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S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller reports from the White House on politics, policy and political campaigns for The Washington Times. He can be contacted at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by S.A. Miller

Thousands crowd Obama rail stops

Walter Glover, his wife and two small children bundled up and drove three hours from their home in New Kent County, Va., to join the thousands of people facing frigid weather to see President-elect Barack Obama's whistle-stop speech here. Published January 18, 2009

Senate welcomes Burris to fold

A who's who of senators and House members flocked to Sen. Roland Burris on the U.S. Senate floor after his swearing-in Thursday as the chamber's newest member, ending an embarrassing episode for Democrats who vowed to block his appointment. Published January 16, 2009

Republicans delay Geithner hearing

Senate Republicans backed off a confirmation fight Wednesday over Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner's failure to pay nearly $35,000 in federal taxes, though they bumped a hearing on the appointment until after President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration next week. Published January 15, 2009

Tax, housekeeper issues trip up Geithner

President-elect Barack Obama's pick for U.S. Treasury Secretary came under fire Tuesday on Capitol Hill for employing a housekeeper with expired immigration papers and for failing to pay his full taxes. Published January 14, 2009

Democrats spare little time to tackle agenda

Congress' Democratic leaders opened the session eager to advance an agenda long frustrated by President Bush but then quickly asserted their independence from President-elect Barack Obama as well, wrangling over a $800 billion economic rescue destined to be a signature program of the new administration. Published January 14, 2009

House approves bills for equal pay

House Democrats put their beefed up majority to work Friday to pass two bills that ease limits on pay discrimination lawsuits, the first pieces of legislation passed this session. Published January 10, 2009

Obama: U.S. to weaken without stimulus

President-elect Barack Obama sought to move the economic stimulus debate past broad agreement on the outlines, pushing Congress to overcome squabbles or risk a long recession that threatens America's standing. Published January 9, 2009

Pelosi wants stimulus bill by inauguration

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Thursday to have a roughly $1 trillion economic stimulus bill on the floor during the week of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 20 and passed through Congress within three weeks. Published January 8, 2009

Support grows for Burris on Hill

Democratic leaders backpedaled furiously Wednesday from past vows to block a Senate seat going to Roland W. Burris, whose appointment by scandal-smeared Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich over fellow Democrats' objections cast a pall over the opening days of the 111th Congress. Published January 8, 2009

Confident Burris expects to be seated soon

UPDATED: An increasingly confident Roland W. Burris of Illinois, whose disputed appointment to the U.S. Senate has befuddled the Democratic leadership, said Wednesday that a path has been cleared for him to assume the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Published January 7, 2009

Feinstein backs Burris as busy Congress begins

The 111th Congress opened Tuesday to a raucous start on a day typically reserved for ceremony, as Democrats dealt with an embarrassing sideshow over President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the Senate and pushed through rules changes to limit minority Republicans' ability to influence legislation. Published January 7, 2009

Burris refused a seat in the U.S. Senate

Disputed Senate appointee Roland W. Burris' quest to be seated in the chamber Monday ended abruptly in the Secretary of the Senate's office, where his credentials were rejected. Published January 6, 2009

Obama pushes stimulus plan on Hill

President-elect Barack Obama laid his huge economic stimulus plan before Congress on Monday and received warm support from Republicans on his first full day of work in Washington. Published January 6, 2009

Dems pursue ambitious agenda on Hill

UPDATED: Democratic congressional leaders expect to pass a massive economic-stimulus package and other pieces of long-sought legislation - such as expanded stem-cell research funding and more money for poor children's medical insurance - in the first several weeks of the 111th Congress. Published January 5, 2009

Senate returns to raucous start

Senate Democrats are bracing for a raucous opening day of the 111th Congress this week if disputed new members Roland W. Burris of Illinois and Al Franken of Minnesota try to claim seats in the chamber. Published January 4, 2009

Green lobby critical of new-roads agenda

Friends of the Earth on Monday attacked President-elect Barack Obama's call for new infrastructure projects in his economic-stimulus package, saying it's a road to pollution. Published December 17, 2008

Environmentalists say no to road projects

Friends of the Earth on Monday attacked President-elect Barack Obama's call for an economic stimulus package heavy on new infrastructure projects, saying it's a road to pollution. Published December 16, 2008

Bush's auto U-turn incites GOP

Republicans angrily demanded that President Bush respect the legislative process after the Senate blocked financial aid to the automakers and the White House said that using Wall Street bailout funds is an option. Published December 13, 2008

Automaker bill failure sparks GOP intra-party war

UPDATED: Republicans on Friday angrily demanded that President Bush respect the legislative process after the White House declared it could rescue automakers on its own, following the Senate's block of the bailout measure. Published December 12, 2008

Wage issue kills Big 3 deal in Senate

UPDATED: Senate leaders gave up Thursday night on a $14 billion automaker bailout, sunk by the refusal of the autoworkers union to agree to the concessions that Republicans had cried out. Published December 12, 2008