Mar 25, 2013 — The most costly ex-president in 2012 was George W. Bush, who received just over $1.3 million.
Nov 30, 2012 — The White House and congressional leaders continue to talk about taxes, spending cuts and how to avoid an end-of-year deadline — when Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire and automatic spending cuts are set to go into effect.
Dec 15, 2011 — The political wrangling continues in Washington as Republicans and Democrats try to get their priorities enacted even as several key deadlines fast approach.
Mar 15, 2011 — The spending bill contained $6 billion in cuts, including earmarks and unused census money.
Mar 10, 2011 — The stopgap bill expected to be unveiled by Republicans Friday is needed because the two parties still can't agree on a longer term spending bill to fund the federal government through September.
Mar 3, 2011 — After meeting with Republicans on the budget, Biden issued a tweet-worthy news release. It was a signal of not much progress.
Feb 3, 2011 — Proposed House GOP spending cuts raised tensions and puts a clash with Senate Democrats closer. House Republicans want to cut $58 billion in non-security, discretionary spending for the rest of the year. Sen. Harry Reid called such cuts "draconian."
Jan 4, 2011 — House GOP members want to show they're serious about cutting government spending by starting small. The $35 million or five percent of the House budget they intend to cut is tiny relative to the $3.55 trillion federal budget. But it's easy pickings.
Dec 16, 2010 — The 1,924-page bill collapsed of its own weight after an outcry from conservatives who said it was stuffed with earmarks and wrapped together 12 bills into a single foot-tall piece of legislation that Democrats had hoped to pass with little debate.
Dec 15, 2010 — Congress faces a severe time crunch and many complicating factors as it tries to finish big legislation before Christmas. Besides approving a Bush tax cut extension, it must take up a spending bill as well as give a repeal of DADT another try.