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The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. and resumes consideration of the Children Health Insurance Program reauthorization (H.R. 2). The Senate is expected to vote on the bill today. The Senate also may vote as early as today on the nomination of Eric Holder as attorney general. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Holder's nomination (17-2) yesterday.

The House is not in session. It will reconvene Monday at 2 p.m., but no legislative business is planned.

Notable Senate Committee Hearings

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions -- on "Crossing the Quality Chasm in Health Reform." Business leaders, including the president of the American Board of Internal Medicine, testify. 2 p.m.

Intelligence -- Meets behind closed doors on pending intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m.

Small Business -- on "Investing in Small Business: Jumpstarting the Engines of Our Economy." Time TBA.

--Sarah Lovenheim

By Washington Post editors  |  January 29, 2009; 6:35 AM ET
 
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The Borgen Project (www.borgenproject.org) has some interesting facts concerning global poverty. It would cost $30 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 12:17 PM | Report abuse

$1.2 trillion: Projected federal deficit for 2009.
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.

Political priorities by the numbers. Read more about it on the BORGEN PROJECT website (borgenproject.org)

Posted by: alenka | January 29, 2009 1:06 PM | 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 29, 2009 5:43 PM | 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 29, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

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