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In this July 11, 2009, file photo, former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden says top members of Congress were kept well-informed about the Bush administration's post-9/11 surveillance program, with meetings that usually occurred at the White House with Vice President Dick Cheney in attendance. (Associated Press)

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National Edition Opinion cover for October 25, 2013 - No one is above the law - but Congress (Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times)

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"If U.S. bond holders decided that they wanted to be repaid rather than continuing to roll over their Treasury investments," the United States could be forced into default within days, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Congress last week. (Associated Press)

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Congress will spend $60 million on a two-year restoration of the Capitol's dome, which will require it be covered in scaffolding. A rendering of the scaffolding system is seen here. (aoc.gov)

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Congress will spend $60 million on a two-year restoration of the Capitol's dome, which will require it be covered in scaffolding. A rendering of the scaffolding system is seen here. (aoc.gov)

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Congress will spend $60 million on a two-year restoration of the Capitol's dome, which will require it be covered in scaffolding. A rendering of the scaffolding system is seen here. (aoc.gov)

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**FILE** House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio wipes a tear while waiting to receive the gavel from outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. the during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio wipes a tear while waiting to receive the gavel from outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. the during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)