Washington (CNN) - By the time students return to school next fall, President Obama wants Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, more commonly known as No Child Left Behind.
In a speech at a Virginia middle school Monday, the president is expected to praise the effort members of Congress have already made, but will call on them to finish their work before August.
New York (CNNMoney) - For the elderly, state budget cuts could mean no more daily hot meals and exercise classes to help prevent falls. At worst, some could even lose their beds at the nursing home.
These and other lifelines for seniors may disappear as governors and lawmakers slash spending to close an estimated $112 billion in budget shortfalls, advocates say.
(CNN) – Chris Lee, the New York congressman who resigned his post abruptly last month after it was revealed he had posted shirtless photos of himself on the website Craigslist, is now refunding the money he raised during 2010 and formally apologizing to more than 1,100 donors.
"I regret very much how my actions affected my family, staff and constituents," writes the Republican in a letter that some recipients received last week, according to the Buffalo News. "I make no excuses for my behavior. It was wrong."
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CNN: Congress faces need for immediate and long-term spending plans
With another three-week extension in government funding expected to be passed this week, Democratic and Republican legislators used the Sunday talk shows to hammer home core messages on how to proceed. An extension would give Congress until April 8 to either reach a deal for the rest of fiscal year 2011, which ends September 30, or pass another extension to avoid a government shutdown. President Barack Obama and congressional leaders all say that no one wants a shutdown, but the parties remain far apart on how to approach both the immediate need to authorize government spending for the next six months and the long-term need for budget reforms that reduce the deficit and national debt.
CNN: Political punches thrown at Obama over budget debate
While Congress debates how to continue funding the government, the political debate Sunday centered on the president’s involvement in the negotiations. Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona blamed the Democrats, who controlled the House and Senate before the midterm elections, for the current budget battles and touted the Republican plan to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year. “Democrats were in charge of the House and Senate last year. Their job was to get a budget and fund the government, they didn’t do that,” Kyl said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “When you ask what can Republicans do? The House has put out its proposed budget for the rest of the year.”