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**FILE** Rep. Jeff Landry (left), Louisiana Republican, talks with an aide outside of the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill on July 29, 2011. (Associated Press)

House GOP prevents recess appointments

To C-SPAN viewers, Tuesday's House session opened just like any other. But expand the camera angle a bit, and the scene is anything but business as usual. Published August 9, 2011

President Obama pauses as he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama renews call for more stimulus

Pummeled by ghastly economic news, President Obama called Monday for more spending and extended tax cuts that he said would help stimulate the economy — but these also could deepen the deficit problems that helped the federal government earn its first-ever debt downgrade last week. Published August 8, 2011

House pages cluster around President Obama before his State of the Union speech In January. After nearly 200 years, the House program is ending. The high school students served as messengers for lawmakers while getting a front-row seat to learn about Congress. (Associated Press)

Technology leads to end of House page program

Citing high costs and limited duties, House Speaker John A. Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday that they are ending the page program that has seen both successes and its share of controversy in its near 200-year history. Published August 8, 2011

Deal puts FAA workers back on the job

The Senate on Friday moved to end a furlough of thousands of Federal Aviation Administration employees, using an abbreviated session of Congress to pass a stopgap bill that sends them back to work. Published August 5, 2011

FY2011 deficit tops $1 trillion, with two months to go

The federal deficit this year has now topped $1 trillion and is on pace for the second-largest shortfall in history, with the government recording its 34th straight month in the red, according to the latest data from the Congressional Budget Office. Published August 5, 2011

U.S. eats up most of debt limit in one day

U.S. debt shot up $239 billion on Tuesday — the largest one-day bump in history — as the government flexed the new borrowing room it earned in this week's debt-limit increase deal. Published August 3, 2011

Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican

Senate’s Republican freshmen ensure Tea Party is heard

As the final vote on raising the government's borrowing limit approached Tuesday, Republican after Republican took to the Senate floor to attack the bipartisan deal. The one unifying theme: Most were freshman, newly elected with the support of the tea party movement, and showed no qualms about bucking their own party's leaders who wrote the deal. Published August 2, 2011

House easily passes measure on debt ceiling; Giffords back at Capitol Hill

Punctuated by the surprise return of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, House Republicans and Democrats united Monday to avert a debt crisis, pushing through an increase of up to $2.4 trillion in new borrowing authority, imposing instant spending limits and setting up another five months of debate over making even deeper cuts or raising taxes. Published August 1, 2011

Real work on debt limit still to come

The defining element of Sunday night's debt-limit deal is not what happens now, but what it sets up for the next five months: an all-out war between tax increasers and entitlement cutters, fought on the battlefield of a 12-member congressional "supercommittee." Published August 1, 2011

Debt deal: $32.4 billion per page

The debt framework President Obama and congressional leaders reached Sunday night runs 74 pages long, and could authorize as much as $2.4 trillion in new debt — or $32.4 billion per page. Published August 1, 2011

Biden works Capitol Hill for debt votes

The debt-limit framework has been struck — now leaders on Capitol Hill are feverishly seeking to sell it to their colleagues in the hope of beating Tuesday's deadline. Published August 1, 2011

Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, told National Journal this week that he may have been guilty of overreach even as he defended his probe into the funding sources of seven professors, now known as the "Grijalva Seven." (Associated Press)

Obama's base: We've been 'thrown under the bus'

Even without a debt-limit deal completed, liberal lawmakers and activist groups are already lining up against the outlines of the agreement, saying President Obama and congressional Democrats are risking Social Security while squandering a chance to force tax increases. Published July 31, 2011

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (right), Kentucky Republican, and Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, head to a caucus meeting on Aug. 1, 2011, with fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill to discuss the debt plan. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Vote looms for a debt-limit deal

President Obama and congressional leaders late Sunday said they've settled on the outlines of a deal to raise the government's borrowing limit, and will pitch the deal to their colleagues Monday to try to tamp down burgeoning rebellions among both Democrats and Republicans. Published July 31, 2011

Senate delays debt vote as optimism grows

Saying debt-limit talks between the White House and Republicans are making some progress, Senate Democrats put off a 1 a.m. Sunday showdown vote. Published July 30, 2011

House votes to head off Senate debt bill in retaliatory strike

In a vote of theater politics, House Republicans introduced and then killed the Democrats' debt limit bill Saturday afternoon, trying to force both sides back to the negotiating table by showing there is no viable proposal left right now. Published July 30, 2011

Senate quickly kills House debt bill

The Senate late Friday rejected yet another House Republican proposal to stave off a looming debt crisis, acting just hours after the lower chamber had approved the measure and leaving the path to a deal still in doubt with just days to go before the Tuesday deadline. Published July 29, 2011

House doesn't vote on GOP debt bill

Lacking enough support to pass their debt-limit bill, House Republican leaders postponed a scheduled vote Thursday and were working feverishly behind closed doors to try to round up votes, though the delay further complicates matters as all sides struggle to beat an Aug. 2 deadline. Published July 28, 2011

CBO: Democrats' debt bill tops GOP's in spending cuts

The Senate Democratic debt-limit bill would cut future spending by $2.2 trillion over 10 years — much deeper than the House GOP alternative, according to figures Congress' chief scorekeeper released early Wednesday. Published July 27, 2011

Boehner plan runs into GOP rebellion

Facing a growing revolt in their own ranks, House Republican leaders said Tuesday they are rewriting their debt-limit increase bill after the Congressional Budget Office said Speaker John A. Boehner's plan does not save as much money as he had claimed. Published July 26, 2011

House GOP revolts against Boehner plan

House Republicans do not have enough support to pass their debt-ceiling increase plan on their own, a top conservative said Tuesday as his party's leaders tried to cobble together a coalition of Republicans and Democrats to put the bill over the top. Published July 26, 2011