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Capitol Briefing: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

Today on the Hill

Neither chamber is in session today. Have a good weekend!...

By washingtonpost.com  |  March 20, 2009; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House Passes AIG Bonus Tax Bill

By Ben Pershing The House today approved a measure to tax bonuses paid to employees of American International Group, voting in a large bipartisan bloc to punish the troubled company after a heated partisan debate. The bill drew the support of 243 Democrats and 85 Republicans, passing 328-93. The measure...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 19, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Agenda , House  
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Pelosi: Don't Blame Us for AIG Mess

By Ben Pershing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pushed back strongly today at the suggestion that she or her fellow House Democrats might deserve any blame for the AIG bonus controversy, insisting that the real fault lay with the Bush administration and -- to a lesser extent -- the Senate...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 19, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
Categories:  Agenda , Dem. Leaders , House  
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Today on the Hill

The House and Senate are in session today. The House meets at 10 a.m. ET for legislative business before getting to a very full day of committee hearings. The House is due to vote on H.R. 1586, which would prescribe additional taxes on bonuses received from certain TARP recipients. The...

By washingtonpost.com  |  March 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Senate Leaders Meet With Ethics Panel on Burris Probe

By Paul Kane The Senate's top leaders met with the ethics committee today for interviews in the panel's burgeoning probe of Roland Burris's testimony before a state legislative committee days before he was granted his appointment to the seat vacated by President Obama. Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and...

By Paul Volpe  |  March 18, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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Rep. Gutierrez: Obama 'Eerily Silent' on Immigration

By Ben Pershing A key member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus delivered a mixed review of the group's meeting with President Obama today, saying the session "went well" but did not result in any firm commitment by the administration to address immigration reform soon. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D), who worked...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 18, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Agenda , House  
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Today on the Hill

Both chambers are in session today. The House meets at 10 a.m. ET for legislative business, including the suspension of H.R. 1512, Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2009. The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. and will move into an executive session to consider Ronald Kirk to be U.S. trade...

By washingtonpost.com  |  March 18, 2009; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democrats Try to Run Against Bush/Cheney One More Time

By Ben Pershing After picking up seats in both 2006 and 2008 by linking Republican candidates to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, Democrats seem intent to find out whether that playbook will work one more time in 2010. Even though Bush and Cheney have both been out of office...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 17, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 Campaign  
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Today on the Hill

The House and Senate are in session today. The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. ET and will eventually resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.146, the vehicle for the Omnibus Lands bill.The House meets at 10:30 a.m. for an hour of morning debate, then meet again at noon...

By washingtonpost.com  |  March 16, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Palin to Keynote GOP Fundraising Dinner

By Ben Pershing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will serve as the keynote speaker at the GOP congressional committees' annual fundraising dinner in June, helping the party boost its coffers in an otherwise tough climate for collecting cash. The gala, which will take place June 8 at the Washington Convention Center,...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 16, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  2010 Campaign , Fundraising Circuit  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 2:00 p.m. ET to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.146, the legislative vehicle for the Omnibus Lands package. A roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.146 will follow. The House convenes at 12:30 p.m....

By Washington Post editors  |  March 15, 2009; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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