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  • Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat, is chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

    Senate budget chief cool on Ryan plan

    The fate of the GOP House Budget plan that easily passed the chamber last week grows far murkier as budget talks proceed to the Senate, where the controlling Democrats have little enthusiasm for the bill's aim to cut government spending by almost $6 trillion during the next decade.

  • **FILE** Robert F. McDonnell

    McDonnell vetoes Va. redistricting plan

    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell vetoed a redistricting plan approved by the General Assembly last week, citing "significant concerns" that the Democrat-controlled Senate plan splits too many towns, cities and counties, allows too much deviation in districts' population and shows evidence of partisan gerrymandering.

  • The Obama budget vs. the Ryan budget

    President Obama released his "serious" budget plan this week in a pathetic attempt to keep up with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican. Mr. Ryan released a Congressional Budget Office-scored, serious and tax-hike-free budget plan last week. By contrast, Mr. Obama has introduced a sketchy budget full of little more than tax increases.

  • 'MORE TO COME': House Speaker John A. Boehner leaves a news conference Thursday. He said of the 2011 budget deal: "This bill's not perfect. There's no cause for a celebration. This is just one step." (Associated Press)

    2011 spending bill clears Congress

    Crossing the finish line more than six months late, Congress on Thursday finally cleared a spending bill to fund government through the rest of the fiscal year, approving a hard-fought compromise that left neither side happy and that presaged more bruising fights ahead on deficit reduction.

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, accompanied by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, who is his party's ranking member on the House Budget Committee, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Pelosi: House Democrats left out of 2011 spending bill deal

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi complained Thursday her caucus was shut out of the negotiating process last week when congressional leaders and the White House hammered out a 2011 spending deal that avoided a government shutdown.

  • Senate sends spending bill to White House

    Congress sent President Barack Obama hard-fought legislation cutting a record $38 billion from domestic spending on Thursday, bestowing bipartisan support on the first major compromise between the White House and newly empowered Republicans in Congress.

  • Illustration: Prime cuts

    MURDOCK: How the GOP can keep its $100 billion promise

    "What happened to the campaign promise of $100 billion?" radio host Rush Limbaugh demanded Monday. "If $38 billion is it, there's going to be hell to pay," he predicted.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, warns that when "you try to make cuts this deep to a slice of the budget this narrow, it is almost impossible to do responsibly."

    FEULNER: Wrong way to speed up nominations

    Should a president have to wait ... and wait ... and wait for the Senate to approve the people he nominates to serve in high office?

  • Illustration: Obama cuts by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    LAMBRO: Mr. President, a scalpel won't do the job

    House Speaker John A. Boehner extracted more budget concessions from President Obama and the Democrats than was at first evident when the deal was announced last week.

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