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Capitol Briefing: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

House Committee Signs Off on Health-Care Bill

Updated 9:45 p.m. By Paul Kane The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a sweeping package of health-care measures Friday night, clearing a critical hurdle that sets a five-week battle for both Democrats and Republicans to define the legislation in voters' minds before the full House votes next month. On...

By Paul Kane  |  July 31, 2009; 9:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R.2997, the Agriculture Appropriations bill. No roll call votes are scheduled. The House meets at 9 a.m. to consider H.R.3269, the "Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act of 2009," and for legislative business. Visit Today in...

By washingtonpost.com  |  July 31, 2009; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Cash-for-Clunkers' Program Runs Out of Gas

By Ben Pershing, Dana Hedgpeth and Sholnn Freeman Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called members of Congress on Thursday to inform them that the "cash for clunkers" program will be suspended at midnight because the program has run out of money, congressional sources said. Members of the House and Senate from...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 30, 2009; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Economy Watch  
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House Approves Defense Bill, Strips F-22 Funds

Updated 2:41 p.m. By Ben Pershing The House easily approved a $636 billion defense spending bill Thursday, after voting to strip money for the controversial F-22 fighter but leaving funding in place for several other military programs the Obama administration doesn't want. After the Senate voted last week 58-40 to...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 30, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch , House , Purse Strings  
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Pelosi Defends Agreement with Blue Dogs

By Perry Bacon Jr. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) strongly defended an agreement on health care reform she and other Democratic leaders reached with four conservative members of the party yesterday, a day after some liberal Democrats sharply attacked the deal and threatened to vote against the bill. Some of...

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 30, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Health Reform  
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Sen. Alexander Becomes Highest-Ranking Republican to Back Sotomayor

By Perry Bacon Jr. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the No. 3 Republican in the party's Senate leadership, announced on Thursday that he will vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court, making him the highest-ranking member of the party to endorse her. The decision was a bit of...

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  July 30, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Senate , Supreme Court , Votes  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. ET and will turn to the consideration of H.R.3357, the Highway Trust Fund. The Senate will recess from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m, to accommodate the members-only briefing with Secretary Clinton and Secretary Gates.Roll call votes are expected throughout the day. The House meets...

By washingtonpost.com  |  July 30, 2009; 6:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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House Democrats Trim $100B from Health Bill

By Paul Kane House Democrats announced a deal Wednesday afternoon on health-care reform that would allow a key committee to finish its consideration of the $1 trillion legislation on Friday. Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) said the deal would cut $100 billion from the cost of the legislation and would not...

By Eric Rich  |  July 29, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Health Reform , House  
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House Leaders End Night's Negotiations Without Deal

By Paul Kane After nearly seven hours of closed-door talks on landmark health-care legislation, top House leaders exited with hoarse voices and the need for some "shut eye". But still no deal. Pushing to restart the final committee action needed on the more than $1 trillion proposal, White House Chief...

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  July 28, 2009; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Senate Pages May Have Contracted Swine Flu, Says Top Official

Five pages appear to have contracted the H1N1 flu virus, Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance W. Gainer announced Tuesday night in an internal memo to senators and staff.

By Shailagh Murray  |  July 28, 2009; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Senate  
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Obama Threatens Veto Over New Helicopters

By Ben Pershing One week after successfully using a veto threat against the Senate's defense authorization bill, President Obama sent the House a similar threat Tuesday along with a message: He really doesn't want a new helicopter. As was the case with the Senate bill, the House Defense appropriations measure,...

By Ben Pershing  |  July 28, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Branch vs. Branch , House , Purse Strings  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R.3183, Energy and Water Appropriations. Roll call votes are expected throughout the day. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business and will begin consideration of H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. Visit Today...

By washingtonpost.com  |  July 28, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Committee Prepares to Vote on Sotomayor

President Obama's pick to become the next U.S. Supreme Court justice will likely move a step closer to confirmation when the Senate Judiciary Committee meets for a vote on Monday morning. Appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor is expected to win the support of a majority of the committee -- but only one of its Republican members.

By Debbi Wilgoren  |  July 28, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Senate , Supreme Court , Today on the Hill , Votes  
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The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET and will resume consideration H.R.3183, the Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus luncheons. The House meets at 10:30 a.m. for morning hour debate and noon for legislative business. Visit Today in Congress...

By washingtonpost.com  |  July 28, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate is not in session. The House will meet at 12:30 p.m. 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 history and member profiles....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 27, 2009; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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