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Fitz File: Wednesday, February 12

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2014. There are 322 days left in the year.

OBAMA MINIMUM WAGE - 2:00 p.m. After a year that saw many of his proposals sunk in Congress, the President has vowed to go around Capitol Hill where her can. Today, as part of that effort the President will speak out on the importance of raising the federal minimum wage for all workers and sign an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally funded employees on new contracts a wage of at least $10.10 an hour. The current minimum wage is $7.25. Republicans though say the proposal is a small business killer, forcing higher salary costs onto owners just as they are beginning to emerge for the recession and Obamacare regulations.

SENATE SNOW HEARING - 10:00 a.m. Do we need a national snow plan? Snowstorms are expensive, and effect the economy. What happens when Virginia doesn't pretreat skyway overpasses? How can Atlanta leave itself unprepared for snowstorms leaving massive traffic jams? Today the US Senate holds hearings looking at what we are doing nationally to address what's quickly becoming the "American Winter of Our Discontent" US Homeland Securty and state officials will testify at a hearing entitled "Extreme Weather Events: The Costs of Not Being Prepared" http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/hearings/extreme-weather-events-the-costs-of-not-being-prepared1

DEBT CEILING VOTE - Today Senate Democrats hope to vote on the legislation that will raise the nations borrowing limit and send it to President Obama for his signature. Faced with being stuck in a snow clogged DC or getting home for the Presidents Day break, the House swung into action Tuesday. The 221-201 House vote came hours after Speaker John Boehner announced to his fractured party would not go along with demands from conservatives to tie the vote to other spending cuts Just 28 Republicans voted for the measure, including Boehner and his top lieutenants. But 193 Democrats more than compensated for the low support among Republicans.

PHONE RECORDS SPYING - 10:00 a.m. One of the most controversial parts of the NSA ease dropping scandal that's come out is how the goverment goes about getting the OK to obtain phone records. "Section 215" is one of the rules the NSA uses at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court known as FISA. Today the Senate Judiciary Committee opens new hearings into the report just issues from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on Reforms to the Section 215 that was set up after the NSA scandal broke following the Edward Snowden revelations about the scope of the governments spying abilities both online and on cell phones. http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=138603a26950ad873303535a6316c689

Today's Weather:

@fox5weather: Snow Forecast...Looks like the heaviest of the snow is west of DC. Mixing w/rain holds down totals SE of the city . http://t.co/i0FCuYceOk

Today's History:

In 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was born in Kentucky.

In 1999, The U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

In 2004, Defying a California state law, City of San Francisco officials began performing wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.

Today's Quote:

"I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches" - Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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