WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday rejected a proposal to establish a potentially powerful commission to reduce the federal budget deficit, despite President Obama's endorsement and swelling voter anger about government spending and debt.
The bipartisan amendment would have required Congress to accept or reject the commission's recommendations without making changes, a provision designed to prevent lawmakers from sidestepping the most politically risky proposals.
The vote came just hours after the Congressional Budget Office issued a report predicting that the 2010 budget deficit would come in at $1.35 trillion, a slight improvement from $1.4 trillion in 2009 but still higher as a share of the economy than any other year since World War II.
New Jersey arrest nets man with an arsenal
SOMERVILLE, N.J. —A call from a convenience store clerk about a suspicious person led to an arrest and a frightening discovery: The man was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a loaded assault rifle and four magazines of ammunition.
Back in the man's motel room, authorities found a grenade launcher, more rifles, a night-vision scope and, ominously, a map of the Fort Drum Army base in upstate New York.
Prosecutors have not said what 43-year-old Lloyd Woodson was doing with the arsenal. The FBI said Woodson did not appear to have any connection to terrorist groups.
But the weapons and the map raised questions about whether the former Navy man may have been planning some kind of attack.
Authorities did not say why he had a map of Fort Drum, where active duty and reserve soldiers are trained and deployed. The base is about a 5-hour drive from Branchburg, where Woodson was staying.