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Capitol Briefing: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Disclosures: Kennedy's $2 Million Book Deal, Kohl's $5 Million Windfall, and Other Tidbits

Correction appended Membership has its privileges, and nowhere is that more evident than in the U.S. Senate, the world's greatest deliberative body. There, even during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, senators found ways to cash in last year. Inside Washington Post headquarters, on 15th Street NW, more...

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 12, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Purse Strings  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate is in session today with no committee meetings scheduled and no votes after 10:00 a.m. ET. The House is in session and meets at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House will vote on the Senate amendment to H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act....

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 12, 2009; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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House Ethics Panel to Probe PMA

By Paul Kane The House ethics committee announced today that is conducting a preliminary inquiry into the lobbying firm PMA Group's ability to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks for clients while steering millions of dollars in donations to key Democrats. In a statement, the committee announced that...

By Post Editor  |  June 11, 2009; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The Courtship of Mike Castle

Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) has a decision to make about what path to choose in 2010. (Susan Biddle/TWP) By Ben Pershing UPDATE 12:30 PM: Castle just released a statement taking himself out of the running for the Education Committee position. "Since I am not ready to announce a final...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 11, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Campaign , GOP Leaders  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET and will will resume consideration of H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. A vote on the passage H.R. 1256 is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business, including the continued wrangling over H.R....

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 11, 2009; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Democrats, Obama Reach Accord on Gitmo Detainees

By Perry Bacon Jr. Congressional Democrats and the Obama administration reached an agreement yesterday that would allow the White House to bring detainees now held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States for trial, but not allow them to be jailed here permanently. The agreement came as Democrats sought...

By Post Editor  |  June 10, 2009; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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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. A cloture vote is expected on 1256 following debate. The House meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. H.R. 2346, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009, and H.R....

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 10, 2009; 5:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McKeon Wins Top GOP Armed Services Slot, Will Vacate Education Post

By Ben Pershing Rep. Buck McKeon (Calif.) won the Republican Steering Committee's nod today to fill the top GOP slot on the Armed Services Committee, clearing the way for him to succeed Rep. John McHugh (N.Y.) in the post. He also will vacate the same position on the Education and...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 9, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hoyer: D.C. Voting Bill Can't Pass 'At This Point'

By Paul Kane House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said today that congressional leaders have given up on trying to approve the D.C. voting rights legislation until the District Council comes to consensus on accepting a companion bill supported by gun-rights supporters. Hoyer said there was no way to approve...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 9, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , House  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET to resume consideration of H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15 to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons. The House meets at 10:30 a.m. for morning hour debate and at noon for...

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 9, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 2:00 p.m. ET and will proceed to cloture votes on H.R.1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The House meets at 12:30 p.m. to consider suspended bills. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Notable Committee Hearings: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (5:30...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 8, 2009; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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