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Congress Prepping Budget Resolution for 100-Day Mark

By Shailagh Murray
Congress wants to deliver a big gift to President Obama on his 100th day in office: a fiscal 2010 budget resolution that makes room for his top domestic policy priorities.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said budget negotiators could complete work on a final plan by Monday, clearing a path for House and Senate passage by the middle of next week. A senior member of the House leadership said the White House is urging congressional leaders to wrap up action by Wednesday, the official 100-day mark -- even though Obama aides have downplayed the occasion as a "Hallmark holiday."

Several issues remain unresolved. The White House is seeking special "reconciliation" rules to protect health-care reform and an expansion of the federal student loan program from a Senate filibuster and allow the bills to pass with 51 votes.

Some Democrats remain unhappy about the proposed student-loan changes because they would eliminate the role of private lenders in the Pell Grant program. And Republicans who want to play a role in health-care reform warn that reconciliation would effectively shut them out, stoking partisan rancor in a landmark debate that cries out for consensus. The House budget blueprint includes reconciliation instructions, but the Senate version does not. Negotiators agree that reconciliation likely will be included, but Reid said the language wasn't final yet.

House and Senate negotiators also are continuing to debate possible budget rules that would be aimed at preventing future expansion of the deficit. And moderate Democrats in the House and Senate were pressing for creation of a special commission to propose ways to control entitlement spending, although that idea is strongly opposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and has little chance of enactment.

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 23, 2009; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  The Budget  
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"100 days" press conference question for POTUS

Mr. President:

The Senate Armed Services Committee report on "enhanced interrogation techniques" used at Guantanamo stated at least twice that detainees were subject to "induced physical weakness and exhaustion."

The report also stated that detainees were subject to "physiological and psychological pressures" and "environmental manipulation."

Has your administration inquired as to what "induced" these effects...

...and whether detainees were exposed to microwave radiation devices such as so-called "directed energy weapon" discharges... or any other type of radiation, including X-rays, gamma rays, sonic waves, or laser "dazzlers"?

If detainees were exposed to radiation, does that not constitute "torture" and "cruel and unusual punishment" in and of itself?

OR (if links are corrupted):

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 24, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I think this sums up the last 100 days in a more precise fashion:

Posted by: Bubbette1 | April 24, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

They can polish it all they want but a tird is still a tird. Insert "u" for "i". Crap, why won't they let me spell tird?

Posted by: Bubbette1 | April 24, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats are crazed by power. They don't want any debate - they know it all. Problem is, all they are doing is taxing and spending. - and procecuting (persecuting?)Republicans. So much for Democracy . . .

Posted by: lclifton | April 23, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SAINT---The | April 23, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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