Archive: January 2009

Today on the Hill

It's a quiet Friday on the Hill. No votes are scheduled in the House or Senate. In case you missed last night's congressional headlines, the Senate voted 66-32 to renew the State Children's Health Insurance Program bill, more commonly known as SCHIP and for the second time this week unanimously...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 30, 2009; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. and resumes consideration of the Children Health Insurance Program reauthorization (H.R. 2). The Senate is expected to vote on the bill today. The Senate also may vote as early as today on the nomination of Eric Holder as attorney general. The Senate Judiciary Committee...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 29, 2009; 6:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

Today on the Hill

Updated, 7:30 a.m. The House meets at 10 a.m. and will consider the $825 billion economic stimulus package. A vote on the plan is expected by nightfall. The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 2, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization. Votes on amendments to...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 28, 2009; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (4)

Today on the Hill

Updated, 8 a.m. The House convenes at 10:30 a.m. and takes up legislative business at noon. The House is expected to consider S. 181, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The House will also begin general debate on the economic stimulus package (H.R. 1). The Senate will convene at 10...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 27, 2009; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (4)

Follow the Leaders

Pelosi Talks Taxes In a conference call on the economic stimulus package, which the House is expected to vote on tomorrow, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to questions about the cost of the legislation, priced at $825 billion. Issues, like food stamps and unemployment insurance, which affect so many people...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 27, 2009; 5:45 AM ET | Comments (4)

Today on the Hill

The House meets at 12:30 p.m. with recorded votes postponed until 6:30 p.m. The House will consider under suspension of the rules two resolutions: H. Res. 31, designating January 28 as National Data Privacy Day and a measure honoring the heroic actions of the pilots, crew and passengers of U.S....

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 26, 2009; 6:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Sudden Infusion of Youth in the Senate

By Sarah Lovenheim The turnover in the Senate in the past week has provided that venerable institution with a sudden infusion of youth. On Thursday, the Senate's newest member also carried the title of "the youngest." Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), 44, was sworn in, filling the seat vacated by Ken Salazar,...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 24, 2009; 10:25 PM ET | Comments (5)

Today on the Hill

The House convenes at noon for a Pro Forma session. The Senate is not in session. It will reconvene Monday at 2 p.m. and will consider the nomination of Timothy Geithner to serve as treasury secretary, with a vote expected on the Geithner nomination at 6 p.m....

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 23, 2009; 6:31 AM ET | Comments (3)

While in Limbo, Coleman Lands Consulting Job

By Sarah Lovenheim While Norm Coleman remains in a strange purgatory between senator and civilian, he's taking another job. Norm Coleman, center, along with his attorney Tony Trimble, left, his wife Laurie and supporters as he announced he would sue to challenge the results of the Senate recount in Minnesota,...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 22, 2009; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (9)

Today on the Hill

The House convenes at 10 a.m. and is expected to consider H. J. Res. 3 regarding the release of funds under the economic stimulus package. Among other resolutions is one (H. Res. 58) commending the Florida Gators football team on its recent national championship. The Senate will convene at 9:30...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Follow the Leaders

GOP Leaders to Obama: We Have a (Stimulus) Plan House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio), Whip Eric Cantor (Va.), Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.), Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), and Chief Deputy Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) sent a letter to President Obama today, requesting that he sit down with...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 21, 2009; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kennedy, Byrd the Latest Victims of Wikipedia Errors

Sen. Ted Kennedy's Wikipedia page was edited to include false information yesterday after he suffered a seizure at an inauguration luncheon in the Capitol. By Ben Pershing As if suffering a seizure during President Obama's post-inaugural luncheon wasn't bad enough, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) endured an additional ordeal Tuesday,...

By Ben Pershing | January 21, 2009; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (49)

UPDATE: Today on the Hill

Update -- The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed its vote on the nomination of Eric Holder to become attorney general until 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. Although the committee hearing was initially scheduled for this morning, as the Post's Carrie Johnson reports, lawmakers cited conflicting schedule issues linked to today's National...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rep. Lofgren Chosen to Chair Ethics Panel

By Sarah Lovenheim and Ben Pershing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) has picked fellow California Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D) to take over one of the most politically sensitive positions in Congress -- chairwoman of the House ethics committee. "Congresswoman Lofgren has demonstrated tremendous leadership in her 15 years of service...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 20, 2009; 5:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sen. Kennedy Has Apparent Seizure

As Paul Kane and Shailagh Murray report on 44: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy collapsed during a post-inaugural luncheon with Congress and President Obama, and apparently suffered a seizure. Kennedy, who was diagnosed last year with brain cancer, was shaking and convulsing, according to Senate staff who were present at the...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 20, 2009; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Follow the Leaders

GOP Leadership: Dear Obama... House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama last night summing up an economic plan to restore fiscal stability drafted by the House Republican Working Group. The letter to Obama came...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 16, 2009; 4:44 PM ET | Comments (4)

Farewell, Says Salazar

Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), President-elect Barack Obama's pick to become secretary of the Interior Department, bid farewell to his congressional colleagues from the Senate floor this morning. The senior senator's remarks followed his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Michael Bennet, back, listens to the man...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 16, 2009; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kaufman Replaces Biden in the Senate

Ted Kaufman, a longtime aide to Vice President-elect Joe Biden, was officially sworn in to the 111th Congress this morning, filling his former boss's seat. Following Kaufman's swearing-in on the floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivered a statement of welcome. After providing some highlights from Kaufman's education and work...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 16, 2009; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. for a period of morning business. There will be no roll call votes today. Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) will deliver a farewell address as he prepares to assume the role of secretary of the interior in the Obama Administration. Former aide to Vice President-elect...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 16, 2009; 7:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Follow the Votes: Tied Up With TARP

The Senate took up three noteworthy pieces of legislation yesterday. • S.J. Res. 5 was defeated by vote of 42-52, resulting in the release of the remaining $350 billion of TARP funds for President-elect Barack Obama to inject in the economy. The resolution would have blocked the second half of...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 16, 2009; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Follow the Leaders

Reid on Burris: 'Our Concern Was Never With Him' Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid circulated a statement of welcome to Roland Burris today, as the appointee of embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sworn in to the 111th Congress. Formerly a strong critic of the appointment, Reid explained that his...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 15, 2009; 5:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hill Staffers and Policy Wonks Shuffled to Leg. Affairs

President-elect Barack Obama has announced 11 new members of his Legislative Affairs team. Most of his new picks have significant Hill experience and all are Democrats. The staff members will assist Obama, Vice President-elect Joe Biden and their policy teams "in continuing close collaboration with congressional leaders from both parties,"...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 15, 2009; 5:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Says Farewell, Addresses Senate

Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a farewell address to the Senate on the same day her nomination as President-elect Obama's secretary of state was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Following a farewell address by Vice President-elect Joe Biden, Clinton thanked her constituents and her colleagues for their support...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 15, 2009; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Biden Bids Senate Colleagues Farewell

Joe Biden (D-Del.) resigns from the Senate today, marking the end of 36 years in Congress, as he prepares to assume the vice presidency in the Obama Administration. From the Senate floor this morning, he thanked his colleagues for their collegiality and recalled his first time stepping into the...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 15, 2009; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

House Democrats Focus on New Spending in Stimulus Plan

The Post's Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane report: House Democrats unveiled a two-year stimulus package worth $825 billion that directs more to new government spending and less to tax cuts than president-elect Barack Obama proposed in his stimulus outline last week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the House bill as...

By Paul Volpe | January 15, 2009; 1:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Today on the Hill

The House meets at 10 a.m. to resume consideration of H.R. 384, the TARP Reform and Accountability Act. The Senate convenes 10 a.m. Following a period of morning business the Senate will resume consideration of the lands bill (S. 22). Sens. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) will deliver...

By Paul Volpe | January 15, 2009; 6:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

Follow the Leaders: The Whip Team Grows

Kyl: And Then There Were Seven Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) has named the members of his whip team in the 111th Congress. The new team members will help Kyl push the Republican legislative agenda. Here's the list: Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Jeff...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 14, 2009; 5:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

SCHIP Easily Passes in the House

The House voted overwhelmingly to pass the reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (H.R. 2) this afternoon, 286-138. More commonly known as SCHIP, the program provides low income children access to health care. President Bush twice vetoed similar legislation during the 110th Congress. The bill would reauthorize SCHIP...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 14, 2009; 4:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dem. House Committee Assignments Are In

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has announced the names of freshman members nominated by the House Democratic Steering Committee to the following House committees: Agriculture, Education & Labor, Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Natural Resources, Oversight & Government Reform, Science & Technology, Small Business, and Veterans' Affairs. Her announcement comes a day...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 14, 2009; 1:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rangel Probe Awaits New Ethics Chair

By Ben Pershing Next week, Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will play a key role in shaping the first major legislative initiative of the Obama administration, as his committee is set to write the tax portion of the president-elect's massive economic stimulus bill. Working in concert with a...

By Ben Pershing | January 14, 2009; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Baucus Postpones Geithner Hearing

Updated 12:28 p.m. By Shailagh Murray Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said the confirmation hearing for Timothy F. Geithner would be held by next Wednesday, but added that the delay does not signal that Barack Obama's pick for treasury secretary is in jeopardy. "He'll clearly get confirmed -- that's...

By Paul Volpe | January 14, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

House Considers Bill Aimed at Curbing Agency Waste

Ed O'Keefe reports that the House is expected to consider a bill today that would require each House committee hold at least three hearings each year on the topic of waste, fraud and abuse in federal agencies and departments. Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.), who has proposed similar measures in the...

By Paul Volpe | January 14, 2009; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dem. Senate Committee Assignments Are In

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid circulated a letter last night announcing his selection for Democratic seats on key committees in the 111th Congress, although he's carefully calling his list merely an "anticipated" rundown. Reid says three more Democrats than Republicans will be seated per committee, save Appropriations and Armed Services,...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 14, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Today on the Hill

The House meets at 10 a.m. to consider under suspension of the rules H. Res. 40 which would require periodic committee hearings on the topic of waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement in government programs. The House also will consider H.R. 2, SCHIP reauthorization and H.R. 384 TARP Reform and Accountability...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 14, 2009; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Follow the Leaders

Reid's Read on Geithner As the news that Timothy Geithner -- President-elect Barack Obama's pick to become treasury secretary -- did not pay his taxes broke this afternoon, Reid circulated the following statement in support of Obama's selection: "While I do not know Mr. Geithner well, I do understand honest...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 13, 2009; 5:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Today on the Hill

Between Senate confirmation hearings, House hearings on economic policy and legislation hitting the floor, it's looking like a tightly packed Tuesday. The House meets at 12:30 p.m. for an hour and considers legislation beginning at 2 p.m. All votes are postponed until 6:30 p.m. The Senate convenes at 10 a.m....

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 13, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Burris Will Be Seated

Shalaigh Murray reports the Senate will swear in Roland W. Burris as the junior senator from Illinois later this week, ending a legal showdown that had become an embarrassment for Democratic leaders and for President-elect Barack Obama. "The Secretary of the Senate has determined that the new credentials presented today...

By Paul Volpe | January 12, 2009; 5:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Congress Comes To YouTube

By Jose Antonio Vargas It's not just the Obama presidency that has gone YouTube. So has Capitol Hill. In a video message titled "Welcome to Congress, YouTube," congressional leaders from both chambers -- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), together with...

By Paul Volpe | January 12, 2009; 5:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voinovich Announces Retirement

Chris Cillizza reports that Ohio Sen. George Voinovich is retiring in 2010, the fourth Republican to announce he is stepping aside at the end of his term. Voinovich announced his retirement this morning after a weekend filled with speculation that he was planning to step aside. "This has not been...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 12, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Today on the Hill

The House is not in session. The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. Confirmation hearings for cabinet positions in the incoming administration begin Tuesday. Weekend Highlights On Sunday, the Senate voted 66-12 on a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed to S. 22, Omnibus Public Land Management...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 12, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Biden To Resign from Senate on Thursday

By Garance Franke-Ruta Vice President-elect and senior Delaware Sen. Joe Biden will step down from the Senate on Thursday Jan. 15th at 5 p.m., according to a letter to the Senate read into the record by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today. "Mr. President, what a sad but happy...

By Paul Volpe | January 9, 2009; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Today on the Hill

The House and Senate are in session. Debate began on the following bills at 10:33 a.m. H.R. 11 - Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) , Education and Labor H.R. 12 - Paycheck Fairness Act -- Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Education and Labor Noteworthy Committee Hearings...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 9, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today on the Hill

The House convened at 10 a.m. ET to review minutes and recessed shortly after. Counting Electoral Votes The House and Senate convene at 1 p.m. to count the electoral ballots for President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden. No votes are expected today. Bills Up For Review At 9:45...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 8, 2009; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Craig Won't Appeal Ruling in Sex Sting Case

By Ben Pershing After repeated attempts to clear his name, ex-Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) is finally giving up on his effort to withdraw his guilty plea stemming from his 2007 arrest in a Minneapolis airport bathroom. A month ago, a Minnesota appeals court rejected his motion to overturn a lower...

By Ben Pershing | January 8, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (31)

MIssouri Sen. Kit Bond To Retire

Chris Cillizza reports on The Fix that Missouri Sen. Kit Bond (R) will retire in 2010, according to a Republican source in Washington, a decision that hands Democrats a prime pickup opportunity in a state where the party has made strides in recent years. Continue reading on The Fix »...

By Paul Volpe | January 8, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jones Renews Effort To Rename Dept. of Navy

By Ed O'Keefe What's in a name? In Washington, almost everything. This town is obsessed with names, ranks, titles, organizational flow charts and preserving one's turf. And now there's a renewed effort by Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) to rename the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy...

By Ben Pershing | January 8, 2009; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Today on the Hill

The House convened at 10 a.m. ET and will consider three bills under suspension of the rules: • H.R. 35 - Presidential Records Act (Rep. Towns - Oversight and Government Reform) • H.R. 36 - Presidential Library Donation Reform Act (Rep. Towns - Oversight and Government Reform) • S.J. Res....

By Paul Volpe | January 7, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (4)

Geoghegan Joins Crowded Field for Emanuel's Seat

Perhaps hoping to follow the recent example of a certain Chicago community activist now set to lead the nation, crusading labor lawyer, author and pundit Tom Geoghegan today entered the race for Rahm Emanuel's recently vacated Congressional seat. Geoghegan joins a crowded, colorful and well-connected field of up to 20...

By Paul Volpe | January 6, 2009; 8:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lott Now Free to Lobby the Senate

By Shailagh Murray After the Senate's swearing-in ceremony this morning, as relatives, friends and former members milled about the corridor outside the chamber, a smooth and unmistakable voice boomed through the crowd. "I'm free!" announced former Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi. "My year is up!" Special interests politics are apparently...

By Eric Pianin | January 6, 2009; 7:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

New Members of the 111th Congress

The 111th Congress convened today and new members (Roland Burris and Al Franken not among them) were sworn in to the House and Senate. Capitol Briefing provides you a quick guide to the new members below. SENATE Colorado - Mark Udall (D) Idaho - Jim Risch (R) Nebraska - Mike...

By Paul Volpe | January 6, 2009; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Burris Will Press To Be Seated in Senate

by Perry Bacon, Jr. Roland Burris, the man pick by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to take Barack Obama's Senate seat, is signaling a defiant tone as the Senate puts up more roadblocks to his appointment. A few hours after the Senate declined to formally approve the certificate of appointment...

By Paul Volpe | January 5, 2009; 5:07 PM ET | Comments (16)

Senate Adjourns, Ends Standoff With Bush

By Paul Kane In less than 30 seconds this morning, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) gaveled to a close a 14-month standoff between Senate Democrats and President Bush, effectively ending the contentious 110th Congress and also blocking any last-minute appointments by the White House. At 10 a.m. ET sharp, Bingaman oversaw...

By Paul Volpe | January 2, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (12)

 

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