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CQ Roll Call
April 6, 2011
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Speaker John Boehner began pushing hard for more spending cuts in the final temporary spending bill of the year. Talks stalled, raising prospects of a government shutdown by week’s end.
CR Challenge Gets Steeper
Near the End
By John Stanton
Democratic and Republican leaders scrambled late Tuesday to salvage their weeks-long negotiations over a long-term spending bill after talks collapsed in an exchange of partisan fireworks.
Members to Limit
Staff Furloughs
By Daniel Newhauser
A day after the House Administration Committee released guidelines informing Members how to run their offices during a government shutdown, some lawmakers said they will not furlough a single staffer.
By Steven T. Dennis, Anna Palmer
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By Bennett Roth
To prod lawmakers to approve the long-stalled U.S.-Korea free-trade agreement, the South Korean government is turning to its secret weapon in the United States: Korean-Americans.
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Shades of Sheen
By Rachael Bade
What do Congress and Charlie Sheen have in common? They’re both dysfunctional — at least that’s what actor Alec Baldwin implied in a National Arts Advocacy Day speech after the House Appropriations Committee canceled his testimony Tuesday.
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Huffman Prepping for Woolsey Retirement
California Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D) raised more than $120,000 in the first quarter as he prepares a Congressional bid in the northern 6th district, which is currently represented by Democratic Rep. Lynn Woolsey.
More At the Races
Moderate Senate Democrats who voted to repeal a provision of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law say they are open to working with Republicans on more changes — but only if those changes are meant to improve, rather than dismantle, the measure.
By Norman Ornstein
I am CR’ed and budgeted out, but it is hard to imagine writing about anything else in a week when the next showdown-that-could-lead-to-a-shutdown is coming to a head, when House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled his long-term budget vision/road map/blueprint, and when the Treasury Department laid out the dates for the debt limit to be reached.
Members are known for their quickie autobiographies and ghostwritten campaign books. But novels? That’s a different story.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) will take the helm of the Democratic National Committee as its next chairwoman, marking the first time a current Member will hold the post in more than a decade.
The Senate on Tuesday essentially defeated an amendment by Sen. Rand Paul designed to imply that President Barack Obama contradicted himself when he ordered military operations in Libya without Congress’ consent.
President Barack Obama called on Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders on Tuesday to “act like grown-ups” and put aside their differences on a six-month spending bill.
Reality show star Donald Trump actually finished second among likely New Hampshire presidential primary voters to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who led with 27 percent compared with Trump’s 21 percent.
Women’s group EMILY’s List is expected to release its top political targets later Tuesday, which include five House Republicans believed to be vulnerable to female challengers in 2012.
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April 5, 2011

Reporters question Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (center) on April 5 as he makes his way to the Senate Democratic luncheon in the Capitol. House Republicans released their budget proposal for fiscal 2012 that day, and Baucus blasted its cuts to Medicare benefits.
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House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint released Tuesday cuts $6.2 trillion in spending and $1.8 trillion in taxes relative to President Barack Obama’s 10-year plan, but it would still add more than $8 trillion to the national debt over the next decade — reaching $23 trillion in 2021.
Two candidates are preparing to launch campaigns for New Mexico’s 1st district, and Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich’s announcement that he’ll run for the open Senate seat is likely to lure several more to bid for his marginal district.
One week into a hunger strike, activists opposing budget cuts proposed by House Republicans said Monday that they made their first breakthrough on Capitol Hill, meeting with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss their efforts.
The chatter among Arizona Republican insiders is that state Senate President Russell Pearce will not run in the open 6th district next year, giving a boost to the party’s other likely contenders in the GOP-leaning district.
By the end of this month, five of the six commissioners’ terms at the Federal Election Commission will have expired, providing President Barack Obama the opportunity to profoundly change the leadership at the federal agency that administers and enforces the nation’s campaign finance laws.
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