Archived Document

These are some of the most popular documents issued in 2010. Because this is an archived page, some of the links may not work or may go to a different publication.

Budget

The President's Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011 is now available from the United States Government Printing Office (GPO).

Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other budget items, such as related publications and supporting materials, are included, which may vary from year to year.

FY 2011 Budget documents are available in PDF, with many of the tables also available for separate viewing and downloading as spreadsheets in xls and comma delimited formats.

GPO has signed and certified the PDF files to assure users that the online documents are official and authentic. The digitally signed PDF files should be viewed using Adobe Acrobat or Reader version 7.0 or higher.

The President's budget documents for FY 2011 will be distributed to Federal depository libraries in paper and CD-ROM formats as soon as stock is received by GPO. Additionally, copies of the FY 2011 Budget are available for purchase from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore and consist of 4 books and 1 CD-ROM. GPO Stock Numbers are:

  • Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011: GPO Stock Number: 041-001-00671-1
  • Appendix, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011: GPO Stock Number: 041-001-00672-9
  • Analytical Perspectives, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011: GPO Stock Number: 041-001-00674-5
  • Historical Tables, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011: GPO Stock Number: 041-001-00673-7
  • Budget of the United States Government, February 2010, Fiscal Year 2011, (CD-ROM): GPO Stock Number 041-001-00675-3

Deficit

The Moment of Truth: Report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (FiscalCommission.com)
President Obama created the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to address our nation's fiscal challenges. The Commission is charged with identifying policies to improve the fiscal situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long run. This report proposes measures intended to reduce the federal deficit by nearly four trillion dollars within a decade. The plan calls for sweeping tax changes, including trimming or doing away with many popular tax breaks, such as the home mortgage deduction. It would also make deep cuts in military spending, reduce the federal work force, raise the retirement age for full Social Security benefits, and make cuts in Medicare.

Energy

Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (State Energy Conservation Office)
Congress appropriated $300 million nationwide to support state rebate programs for residential ENERGY STAR appliance products (those that represent improvements in efficiency compared to the majority of products on the market). Texas will use approximately $23 million for a mail-in rebate program for consumers who purchase certain energy efficient household appliances. For additional information, including who qualifies and how to obtain a rebate, see the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program FAQs.

Gays in the Military

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (U.S. Department of Defense)
On November 30, 2010, the Pentagon released a report assessing the impact of repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and recommending appropriate changes in the event of repeal. This Web page includes the full report, the support plan for implementation, related studies from other institutions, and videos and transcripts of press conferences and public statements related to the report.
H.R.2965 (Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010) (Thomas)
This act, which became Public Law No. 111-321 on December 22, 2010, provides for repeal of the current Department of Defense (DOD) policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, to be effective 60 days after the Secretary of Defense has received DOD's comprehensive review on the implementation of such repeal, and the President, Secretary, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) certify to the congressional defense committees that they have considered the report and proposed plan of action, that DOD has prepared the necessary policies and regulations to exercise the discretion provided by such repeal, and that implementation of such policies and regulations is consistent with the standards of military readiness and effectiveness, unit cohesion, and military recruiting and retention. It also provides that, until such time as the above conditions are met, the current policy shall remain in effect.
The President Signs Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": "Out of Many, We Are One" (White House)
On December 22, 2010, President Barack Obama signed a law repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military, fulfilling one of his major campaign pledges and casting the issue as a matter of civil rights long denied.

Health Care Reform

HealthReform.gov
President Obama is committed to working with Congress to pass comprehensive health reform this year in order to control rising health care costs, guarantee choice of doctor, and assure high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Learn how the current system has failed millions of Americans and what President Obama's Administration is doing to work with congress to enact comprehensive health reform this year.
H.R. 3590, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
This is the major health care reform bill, passed by the House on March 21, 2010 by a party-line vote of 219-212. It would expand health care coverage to 31 million currently uninsured Americans through a combination of cost controls, subsidies and mandates. It is estimated to cost $848 billion over a 10 year period, but would be fully offset by new taxes and revenues and would actually reduce the deficit by $131 billion over the same period. The Democratic Policy Committee has posted a summary and more information about the bill. The Republicans have posted their own summary here (.pdf).

The House floor debate leading up to the passage of the bill can be found in the Congressional Record.

Direct links to Congressional Record containing the debate and vote:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/CREC-2010-03-21/CREC-2010-03-21-pt1-PgH1854-2/contentdetail.html http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/CREC-2010-03-21/CREC-2010-03-21-PT2-PgH1891/contentdetail.html http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2010-03-21/pdf/CREC-2010-03-21-PT2-PgH1891.pdf#page=263

H.R. 4872, Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
This bill would amend the health care reform bill to eliminate some controversial and unpopular items, and bring some of its provisions more in line with what the more progressive health care bill that was passed by the House in November 2009. It is a budget reconciliation bill, resulting from instructions that were included in Congress' 2010 budget plan.

State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama presented his 2010 State of the Union Address to Congress on January 27, 2010. It was his first State of the Union Address, although the president did give a non-State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress a month after taking office in 2009.

Putting Washington at the Service of the Middle Class is a summary of the major initiatives of Obama's address, posted by Mona Sutphen on the White House blog.

Newly elected Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell delivered the Republican response following the speech.

The State of the Union is an annual address presented before a joint session of Congress and held in the House of Representatives Chamber at the U.S. Capitol. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation, but also allows the president to outline his/her legislative agenda and national priorities to Congress.

Texts of earlier State of the Union addresses back to 1992 can be found at the GPO Access Web site. State of the Union addresses from 1790 to 2006 can be found on the USA Presidents Web site. The State of the Union Address Library contains texts of all the State of the Union addresses given from 1790 to the present.