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

Obama Recruits Heavily From the Hill

By Ben Pershing Since he took office two months ago, President Obama has been making all manner of gestures, large and small, to reach out to his old colleagues in Congress and persuade them to support his agenda. He's had them over for dinner and cocktails, invited them to...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 27, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch  
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Today on the Hill

Neither the House or the Senate is in session today. Have a good weekend!...

By washingtonpost.com  |  March 27, 2009; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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House Republicans Propose Alternative Budget

By Perry Bacon Jr. House Republicans today outlined how they would write the federal budget if they controlled Congress, looking to rebut criticism from President Obama that the GOP is simply complaining about his blueprint but not offering proposals of its own. Republican lawmakers refused to offer details of how...

By Paul Volpe  |  March 26, 2009; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
Categories:  Agenda , House  
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Today on the Hill

Both chambers are in session today. The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 1388, the national service legislation. The Senate will hold several hearings regarding the nominations of numerous White House appointees. See below for more details. The House meets...

By washingtonpost.com  |  March 26, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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GOP Split Over Budget Alternative

By Ben Pershing President Obama's budget "spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much." And so do the budget proposals of House and Senate Democrats. On this talking point, nearly all congressional Republicans agree. After that, things get a little tricky. On the day when the House Budget...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 25, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Agenda , GOP Leaders , Purse Strings  
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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 to consider, among other things, Senate amendments to H.R. 146, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, and H.R. 1404, the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act. The Senate convenes...

By washingtonpost.com  |  March 25, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Today on the Hill

The House and Senate are in session today. The House meets at 10:30 a.m. ET for legislative business. Eight bills under suspension are scheduled for consideration. The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.1388, a bill to reauthorize and reform the...

By washingtonpost.com  |  March 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Today on the Hill

The House meets at 12:30 p.m. ET today. Four bills under suspension are scheduled for votes. The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. to resume the motion to proceed to H.R.1388, a bill to reauthorize and reform national service laws. At 6 p.m., a roll call vote will be held on...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 23, 2009; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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