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  • Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican was shocked at the Congressional Budget Office's cost estimate to fix the VA, calling it "grotesquely out of line."

    VA fix could cost billions

    The VA's data on patient wait times is so bad that Congress's official scorekeeper can't even calculate the costs for fixing the agency, and that has become a major hurdle as lawmakers push for a quick fix on Capitol Hill.

  • **FILE** A statue of former Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin stands outside the Treasury Building in Washington on Aug. 8, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Congress flies blind during shutdown with deficit of budget reports

    One casualty of the government shutdown is that key agencies no longer are producing exactly the kind of budget information on deficits, spending and the economy that could help inform Congress as it debates just those issues.

  • Children take an oath of citizenship during a ceremony at the old school house in Old Sacramento, Calif. on Wednesday. Today's children become tomorrow's workers and future retirees. Most Americans end up getting more back in benefits than they pay into the entitlement system, meaning the immigrants being added now could become liabilities later on.
(Associated Press)

    Officials see immigration reform bolstering Social Security in the short term

    The White House said this week that passing the immigration bill will help boost Social Security — a claim that gets at the heart of the immigration debate and whether it's good for the economy or not.

  • ** FILE ** A road lined with vehicle barriers marking the U.S-Mexico border in New Mexico is the spartan territory for Border Patrol agents. (Associated Press)

    Safety net issue snags reforms to immigration; public balks at benefits for the newly legalized

    Much of the fight over illegal immigration isn't about immigration at all, but rather over the generous social safety net that has sprung up in the past five decades, and which has proved to be a major sticking point in voters' minds as Congress contemplates a legalization.

  • Cheryl Kitchens, a Government Printing Office receiving clerk, delivers the printed version of the Office of Management and Budget's fiscal 2013 budget on a pallet to the House Committee on the Budget in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Obama to unveil budget with higher taxes, more deficits

    President Obama's budget request to Congress on Monday will forecast a deficit of $1.33 trillion in the current fiscal year and calls for $1.5 trillion in tax increases over the next decade, senior administration officials said Friday night.

  • Gary Johnson

    GOP candidates' budgets not realistic, some analysts say

    Republican presidential candidates are pledging to slice a quarter or more out of the federal budget — proposals that would take spending back to levels unseen in decades, and would require the equivalent of axing a major program such as Medicare or cutting the entire defense budget.

  • Prescription drugs (Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times)

    HOWARD: How to wreck a prescription-drug program

    Democrats seem obsessed with finding new and inventive ways of robbing Peter to pay Paul. President Obama and congressional Democrats want to extend large rebates now required on drugs sold through the Medicaid program to prescription drugs used by "dual eligibles" - that is, seniors who qualify for Medicare and Medicaid - as well as seniors who are eligible for low-income subsidies under Medicare's Part D prescription drug program.

  • President Obama meets Friday with Democratic governors in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex. (Associated Press)

    Social Security reform looms with or without Obama

    Despite President Obama's promises to lower the deficit and rein in spending, there was a conspicuous omission from his 2012 budget blueprint that many say would go a long way toward easing the nation's financial woes: Social Security reform.

  • **FILE** The National Debt Clock is shown in New York on Feb. 1, 2010. (Associated Press)

    Deficit diggers now vow to fill hole

    While Democrats and Republicans say they are ready to begin filling in the nation's deep borrowing hole, budget hawks remain skeptical of lawmakers' ability to fulfill their vow, given that many of them did the digging in the first place.

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