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Capitol Briefing: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

An Immigration Bill This Year? Don't Bet on It

By Ben Pershing With President Obama on an historic foreign trip, a Supreme Court nomination pending and massive health care and climate change bills both percolating on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) managed to make news on a completely separate front yesterday -- immigration. At a press...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 5, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Agenda , Dem. Leaders , Senate  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate and House aren't in session today. Noteworthy Senate Hearings Joint Economic (9:30 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the May employment situation. Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner Keith Hall testifies. 106 Dirksen. Senate Finance (10 a.m.): Holds a hearing on the nomination of Miriam Sapiro to be deputy U.S....

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 5, 2009; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sotomayor Faring Well on Maine Street

By Paul Kane As Maine goes, so goes the Supreme Court? While it's an overstatement at this point to say they control the fate of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Maine Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are key votes that could make the entire confirmation fight much less...

By Paul Volpe  |  June 4, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R.1256, the Family smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Roll call votes are expected throughout the day. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. Floor debate today includes that of H.R. 2200, the Transportation Security Administration...

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 4, 2009; 6:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, post-cloture. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. Votes on 5 suspended bills are scheduled for 4:00 p.m....

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 3, 2009; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Visclosky Steps Aside as Chairman of Appropriations Subcommittee

Updated 4:30 p.m. ET By Paul Kane Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), under federal investigation for his ties to a lobbying firm whose clients received tens of millions of dollars in funds with his help, has stepped aside as chairman of an appropriations subcommittee that controls spending on projects for the...

By Paul Volpe  |  June 2, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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With McHugh Leaving, Trio of Republicans Vie for Top Armed Services Panel Slot

By Ben Pershing President Obama's decision to nominate Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) to serve as Army Secretary has set off a scramble by a trio of veteran lawmakers to succeed him as the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee. With the news of McHugh's appointment only hours old, the...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 2, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , House  
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Lobbyists Give the Clothes off their Backs

By Dan Eggen Lobbyists have suffered heavy criticism during the first months of the Obama administration, which has clamped down on K Street access to the White House. But today the profession is showing its charitable side, organizing a clothing drive aimed at helping job seekers get back into the...

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 2, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET. Following a period of morning business the Senate will proceed to roll call votes on the conformation of the nomination of Regina McCarthy to be assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture...

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 2, 2009; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Byrd Has Staph Infection, Remains Hospitalized

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), who has been hospitalized since mid-May, has contracted a staph infection and will remain in the hospital for now, his office said in a statement released today.

By Ben Pershing  |  June 1, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Senate  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 2:00 p.m. ET today to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.146, the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act. The House is not in session today. No committee hearings are scheduled....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 1, 2009; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republicans Sound a Skeptical Note About Sotomayor's Legal Record

By Robert Barnes Republican senators on the Sunday political talk shows strove today for a respectful but skeptical stance on Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor, saying that she needs to explain her positions but distancing themselves from two notable conservatives, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and talk-show host Rush...

By Post Editor  |  May 31, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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Minn. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Over Senate Seat

Associated Press The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow in the long-running battle over that state's Senate seat. There is no telling how fast Minnesota's highest court will act, however, and its ruling may not settle the matter. If the court finds against former senator Norm Coleman (R), he...

By Post Editor  |  May 31, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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