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Congress: All about the budget

"Congressional Republicans have united on a budget message against President Obama's blueprint but are divided on their own spending plan."
Former First Read writer Carrie Dann writes in Congress Daily: "With President Obama's $3.6 trillion budget hitting the House and Senate floors this week, groups for and against the spending plan have issued strong appeals for citizens to pick up their phones and let their voices be heard on Capitol Hill. But, even in the offices of targeted Democrats whose budget votes may be up for grabs, the phones are not ringing off the hook."

"Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is under increasing pressure from conservative Democrats to provide political cover from GOP calls for an investigation into PMA Group, a now-defunct defense lobby under firm scrutiny for questionable campaign donations and earmarks."

This would be pretty big news on any other day… According NBC's Ken Strickland, Gen. David Petraeus will be on Capitol Hill today to discuss the president's new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy. He'll testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in his role as the CentCom commander. Also testifying will be Michele Flournoy, the under secretary of Defense for Policy.

"The Democrats' two leading champions of action on global warming released a bill Tuesday that sets up a major legislative battle by seeking to reshape how the country produces and consumes energy," The Hill writes. "The 640-page-plus measure, introduced by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey (D-Mass.), leaves practically no issue relating to energy policy untouched."