House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, during his weekly news conference. He said that he will help President Obama win House approval next year for an expected multibillion-dollar spending request to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. But the Ohio Republican warned Obama not to attach any money for transferring terrorist suspects from the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba to a site in rural Illinois.
Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., during a news conference on why he does not think Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke deserves a second term. 'Mr. Bernanke has failed at all four core responsibilities of the Federal Reserve,' Sanders said in a press release. 'It's time for him to go.'
House Republican leaders speak to the press about their opposition to many of President Obama's priorities and Democratic legislation. Pictured at the microphone is Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., looks on as Dr. Stacy Lindau, of Chicago, with son, Ben, speaks during a news conference with doctors from around the country on health care reform.
Senate Finance ranking member Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ranking member Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., during a news conference with representatives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on health care and job creation. The U.S. Chamber representatives, including more than 70 business executives from around the U.S., participated in a chamber-sponsored 'lobbying blitz' urging Congress to adopt 'responsible health reform.'
A hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee featured the testimony of Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, right, and Ambassador to Iraq, Karl W. Eikenberry, left.