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S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller reports from the White House on politics, policy and political campaigns for The Washington Times. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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Conservatives rip stimulus's GOP backers

A conservative political action committee Tuesday vowed to pour money into primary challenges against any Republican who votes for President Obama's economic rescue package. Published February 11, 2009

Struggle begins on stimulus bills

Congressional leaders began hurried negotiations Tuesday to reconcile House and Senate versions of an economic-rescue package, struggling to keep the price tag low enough to preserve a few key Senate Republican votes while satisfying House Democrats eager for more spending. Published February 11, 2009

Congress works to preserve fragile stimulus

UPDATED: Congressional leaders began hurried negotiations Tuesday to merge House and Senate versions of an economic rescue package, struggling to keep the price tag low enough to preserve a few key Senate Republican votes while satisfying House Democrats eager for more spending. Published February 11, 2009

Congress works to preserve fragile stimulus

UPDATED: Congressional leaders began hurried negotiations Tuesday to merge House and Senate versions of an economic rescue package, struggling to keep the price tag low enough to preserve a few key Senate Republican votes while satisfying House Democrats eager for more spending. Published February 11, 2009

Senate pares stimulus for GOP votes

UPDATED: Senators from both parties worked feverishly Thursday to cut up to $100 billion from President Obama's economic recovery package. Published February 6, 2009

Reid predicts pared-down stimulus will pass

Senators from both parties worked feverishly Thursday to cut up to $100 billion from President Obama's economic recovery package, seeking to win over Republican lawmakers and a public increasingly pained by what it sees as a bloated spending bill short on stimulus. Published February 5, 2009

Obama prods senators on stimulus

President Obama met individually with several senators seeking to cut billions of dollars from the economic recovery bill, even as the Congressional Budget Office said the legislation could leave the economy slightly worse off. Published February 5, 2009

STD, no-smoking cash still in bill

Senate Democrats, mocked over trying to stimulate the economy with $475 million to fight smoking and sexually transmitted diseases, removed the programs from the economic recovery package on Tuesday. But the money remains. Published February 4, 2009

Senate votes down add to stimulus

The Senate voted down an amendment Tuesday that would have added $25 billion to the stimulus for more transportation project, a popular economic remedy that fell to Republican concerns over the $885 billion bill's ballooning price tag. Published February 3, 2009

White House dismisses GOP on stimulus bill

The White House on Monday embraced the economic stimulus drafted by congressional Democrats and belittled Republican objections to excessive spending in the bill, saying it added up to just $699 million - chump change in Washington. Published February 3, 2009

McConnell: Democrats breaking with Obama

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Capitol Hill Democrats, not Republicans, are breaking with President Obama over his call to trim excessive spending and add tax cuts in the economic stimulus. Published February 2, 2009

Constituent gets 'rant' at Obey's office

A Wisconsin voter from House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey's district says he was "ranted at" and "bullied" when he asked the Democratic congressman's aide about a Washington Times report. The report said national parks got more than $2 billion in the stimulus bill, and Mr. Obey's son is the chief lobbyist for the National Parks Conservation Association. Published January 31, 2009

GOP promoting own stimulus plan

House Republicans, leery of being labeled naysayers after rejecting the $819 billion economic rescue bill, are launching a district-by-district message campaign to promote their own stimulus bill and highlight the huge taxpayer debt amassed by the Democrats' spending plan. Published January 30, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Stimulus has plum for lawmaker's son

EXCLUSIVE: A top House Republican is demanding an investigation into whether the more than $2 billion for national parks in the House economic recovery package is proper in light of the fact that the chief lobbyist for the National Parks Conservation Association is the son of House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey. Published January 29, 2009

Democrats kill bill that honored troops

House Democrats blocked a measure that would have required new roads, bridges and schools funded by the $825 billion economic stimulus to be named after U.S. armed forces members killed in action. Published January 29, 2009

Critics say Obama's economic bill lacks stimulus

UPDATED: From $400 million for NASA climate-change research to $650 million for digital TV converter-box coupons, the unprecedented spending in President Obama's economic stimulus plan is provoking questions about whether it can create jobs and jolt the country out of recession. Published January 27, 2009

Rangel ethics inquiries vex House leaders

A renewed ethics probe of Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York poses an embarrassing distraction for House Democrats, as the Ways and Means Committee that he leads will oversee House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plans for an $825 billion economic rescue and a tax increase on wealthy Americans. Published January 26, 2009

GOP to grill Holder on interrogation

Republicans raised new challenges to Eric H. Holder Jr.'s bid to become attorney general as the Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as the secretary of state Wednesday. Published January 22, 2009

Holder's confirmation on hold

Senate Republicans temporarily put the brakes on Eric Holder's confirmation as attorney general, pressing Mr. Obama's nominee for fuller answers about his views on Bush administration interrogations and spying and whether intelligence agents involved will face criminal prosecution. Published January 21, 2009

Landing back in Texas, Bush says he 'gave it my all'

Withdrawing from the triumphal inaugural celebration for his successor in Washington, former President George W. Bush said in a series of farewell speeches that he was not "bitter" but satisfied with his tenure as he returned to life as a private citizen in Texas. Published January 20, 2009