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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].

Articles by S.A. Miller

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

Post-inaugural Congress to revisit fiscal crisis

Congress will return to work less than 24 hours after the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, tackling a busy schedule Wednesday that includes spending measures totaling more than $1 trillion and a confirmation hearing on a controversial nomination to the president's Cabinet. Published January 19, 2009

Reversing downturn is Obama's first job

The lobbying frenzy for a piece of Barack Obama's more than $800 billion economic stimulus package is in full swing, and the competition is stiff for the unprecedented amount of money that's on the table. Published January 19, 2009

Thousands crowd Obama rail stops

Walter Glover, his wife and two small children bundled up and drove three hours from their home in New Kent County, Va., to join the thousands of people facing frigid weather to see President-elect Barack Obama's whistle-stop speech here. Published January 18, 2009

Senate welcomes Burris to fold

A who's who of senators and House members flocked to Sen. Roland Burris on the U.S. Senate floor after his swearing-in Thursday as the chamber's newest member, ending an embarrassing episode for Democrats who vowed to block his appointment. Published January 16, 2009

Republicans delay Geithner hearing

Senate Republicans backed off a confirmation fight Wednesday over Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner's failure to pay nearly $35,000 in federal taxes, though they bumped a hearing on the appointment until after President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration next week. Published January 15, 2009

Tax, housekeeper issues trip up Geithner

President-elect Barack Obama's pick for U.S. Treasury Secretary came under fire Tuesday on Capitol Hill for employing a housekeeper with expired immigration papers and for failing to pay his full taxes. Published January 14, 2009

Democrats spare little time to tackle agenda

Congress' Democratic leaders opened the session eager to advance an agenda long frustrated by President Bush but then quickly asserted their independence from President-elect Barack Obama as well, wrangling over a $800 billion economic rescue destined to be a signature program of the new administration. Published January 14, 2009

House approves bills for equal pay

House Democrats put their beefed up majority to work Friday to pass two bills that ease limits on pay discrimination lawsuits, the first pieces of legislation passed this session. Published January 10, 2009

Obama: U.S. to weaken without stimulus

President-elect Barack Obama sought to move the economic stimulus debate past broad agreement on the outlines, pushing Congress to overcome squabbles or risk a long recession that threatens America's standing. Published January 9, 2009

Pelosi wants stimulus bill by inauguration

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Thursday to have a roughly $1 trillion economic stimulus bill on the floor during the week of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 20 and passed through Congress within three weeks. Published January 8, 2009

Support grows for Burris on Hill

Democratic leaders backpedaled furiously Wednesday from past vows to block a Senate seat going to Roland W. Burris, whose appointment by scandal-smeared Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich over fellow Democrats' objections cast a pall over the opening days of the 111th Congress. Published January 8, 2009

Confident Burris expects to be seated soon

UPDATED: An increasingly confident Roland W. Burris of Illinois, whose disputed appointment to the U.S. Senate has befuddled the Democratic leadership, said Wednesday that a path has been cleared for him to assume the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Published January 7, 2009