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White House: Obama will veto GOP one-week spending bill

April 7, 2011 The White House said point blank on Thursday that President Obama will veto H.R. 1363, the one-week government spending bill in the House that would fund defense spending through the end of fiscal 2011. "This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a ...

Boehner: No budget deal

April 5, 2011 Just days before a possible government shutdown, bipartisan congressional leaders met at the White House. Afterward, House Speaker John Boehner declared that while the session had been good, no agreement had been reached. Boehner, via a statement, added that "the House will not be put in a box and forced ...

Rep. Giffords inspires mobile communications legislation

April 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even from her recovery facility in Texas, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., is continuing to leave her mark on the halls of Congress. ABC News reports that Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, introduced legislation Thursday to improve cellular service near the U.S.-Mexico border at the request of Giffords' office. Giffords was preparing ...

Obama solicits ideas from federal workers for government reform

March 30, 2011 When President Obama talks about being open to ideas, he's not just talking about those from Congress. In a video message released by the White House yesterday, the president solicited ideas for government reorganization and reform from federal workers themselves. "We need to reorganize our government so as to best ...

Press secretary predicts White House-Congress meeting over CR

March 2, 2011 In the wake of an unusual press briefing that featured both an appearance by Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients and a brief statement by President Barack Obama, White House press secretary Jay Carney left the room to a flood of questions about what he meant when he said "we have ...

White House says a shutdown is still avoidable

February 23, 2011 The White House continues to express confidence that a last-minute deal will be reached to fund the government before a shutdown is triggered on March 4. "We believe there is the strong potential there for us to reach an agreement to avoid what you called a government shutdown," Press Secretary ...

Obama plans West Coast trip to focus on technology

February 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama will head for the West Coast on Thursday to meet with technology leaders and tour an Intel Corporation semiconductor manufacturing facility. The trip comes as the president is seeking to defend his 2012 budget proposal, which allocates funding to establish a nationwide broadband overhaul and to increase and ...

Report finds ambassador caused 'dysfunction' at embassy in Luxembourg

February 4, 2011 What makes a president turn his back on one of his biggest donors and allow her to resign from a plum diplomatic post she was offered in return for her generosity? According to a State Department report on outgoing Luxembourg Ambassador Cynthia Stroum, an "abusive management style" and the purchase ...

Counterterrorism adviser promises tight security during holidays

December 22, 2010 Chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan made an appearance at Wednesday's White House briefing to reassure reporters that the intelligence community is working to prevent terrorist threats during the holiday season such as last year's bombing attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Christmas day. "As we get to the peak of ...

Obama signs 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal into law

December 22, 2010 President Obama signed the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" into law Wednesday, ending a 17-year ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military. "No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie or look over their shoulder in order ...