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The House convened at 10 a.m. ET and will consider three bills under suspension of the rules:

H.R. 35 - Presidential Records Act (Rep. Towns - Oversight and Government Reform)
H.R. 36 - Presidential Library Donation Reform Act (Rep. Towns - Oversight and Government Reform)
S.J. Res. 3 - Ensuring that the compensation and other emoluments attached to the office of Secretary of the Interior are those which were in effect on January 1, 2005. (Oversight and Government Reform)

The Senate will convene at 11:30 a.m. ET for morning business and will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly Democratic caucus luncheon.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid( Nev.) and Majority Whip Richard Durbin (Ill.) met with Roland Burris in an effort to resolve the question of whether or not Burris will be seated in the Senate.

By Paul Volpe  |  January 7, 2009; 10:26 AM ET
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What are their plans on passing legislation that will help further the United Nation's Millenium Development Goals, which aim to cut world hunger in half by 2015 and eliminating it completely by 2025? An estimated $19 billion would eliminate malnutrition and starvation around the world. Our current defense budget is $522 billion, in comparison.

The Borgen Project ( provides lots of information about this issue.

Posted by: alenka | January 7, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has informative statistics on addressing global poverty.

$30 billion ends world hunger
$550 billion is the US Defense budget

This organization has the ability, resources, and policy-makers to suppress the threat of global poverty by enacting legislation here in the US, which is tied to the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. Please support organizations such as The Borgen Project so that we may rid the world of poverty.

Posted by: atsegga | January 7, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Money will not end the "world of poverty", it will only fatten the wallets of those who handle the money and deplete the resources of others.

Posted by: us1156 | January 8, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

What are the bottlenecks in the U.S. Congress to passing the required legislation? The elimination of global poverty requires a sustainable process. Remember, you can give someone a fish but in the long run they're better off if you teach them to fish and to run a fish processing/distribution enterprise.

Posted by: francolino | January 8, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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