September 2011 Current Events: U.S. News
Here are the key events in U. S. news for the month of September 2011.
Obama Calls for Congress to Vote for New Jobs Plan (Sept. 8): In a pivotal speech at a time when he's on shaky political ground, President Obama urges Congress to pass a new jobs bill geared toward reviving a stalled economy. The plan is a $447 billion package which includes $140 billion for modernizing schools and repairing roads as well as the American Jobs Act, which calls for $240 billion in payroll tax cuts.
Bomb Threat as 9/11 Anniversary Approaches (Sept. 8): As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaches, a bomb threat surfaces. Counterterrorism officials are investigating the threat of an attack, in the form of a car or truck bomb and timed for the 10th anniversary in Washington DC or New York City. In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security calls the threat "specific, credible, but unconfirmed."
Djokovic and Stosur win the U.S. Open (Sept. 12): World No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat rival Rafael Nadal in four sets (6–2, 6–4, 6–7, 6–1) to win his first U.S. Open. It is his third major championship win in 2011. Djokovic becomes just the sixth player in the Open era to win three Majors in a calendar year. Samantha Stosur, of Australia, beat Serena Williams in straight sets (6–2, 6–3) to win her first major championship.
Romney Wins Michigan Straw Poll, Cain takes Florida Straw Poll (Sept. 25): Mitt Romney wins the Michigan Straw Poll with 51% of the vote. This is no surprise as Michigan is Romney's home state. Florida's result is a surprise: Herman Cain wins by nearly 40%. His vote tally more than doubles that of current front-runner Rick Perry. Mitt Romney comes in a close third in Florida.
Senate Makes Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown (Sept. 26): With funds dangerously low for some government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Senate reaches a spending agreement, avoiding a government shutdown. The discovery that FEMA would run out of money by Friday prompts the Senate to vote and approve (79 to 12) a seven-week extension of financing for the government agencies that are low on cash. FEMA's account is nearly empty due to the several severe natural disasters that have hit the U.S. this summer.