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Capitol Briefing: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

Ensign Accuses Mistress's Husband Seeking Payment

By Paul Kane and James Grimaldi Three days after revealing an eight-month affair with a former campaign aide, Sen. John Ensign today formally accused his mistress's husband of trying to get a financial payout from the Nevada Republican over the last several weeks. Ensign's office released a statement today that...

By Paul Volpe  |  June 19, 2009; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Senate  
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House Impeaches Imprisoned Federal Judge

By Ben Pershing The House today overwhelmingly approved four articles of impeachment against a U.S. district court judge, seeking to remove from the bench a man who is already serving a federal prison sentence. He now faces trial by the Senate. Samuel B. Kent, a judge on the U.S. District...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 19, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET today. No votes are scheduled. The House meets at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business, particularly consideration of H.R. 2918, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010, and H.Res. 520, on the "impeaching Samuel B. Kent, judge of the United States District Court for the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 19, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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Ensign Defends Payments to Woman He Had Affair With

By Paul Kane Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) tonight defended payments from his political and taxpayer-funded accounts to the woman he had an eight-month affair with, as well as the salaries of her husband and their 19-year-old son. According to a memo issued by his office, Ensign's payments to the Hampton...

By Chris Stanford  |  June 19, 2009; 12:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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New Bipartisan Group to Tackle Health-Care Reform

By Shailagh Murray Seven senators have formed a bipartisan group to find consensus on health-care reform legislation, a sign of fresh momentum after a week of setbacks. The group, dubbed by its members as the "Coalition of the Willing," includes Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the ranking Republican on...

By Washington Post editors  |  June 18, 2009; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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War Funding Vote Likely Later Today

Updated 5:19 p.m. By Perry Bacon Jr. The Senate today overwhelmingly passed a bill that would fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through Sept. 30, giving congressional backing to President Obama's plan to increase troops and resources for the war in Afghanistan. The 91-5 vote sends the bill to...

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 18, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Senate  
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Pelosi: Federal Reserve Needs More Transparency

By Ben Pershing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this morning that the Federal Reserve should operate with more transparency, one day after President Obama unveiled a financial regulatory overhaul that would give increased authority to the central bank. "The fact is that the American people want to know more of...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 18, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Purse Strings  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:45 a.m. ET and will take up consideration of S. Con. Res. 26, a concurrent resolution relating to slavery. Following the resolution, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.2346, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations. The House will meet 10:00 a.m. for legislative...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 18, 2009; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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Ensign Steps Down from GOP Leadership Post

By Paul Kane Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), a day after admitting an extramarital affair with a campaign staffer, has resigned his position within the GOP leadership. "He's accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized to his family and constituents. He offered, and I accepted, his resignation as chairman of the...

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 17, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Follow the Leaders  
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House GOP Outlines Health Care Plan

By Ben Pershing House Republicans today outlined their own blueprint for health care reform, pledging -- with few specifics -- a better, cheaper alternative to the plans being hatched by President Obama and congressional Democrats. Members of the GOP leadership and the party's "Health Care Solutions Group" held a press...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 17, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , Health Reform  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume the motion to proceed to S.1023, the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, post-cloture. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business and will resume consideration of H.R. 2847, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 17, 2009; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House Approves $106B Bill to Fund Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan

By Perry Bacon Jr. The House today passed a $106 billion bill funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through September, as House Democrats backed President Obama despite misgivings among the ranks about his strategy in Afghanistan. The 226 to 202 vote came after Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy F....

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 16, 2009; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1023, the Travel Promotion Act of 2009. 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. and will address the conference...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 16, 2009; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate is expected to convene at 1:45 p.m. ET today. No votes are scheduled. The House meets at 12:30 for morning hour. A spate of suspended bills are on the schedule with votes suspended until 6:30. House Committee Schedule (No Senate committees to meet): House Rules (5:00) On H.R....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 15, 2009; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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