Friday, September 24, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Friday, September 24, 2010

In This Issue

  • Bill on China's Currency Policy Heads to House Floor
  • House Democrats Consider Pre-Election Vote to Extend Middle-Class Tax Cuts
  • Senate Democrats Tee Up Jobs Debate
  • Presidential Transition Measure Passes in Senate
  • Senate Sets Up Action on a Stopgap Spending Bill
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate met briefly and adjourned for the week.

The President meets in New York separately with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of Colombia; attends a working luncheon with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; attends a U.N. ministerial meeting on Sudan; meets with President Roza Otunbayeva of Krygyzstan; returns to Washington.

In Washington, Adm. Thad Allen speaks to students about his experiences as national incident commander of BP oil spill. George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium, 800 21st St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Bill on China's Currency Policy Heads to House Floor

The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation targeting China's currency practices Friday, with support from the panel's top Republican giving the effort a bipartisan sheen as members prepare for a floor vote next week. [Read More]

House Democrats Consider Pre-Election Vote to Extend Middle-Class Tax Cuts

House Democratic leaders might use expedited procedures next week to call up a bill that would extend the expiring 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for most taxpayers, according to a top Democratic aide. [Read More]

Senate Democrats Tee Up Jobs Debate

Senate Democrats have set up a pre-election floor debate over how best to prevent manufacturing jobs from moving overseas. [Read More]

Presidential Transition Measure Passes in Senate

The Senate passed legislation Friday aimed at smoothing the transition from outgoing U.S. presidents to their successors by providing services and facilities — such as office space, equipment and briefings — to candidates from major parties. [Read More]

Senate Sets Up Action on a Stopgap Spending Bill

The Senate has taken the lead in the effort to move a measure needed to fund much of the federal government after Oct. 1. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Poll Says Race for Stupak's Seat Is Tied: The race to replace retiring Rep. Bart Stupak is essentially tied, according to a poll taken earlier this week for Democratic state Rep. Gary McDowell's campaign. The poll showed surgeon Dan Benishek (R) ahead of McDowell 41 percent to 38 percent. Third party candidate Glenn Wilson got 12 percent, and 9 percent were undecided.

Delaware GOP Staffer Leaves State Following O'Donnell Upset: The head of communications for Delaware's state Republican Party announced Friday morning that he is leaving to work for the party in Pennsylvania.

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

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Thursday, September 23, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Democrats To Delay Action on Expiring Tax Cuts Until After Elections
  • Stopgap Bill Likely To Be Short and 'Pretty Clean'
  • Cyber Command Chief Says Congress Should Stand Down for Now
  • Senate Blocks GOP Bid To Kill New Union-Organizing Rules
  • House May Cede to Senate on Child Nutrition Bill
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Today in Washington

The House considers various measures under suspension of the rules and is expected to send President Obama a bill designed to cut taxes for small businesses and promote lending to them.

The Senate voted against a GOP move to kill a labor board ruling that affects unionizing elections in the airline and railroad industries; votes on whether to call up a campaign finance disclosure bill.

The President addresses U.N. General Assembly in New York; meets with Premier Wen Jiabao of China; attends a luncheon hosted by the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon; with the first lady, joins former President Bill Clinton to address the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting; meets with Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan; hosts a reception, with the first lady, in honor of heads of delegation attending the General Assembly.

In Washington, the inaugural Activism + Media + Politics Summit explores how people, empowered by technology, are changing the worlds of activism, media, and politics. Through Sept. 25, Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Democrats To Delay Action on Expiring Tax Cuts Until After Elections

Senate Democrats signalled Thursday that they are unlikely to schedule a vote on extending the expiring 2001 and 2003 tax cuts before Congress leaves for the campaign trail. [Read More]

Stopgap Bill Likely To Be Short and 'Pretty Clean'

A senior Senate appropriator said Thursday that the continuing resolution needed to keep the government operating after Sept. 30 is likely to be "pretty clean" and limited in duration. [Read More]

Cyber Command Chief Says Congress Should Stand Down for Now

The leader of the Pentagon's Cyber Command says the Obama administration is reviewing whether existing laws need to be changed to combat threats to computer networks, and Congress should not act until that review is complete. [Read More]

Senate Blocks GOP Bid To Kill New Union-Organizing Rules

The Senate on Thursday rejected a GOP effort to block regulations designed to make it easier for some transportation workers to unionize. [Read More]

House May Cede to Senate on Child Nutrition Bill

Yielding to White House pressure to enact a child nutrition bill this month, House leaders were preparing Thursday to take the Senate's bill to the floor, possibly before the end of the week. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Moderates Tell Pelosi They Need to Leave Town: Endangered House Democrats have to get out of town now -- and not stick around for votes on tax cuts -- if they are going to save their seats, retiring Blue Dog Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.) told Democrats at a Caucus meeting Thursday morning.

Murphy Trails Fitzpatrick by 14 Points in Pa. Poll: Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) trails his Republican challenger, former Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, by 14 points among likely voters in Pennsylvania's 8th district, according to to an independent poll released Thursday.

GOP Poll Shows More Difficult Race for Ky.'s Chandler: Attorney Andy Barr (R) is within 7 points of Rep. Ben Chandler (D) in the Lexington-based 6th district, according to a new internal campaign polling memo obtained by CQ Politics.

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

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, September 22, 2010

In This Issue

  • Senate Chairman Readies Extension of Most Bush-Era Tax Cuts
  • Terrorism Threats Emerging More Often Within United States, Officials Say
  • Rep. Bachus Confident He'll Chair Financial Services if GOP Takes House
  • Senate GOP Ready To Take Away Murkowski's Committee Post
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Today in Washington

The House considers various measures under suspension of the rules, including bills to crack down on Medicare fraud and to extend legal liability protection to volunteers at health centers.

The Senate debates legislation to tighten campaign finance disclosure requirements; resumes debate of defense bill that includes a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.

The President meets briefly with insurance commissioners; holds a discussion on health care at a private residence in Falls Church, Va.; travels to New York City for the U.N. General Assembly; delivers remarks at the Millennium Development Goals Conference at the U.N. building; speaks at a fundraiser for the Democratic House and Senate campaign units.

In Washington, the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University hosts discussion of challenges facing Middle East peace process, featuring Nabil Fahmy, former Egyptian ambassador to the United States. 6 p.m., Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E St. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate Chairman Readies Extension of Most Bush-Era Tax Cuts

The Senate's top tax writer said Wednesday that he will unveil long-awaited legislation this week to extend the expiring 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all but the wealthiest Americans, though it remains unclear whether a vote will occur before the Nov. 2 elections. [Read More]

Terrorism Threats Emerging More Often Within United States, Officials Say

Terrorism threats are emerging far more frequently these days from within the United States and focusing less on grand, dramatic strikes, Obama administration officials and leaders of the Senate Homeland Security panel said Wednesday. [Read More]

Rep. Bachus Confident He'll Chair Financial Services if GOP Takes House

Despite criticism that he has not been an effective leader for his party on the House Financial Services Committee, Spencer Bachus expressed confidence Wednesday that he would chair the panel next year if the GOP wins control of the House. [Read More]

Senate GOP Ready To Take Away Murkowski's Committee Post

Senate Republicans on Wednesday were expected to name a temporary replacement for Alaska's Lisa Murkowski as their party leader on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to punish her for launching a write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary election. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Could Barney Frank Be in Trouble? Massachusetts' 4th district may be among this year's top sleepers. At least that's the storyline being pushed by Republican candidate Sean Bielat, who is trying to knock off House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank. The Bielat campaign released an internal poll Wednesday showing that Frank's support "has dipped below 50 percent." Bielat trails "by just 10 points," 48 percent to 38 percent, according to the survey of 400 likely voters by the Republican firm OnMessage. The Frank campaign dismisses the Bielat polling numbers and the suggestion that the incumbent is in trouble.

Pa.'s Dahlkemper Trails in New Poll: Count Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper among Pennsylvania's most endangered Democrats. The freshman is trailing GOP hopeful Mike Kelly in the race for Pennsylvania's 3rd district, 38 percent to 42 percent, according to an independent poll released Wednesday by Franklin & Marshall College.

Poll Shows Calif.'s Lungren Ahead but Under 50 Percent: California Rep. Dan Lungren (R) is ahead by 8 points in a poll released Wednesday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. The poll provides mixed news for Lungren, who took 46 percent to 38 percent for Democrat Ami Bera, as he remains under 50 percent with less than six weeks to go before the election.

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

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Tuesday, September 21, 2010

In This Issue

  • Defense Bill Faces Likely GOP Blockade
  • Senate Will Take Lead on Stopgap Funding Bill
  • Pre-Election Tax Debate Hinges on Senate Cooperation
  • Extra NASA Funding on Hold Until Lame-Duck Session, Sen. Nelson Says
  • Senate Panel Backs Lew for OMB Chief
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session. Reconvenes at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The Senate votes on whether to limit debate on a motion to call up the defense authorization bill, which includes a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays in the military.

The President meets with advisers; posthumously awards Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Etchberger the Medal of Honor; participates in a conference call with religious leaders on efforts to educate people about new benefits of the health care overhaul; with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., meets with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

In Washington, the National Archives hosts a panel discussion on "The State of the Constitution: What Every American Should Know — How much do the American people really understand about the Constitution of the United States?" 7 p.m., William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Defense Bill Faces Likely GOP Blockade

Barring a last-minute deal, Senate Republicans appeared poised Tuesday to block consideration of a defense bill that would repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military. [Read More]

Senate Will Take Lead on Stopgap Funding Bill

The Senate will take the lead in assembling an appropriations bill needed to keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30, Democratic leaders said Tuesday. [Read More]

Pre-Election Tax Debate Hinges on Senate Cooperation

The outlook for a debate over expiring tax cuts depends on cooperation between the Senate Democrats and Republicans, Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin said Tuesday. [Read More]

Extra NASA Funding on Hold Until Lame-Duck Session, Sen. Nelson Says

Sen. Bill Nelson a leading champion of the nation's space program, said Tuesday that increased funding for NASA would have to wait until the lame-duck session after the Nov. 2 elections [Read More]

Senate Panel Backs Lew for OMB Chief

A Senate panel on Tuesday signed off on President Obama's pick for White House budget director. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

Democratic Poll Shows Manchin Trailing Raese in W.Va.: A new survey from a Democratic polling firm cast doubt on the conventional wisdom that West Virginia's Senate special election will be a coronation for highly regarded Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin. Public Policy Polling's new survey, which was in the field Sept. 18-19, showed businessman John Raese (R) running ahead of Manchin 46 percent to 43 percent.Raese, who has twice run for Senate, has built his campaign on tying Manchin to President Barack Obama, who is highly unpopular in the state.

McCain Headlining D.C. Fundraiser for Schweikert: Arizona Republican Dave Schweikert will be on Capitol Hill next week for a fundraiser, according to an invitation obtained by Roll Call. The event is being headlined by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who, in addition to his own re-election efforts, is assisting other Republicans. Schweikert is in a rematch against Democratic Rep. Harry Mitchell, who defeated him 53 percent to 44 percent in 2008. The Schweikert event is slated for Sept. 28 at the Capitol Hill Club. Tickets cost $1,000 per political action committee and $500 per individual, with all proceeds going to the Schweikert campaign.

Lassa's New Ad Questions Duffy's Tenure as District Attorney: Wisconsin state Sen. Julie Lassa (D) has released a tough new ad calling into question Republican Sean Duffy's success as a district attorney. The tone of the ad reflects a tight race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. David R. Obey. Both House campaign committees are also airing ads in the northwestern Wisconsin district. This is Lassa's fourth ad, and a Lassa spokeswoman said it's airing in the majority of the district. The commercial Duffy is currently airing compares his skills cutting lumber to the way he would cut spending in Washington.

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

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Monday, September 20, 2010

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Monday, September 20, 2010

In This Issue

  • Latest GOP Demand Is for Hearing on Health Insurance Premiums
  • Lawmakers' September Plans Wiped Out
  • Lobby Is Cooking Up Ways to Put Food Safety Bill on Senate Agenda
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Today in Washington

The House convenes for a pro forma session.

The Senate considers the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill.

The President receives briefings and meets with advisers; participates in a CNBC town hall discussion on jobs; travels to Philadelphia for a campaign event for Senate candidate Joe Sestak and a Democratic National Committee dinner; returns to Washington.

In Washington, The U.S.-Japan Council holds its inaugural conference on relations between the two countries. Events are scheduled throughout the day at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H Street N.W.; a reception is planned for 5:30 p.m. in G-50 Dirksen Bldg.

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Top Stories

Latest GOP Demand Is for Hearing on Health Insurance Premiums

Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee are asking for a hearing on health insurance rate increases before lawmakers return to their districts to campaign for the midterm elections. [Read More]

Lawmakers' September Plans Wiped Out

Legislative lethargy brought on by campaign pressures and political wariness is wiping out Congress' pre-election to-do list. [Read More]

Lobby Is Cooking Up Ways to Put Food Safety Bill on Senate Agenda

Food industry groups will rally this week in an effort to revive a bipartisan food safety bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has declared dead until after the Nov. 2 midterm elections. [Read More]

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CQ Politics: The Eye

DCCC Gives Red to Blue Status To Two More Candidates: Ann McLane Kuster, of New Hampshire's 2nd District, and Bill Keating, of Massachusetts' 10th, will be the beneficiaries of additional "financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support" that the Democratic program offers.

Poll: Dent Has Solid Lead Over Callahan in Pennsylvania: After recruiting popular Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan to challenge Republican Rep. Charlie Dent, Democrats have been quietly optimistic about their chances. A poll released Sunday, however, showed Dent in a strong position in a district President Barack Obama won by 16 points in 2008.

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

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