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“I’m told Gov. Romney’s new running mate might be around Iowa these next few days, and he’s one of those leaders of Congress standing in the way” of a farm bill. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Bo Xilai, then the Chongqing Communist Party secretary, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday, March 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Former Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., who served in Congress from Virginia from 1997 to 2009, is the presidential nominee of the Constitution Party and hopes to get on the Virginia ballot. (House of Representatives)

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Former Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., who served in Congress from Virginia from 1997 to 2009, is the presidential nominee of the Constitution Party and will be on the Virginia ballot. (House of Representatives)

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** FILE ** Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony before Congress is shown on a television screen on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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** FILE ** Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony before Congress is shown on a television screen on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa tells the media that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. must provide Congress with the requested documents in the "Fast and Furious" probe. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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“While I strongly support the wellness and prevention mission of the CDC, I also support the safeguards Congress has put in place on the use of federal funds to protect against the misuse of tax dollars. Every dollar spent on inappropriate or illegal activities is a dollar that didn’t go toward saving lives and improving health.” - Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican (Associated Press)

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“While I strongly support the wellness and prevention mission of the CDC, I also support the safeguards Congress has put in place on the use of federal funds to protect against the misuse of tax dollars. Every dollar spent on inappropriate or illegal activities is a dollar that didn’t go toward saving lives and improving health.” - Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican (Associated Press)

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke appears before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, to deliver his twice-a-year report to Congress on the state of the economy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke appears before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, to deliver his twice-yearly report to Congress on the state of the economy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke presents his semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke presents his semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke presents his semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke presents his semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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President Obama, while speaking July 9, 2012, at the White House, called on Congress to pass a temporary, one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people who make less than $250,000 a year. (Associated Press)

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President Obama, while speaking July 9, 2012, at the White House, called on Congress to pass a temporary, one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people who make less than $250,000 a year. (Associated Press)

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"Today's report is further evidence that Congress should be focusing on creating jobs and helping the middle class, not re-fighting old battles for political gain." - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat

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"Today's report is further evidence that Congress should be focusing on creating jobs and helping the middle class, not re-fighting old battles for political gain." - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat

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**FILE** President Obama (right), with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at his side, calls on Congress during a June 21, 2012, news conference at the White House to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling. (Associated Press)