Posts Tagged ‘White House’

Oil’s hidden costs visible, but will it matter?

HOUSTON — America is seeing the usually hidden costs of fossil fuels – an oil spill’s potential for huge environmental and economic damage, and deaths in coal and oil industry accidents. But don’t expect much to change. America and the world crave more oil and coal, no matter the all-too-risky ways needed to extract those […] [...]

Cochran takes aim at Obama’s education budget

by Published: April 16,2010

Tags: Congress, education, White House

  WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has voiced concerns about the White House’s budget proposals for federal education programs that would mean reduced or stable funding for rural and impoverished school districts. The administration’s FY2011 budget request for the U.S. Department of Education was scrutinized at a hearing conducted April 14 by the Senate […] [...]

White House to announce mortgage relief

WASHINGTON — After months of criticism that it hasn’t done enough to prevent foreclosures, the Obama administration is expected to announce today a plan to reduce the amount some troubled borrowers owe on their home loans. People briefed on the plan said the effort will let people who owe more on their mortgages than their […] [...]

Obama creates deficit commission

by Published: February 19,2010

Tags: debt, federal budget, federal deficit, White House

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed an order yesterday unilaterally creating a bipartisan commission to rein in unruly deficits after Congress rejected a similar body with considerably more enforcement power. In making the announcement, Obama said that unless lawmakers put aside partisan differences, the continuing red-ink trend could “hobble our economy.” The federal deficit hit […] [...]

White House looking to flank GOP on healthcare

WASHINGTON — The White House and congressional leaders are preparing a detailed healthcare proposal designed to win passage without Republican support if GOP lawmakers fail to embrace bipartisan compromises at President Barack Obama’s summit next week. A senior White House official said yesterday that Democratic negotiators are resolving final differences in House and Senate health […] [...]

Biden: Taxpayers well-served by stimulus

by Published: February 17,2010

Tags: ARRA, recession, stimulus, White House

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden asserted in an interview today that taxpayers have “gotten their money’s worth” out of the $787 billion stimulus program that Congress passed during the depths of the recession. In an interview broadcast on CBS’s “The Early Show,” Biden defended the program against accusations by Republicans critics that it hasn’t […] [...]

White House defending stimulus spending

by Published: February 16,2010

Tags: ARRA, jobs, recession, stimulus, unemployment, White House

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, defending his economic stimulus plan on its first anniversary, is dispatching his Cabinet across the country to try to calm an anxious public as Democrats head into potentially devastating midterm elections. A weeklong push to highlight the stimulus program’s first year was starting with a Tuesday trip by Vice President […] [...]

White House: U.S. to add 95,000 jobs per month

by Published: February 11,2010

Tags: employment, jobs, recession, White House

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is likely to average 95,000 more jobs each month this year, while personal savings will remain high as credit remains tight, according to a White House report released today. The Council of Economic Advisers also trumpeted the $787 billion economic stimulus package, which it said has saved or created about 2 […] [...]

GOP fears healthcare summit is ‘trap’

WASHINGTON — Even as Republicans publicly welcome President Barack Obama’s call for a bipartisan confab on healthcare, some privately worry that he might be laying a trap to portray their ideas as flimsy. If so, a shaky showing by GOP leaders could possibly embolden congressional Democrats to make a final, aggressive push to overhaul the […] [...]

Republicans cool to healthcare talk on TV

WASHINGTON — Republicans gave a chilly reception yesterday to President Barack Obama’s invitation to discuss healthcare in a bipartisan, televised setting later this month, part of the White House effort to revive the stalled legislation. The House and Senate GOP leaders said Obama and his fellow Democrats must shelve their long-debated healthcare bill, which was […] [...]

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