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Capitol Briefing: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. There are no votes or committee hearings planned for either the House or the Senate....

By washingtonpost.com  |  February 27, 2009; 6:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democrats Leery of Obama Iraq Plan

By Ben Pershing Key congressional Democrats are expressing some discomfort with President Obama's plan to draw down troops in Iraq, worrying that the administration's strategy will leave too many American military personnel in the country after the "withdrawal" date of August 2010. Obama is expected to provide some details of...

By Ben Pershing  |  February 26, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Iraq  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate and House are both in session today. The Senate will resume consideration of S.160, the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act, at 9:30 a.m. ET. A roll call vote is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Noteworthty Senate Hearings Armed Services, 9:30 a.m. -- Holds a hearing on strategic...

By washingtonpost.com  |  February 25, 2009; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Byrd to Obama: Enough Already With the 'Czars'

By Ben Pershing Does the Obama White House have too many "czars?" No less an authority than Sen. Robert Byrd thinks so, and the West Virginia Democrat has told the president as much. In a letter he sent to Obama on Monday, Byrd expressed his displeasure at the increasing number...

By Ben Pershing  |  February 25, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch  
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Senate Dems Move to Capitalize on Obama's Speech

By Paul Kane It took just an hour and a half for Senate Democrats to try to raise money from President Obama's presidential address Tuesday night. Before midnight the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out a fund-raising pitch to donors, declaring that liberal activists had been given "marching orders" by...

By Paul Volpe  |  February 25, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Today on the Hill

Both chambers of Congress are in session today. The Senate meets at 9:30 to resume debate on the D.C. Voting Rights Act. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies at 10 a.m. in front of the House Homeland Security Committee. Noteworthy Senate Committee Hearings Armed Services, 9:30 a.m. -- Holds a...

By washingtonpost.com  |  February 25, 2009; 12:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Burris Refuses to Resign Despite Plea From Durbin

By Perry Bacon Jr. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) suggested Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) resign in a meeting between the pair, but Burris told Durbin he would not step down. "I told him, 'If I were in your shoes, I would consider resigning,'" Durbin told reporters outside of his...

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 24, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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Coleman Makes an Appearance on the Hill

By Perry Bacon Jr. There's war and peace, and then there's Minnesota recount. Former senator Norm Coleman, still in post-election limbo as he challenges Democrat Al Franken's lead in the still-undecided Minnesota Senate race, joined his former Senate colleagues on Capitol Hill today for their weekly luncheon. Looking to prevent...

By Paul Volpe  |  February 24, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Senate  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. ET. At 11 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.160, the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act. A cloture vote on the nomination of Hilda Solis, nominee for secretary of labor, will follow....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 24, 2009; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Despite Apology, Bunning Faces More Trouble Ahead

Sen. Jim Bunning may not be so happy about his political fortunes in Kentucky. By Ben Pershing Over the weekend, two news items about Sen. Jim Bunning emerged that appear to spell trouble for the Kentucky Republican's reelection prospects in 2010. Item 1: On Friday, Kentucky state Senate President David...

By Ben Pershing  |  February 23, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 Campaign , Senate  
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Today on the Hill

The House convenes at 2 p.m. ET. No recorded votes are expected until 6:30 p.m. The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. Consideration of S.160, the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act, will resume shortly thereafter. There will be no roll call votes....

By Washington Post editors  |  February 22, 2009; 9:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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