Reps. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Jim Ramstad (R-MN), Mike Ross (D-AR), Ray LaHood (R-IL), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), and Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) participate in a 10:00 am ET unveiling of the Healthy Kids Act at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. They are joined by representatives from Families USA, America's Health Insurance Plans, the American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, Healthcare Leadership Council, and Johnson & Johnson.
Because we love presidents of all types, the Note will not publish Monday in observance of the national holiday. It will return Tuesday.
Reid's decision to call a Saturday vote "caused untold pain and suffering for his Democratic colleagues," writes the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, "many of whom prefer to spend their weekends running for president." LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper and Zach Wolf report that Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) say they will be present if there is a vote. LINK
McCain, by contrast, is still planning (as of now) to be away from the Senate even if there is a vote. On Saturday, Sen. McCain attends a 10:15 am ET town hall meeting at Hotel Fort in Des Moines, IA. He also attends a 2:15 pm ET town hall meeting at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Even though she has cancelled her town hall discussion in Dover, NH, Sen. Clinton will keep her scheduled 10:00 am ET house party in Portsmouth, NH.
Sen. Obama (for now) keeps his 10:00 am ET town hall meeting at the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center in Orangeburg, SC, and then attends the Virginia Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at 7:30 pm ET in Richmond, VA where he might pick up the endorsement of Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA).
Sen. Biden, who was supposed to be in Iowa, Sen. Brownback, who was supposed to attend the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Florida, and Sen. Dodd, who was supposed to be in South Carolina, have all scrapped their Saturday campaign activity.
Leader Reid calls a "weekend detention." The New York Times reports that Sens. Boxer and Murray were already on flights to the west coast when the announcement was made, but they plan to fly right back to DC. LINK
The New York Daily News: LINK
The Washington Times' Christina Bellantoni reports that "the Nevada Democrat yesterday said he did not take members' 2008 aspirations -- or planned weekend visits to Iowa and New Hampshire -- into consideration." Los Angeles Times: LINK
First Obama skips out, now Biden, Clinton, and Dodd may have to skip next Wednesday's AFSCME presidential forum in Carson City because of the Senate Iraq debate, writes the Las Vegas Review Journal's Molly Ball. LINK
Politics of Iraq: in the Congress:
On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "linked her support for President Bush's war-funding request to strict standards of resting, training and equipping combat forces, a move that could curtail troop deployments and alter the course of U.S. involvement in Iraq," reports the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray. LINK
As the debate in Congress shifts from nonbinding resolutions of disapproval to attaching conditions on funding for the war, a constitutional clash between the legislative and executive branches "may be inevitable," reports the Washington Post's Harvard-educated Michael Abramowitz. LINK