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Capitol Briefing: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009

S.C.'s Wilson Rakes In $750,000 in Less Than 48 Hours; Opponent Tops $1 Million

Updated 7:50 p.m. By Paul Kane With a political arms race in full force, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) has raised almost $750,000 in less than 48 hours since his shout of "You lie!" to President Obama during the Wednesday address to Congress, almost matching the Internet-fueled haul of his likely...

By Paul Kane  |  September 11, 2009; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (450)
 
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Markey Says He Won't Run for Kennedy Seat

By Paul Kane Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), the dean of his state's congressional delegation, has decided against running for the Senate seat of the late Edward M. Kennedy, leaving the field to two junior congressional colleagues and the state's attorney general. In a statement, Markey said keeping the posts he...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 11, 2009; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Campaign  
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Lobbying Firm Says It Only Forged 13 Letters, Not 14

By David A. Fahrenthold A day after Congressional investigators said they'd found a 14th forged letter written to Congress by a lobbying firm working for the coal industry, the firm on Friday said that was not the case. Bonner & Associates, the firm at which a now-fired employee wrote the...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 11, 2009; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. A moment of silence will recognize the anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3288, on Dept. of Transportation, and HUD appropriations. There will be no roll call votes. No votes are...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 11, 2009; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Joe Wilson Releases Combative Fundraising Video

Updated 10:34 p.m. By Garance Franke-Ruta Declaring "I will not be muzzled," a combative Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) issued a fundraising appeal Thursday night asking supporters to donate to his re-election campaign after watching his opponent effortlessly raise more than half a million dollars since Wilson's outburst against President...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 10, 2009; 10:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Fundraising Circuit  
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Joe Wilson's Quarrels

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) said his outburst before a joint session of Congress was "spontaneous." But this wasn't his first public quarrel.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  September 10, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  House  
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House Unearths a 14th Forged Letter from a Lobbyist

By David A. Fahrenthold Congressional investigators today said they have turned up a 14th forged letter that was sent to a Congressional office criticizing the House's climate change bill, this one appearing to come from an American Legion post in Rocky Mount, Va. The letter, sent to the office of...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 10, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Senators Pay Tribute to Kennedy

By Ben Pershing The morning after President Obama ended his address to a joint session of Congress with an emotional recollection of Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.) commitment to health-care reform, Senators filed onto the chamber floor Thursday to pay tribute to their late colleague. Kennedy passed away last month...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 10, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health Reform , Senate  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will use morning business hours (9:30 to 12:30) for floor tributes to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. After 12:30, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Cass Sunstein to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 10, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Congressman Who Shouted 'Lie' in a Crowded Chamber

By Ann Gerhart President Obama was halfway through his speech, trying to dispel what he called "bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform." Then he ran into Rep. Joe Wilson's agenda for the night. His plan would not insure illegal immigrants, said Obama. "You...

By Ann Gerhart  |  September 9, 2009; 10:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  House  
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Dodd Decides Against Taking Over Senate Health Committee

Updated version of a Sept. 8 report By Paul Kane and Ben Pershing Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) has decided to remain chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, rather than succeeding his close friend and mentor, the late Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) as chairman of the Senate's health committee. "We have...

By Paul Kane  |  September 9, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Senate  
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Sen. Martinez Takes a Bow

By Perry Bacon Jr. Declaring himself "grateful" for the opportunity to serve, Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) on Wednesday officially resigned from the U.S. Senate. Martinez, who had announced earlier in the year he was not seeking reelection, decided last month he was ready to leave Congress even sooner and would...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 9, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Senate  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of S.1023, the Travel Promotion Act. The Senate will stand in recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. ET. The last vote is predicted for 3:00...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 9, 2009; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Louisiana's Boustany to Give GOP Rebuttal

By Perry Bacon Jr. Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), a heart surgeon who has been in Congress since 2005, has been tapped by GOP leaders to give the response to President Obama's speech on Wednesday night. Boustany is a somewhat surprising pick in that he is little-known nationally and not part...

By Post Editor  |  September 8, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Blue Dog Ross Comes Out Against Public Option

By Perry Bacon Jr. Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), the Blue Dog congressman who battled with Democratic Party leaders for much of July before reaching an agreement on health-care reform legislation, said Tuesday that he could no longer back the government-insurance option included in the bill he voted for before the...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 8, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders , Health Reform  
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DNC Flings Medicare Charge Back at GOP

Updated 2:45 p.m. By Ben Pershing After weeks of fending off allegations that their health-care reform proposals might cut or weaken Medicare, Democrats have launched a new ad campaign aimed at volleying that charge back at the GOP. Having announced a national ad on the topic last week, the...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 8, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Today on the Hill

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Dorgan amendment #1347 to S.1023, Travel Promotion Act. The House will meet at 2:00 p.m. Votes are predicted to fall between 6:30 and 7:00. No committee hearings in either chamber are scheduled today....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 8, 2009; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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