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Capitol Briefing: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Boehner Launches House-Style Filibuster on Climate Bill

Updated 6:57 p.m. By Paul Kane House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) today launched the equivalent of a filibuster of landmark climate-change legislation, using special unlimited speaking privileges granted only to party leaders to speak for more than an hour. Boehner, leading opposition to the bill, was slated to be...

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 26, 2009; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  GOP Leaders  
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Rep. Conyers' Wife Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charge

By Ben Pershing The wife of House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge today and now faces a likely jail sentence after being implicated in an investigation of corruption on the Detroit City Council. Monica Conyers, the city council's president pro tem, pleaded to...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 26, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Boehner Tees It Up with Tiger

By Paul Kane Win or lose in today's cliffhanger vote on climate change legislation, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) can be forgiven if he's already looking ahead to next week. An avid golfer with a seven handicap, Boehner is playing golf with Tiger Woods on Wednesday in the pro-am...

By Paul Volpe  |  June 26, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  GOP Leaders  
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Tauscher Stays On for Cap and Trade Vote

By Paul Kane Most presidential appointees like to get a head start on the new job and get sworn-in immediately after winning Senate confirmation. Not Rep. Ellen Tauscher. The California Democrat, confirmed unanimously last night by the Senate as undersecretary of State for arms control, will wait at least one...

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 26, 2009; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Today on the Hill

The Senate is not in session. The House meets at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business and will likely vote on H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. For a complete schedule of House and Senate committee hearings, visit Today in Congress....

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 26, 2009; 6:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Impeached Judge Offers Early Resignation

By Ben Pershing Less than a week after he was impeached by the House, imprisoned U.S. District Court Judge Samuel B. Kent today submitted his resignation from his post effective June 30, potentially heading off Senate efforts to remove him from the federal bench. According to multiple reports, Kent handed...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 25, 2009; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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Thune Climbs GOP Leadership Ladder

By Ben Pershing Sen. John Thune's (S.D.) colleagues today elected him chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, one week after Sen. John Ensign (Nev.) vacated the post in the wake of an adultery scandal. The move makes Thune the No. 4 GOP leader in the chamber, with a staff...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 25, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , Senate  
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Democrats Grow Confident of Cap-and-Trade Win

By Paul Kane and Ben Pershing House Democratic leaders said today they are increasingly confident that they have enough votes to win passage this weekend of climate change legislation, informing former vice president Al Gore that he was not needed in the Capitol to win over wavering lawmakers. After months...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 25, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Agenda , Dem. Leaders , House  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and resume debate on the nomination of Harold Koh to be legal adviser for the State Department, post-cloture. A vote on the nominaton is expected around 5:30 p.m. The House is in session and will meet at 10 a.m. for legislative business. The...

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 25, 2009; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sanford 'Agonized' Over Past Argentina Visit

By Ben Pershing UPDATE 3:56 pm ET: One more tidbit from Sanford's House career -- and a past adultery scandal -- seems especially relevant today. After the 1998 elections were rough on the GOP, Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) announced he would step down from his post. Then-Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.)...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 24, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Graham, DeMint Cautious on Sanford

By Paul Kane South Carolina's U.S. senators today declined to defend Gov. Mark Sanford's mysterious trip to Argentina, both saying they simply didn't know the truth behind Sanford's decision to disappear for a long weekend without informing his family or top staff where he was going. "I'm trying to find...

By Paul Volpe  |  June 24, 2009; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Climate Change Bill Could Hurt Social Security

By Lori Montgomery Updated, 5:35 p.m. ET: House Democrats say they have corrected the bill by requiring the Treasury to replace any lost cash -- a daunting task in the face of projected budget deficits. Original Post With the House headed toward a Friday vote on climate change legislation, there's...

By Paul Volpe  |  June 24, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  House  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate will convene at 9:55 a.m. ET and will proceed with impeachment proceedings of Samuel B. Kent, a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The Senate will later resume consideration of Harold Koh to be legal advisor of the Department of State....

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Baucus: White House 'Wants a Bipartisan Deal'

By Paul Kane Exiting a 75-minute meeting tonight on Captiol Hill, Senate Democrats said the White House remained supportive of their effort to find GOP support for health-care legislation despite internal Democratic disputes over the inclusion of a public option in the emerging bill. "Rahm said he wants a bipartisan...

By Paul Volpe  |  June 23, 2009; 8:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Health Reform , Senate  
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Colleagues Accept Ensign's Apology

By Paul Kane Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) apologized to his colleagues today in a closed-door meeting of Senate Republicans, drawing a warm embrace from a GOP conference that just a week ago considered him a rising star before he revealed an affair with a woman who was a close family...

By Paul Volpe  |  June 23, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and will recess at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy luncheons. Votes may occur on the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. The House is in session and meets at 10:30 a.m. for morning hour debate and noon for legislative business. Consideration of suspended...

By washingtonpost.com  |  June 23, 2009; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Post Poll: Pelosi Popularity Declines

By Paul Kane A month after her showdown with the CIA over interrogation techniques, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) finds herself far less popular than President Obama and the generic brand of the Democratic Party. Just 38 percent of Americans approve of Pelosi's performance as speaker, while 45 percent disapprove,...

By Paul Volpe  |  June 22, 2009; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , House  
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Approps Fights Leave Bruised Feelings in the House

By Ben Pershing The House last week voted to spend well over $100 billion to fund two wars, dozens of federal agencies and itself, while at the same time conducting substantive debates on the fate of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and the advisability of extending a huge line of credit...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 22, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Agenda , House , Purse Strings  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 2:00 p.m. ET and will resume consideration of S.1023, the Travel Promotion Act of 2009. The House is not in session. For a complete schedule of House and Senate committee hearings, visit Today in Congress....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 22, 2009; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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