The Note: Getting the Worm

CQ's Michael Sandler reports that House Democrats "will attempt for the third time in two weeks to force a vote on increasing the minimum wage when the fiscal 2007 Science-State-Justice-Commerce spending bill comes to the floor Tuesday. But the chances of getting a vote appeared slim Monday after the House Rules Committee rejected, 5-8, a request from Democrats that a vote on the amendment be allowed."

Former President Bill Clinton visits New Hampshire today, where he participates in a 3:15 pm ET event about his efforts to end childhood obesity with New Hampshire first lady Dr. Susan Lynch and attends a fundraiser in Manchester. The New Hampshire Democratic Party expects roughly 200 attendees at the event that is estimated to raise approximately $40,000. President Clinton is scheduled to take the stage at about 6:15 pm ET and will be introduced by super popular Gov. John Lynch (D-NH).

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman addresses the annual LULAC convention in Milwaukee, WI at 1:00 pm ET. He then heads to Michigan for grassroots organizing events and fundraisers beginning at 7:00 pm ET aimed at raising $10,000 for the Michigan Republican Party. (DNC Chairman Howard Dean addresses LULAC on Wednesday).

"From Poverty to Opportunity: A Covenant for a New America," the Christian mobilization conference being sponsored by Sojourners and Call to Renewal continues today. Earlier today, Chairman Dean participated in a discussion on "How Do Democrats and Republicans Plan to Overcome Poverty." Chairman Dean made reference to "being at home among people who do as Jesus does."

The Republican National Committee was invited to send a participant but declined.

There will be a Capitol Hill reception later this evening in Hart 902 from 5:00-7:00 pm ET. Tonight's featured speakers include Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) (who speaks at 6:00 pm ET), Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). A march to the Capitol is scheduled for 11:00 am ET.

Later today, Chairman Dean is scheduled to throw out the "opening pitch" at Camden Yards. The Baltimore Orioles are playing the Philadelphia Phillies.

In an effort to bring the African-American church back to its roots of fighting for racial equality and stemming the tide of poverty and social injustice while opposing violence in any form, the Rev. Al Sharpton kicks off a three-day conference in Dallas, TX at 12:00 pm ET. The Rev. Sharpton will call on progressive ministers to redouble their efforts to keep "conservative, right-wing evangelicals from taking over the Christian agenda."

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) join key advocates from the business, labor, religious, conservative, and immigrant advocacy communities for a 2:00 pm ET press conference in Dirksen 430 calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) hosts RGA meetings in Boston, MA today. The First Ladies of the Granite State and the Nation hold a tea at 1:30 pm ET at the Pierce Manse in Concord, NH. The accomplishments and contributions of this organization will be highlighted by guest speakers Nancy Sununu, wife of former Gov. John H. Sununu (R-NH), and mother of Sen. John E. Sununu (R-NH), and former White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater. The event is part of this week's Presidency and the Press conference.

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