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  • BUDGETEER: Rep. David R. Obey, Wisconsin Democrat and Appropriations Committee chairman, wrote the House version of the spending bill. (Associated Press)

    House acts to block closing of Gitmo

    Congress on Wednesday signaled it won't close the prison at Guantanamo Bay or allow any of its suspected terrorist detainees to be transferred to the U.S., dealing what is likely the final blow to President Obama's campaign pledge to shutter the facility in Cuba.

  • Wisconsin seat up for grabs after Obey's 21 terms

    Elections have been pretty mundane in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District the past four decades, with re-electing Capitol Hill stalwart Rep. David R. Obey a mere formality for most of his 21 terms. Not so in 2010.

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    Obey to leave House after 4 decades

    Rep. David R. Obey, the author of last year's $862 billion economic stimulus law, won't seek re-election this year - and on the way out he took shots at the Senate, the press, the country's mood and even former President George W. Bush.

  • Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., a leading liberal Democrat and chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, gestures on Capitol Hill, where he announced Wednesday that he intends to retire at the end of his term this year. (Associated Press)

    House chairman Obey to retire at end of term

    Taking shots at the Senate, the press, the country's mood and former President George W. Bush, Rep. David R. Obey said he will retire from the House at the end of this term, ending a four-decade congressional career that oversaw record spending and historic expansion of government aid.

  • ** FILE ** Leon E. Panetta, director of central intelligence, delivers a speech at a Pacific Council of International Policy event in Los Angeles on Monday, May 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Hector Mata)

    House Democrats challenge CIA records

    UPDATED: House Democrats on Tuesday challenged the accuracy of CIA records showing who was briefed on enhanced interrogation techniques, with Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey saying they have discovered an inaccuracy in the records.

  • Jarrita Juarez, center, wears a mask after entering the U.S. from Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego Sunday, April, 26, 2009. The world's governments raced to avoid both a pandemic and global hysteria Sunday as more possible swine flu cases surfaced from Canada to New Zealand and the United States declared a public health emergency. "It's not a time to panic," the White House said. Mexico, the outbreak's epicenter with up to 86 suspected deaths, canceled some church services and closed markets and restaurants. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    Lawmakers cut flu money from stimulus

    Congress over the past four years has trimmed spending aimed at fighting a flu pandemic, most recently in this year's stimulus bill, when a key House Democrat tried but failed to get his colleagues to include hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • **FILE** Rep. David R. Obey, Wisconsin Democrat

    Bill nixes hiring checks; Filipino vets, mouse safe

    Congress has removed the key check on making sure illegal immigrants aren't hired by firms getting money from the economic stimulus package, but left in nearly $200 million in spending for Filipino veterans of World War II.

  • **FILE** Rep. David R. Obey, Wisconsin Democrat

    EXCLUSIVE: Stimulus has plum for lawmaker's son

    EXCLUSIVE: A top House Republican is demanding an investigation into whether the more than $2 billion for national parks in the House economic recovery package is proper in light of the fact that the chief lobbyist for the National Parks Conservation Association is the son of House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey.

  • GOP claims victory in earmarks pact

    House Democratic leaders yesterday bowed to Republican pressure and abandoned their plan to permit the addition of "pork-barrel" projects to annual spending bills after the two chambers had voted on the measures.

  • Hill GOP: Earmark reforms gutted"

    House Republicans introduced a measure yesterday to restore earmark reforms passed last year that they say were "gutted" by the Democratic leadership.

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  • "Whether or not this influenza strain turns out to have pandemic potential, sooner or later some strain will," he said. "We are not prepared today. Let's hope we don't need to be. Because we need to become prepared as soon as possible, I intend to again request additional funds in the upcoming supplemental."

    Top Dem: Forced to strip flu-fighting funds →

  • House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey, Wisconsin Democrat, said he included $420 million in flu-fighting money in the House version of the stimulus bill earlier this year, but senators objected and he was forced to pull the money out.

    Top Dem: Forced to strip flu-fighting funds →

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