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Capitol Briefing: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

GOP: Democrats Censoring Mail on Health Care

House Republicans have been prohibited from mailing out this diagram of Democrats' health-care reform plan. By Ben Pershing The partisan debate over health-care reform has trickled down into one of the more arcane corners of the House -- the committee on free mail, otherwise known as the Franking Commission....

By Ben Pershing  |  July 24, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Health Reform , House  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. No roll call votes are scheduled. The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The last votes are expected between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Visit Today in Congress for more information on the House and Senate, including today's committee hearing schedules,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 24, 2009; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET today and will resume consideration of S1390, the Department of Defense Authorization bill. Roll call votes are expected throughout the day. The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. ET for legislative business and will consider H.R. 3288, the Department of Transportation, and Housing...

By washingtonpost.com  |  July 23, 2009; 6:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Durbin Says No Health Care Vote Until September

Updated 8:56 p.m. By Paul Kane Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (Ill.), President Obama's closest ally on Capitol Hill, became the highest-ranking Democratic leader to say that health-care legislation will not make it to the chamber floor until September. "We're going to take a little longer to get it right,"...

By Paul Kane  |  July 22, 2009; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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House Passes Obama-Backed Budget Rules

By Ben Pershing The House approved a bill Wednesday requiring that much new legislation be deficit-neutral, endorsing budget rules proposed by President Obama as he struggles to halt a rising tide of red ink. The "pay-as-you-go," or PAYGO, measure passed the House 265 to 166. It mandates that most tax...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 22, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  House , Purse Strings  
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Graham Becomes First Judiciary Republican to Back Sotomayor

By Ben Pershing Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) announced today that he would support Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, making him the first Judiciary Committee Republican to do so and potentially paving the way for several more GOP senators to back her. Saying that "elections have consequences,"...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 22, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Senate , Supreme Court  
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Democrats Defeat Concealed Weapons Amendment

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.).(Lauren Victoria Burke/Associated Press) By Paul Kane By the narrowest of margins, the Senate's liberal bloc of Democrats defeated an amendment that would have allowed gun owners to carry their weapons across state lines without regard for stricter laws in many jurisdictions, giving preference to states with...

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 22, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (255)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET today and will resume consideration of S.1390, the Department of Defense Authorization bill. The Senate plans on voting on the Thune Amendment, which would "allow citizens who have concealed carry permits from the State in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in...

By washingtonpost.com  |  July 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House Dems Propose Maintaining 'Status Quo' on Abortion Funding

A group of centrist House Democrats proposed Tuesday night a compromise aimed at quelling a growing uproar among conservatives over the potential of federal funding for abortions.

By Post Editor  |  July 21, 2009; 8:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Sen. Byrd Back on the Senate Floor

Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), who hasn't been on Capitol Hill since his May 15 hospitalization, made a surprise return to the Senate today.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 21, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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Collins Adds Another GOP Vote for Sotomayor

By Ben Pershing Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced Tuesday that she will support Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, making her the fourth Republican to line up behind President Obama's pick. "Judge Sotomayor has impressive legal experience, has excelled throughout her life, and is a tremendously accomplished person," Collins...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 21, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Senate , Supreme Court  
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The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of S.1390, the DoD Authorization bill. The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons. The House will meet at 10:30 a.m. ET. Votes are expected around 2:00 p.m. Visit Today in...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 21, 2009; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kirk Campaign Offers GOP Hope, Headaches

Rep. Mark Kirk plans to run for Senate in 2010, leaving his House seat vulnerable to Democrats. (David Banks/AP) By Ben Pershing Mark Kirk giveth, and Mark Kirk taketh away. The Illinois Republican lawmaker announced today that he will run for the Senate in 2010, giving hope to GOP strategists...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 20, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  2010 Campaign , GOP Leaders  
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Democrats Scramble to Block Thune Gun Amendment

Updated 2:36 p.m. By Shailagh Murray Senate Democrats are scrambling to produce 40 votes -- or a mere two-thirds of their caucus -- to defeat a GOP-led push to override state gun laws. Republicans have twice this year scored significant pro-gun victories with substantial moderate Democratic support. The minority party...

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 20, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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The Senate convenes at 1:00 p.m. ET and will resume consideration of S.1390, the DoD Authorization bill. The House will meet at 12:30 p.m. ET. Votes are postponed until 6:30 p.m. Visit Today in Congress for more information on the House and Senate, including today's committee hearing schedules, plus vote...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 20, 2009; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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