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  • ** FILE ** U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (center), Kentucky Republican, listens to Kentucky Senate President David Williams as state House Speaker Greg Stumbo sits at left before their testimony before a state Senate committee in Frankfort, Ky., on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. All three spoke in support of a bill that would require a prescription for certain cold medicines because of their use in making methamphetamine. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

    MILLER: Congress' year-long sit-in

    While the rest of the public was enjoying Thanksgiving turkey and kicking off the start of the Christmas shopping season, the federal government put another $237 billion on its limitless credit card. That's Washington's version of austerity. Instead of doing something about the runaway deficits, Capitol Hill is doing everything it can to avoid conflict.

  • The 2012 budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, (left next to Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat) includes additional billions of dollars for defense but at a slower rate of growth. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    MILLER: The waste eraser

    Members of Congress, even with supercommittee powers, are incapable of cutting spending. With the public debt growing more and more out of control, something has to be done. So House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, joined his ranking member, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, in reviving the idea of a line-item veto on Wednesday.

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