- - Sunday, January 2, 2011

WHITE HOUSE

President signs 9/11 survivor-aid bill

HONOLULU | President Obama has signed into law a bill to provide aid to survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks and first responders who became ill working in the ruins at the World Trade Center.

The bill was one of the last measures Congress passed before adjourning in December. Some Republicans were concerned with how to pay for the bill and they tried to block the measure. But they dropped their opposition after lawmakers struck a compromise to reduce the costs.

The $4.2 billion measure will be paid for with a fee on some foreign companies that get U.S. government procurement contracts.

Mr. Obama signed the bill in Hawaii, where he’s vacationing with his family.

ENERGY

House GOP to fight Obama carbon plan

The incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is promising a fight over the Obama administration’s new approach on limiting greenhouse-gas emissions.

Congress failed last year to pass limits and let companies buy and sell pollution permits. That system was known as “cap and trade” - but to Republicans it was “cap and tax” because they said it would raise energy prices.

The administration now says it’ll act on its own to clamp down on power plant and oil-refinery emissions by developing new standards over the next year.

But Michigan Rep. Fred Upton tells “Fox News Sunday” that the GOP-led House won’t “let this administration regulate what they’ve been unable to legislate.” He says Republicans want to tackle the problem “in a reasonable way.”

NEBRASKA

Lawmakers expect to weigh abortion bills

OMAHA | Abortion foes fueled by success restricting the procedure in Nebraska during the last legislative session don’t expect the issue to fall by the wayside in 2011.

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