Light, Clear, Not Odorless

WASHINGTON, Apr. 27

With Exxon Mobil reporting a 7 percent increase in first-quarter profits with a net income of $8.4 billion, and the party's pollsters telling them that this issue sticks (and could stick them), Republicans will act (again) today.LINK

Look for a noon press event at which, a source familiar with gas prices says, Republicans will unveil a ten-point plan which includes provisions on both the supply and demand sides and $100 "gas tax holiday rebate" checks for every taxpayer, along with the necessary off-sets.

But DSCC Chairman Chuck Schumer and DCCC Rahm Emanuel will do their best to keep people writing about the "pain at the pump" when they hold a press conference at DNC headquarters at 1:15 pm ET to "detail the impact of rising gas prices on Republican congressional candidates this year and to release a list of the ten worst votes on gas prices that the Republicans have cast."

President Bush participates in National Volunteer Week service projects in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) holds a press conference on the supplemental appropriations bill at 5:00 pm ET in the Senate gallery studio.

Democratic Sens. Max Baucus (MT), Ron Wyden (OR), and Blanche Lincoln (AR) hold an 11:30 am ET press conference in the Senate Radio and Television GAllery to introduce legislation correcting "problems that have arisen" in the implementation phase of the Medicare Part D drug benefit. The bill would require the HHS secretary to define "easily comparable benefit packages" so that seniors and people with disabilities can reach informed decisions about their Medicare drug plans. The bill also will outline uniform consumer protections for drug-benefit participants.

Expect questions on how gas prices and the housing market slide might affect the nation's economy when Fed Chair Ben Bernanke testifies before the Joint Economic Committee on the economic outlook today.

George Clooney will add his star power to the effort to "stop the genocide" in Darfur at a 12:15 pm ET presser at the National Press Club where he will join Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).

The House Judiciary Constitution subcommittee holds a 2:00 pm ET hearing on "The Constitution and the Line-Item Veto." Rep. Mark Kennedy (R-MN), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Cristina Firvida, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center, and Charles Cooper, parner at Cooper & Kirk PLLC testify.

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, "Renewing the Temporary Provisions of the Voting Rights Act: An Introduction to the Evidence" at 2:30 pm ET in Dirksen 226. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) testify.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speaks at the Vital Voices 2006 Global Leadership Awards and Benefit at 7:30 pm ET at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Sen. Brownback, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Richard Land, and others participate in a panel discussion on "Faith, Culture, and Law in the Immigration Debate" at the Family Research Council in Washington, DC.

Gen. Wesley Clark is joined by George Soros at two fundraising events benefiting Clark's PAC in New York City.

The Log Cabin Republicans begin their four-day national convention in Washington, DC.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) testifies before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention and Prediction some time after 10:00 am ET in Dirksen 562.

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