in on the call the amend the 14th Amendment.

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

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