A new report projects a $42.9 trillion shortfall for the two entitlement programs over the next 75 years.
The Tibetan leader in exile must balance his stature as a monk with the very temporal demands of politics.
Friday's House vote, ignoring veto threat, is latest bid by Democrats to rein in White House powers.
Readers write about impeachment, verifying legal immigrants, and pursuit of multiple religions.
House Democrats, who let the law expire Saturday, see little danger. Intelligence officials argue the ability to track potential terrorists is impaired.
President lobbied hard Thursday for renewal of Protect America Act, which expires Feb. 16.
House Democrats consider an ethics board, and Republicans adopt reform standards.
Congress is likely to try other economic boosts. The GOP wants to extend the Bush tax cuts set to expire in 2010.
Package will give most US households $300 to $1,200 apiece, plus an extra $300 per child.