Friday, September 17, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, September 17, 2010

In This Issue

  • Obama Avoids Confirmation Battle in Appointing Warren as 'Special Adviser'
  • Industry Looks for Another Angle for Fight Over Greenhouse Gas Rules
  • Sen. Coburn Blamed for Holding Up Food Safety Measure
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate is not in session.

The President receives daily briefing; makes announcement to the media.

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Top Stories

Obama Avoids Confirmation Battle in Appointing Warren as 'Special Adviser'

President Obama's appointment of consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren to a new post in his administration on Friday spares the White House from an uphill confirmation battle in the Senate, but raises many questions that could muddy the launch of a new financial consumer protection bureau. [Read More]

Industry Looks for Another Angle for Fight Over Greenhouse Gas Rules

Coal industry supporters are weighing new lines of attack on the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions after Senate Democrats eliminated one likely vehicle by canceling a markup of the agency's annual spending bill. [Read More]

Sen. Coburn Blamed for Holding Up Food Safety Measure

Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will not take up food safety legislation before the Nov. 2 elections, citing a Republican senator's objections. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Sen. Murray Ahead in Fourth Straight Poll: Four consecutive polls, including a survey released recently by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, have shown Washington Sen. Patty Murray ahead of Republican Dino Rossi. All four also found the Washington Democrat taking at least 50 percent of the vote, a key metric for incumbents.

Poll Says Murphy Has Large Lead Over Gibson: Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy would easily defeat Republican challenger Chris Gibson if the election in upstate New York's 20th district were held today, according to a Siena College Research Institute poll released Friday morning.

'I Know What It Takes To Compete Against Rahm,' Jackson Jr. Says: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. may not be ready to announce whether he will run for Chicago mayor, but he is already talking tough about taking on another potential candidate -- Rahm Emanuel.

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

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, September 16, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senator Takes Another Shot at Moving a 'Tax Extenders' Package
  • Boehner Calls for Action on Bush-era Tax Cuts Before Election
  • Small-Business Lending Bill Passes in Senate
  • Reid: Food Safety Bill Is on Hold
  • New White House Budget Chief Must Be Confirmed Soon, Senator Says
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Today in Washington

The House considers legislation on a loan program for home energy-efficiency upgrades.

The Senate passed a small-business lending bill.

The President delivers remarks at the Presidents Export Council meeting; has lunch with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; participates in a credentialing ceremony for U.S. ambassadors; meets with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Reps. Nydia M. Velázquez, D-N.Y., and Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill.; makes an announcement on the "Educate to Innovate" initiative; travels to New York en route to Stamford, Conn., for an event in support of Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal; attends a Democratic National Committee event a private residence; returns to Washington.

In Washington, Big Kenny of the country music duo Big & Rich performs at the UN Foundation's global premiere of "A New Picture of Health," a film about the impact of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. National Geographic Society, 1145 17th Street N.W.

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Top Stories

Senator Takes Another Shot at Moving a 'Tax Extenders' Package

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus is trying yet again to move legislation that would extend a variety of business and individual tax provisions that expired at the end of 2009. [Read More]

Boehner Calls for Action on Bush-era Tax Cuts Before Election

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner is prodding Democrats to act before Election Day on expiring Bush-era tax cuts, saying uncertainty is hurting small businesses. [Read More]

Small-Business Lending Bill Passes in Senate

The Senate on Thursday passed a small-business lending bill that the House is expected to clear as early as next week. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law quickly. [Read More]

Reid: Food Safety Bill Is on Hold

Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday the Senate will not take up long-pending food safety legislation before the Nov. 2 elections, citing a Republican senator's objections. [Read More]

New White House Budget Chief Must Be Confirmed Soon, Senator Says

The Senate should confirm the new White House budget director before the chamber leaves for its October recess, a key lawmaker said. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Club for Growth Makes $1.5 Million Play in Five States: The Club for Growth is dropping $1.5 million in television ad buys in five states to support conservative Senate candidates and paint their respective rivals as out of touch with the financial plight of average Americans.

Boozman Up 17 Points on Lincoln in Ark. Poll: Republican John Boozman holds a commanding 17 percentage-point lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln, according to a new poll commissioned by the Arkansas News Bureau.

NRCC to Add 18 New Young Guns: The National Republican Congressional Committee will expand its Young Guns list of top recruits for a sixth time Thursday as Republicans try again to expand the House playing field with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day.

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

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, September 15, 2010

In This Issue

  • Democratic Leader Says There Is Room for Negotiation on Tax Cuts
  • Tea Partiers Have Potential to Drive Debate on Capitol Hill, Boehner Says
  • Pipeline Safety Proposal Arrives as Hearing Begins on Mich. Spill
  • Democrat Shops Immigration Bill With 'Plenty of Republican Ideas'
  • White House Won't Resubmit Nominee for Tax-Law Position
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Today in Washington

The House considers several minor bills and resolutions under suspension of the rules.

The Senate continues consideration of small-business legislation.

The President meets with Army Gen. Ray Odierno; holds a Cabinet meeting; meets with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif.; speaks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual awards gala.

In Washington, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner meet with business leaders to discuss export promotion, economic growth, trade, industry trends and jobs. 5:30 p.m., Treasury Department, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Democratic Leader Says There Is Room for Negotiation on Tax Cuts

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer is leaving open plenty of room for negotiations with Republicans and moderate Democrats on the extension of expiring tax cuts. [Read More]

Tea Partiers Have Potential to Drive Debate on Capitol Hill, Boehner Says

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner said Wednesday he expects tea party activists to play an influential role in shaping next year's legislative agenda. [Read More]

Pipeline Safety Proposal Arrives as Hearing Begins on Mich. Spill

The Obama administration proposed legislation on Wednesday to strengthen oversight of pipelines, just moments before a House hearing into a large pipeline oil spill in Michigan was slated to begin. [Read More]

Democrat Shops Immigration Bill With 'Plenty of Republican Ideas'

Though prospects for passing a comprehensive immigration bill this year appear remote, Sen. Robert Menendez says he will introduce broad legislation in the coming weeks that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented residents and an overhaul of enforcement measures. [Read More]

White House Won't Resubmit Nominee for Tax-Law Position

The Obama administration has decided to pull back its nominee to head the Justice Department's Tax Division, a White House official confirmed Wednesday. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Senate Race Gets Nastier in Nevada: Republican Sharron Angle launched a new TV ad on Wednesday that hits Democratic Sen. Harry Reid on the issue of illegal immigration. Meanwhile, Reid dropped an ad Monday attacking Angle for voting "to prevent restraining orders from other states from being enforced in Nevada."

Poll Says Toomey Widens Lead in Pa. Senate Race: GOP hopeful Pat Toomey holds an 8-point lead over Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak in the battle for Pennsylvania's open Senate seat, according to polling released Wednesday morning by Rasmussen Reports.

Challenger Says Rep. Spratt Has Lost His Way: Mick Mulvaney, the Republican candidate in South Carolina's 5th district House race, is working hard to convince voters that incumbent Democrat John Spratt is a man who has been changed by his 14 terms in Washington.

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

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Rejects Efforts to Modify '1099 Provision' for Small Businesses
  • Senators Ask Medicare Agency Nominee to Request His Own Hearing
  • Industry Urges Appropriators to Delay EPA Climate Regulations
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Today in Washington

The House considers several measures under suspension of the rules, including a bill on Navy aircraft contracts.

The Senate holds several procedural votes related to a small-business bill, including action on two amendments intended to reduce tax-paperwork requirements for small businesses.

The President meets with senior advisers and receives briefings; travels to Philadelphia to make a back-to-school speech at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School; returns to Washington.

In Washington, the Animal Health Institute hosts its annual Celebrity Pet Night on Capitol Hill with George and Charlie, four-legged stars from the movies "Marmaduke" and "Little Fockers." 5 p.m., Cannon Caucus Room, Cannon Bldg.

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Top Stories

Senate Rejects Efforts to Modify '1099 Provision' for Small Businesses

The Senate on Tuesday rejected two different proposals to eliminate or reduce the burden associated with a tax-compliance reporting requirement in this year's health care law. [Read More]

Senators Ask Medicare Agency Nominee to Request His Own Hearing

Republicans are trying a new tactic to bring the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in front of the Senate Finance Committee: They're asking him to request the hearing himself. [Read More]

Industry Urges Appropriators to Delay EPA Climate Regulations

Two dozen industry groups are calling on congressional appropriators to suspend the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

DCCC Shrinks Ad Reservation in Northeast Pennsylvania: Democratic Reps. Christopher Carney and Paul Kanjorski will see a little less air cover from the national party in the final weeks of the campaign than originally expected.

New Poll Shows Connecticut Senate Race Tightening: As much of the nation focuses on Tuesday's primaries in Delaware and elsewhere across the Northeast, the Connecticut Senate race pitting former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon against state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is becoming far more competitive than expected.

South Dakota: Herseth Sandlin, Noem Post New TV Ads: Two new spots joined the flurry of TV ads in the hotly-contested South Dakota House race that pits Republican state Rep. Kristi Noem against Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.

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

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Monday, September 13, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, September 13, 2010

In This Issue

  • Boehner's Comments on Tax Proposals Draw Cool GOP Response
  • Governors Renew Lobbying Push for Renewable Energy Standard
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate considers the nomination of Jane Stranch to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit.

The President delivered remarks at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Reception; met with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan; later today holds a discussion on the economy; meets with senior advisers and then with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates; delivers remarks to NCAA Champion Student Athletes.

In Washington, the 2010 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute holds its Public Policy Conference. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Boehner's Comments on Tax Proposals Draw Cool GOP Response

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor put some distance between himself and comments made Sunday by Minority Leader John A. Boehner , saying that raising taxes is a "non-starter" for him. [Read More]

Governors Renew Lobbying Push for Renewable Energy Standard

Kicking off another round of pressure for Senate action, a bipartisan group of governors on Monday joined growing calls for passage of energy legislation that would include a first-time federal renewable energy standard. [Read More]
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CQ Politics: The Eye

Childers Hits Nunnelee Again on Tax Record: It's going to be like this until Election Day in Mississippi's hotly contested 1st district.

Clinton, Biden Campaign for Sestak: Pennsylvania Senate candidate Joe Sestak is looking for help from political heavyweights this week in the House Democrat's latest effort to come out from behind his Republican challenger, former Rep. Pat Toomey.

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

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