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Capitol Briefing: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Republicans to boycott climate bill markup

BY JULIET EILPERIN High political theater will take place at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday, when the panel's Democrats will convene to mark up their climate bill. The seven committee Republicans won't show, denying the majority a quorum. Late Friday night, after the panel's chairman...

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 31, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  The Week Ahead  
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New Poll Shows a Dead Heat in N.Y.'s 23rd District Between Democrat, Conservative

By Karl Vick A new poll out Saturday morning shows a dead heat between two of the three candidates in Tuesday's special congressional election in Upstate New York. The Siena College survey has Democrat Bill Owens with 36 percent of likely voters in New York's 23rd Congressional District and Conservative...

By Karl Vick  |  October 31, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  House  
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Boxer Aims for Tuesday Markup on Climate Bill

By Juliet Eilperin Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) plans to take up climate legislation in her committee Tuesday, according to a senior aide -- if the Republicans don't stand in her way. "It is our intention, as of now, to mark up Tuesday," a senior...

By Juliet Eilperin  |  October 29, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET. The House meets at 10:00 a.m. and will proceed to the conference report on H.R. 2996, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 and continuing resolution. For a list of Congressional committee hearings, visit Today in Congress. Visit...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 29, 2009; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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DC Voting Rights unlikely to move with defense bill

Updated 4:00 p.m. By Ben Pershing Congressional Democrats are leaning strongly against attaching D.C. Voting Rights legislation to a must-pass defense spending bill, as the complex politics of gun rights and a crowded appropriations schedule have closed off another potential avenue for the stalled local priority. The D.C. bill, which...

By Ben Pershing  |  October 28, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Purse Strings  
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. ET and will resume the motion to proceed to H.R.3548, Unemployment Benefits Extension Act of 2009, post-cloture. The House meets at 10:00 for legislative business. The first vote is predicted to occur around noon. For a list of Congressional committee hearings, visit Today in...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 28, 2009; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Today on the Hill

The Senate convenes at 10:00 a.m. ET. Following morning business, the Senate will debate the nomination of Irene Cornelia Berger, of West Virginia, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia. Recess will occur from 12:30 until 2:15 p.m. for caucus luncheons. At 5:30, the Senate...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 27, 2009; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reid says he will bring a health-care bill with public option

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) announced Monday that he will seek to bring a health-care bill to the Senate floor that includes a government insurance plan, a major reversal from just two weeks ago, when Reid was leaning against the idea.

By Shailagh Murray  |  October 26, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (256)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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