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Lawmaker to push contempt vote for White House officials

July 23, 2007 House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., on Monday said the committee will vote Wednesday on a motion to cite White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers for contempt of Congress for declining to comply with subpoenas in the investigation of the firings of ...

White House says report on Iraq surge might not be definitive

July 20, 2007 White House Press Secretary Tony Snow on Friday declined to say whether the administration will be able to tell Congress in a September report if President Bush's "surge" of troops into Iraq is successful. "I'm not going to try to prejudge," Snow said. Snow did not repudiate a statement Thursday ...

Bush issues Iraq report as Senate argues over strategy

July 12, 2007 President Bush on Thursday said he will continue to rely on his military commanders on the ground in Iraq as he decides on troop levels in the country, rebuffing demands that he begin immediate withdrawals and suggesting he will not allow the decision to be driven by lawmakers or popular ...

Need for next war spending bill might be delayed

July 12, 2007 Senior administration officials said Wednesday that the next supplemental war spending bill might not be needed until near the end of the year, a timetable that might take away a vehicle Democrats expected to use to debate the direction of the war in September. Gen. David Petraeus, the Iraq war ...

President claims executive privilege in fight with Congress

July 9, 2007 The White House on Monday rejected demands by congressional Democrats for subpoenaed White House documents related to the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year and upped the ante in the potential constitutional showdown by extending executive privilege to testimony sought from former political aide Sara Taylor and former White ...

Cheney's words show he counts self part of executive branch

June 29, 2007 Vice President Dick Cheney has viewed himself as part of the executive branch of government, according to transcripts of public statements, calling into question a statement by an aide that has been widely seen as a suggestion he is not. Cheney has been ridiculed and criticized in recent days because ...

Bush team to pick few fights over immigration bill add-ons

June 26, 2007 The White House is vowing not to choose sides in fights over most amendments to the immigration bill, deferring to the bipartisan group of senators who crafted the legislation. But administration officials will be out again in force this week to push for the overall bill, the president's top domestic ...

Budget chief says Bush won’t back down on excessive spending

June 20, 2007 President Bush will not back away from his threat to veto appropriations bills, even if it means the possibility of a government shutdown, Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman said Tuesday. Portman, addressing a small group of reporters just after announcing that he will leave the administration this ...

Bush names new management, budget chief

June 19, 2007 President Bush on Tuesday said Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman is resigning and will be replaced by former House Budget Chairman Jim Nussle, an Iowa Republican, just in time for a congressional showdown over spending and what is likely to be a contentious fiscal 2009 budget process. ...

Lawmaker claims 'extensive destruction' of e-mail records

June 18, 2007 White House use of Republican National Committee e-mail accounts is more extensive than previously known, while the "extensive destruction" of e-mails points to widespread violations of the Presidential Records Act, according to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The committee's conclusions are part of an interim report released Monday ...