WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama proposed on Nov. 29 a two-year federal pay freeze to aid in reducing the federal deficit.
The proposed freeze would not affect military pay and would require congressional action to become law.
"(The freeze) would save $2 billion over the rest of this fiscal year and $28 billion in cumulative savings over the next five years," the president said in announcing the proposal.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency Oct. 24, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.
Administration officials said the emergency declaration was a pre-emptive move designed to make decisions easier when they need to be made.