Washington (CNN) – When it comes to where President Obama should build his presidential library, Hawaiian lawmakers have one word: Aloha.
It should come as no surprise that Hawaii – the birthplace of the 44th president – would enthusiastically "welcome" this proposition. So much so that Hawaii's House Tourism, Culture and International Affairs Committee approved a resolution Monday urging the president to choose the state as the home for his library. Even Republicans backed the measure, said committee clerk Elijah Davenport. Eventually, the full Hawaii House will vote on the resolution.
Among the next steps, Davenport said, are researching likely costs to build the library and find potential locations. "There's work to be done," he said.
According to an official proposal Davenport provided to CNN, Hawaii would reap multiple benefits if the president decided to build his library there. The state would see a "massive infusion of capital," the proposal says, and add a globally-recognized institution to its landscape.
A microphone picked up Biden uttering the "F" word Tuesday in the majestic East Room of the White House, as President Obama signed the historic health care reform bill into law.
After delivering a rousing introduction of the president in which he praised Obama's "perseverance" and "clarity of purpose," Biden turned to embrace his boss.
As the crowd of approximately 300 people cheered wildly, Biden turned to Obama and said with a big smile, "This is a big f-- deal!"
Washington (CNN) – The 20 Republican members of Texas' congressional delegation have signed a letter to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison urging her not to resign her Senate seat – something she pledged to do during her unsuccessful bid for governor.
"We understand your desire to go home to Texas and spend more time with your family," the congressmen wrote in the letter obtained by CNN. "But we hope you realize how necessary your continued service in the U.S. Senate is, for Texas and for country."
Co-signers of the letter include Reps. Pete Sessions, Joe Barton, Jeb Hensarling, Ron Paul, Kevin Brady and Kay Granger.
Click here to read the letter.
Though she repeatedly vowed to resign her Senate seat during the Republican gubernatorial primary - which pitted her against Gov. Rick Perry and GOP activist Debra Medina - Hutchison never offered a detailed timeline as to when she might step down, saying only that she planned to remain in Washington as long as Republicans were fighting Democratic efforts at health care reform.
Hutchison and her staff have remained mum on her plans since Perry defeated her in the Republican primary earlier this month. Now that President Obama has signed health care reform into law, it would appear that Hutchison's fight against the legislation has come to an end.
But if Hutchison chooses to stay in the Senate, her GOP colleagues in the House are giving her cover.
"We, as Republican members of the Texas delegation to Congress, pledge to you that, if you will stay and fight, we will stay and fight alongside you," they wrote.
Hutchison's term expires in 2013.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama used a total of 22 pens to sign the historic health care reform bill into law. To keep as mementos, the president handed all but three of the pens out to various luminaries like Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.
Obama kept one pen for himself and is sending two others to the National Archives, according to White House aides. The White House initially said it was giving out 12 pens, but the number apparently grew as the list of people the president wanted to thank increased.
The other 19 pens went to Vice President Joe Biden; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, as well as other top lawmakers, administration officials and VIPs who helped get the historic legislation passed.
The list of who did not get pens is also worth noting: former President Bill Clinton, who helped make lobbying calls this past weekend, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who pushed reform unsuccessfully with her husband in 1993, both did not get the mementos.
And not everyone who got a pen decided to keep the keepsake. Reid spokesman Jim Manley told CNN that the Senate majority leader has already handed his off to his chief health care aide, Kate Leone.
Washington (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin launched a fundraising campaign Tuesday targeting 17 Democrats that voted in favor of health care reform and represent districts carried by the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008.
In a post on Facebook, Palin urged followers to "reclaim the power of the people from those who disregarded the will of the people."
Palin, a long-time critic of the health care reform legislation, directed followers to donate money to her political action committee, SarahPAC.
"Maybe when they join the millions of unemployed, they'll understand why Americans wanted them to focus on job creation and an invigorated private sector," Palin wrote. "Come November, we're going to print pink slips for members of Congress as fast as they've been printing money."
Washington (CNN) - A little more than half of Americans want Congress to impose tighter regulation over Wall Street, a new survey released Tuesday found.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, 53 percent favor legislation that would place new restrictions on banks and other financial companies, while 43 percent oppose it.
The Obama administration and Democrats in Congress have led the move to rewrite the rules of finance. But little progress has been made some 18 months since the height of the financial panic in September 2008.
The House passed a comprehensive bill last December that would impose more oversight and stronger capital cushions for the largest banks and Wall Street firms.
Washington (CNN) - Georgia Republican Nathan Deal's resignation from the U.S. House late Sunday night creates a fifth vacancy in that chamber, the latest in a number of membership changes since the 111th Congress first convened in January 2009.
Nine other House districts have had vacancies at some point this term, mostly due to resignations.
Besides Deal's seat, the districts currently without a sitting representative are the 29th district of New York, which opened up upon the resignation of Democrat Eric Massa, the 1st district of Hawaii, which became vacant when Democrat Neil Abercrombie stepped down to focus on his gubernatorial campaign, the 12th district of Pennsylvania, which became vacant upon the death of Democrat John Murtha, and the 19th district of Florida, which had been represented by Democrat Robert Wexler. Deal, who also stepped down to focus on his gubernatorial bid, originally had planned to resign earlier this month but held off until after Sunday's heath care vote.
(CNN) - President Obama signed sweeping health care reform into law today. The Senate must now pass a package of changes that will reconcile the differences between Senate and House bills. If those changes are worked out, here is how health care reforms will affect you:
Within the first year
• Young adults will be able stay on their parents' insurance until their 27th birthday.
• Seniors will get a $250 rebate to help fill the "doughnut hole" in Medicare prescription drug coverage, which falls between the $2,700 initial limit and when catastrophic coverage kicks in at $6,154.
TOPICS: Government regulation of banks and other financial institutions
Obama signed the health reform bill into law Tuesday. (Getty Images).
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama, greeted by applause from enthusiastic backers of his health care reform legislation, said, "Today after almost a century of trying, today after over a year of debate, today after all the votes have been tallied, health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America."
Watch the remarks after the jump