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Capitol Briefing: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

CBO: Preventive Care May Likely Lead to a Pain in the Wallet

In a letter to leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday that evidence suggests the cost of making services such as cancer screening, cholesterol management, vaccinations and wellness training broadly available would far outweigh any savings ultimately generated.

By Lori Montgomery  |  August 7, 2009; 9:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Health Reform , House  
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Ethics Panel Dismisses Complaints on Dodd, Conrad Mortgages

Updated 3:19 p.m. By Ben Pershing The Senate Ethics Committee on Friday dismissed complaints against Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) for their participation in a "VIP" mortgage program with Countrywide Financial Corp. The panel informed the two senators that while it found "no substantial credible evidence" that...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 7, 2009; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  2010 Campaign , Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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Gillibrand's 2010 Path Gets Easier

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (right) has decided not to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in next year's New York Senate Democratic primary. (Nicholas Kamn -- AFP/Getty Images/JB Reed -- Bloomberg News) By Ben Pershing Rep. Carolyn Maloney reportedly will announce today that she does not plan to run in next year's New...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 7, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Campaign  
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Town Hall Talk: The Latest Banter on Health Care

Here's a flavor of the latest bites taken at congressmen for their positions on health-care reform and a rundown of upcoming town hall meetings to monitor: St. Louis County, Mo.-- Six people were arrested at a town hall meeting held by Rep. Russ Carnahan at Bernard Middle School last night....

By Washington Post editors  |  August 7, 2009; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. No roll call votes are scheduled. Starting later today, the Senate will recess through September 7. The House is in recess through September 7. Visit Today in Congress for more information on the House and Senate, including today's committee hearing schedules, plus vote...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 7, 2009; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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More Forgeries Emerge in Climate Lobbying Effort

By David A. Fahrenthold The office of Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) has revealed the names of the two more groups whose names were forged on letters urging him to alter the House's climate-change bill. Perriello received eight of the letters -- all purporting to come from constituents or groups in...

By David A. Fahrenthold  |  August 6, 2009; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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As Recess Begins, Winners and Losers Emerge on the Hill

By Ben Pershing With more than seven months of the 110th Congress gone and the August recess (blissfully) upon us, it's a good time to take stock of the year so far. The legislative battles of 2009 have already produced a good crop of congressional winners and losers. Some winners...

By Ben Pershing  |  August 6, 2009; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , GOP Leaders , House , Senate  
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Byrd to Attend Sotomayor Vote

By Paul Kane Marking his second appearance since a hospitalization May 15, Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) will be on hand Thursday to cast his vote for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be Supreme Court justice. Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters that Byrd would be there for the...

By Kendra Nichols  |  August 6, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Senate , Supreme Court  
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Town Hall Talk: The Latest Banter on Health Care

A flavor of the latest bites taken at congressmen for their positions on health-care reform and a rundown of upcoming town hall meetings to monitor.

By Washington Post editors  |  August 6, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Democrats and Republicans will trade hours of debate from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. A vote...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 6, 2009; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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As Sotomayor Debate Begins, Two More Announce Opposition

Updated 2:00 p.m. By Paul Kane Wyoming's senators announced Wednesday that they'll oppose the Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, while Sen. Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) became the seventh Republican to announce his support of her ahead of a roll-call vote, expected for Thursday or Friday. Mike Enzi and...

By Paul Kane  |  August 5, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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National Debt Cap Will Need to Rise, Treasury Predicts

By Lori Montgomery Congress will be forced to raise the legal limit on the nation's credit card sometime later this year, Treasury officials reported Wednesday, focusing additional attention on the expanding national debt just as lawmakers expect to be putting the finishing touches on President Obama's trillion-dollar overhaul of the...

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 5, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Economy Watch  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Democrats and Republicans will trade hours of debate from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Debate will...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 5, 2009; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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With Backing from Voinovich, Sotomayor Poised to Receive Support of 9 GOP Senators

Updated Aug. 5 Every Republican senator has now made public statements in support of or in opposition to the nomination of appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Below is a scorecard with the final tally heading into the vote by the full Senate, scheduled for 3 p.m....

By Washington Post  |  August 4, 2009; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R.2997, the Agriculture Appropriations bill. Following votes on amendments late morning, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons. The House is in recess through September 7. Visit Today in Congress for...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 4, 2009; 6:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Grassley Suggests Health-Care Debate Will Last Until Mid-November

The leading Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), predicted on Iowa radio Monday that Congress could send a health-care bill to President Obama by Thanksgiving.

By Shailagh Murray  |  August 3, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Health Reform , Senate  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 2:00 p.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R.2997, the Agriculture Appropriations bill. The House is in recess through September 7. 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  |  August 3, 2009; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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