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Capitol Briefing: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Can House Democrats Mount a Senate-style Filibuster?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) -- joined by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Jr. (D-Md.), left, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) -- speaks on Capitol Hill, May 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) By Paul Kane House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gathered three of her top lieutenants around her this...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 22, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate is in session but has no committee meetings scheduled. The House is in session and meets at 9:00 a.m. ET, although no votes are expected. Only one hearing on the Hill today: House Transportation and Infrastructure (10 a.m.): Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee holds a...

By washingtonpost.com  |  May 22, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Speed Reader Brings Levity to 'Cap and Trade'

By David Fahrenthold One sign that long days of debating may have gotten to the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee: they were briefly transfixed by a demonstration of speed-reading. Democratic leaders have pledged to get a bill capping U.S. greenhouse gases out of committee before Memorial...

By Paul Volpe  |  May 21, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Democrats Unanimously Back Pelosi

A unanimous bloc of House Democrats voiced their support today for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, rejecting a Republican resolution calling for an investigation into the California Democrat's assertion the CIA misled her about the nature of terrorist interrogations in 2002.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 21, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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House Energy Vows to Expedite Consideration of 'Cap and Trade'

By David Fahrenthold On the morning after another debate that stretched almost to midnight, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has pledged to hurry up its consideration of a landmark bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions. At the start of Day Four of the committee's debate, ranking Republican Joe Barton...

By Paul Volpe  |  May 21, 2009; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:00 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R. 2346, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations. At 10:00, a cloture vote on H.R. 2346 will occur. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. and will take up S. 454, the Weapons Acquisition System Reform Through Enhancing Technical Knowledge and Oversight...

By washingtonpost.com  |  May 21, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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House Energy Continues to Work Through 'Cap and Trade' Bill

By David Fahrenthold The House Energy and Commerce Committee reconvened earlier this evening for another long night of work, having spent the day debating changes to mammoth climate-change legislation -- and still not reaching the bill's halfway point. By 6 p.m. on its third day of debate, the committee had...

By Paul Volpe  |  May 20, 2009; 9:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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House Energy Committee Continues 'Cap and Trade' Hearings

The House Energy and Commerce Committee this morning began its third day of debate on a bill that would cap greenhouse gases, after a bleary-eyed session last night brought it little closer to resolution. The committee adjourned just before midnight Tuesday, completing a day that began at 10 a.m. By...

By Paul Volpe  |  May 20, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R. 2346, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations. Later in the morning, a vote is scheduled on an amendment regarding funding for Guantanamo Bay. The House is in session and meets at 10:00 a.m. to consider H.R. 2352, the "Job Creation...

By washingtonpost.com  |  May 20, 2009; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Greenhouse Gas Bill Moves Forward, Slowly

By David Fahrenthold The debate over a bill to cap U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions is finally moving in a House committee. But it isn't moving fast. Yesterday, the Energy and Commerce began what will likely be a weeklong markup of the "Waxman-Markey" bill. But they didn't actually mark anything up: the...

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 19, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET to resume consideration of H.R. 627, the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights legislation. Votes are scheduled for the late morning. At 2:15 p.m., a roll call vote will occur on confirmation of Gary Gensler to Commissioner of the CFTC. The House meets at...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 19, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate meets at 2 p.m. ET to resume consideration of H.R.627, the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009. No roll call votes are scheduled today. House meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Noteworthy Committee Hearings: House Energy and Commerce...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 18, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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