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Political Quick Hits: January 11th Edition

January 11, 2013 Front Page, Politics No Comments

Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:

  • Last Friday, Congress finally approved a $9.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package on Friday following many delays. The package is much smaller than what was requested, however lawmakers from both houses will decide on an additional $51 billion in aid on January 15. (CNN)
  • President Obama earlier this week nominated Nebraskan Republican Senator and Vietnam War veteran Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary. Hagel is a controversial choice and could should have some opposition from Republicans during his nomination process due to the fact he has been outspoken in foreign policy and defense over the years. President Obama also announced the nomination of John Brennan as next director of the CIA. Brennan has served as assistant to the president for counterterrorism and homeland security since 2009. (CNN)
  • On Thursday, President Obama nominated Jack Lew to be the next treasury secretary. Lew, a federal budget expert, is replacing Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Lew served as White House Budget Director during the Clinton administration and has been the White House chief of staff since January 2012. (Huff Po)

  • While there was another school shooting in California on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden announced he will give his recommendations for reducing gun-related violence in America to President Obama by next Tuesday. Biden has been meeting with both pro and anti gun groups to try to develop some solutions to gun violence in America, something he was put in charge of after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. It is also believed that President Obama is exploring potential presidential executive orders in addition to legislative action in regards to gun control. (CBS News)
  • Finally, the big news while we were on holiday was that Congress managed to pass a fiscal cliff deal. The bipartisan compromise was much smaller than expected but we avoided going over the cliff. Here is a Forbes article that shows the fiscal cliff deal in one picture. And even though we’ve avoided the cliff, there are still some big economic battles ahead soon. The debt ceiling has to be raised again somewhere between February and March and Congress also has to deal with the  automatic spending cuts in the military and other government programs that are soon set to take place. These cuts were postponed two months in the fiscal cliff agreement.

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