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Friday, September 27, 2013

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Senate To Vote on Funding Bill, Send back to House - The Senate will vote Friday on legislation to keep the government funded, setting up a weekend showdown with the House and tough choices for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has scheduled a series of four votes beginning at 12:30 p.m., one of which will strip language defunding ObamaCare from the stopgap spending measure.

Boehner will have to decide how to respond knowing any substantive changes to the Senate bill heightens the likelihood of a government shutdown. has more here.


DCCC Targets GOP Congresman over Manufactured Government Shutdown - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is sending out attack emails targeting more than five dozen House Republicans for creating a "manufactured crisis" by voting for legislation that funds the government only if Obamacare is defunded.
The emails, which the House Democrats' campaign arm is sending out Thursday, are something of a counter to the GOP's attempts to label a vote against the continuing resolution legislation as essentially a vote to shutdown the government. has more here.


U.N. Five Big Powers Reach Resolution on Syrian Resolution - NEW YORK — The United Nations’ five big powers reached agreement Thursday on a legally binding U.N. Security Council resolution that would require Syria to dismantle its once-secret chemical weapons program or face the threat of unspecified measures, according to senior U.S. and Russian officials.

The deal reached by Britain, France, the United States, Russia and China followed several days of high-level talks in New York. The talks culminated Thursday afternoon with a face-to-face meeting between Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.  The Washington Post has more here.


Iran-U.S. Hold High Level Talks - Iran and the United States held their highest-level substantive talks in a generation on Thursday, saying the tone was positive but sounding cautious about resolving the long-running standoff over Iran's nuclear program.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met after Zarif held wider talks with the United States and other major powers to address Western suspicions that Iran may be trying to develop atomic weapons. has more here.


Wendy Davis to Announce Run for Governor - The Texas state senator who gained national attention for a filibuster against statewide abortion restrictions is planning to run for governor in 2014.

Politico and the Associated Press first reported Thursday that Democrat Wendy Davis has told influential party members that she plans to announce the run next week.
She will make the official announcement on October 3 in Haltom City, Texas, at the venue where she received her high school diploma. NBC News has more here.


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