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Capitol Briefing: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Kirk Is Sworn Into Senate, as Kennedy Family Looks On

By Paul Kane With one hand on a Bible, Paul Kirk (D-Mass.) was sworn in Friday afternoon to the Senate seat previously held for nearly five decades by Edward M. Kennedy. "Congratulations, senator," Vice President Biden said to Kirk after completing the oath of office. Friday's ceremony marked the final...

By Paul Kane  |  September 25, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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House Votes to Fund Government Through October

The House voted Friday to keep federal agencies funded through the end of October, as the end of the government's fiscal year looms and the appropriations process is nowhere near complete.

By Ben Pershing  |  September 25, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  House , Purse Strings  
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Joe Wilson Raps Pelosi Over Making Bills Available Online

By Philip Rucker Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) marshaled his newfound celebrity Friday by sending a fundraising letter to Republicans that accuses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of failing to post all bills online at least 72 hours prior to votes. Wilson, who rose to notoriety for interrupting President Obama's health-care...

By Philip Rucker  |  September 25, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Health Reform , House  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R.3326, Defense appropriations. There will be no roll call votes on Friday. At 3:30 p.m., Paul Kirk will be sworn in as senator from Massachusetts. The House meets at 9 a.m. ET. Final votes are predicted to fall...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 25, 2009; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Byrd Released From Hospital

By Ben Pershing Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) was released from the hospital Thursday afternoon, according to his office, two days after a fall at his Northern Virginia home. The 91-year-old Byrd, the longest-serving senator in history, was admitted to the undisclosed hospital Tuesday as a precautionary measure, after tests showed...

By Ben Pershing  |  September 24, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Senate  
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Barney Frank vs. Bill O'Reilly on ACORN

By Garance Franke-Ruta Citing controversies over voter-registration "sloppiness," embezzlement and the recent video stings by conservative filmmakers, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) sought Wednesday night to clarify his position on whether the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now should receive federal funds. In an interview Wednesday with Fox News...

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  September 24, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R.2996, Interior appropriations, following an hour of morning business. The House meets at 10:30 a.m. Final votes are expected between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. For a list of Congressional committee hearings, visit Today in Congress. Visit our Votes...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 24, 2009; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will conduct morning business until 11 a.m. The Senate will then resume consideration of H.R.2996, the Interior appropriations bill. The House meets at 10 a.m. Last votes are predicted to fall between 5 and 6 p.m. For a list of Congressional committee...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 23, 2009; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Byrd Admitted to Hospital After Fall

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) was taken to the hospital this morning by an ambulance after a fall at his Northern Virginia home.

By Ben Pershing  |  September 22, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. ET and will hold morning business for an hour. The Senate will then resume consideration of H.R.2996, Interior appropriations. The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. to allow for weekly caucus luncheons. The House meets at 12:30 p.m. ET. Legislative buisness will...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 22, 2009; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 2:00 p.m. ET and will hold morning business until 3:00. The Senate will then resume consideration of H.R.2996, Interior appropriations. No roll call votes are scheduled. The House will meet at 4:00 p.m. in pro forma session. No committee hearing in either chamber are scheduled today....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 21, 2009; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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