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Capitol Briefing: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Today on the Hill

Floor debate and vote are not scheduled in the Senate and House today. Committee Hearing(s) Today: Joint Economic Committee (9:30 a.m.) Hearings to examine the employment situation for April 2009. SD-106...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 8, 2009; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CIA Says Pelosi Was Briefed on Use of 'Enhanced Interrogations'

By Paul Kane Intelligence officials released documents this evening saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was briefed in September 2002 about the use of harsh interrogation tactics against al-Qaeda prisoners, seemingly contradicting her repeated statements over the past 18 months that she was never told that these techniques were...

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 7, 2009; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (583)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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New Deal: Specter Gets a Subcommittee Chairmanship

By Shailagh Murray Senate Democratic leaders have reached agreement with Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) to partially restore the party switcher's status on the Judiciary Committee, by granting Specter the chairmanship of the crime and drugs subcommittee. Under the deal, which Senate Democratic aides outlined this morning, Senate Majority Whip Richard...

By Ben Pershing  |  May 7, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Senate  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of S.896, the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, S.454, the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009. The House will meet at 10 a.m. to complete consideration of H.R. 1728, the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act....

By washingtonpost.com  |  May 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Specter: Reid Promised Seniority, Eventual Judiciary Chairmanship

By Paul Kane Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) today said he was guaranteed seniority on committees by Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) in the final negotiations before his party switch last week, talks that, according to Specter, also included a pledge that he would become the next chairman of the...

By Paul Volpe  |  May 6, 2009; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of S.896, the Help Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, and will proceed to a series of up to 10 votes on the measure. Later, the Senate will take up S.454, the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of...

By washingtonpost.com  |  May 6, 2009; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Senate Democrats Deny Specter Committee Seniority

By Paul Kane The Senate dealt a blow tonight to Sen. Arlen Specter's hold on seniority in several key committees, a week after the Pennsylvanian's party switch placed Democrats on the precipice of a 60-seat majority. In a unanimous voice vote, the Senate approved a resolution that added Specter to...

By Post Editor  |  May 5, 2009; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Sessions on Obama: 'He's So Nice'

By Paul Kane The Supreme Court nomination battle is off to a civil start. Extending an olive branch, President Obama today called Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who was officially elevated to ranking member of the Judiciary Committee by his peers at a lunchtime meeting of the Republican conference. "He's so...

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 5, 2009; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. ET to resume consideration of S.896, the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009. Roll call votes are scheduled at 10:50 a.m. The House meets at noon for legislative business, and will consider 12 suspended bills. Noteworthy Senate Committees Armed Services (9:30...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 5, 2009; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sessions to Take Top Judiciary GOP Slot

By Ben Pershing Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions will take over the top Republican slot on the Judiciary Committee for the remainder of the 111th Congress, according to GOP aides, putting him in a high-profile post as the panel gears up for President Obama's first Supreme Court nomination. Sen. Arlen Specter...

By Ben Pershing  |  May 4, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 2:00 p.m. ET today. The chamber will resume consideration of S.896, the Help Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009. Votes are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The House will meet at 12:30 p.m. Noteworthy Committee Hearings Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (5:30 p.m.) - Business...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 4, 2009; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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