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Capitol Briefing: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

Doubts About ACORN Pre-Date Current Scandal

By Garance Franke-Ruta On Thursday, Congress voted to bar the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) from receiving federal funds. The vote wasn't the first time federal funding for the politically active antipoverty group became a subject of controversy in the House, though the circumstances this time around...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 18, 2009; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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How Much the Baucus Bill Costs -- and Why the Numbers Differ

By Lori Montgomery As if health care reform weren't confusing enough. When the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee released his long-awaited reform plan on Wednesday, his staff announced that it would cost $856 billion over the next decade. Hours later, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its preliminary analysis,...

By Lori Montgomery  |  September 18, 2009; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Republicans Denounce Pelosi for Warning Against 'Incitement'

By Paul Kane The House Republicans' top campaign chief strongly denounced Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comments that appeared to question whether today's angry conservative protests were similar to anti-gay rallies in the late 1970s that preceded the assassination of two San Francisco political leaders. Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas), chairman of the...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 17, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (558)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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House Votes to End Federal Funding for ACORN

By Perry Bacon Jr. Continuing the GOP's aggressive effort against the community organizing group ACORN, the House today passed by a wide margin a provision that would bar ACORN from receiving any federal funding. Long opposed by conservatives, who frequently accuse the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now of...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 17, 2009; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (200)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Pelosi Chokes Up, Recalling Milk Assassination

By Paul Kane In a rare display of public emotion, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) choked up Thursday morning recalling the anti-gay rhetoric in the late 1970s in San Francisco, which culminated in the assassinations of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay S.F. Board of Supervisors member, and Mayor George...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 17, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. After an hour of morning business, the Senate will resume considerationi of H.R.2996, Interior appropriations and H.R.3288, Transportation and HUD appropriations. The House meets at 10 a.m. and will take up complete consideraton of H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 17, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeMint Calls for an End to Murtha Airport Waste

By Carol D. Leonnig A Republican Senator called on Congress Wednesday to stop the decades-long flow of federal funds to a little-used rural airport named after Congressman John P. Murtha as a textbook example of government waste. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said the John P. Murtha Airport in the congressman's...

By Carol D. Leonnig  |  September 16, 2009; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Purse Strings  
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Ethics Panel Probing Jackson Jr., Graves, Waters

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is one of three lawmakers who were revealed Wednesday to be under investigation by the House ethics committee.(By Scott Olson/Getty Images) Updated 4:53 p.m. By Ben Pershing The House ethics committee announced Wednesday that it is probing Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 16, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET, with morning business until 11 a.m. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3288, Transportation and HUD appropriations. The House meets at 10 a.m., with votes lasting until approximately 5 p.m. The House will begin consideration of H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 16, 2009; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House Hearing to Focus on Insurers' Denial of Treatment

Rep. Dennis Kucinich plans to cast a spotlight on insurance companies in hearings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. First he plans to air testimony about patients whose insurers refused to pay for care; then he plans to put insurance company executives in the hot seat. The witness list for Thursday includes representatives of United Healthcare, WellPoint, Aetna, Humana, and Cigna.

By David S. Hilzenrath  |  September 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Health Reform , House  
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House Begins Debate Over Whether to Rebuke Wilson

By Paul Kane and Ben Pershing The House has begun an hour-long debate Tuesday on a resolution rebuking Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), whose heckling of President Obama last Wednesday sparked a week's worth of controversy increasingly tinged by allegations of racism. As the debate neared, Wilson took the chair in...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 15, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Health Reform , House  
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Specter Unveils Revised EFCA Bill

By Alec MacGillis PITTSBURGH -- Sen. Arlen Specter, long the most closely-watched man in America when it comes to labor law reform, today embraced his latest role: as a passionate Democrat declaring that a rejiggered Employee Free Choice Act will pass this year. An hour before President Obama appeared at...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 15, 2009; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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Inglis Calls on Wilson to Apologize to House

By Garance Franke-Ruta In another example of how Twitter is rapidly taking on a role in congressional communications previously played by press releases or television appearances, South Carolina Republican Bob Inglis on Tuesday morning tweeted a call for his fellow South Carolina delegation member Joe Wilson to apologize to the...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 15, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Some Democrats Opposed to Reprimanding Wilson

By Paul Kane Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) announced today he will not support the resolution reprimanding Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) for accusing President Obama of lying about his proposed health-care legislation, signaling Democratic leaders will lose some votes Tuesday when the roll is called. Hodes, who is running for Senate...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 15, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R. 3288, on Transportation and HUD appropriations. No roll call votes are scheduled after 3:00 p.m. The House meets at 10:30 a.m. Votes will occur between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. For a list of Congressional committee hearings,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 15, 2009; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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House to Vote on Reprimanding Wilson

House Democratic leaders have decided to hold a vote Tuesday to reprimand Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) for his actions during President Obama's address to Congress last week.

By Washington Post Editor  |  September 14, 2009; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Baucus Remains Hopeful That Republicans Will Like Committee's Health Bill

By Shailagh Murray Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus announced Monday that he may unveil his long-awaited health-care bill as soon as Tuesday -- and he predicted that Republicans will find plenty to like about it. The Montana Democrat and his fellow "Gang of Six" Finance Committee negotiators haggled Monday over...

By Shailagh Murray  |  September 14, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Health Reform , Senate  
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Unapologetic Rep. Wilson Addresses the House

By Paul Kane and Ben Pershing Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), under fire since his shout of "You lie!" at President Obama during last week's presidential address to Congress, took to the House floor Monday afternoon but did not offer the public apology that Democratic leaders have been demanding to avert...

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 14, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 2:00 p.m. ET, with morning business until 3:00. After 3:00, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3288, appropriations for Transportation, HUD and related agencies. The House meets at 12:30 p.m., with legislative business beginning at 2:00. The last vote is predicted for 7:00. For a list...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 14, 2009; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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