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Today on the Hill

Updated, 7:30 a.m.

The House meets at 10 a.m. and will consider the $825 billion economic stimulus package. A vote on the plan is expected by nightfall.

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 2, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization. Votes on amendments to the bill are expected throughout the day.

Senate Action

The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Eric Holder for Attorney General, 10 a.m.

Foreign Relations -- "Addressing Global Climate Change: The Road to Copenhagen." Former vice president Al Gore testifies, 10 a.m.

Budget hearing on the "Federal Response to the Housing and Financial Crisis." Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf testifies, 10 a.m.

--Sarah Lovenheim

By Washington Post editors  |  January 28, 2009; 7:10 AM ET
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I am one of the many homeowners trying to keep their home. You have lenders out here who claim they need a bailout, but the money goes into paying their attornies to file foreclosure papers on home owners who are only a month behind. When is the Government going to wake up and realize that family and ownership has been what has kept this country economically sound. It is the people buying that have made the banks, lenders, and investors become the big tycoons that they are. As I have said before and I will say it again. Don't turn up your noses at the little guy, reach out a hand and help him. They don't forget it.

Posted by: gail4 | January 28, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | January 28, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

There have been several recent reports about wind turbine manufacturers, developers, and related companies shedding jobs as a result of the financial downturn. Specifically, because of the lack of project financing orders are being cancelled. But these 2008 numbers show that while the rest of the economy was shedding jobs rapidly during 2008, when the financing was available for projects the renewable energy sector was actually growing.

So we need more money from the stimulous package going to stimulate those sectors of the economy that were performing well, and reduce funding for sectors that got themselves in trouble. Enough of the multi-million dollar CEO bonuses and loans to banks who buy corporate jets. With the money we have to those shameless elites we could have been building solar and wind plants and putting lots of people to work.

Read more about job growth in the green industry at

Posted by: smithenergy | January 29, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project ( has some interesting facts concerning global poverty. It would cost $19 billion to eliminate global poverty, a small fraction of the $522 billion that was spent on the defense budget last year. Every night there are 800 million people that go to sleep hungry, 300 million are children.

Posted by: cougar_gal06 | January 29, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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