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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - David R. Obey
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
House Republicans introduced a measure yesterday to restore earmark reforms passed last year that they say were "gutted" by the Democratic leadership.
"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."
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.