At 9:30 Eastern this morning President Obama is scheduled to make comments on the 2010 budget. At 11:00 OMB Director Peter Orzag and Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, will hold a news conference.
In her testimony yesterday (see two posts below) Secretary Napolitano seemed to promise – her language was a tad convoluted here – that First Responder grants will be on par with prior budgets as adopted, rather than the much reduced budgets the Bush White House had proposed.
It is also likely disaster relief funding will show a significant increase. The President and other administration officials have argued we can no longer claim to be “shocked, shocked” by floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires and other predictable disasters and the expectation of a federal financial response.
I will be airborne this morning and once landing will have professional obligations through the evening. So on today’s budget announcements HLSwatch will play Monday morning quarterback.