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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Rep. Scott Taylor during a town hall meeting at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Va., Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot via AP) ** FILE **

Defense hawks push for $150 billion increase in spending

Defense hawks on Capitol Hill are eyeing a massive boost in defense spending, but even they are beginning to embrace what's long been a mantra for deficit hawks: There's fat to trim at the Pentagon. Published January 25, 2018

President Barack Obama shares a humorous moment with a group of doctors from around the country in the Oval Office, Oct. 5, 2009, prior to a health insurance reform event at the White House.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Botched Obamacare forecasts have CBO on the hot seat

Congress' chief scorekeeper said Wednesday it botched some of its original Obamacare estimates, and its employees have to make "trade-offs" as they confront the heavy workload from lawmakers. Published January 24, 2018

Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., listens at left as follow committee member Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., questions witnesses on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, during the committee's hearing on Russian intervention in European elections in light of revelations by American intelligence agencies that blame Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Centrist senators form Common Sense Caucus

Centrist senators, emboldened by this week's success in brokering a deal to end Democrats' shutdown filibuster, are now eyeing even bigger goals, such as limiting the damage filibusters can do to the Senate schedule, and finding ways to force the annual spending bills to get votes on the floor. Published January 23, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, walks to the Capitol Building from the Capitol Visitor's Center, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

House votes to start debate on short-term spending bill

The House on Thursday voted to officially start debate on a temporary spending bill that would avert a partial government shutdown, though significant hurdles to final passage remained at both ends of the Capitol. Published January 18, 2018

"To block funding for our military with a Friday deadline over unrelated issues just makes no sense to me. It's wrong," said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican. (Associated Press/File)

Republicans aim to avert conservative rebellion, government shutdown

Republicans were trying to tamp down a conservative rebellion Wednesday and keep a stopgap spending bill on track ahead of a major vote Thursday, hoping to prove their party could govern and in the process trap Democrats in a shutdown showdown. Published January 17, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pauses while speakings during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. After a morning of confusing tweets by President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak: It requires the FBI to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans' communications swept up in the process. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Paul Ryan: 'Wrong' to block military funding over unrelated issues

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday it would be "wrong" to hold up a short-term spending deal over "unrelated issues," as congressional leaders face the prospect of a partial government shutdown without action by the end of the week. Published January 17, 2018

New Yorkers and others from blue states lined up to pay their real estate taxes before the end of last year, hoping to take advantage of a major deduction before it was wiped out by a federal overhaul that puts a $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions. (Associated Press/File)

Blue states see early boom from tax law as residents rush to pay

Some of the biggest critics of President Trump's tax cut package are turning out to be among its biggest beneficiaries, at least in the short term, as blue state taxpayers raced to make preemptive payments to beat the 2018 tax season. Published January 15, 2018

Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won't be bound by past defense spending agreements. (Associated Press)

Democrats, Republicans closer to spending cap deal

Republicans and Democrats are supposedly close to a deal that would lift universally derided spending caps, but the negotiations have been hamstrung by the fact that the two sides can't even agree on what constitutes "parity" between defense and non-defense funding. Published January 14, 2018

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaks to reporters during a White House daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Treasury issues new tax-withholding guide for cuts

The Treasury Department on Thursday released new guidelines on how much money companies should withhold from paychecks, saying the vast majority of workers will see more money rolling in as early as next month. Published January 11, 2018