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Capitol Briefing: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Republicans may delay climate bill markup

By Juliet Eilperin Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee may block a markup on the Democrats' climate bill if they're not satisfied they've gotten a sufficient analysis time to review the text in detail, according to the panel's top Republican, Sen. James M. Inhofe (Okla.). Inhofe, speaking...

By Juliet Eilperin  |  October 23, 2009; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Oversight panel to subpoena Countrywide info

By Ben Pershing UPDATE 10:02 P.M. ET: Towns and Issa have announced an agreement on subpoenaing Bank of America for records related to the Countrywide mortgage program. Their joint statement is available here, and a copy of the subpoena is here. ORIGINAL POST: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 23, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Hate crimes bill set to become law

By Ben Pershing The Senate cleared a historic hate crimes bill for President Obama's signature Thursday, approving new federal penalties for attacks on gays and lesbians. The legislation, which was attached to the conference report for the bill outlining the Pentagon's budget, marks the culmination of a years-long fight by...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 22, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Clinton returns to the Hill

By Ben Pershing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is spending the day at her old office, as the former junior senator from New York returned to the Capitol Thursday as the face of the Obama administration's foreign policy. In between private meetings with former colleagues, Clinton joined Senate Democrats for...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 22, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Senate  
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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 conference report to accompany H.R.2647, Department of Defense Authorization. A cloture vote is expected around 11:45 a.m. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. and will begin consideration of H.R. 3619, the Coast Guard...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 22, 2009; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Today on the Hill  
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"Doc fix" remains broken

By Shailagh Murray Thirteen Democrats joined all 40 Republicans to block a permanent repeal of Medicare's payment formula for doctors, with lawmakers concluding the legislation's $247 billion 10-year price tag was too steep in an era of record deficits. The so-called "doc fix" is a near-annual ritual in Congress aimed...

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 21, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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 proceed to consider Roberto A. Lange to be U.S. District Judge for the District of South Dakota. A vote is also expected on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1776, the Medicare...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 21, 2009; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House Democrats' desired health bill would cost $871 billion

By Lori Montgomery House leaders have cut the cost of their health-care overhaul to around $871 billion over the next decade, Democratic sources said Tuesday night, and were working to line up votes for the package with the aim of bringing it before the full House early next month. The...

By Lori Montgomery  |  October 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Health Reform , House  
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Reid's summer fundraising taps Democrats and Republicans

By Sarah Lovenheim Third-quarter FEC filings illustrate the importance that Democrats -- and a few Republicans -- are placing on Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D) 2010 reelection campaign. Reid, in his fourth term in Congress, could face a tough race due to Nevada's struggling economy and doubts about the economic...

By Sarah Lovenheim  |  October 20, 2009; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Campaign , Fundraising Circuit , Senate  
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RNC outraises DNC, but GOP trails overall

Updated 8:20 p.m. By Ben Pershing The Republican National Committee outraised its Democratic counterpart in September for the second month in a row, but House and Senate Democrats more than made up for the discrepancy with bigger cash hauls than the congressional GOP. The RNC announced Tuesday that it had...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 20, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 Campaign  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET. Following Morning Business, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.2892, appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security. Later, Senate leaders will decide on when to hold a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.1776,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 20, 2009; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ad Hits Reid at Home on Public Option

By Ben Pershing Juggling health-care negotiations in Washington and a tough reelection race in Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) will get a televised warning shot this week from the Left. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is launching an ad in Nevada urging -- or warning -- Reid...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 19, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 Campaign , Dem. Leaders , Health Reform , Senate  
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