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  • "If this week has shown us anything it's that the American people can't wait on Democrats to do the right thing when it comes to spending and debt and putting us on a path to balance the budget," said Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican (left), also spoke in favor of a balanced budget amendment. (Associated Press)

    GOP boosts push for balanced-budget amendment

    Capitol Hill Republicans have amped up their push for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, a move that comes as Congress and the White House are struggling to find common ground to reduce the nation's ballooning deficit.


  • Inside Politics

    The Senate took the rare step of curbing its own power Wednesday, voting to no longer require Senate confirmation for 169 high-level federal jobs filled through presidential appointments.


  • Illustration: Ethanol by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    GLOZER: Corn-ethanol fiction

    Earlier this month, the Senate voted 73-27 on legislation that would terminate some of the federal subsidies granted to the domestic ethanol industry. Ethanol lobbyists and trade associations immediately went into overdrive to protect their taxpayer largesse.


  • Cole

    Senate approves Cole as Holder's top deputy

    Deputy Attorney General James Cole was confirmed on Tuesday by the Senate, mostly along party lines, as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s top deputy — a position he has held since Jan. 3 when he was installed by President Obama in a temporary recess appointment.


  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks with reporters following a weekly Republican policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2011. ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Compromise not on horizon with debt limit a month off

    Political leaders on Capitol Hill continue to talk past one another about how to solve the nation's debt problems as the issue of taxes remains a critical sticking point in negotiations.


  • Harold Koh, a State Department lawyer, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Libya and the War Powers Resolution on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    Senate panel OKs use of force in Libya

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Tuesday to back President Obama's deployment of U.S. forces to Libya in a strong bipartisan vote that delivered a critical boost to a White House that has found itself under assault from Capitol Hill.


  • ** FILE ** President Obama talks with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as they walk to the Blair House from the White House in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, for a meeting with newly elected governors. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

    Obama, Biden plan debt session with Senate Dems

    While President Obama and congressional Republican leaders have publicly dug in their heels on critical debt-limit negotiations, Obama's spokesman said Tuesday the president and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell will continue discussions.


  • Cole

    Senate approves Cole as Holder's top Justice deputy

    Deputy Attorney General James Cole was confirmed on Tuesday by the Senate, mostly along party lines, as Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.'s top deputy - a position he has held since Jan. 3 when he was installed by President Obama in a temporary recess appointment.


  • President Obama works the crowd after speaking at the Alcoa Davenport Works aluminum factory in Bettendorf, Iowa, on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Three free-trade agreements linked to aid for workers

    Seeking to highlight one bright spot in the American economy, President Obama on Tuesday traveled to an aluminum plant in Iowa as part of his cheerleading tour of American manufacturing, which has seen an uptick in jobs as the U.S. struggles to emerge from recession.


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