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Capitol Briefing: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

The Bottom Line: Joe Wilson Had a Huge Quarter in Fundraising

By Sarah Lovenheim Announced candidates for federal office had until midnight Thursday to file campaign finance reports for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. While the Federal Election Commission has yet to post all of them, several are already online, revealing how much money the candidates raised during the period...

By Sarah Lovenheim  |  October 16, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Campaign  
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CBO Estimates House Health Bill at $905B or Less

Congressional budget analysts have given House leaders cost estimates for two competing versions of their plan to overhaul the health-care system, concluding that one comes within striking distance of the $900 billion limit set by President Obama and the other falls below it.

By Lori Montgomery  |  October 16, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Health Reform , House  | Tags: congressional budget office, health-care, obama, reform  
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GOP Squabbling Jeopardizes N.Y. Seat

By Ben Pershing A Republican civil war is imperiling the party's chances of retaining an open House seat in upstate New York, as squabbling between GOP conservatives and moderates has provided Democrats with an opening. On Nov. 3, voters will go to the polls in the 23rd district for a...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 15, 2009; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2010 Campaign , GOP Leaders , House  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.3183, Energy and Water Appropriations. The House meets at 10:00 a.m and will consider the Conference Report on H.R. 2892, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010. For a list of Congressional...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 15, 2009; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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Democratic Split on Afghanistan Deepens

By Ben Pershing The House and Senate Democratic leaders already appear to have their differences on the way forward in Afghanistan. Now the two men who control the purse strings for the federal government have also parted ways on the subject. In the span of just a few hours Tuesday,...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 14, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  House , Purse Strings  
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Rep. Wexler Resigning for Think-Tank Job

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) will leave the House in January.(Susan Biddle / The Washington Post ). By Ben Pershing Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) announced Wednesday that he is resigning his House seat to take a post at a think tank, surprising his colleagues by cutting short a potentially promising Congressional...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 14, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  2010 Campaign , House  
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Snowe Stays in the Spotlight

The Senate Finance Committee's vote to pass health-care reform legislation yesterday received just one Republican senator's support. And that senator, Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, remains in the spotlight as pundits and politicos speculate about her role in the health-care reform debate moving forward. Here's a look at the latest buzz.

By Washington Post editors  |  October 14, 2009; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Health Reform , Swing Senators  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET. The Senate will proceed to consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.3183, the Energy & Water Appropriations bill. The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 p.m. for the weekly caucus luncheons. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. ET. First votes are scheduled for...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 14, 2009; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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Insurers and Liberals Take Their Fracas to the Airwaves

By Ben Pershing The fight between insurance companies and proponents of Democrats' health-care reform plans is heating up on the airwaves, as both sides are mounting new television campaigns. The industry trade group America's Health Insurance Plans sparked controversy this week with its report claiming that a Senate committee bill...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 13, 2009; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Snowe Says She'll Vote 'Yes' on Finance Committee Health Bill

It's decision day. That is, today marks the day in which the Senate Finance Committee votes on its highly debated health-care bill and senators who have wavered over which way to throw their support make up their mind. Committee members are expected to meet at 10 a.m. to discuss the bill one more time and then to vote a few hours later, according to wires. Here's a look at some of the pressure swing-vote senators face in the hours leading up to the vote.

By Washington Post editors  |  October 13, 2009; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Health Reform , Swing Senators  
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Unpopular in Virginia, Pelosi Becoming a Campaign Target

By Paul Kane Heading into his first re-election battle, Rep. Tom Periello (D-Va.) may spend most of next year answering questions about Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), not President Obama. The House speaker is deeply unpopular in Virginia, particularly in areas outside the Beltway media market -- and Republicans intend to make...

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 13, 2009; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 2:00 p.m. ET and will resume consideration of H.R.2847, Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations. The House meets at 12:30 p.m. Legislative business begins at 2:00, with first votes scheduled for 6:30 p.m. For a list of Congressional committee hearings, visit Today in Congress. Visit our Votes Database...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 13, 2009; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Senate Finance 'Hyper-Taskers' Head Toward the Finish Line

By Sarah Lovenheim. Here is some of the latest buzz surrounding the swing-vote senators slated to vote Tuesday on the health-care bill out of the Senate Finance Committee, illustrating the pressure they face as they approach a decision.

By Washington Post editors  |  October 12, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Health Reform , Swing Senators  
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