While President Obama's budget would expand the scope of government the House GOP alternative aims to return government spending to historical levels.
The US will try to reform the council – some of whose members shield human rights violators – from within, officials said.
Its focus on smaller, shovel-ready projects precludes a grander vision.
The plan, projecting a $1.7 trillion deficit, includes a down payment on universal healthcare.
An examination of China's record in Geneva Monday will test the country's willingness to answer international criticism.
House bill allots almost one-quarter of the $825 billion recovery package to states, localities. How will that boost the economy?
Never in polls has one president experienced such highs and lows in job approval.
The key is how well nations manage the spending.
His team looks ready to spend at least $675 billion on projects to jolt the US economy.
US could tap $700 billion financial-rescue fund to keep automakers afloat temporarily.