The House and Senate will not hold formal sessions, subject to the call of the chairs.
Kline to Release 'No Child' Legislation This Week in the House. House Republicans will begin a more comprehensive approach to overhauling the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind by revealing two draft bills this week. The bills will address teacher effectiveness measures and the law's accountability system, according to House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline. The Minnesota Republican announced his timeline Thursday on "Morning in America," a conservative radio show hosted by Reagan administration Education Secretary William Bennett. Language from two proposals passed last year by the committee will be incorporated into the new bills, Kline said last month in an interview. The measures, which have yet to be taken up on the House floor, would eliminate more than half of the programs under the Education Department (HR 1891) and would provide nearly 100 percent flexibility for how states can use federal education dollars (HR 2445). Congressional Quarterly
Pentagon Plan Will Affect Personnel; Detail to Come in Budget Request. A strategy to downsize the Pentagon's budget over the next decade unveiled by Obama administration officials Thursday deferred details about possible reductions in military salaries and benefits, but the Defense Department made clear the new approach would include reductions affecting personnel. The review, released weeks before the Pentagon unveils its fiscal 2013 budget proposal, emphasizes smaller conventional ground forces as troops return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many details were deferred until the release of that budget proposal. "I want to make clear we are going to protect the quality of the benefits that are provided to our troops and to their families," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. "At the same time, as I said, we have some responsibility to try to control costs in this area. I think the troops understand that we've got to control those costs." Government Executive
Barents Oil Transport Down 3 Million Tons. It is the Norwegian Coastal Administration that publishes the statistics of oil transport from Russia passing outside Norway's Arctic coast. From their Vessel Traffic Service in Vard