WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) – The House is expected to vote Tuesday to kill a signature Obama administration program that helps homeowners stay in their homes but faces criticism as ineffective.
House Republicans will consider a bill to stop any new funding for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The program taps the federal bailout that saved the big banks, providing incentives to mortgage servicers to modify mortgages for borrowers behind on their payments.
Capitol Hill (CNN) - Top Republicans and Democrats are spending most of the day criticizing or supporting the President, questioning or applauding the Libya mission and attacking or undermining each other when it comes to a possible government shutdown.
Don't let the heated air distract you from the actual work, the real votes happening in Congress today.
Here are two votes that will hit the House floor Tuesday that many others will miss:
(CNN)- Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Bill Keating knows what it's like to be tough on criminals. Before becoming a freshman Congressman, he served as Norfolk District Attorney for over ten years.
But at 3 a.m. ET Tuesday, he experienced what it's like to awake to the sound of your car's engine starting and then stolen from your driveway. A first-hand experience with crime that was provided by a pair of brothers with a criminal past, according to local police.
Washington (CNN) - When Sen. Richard Durbin called a hearing on anti-Muslim bigotry, his office insisted it was not a response to a controversial House hearing that recently examined the threat of home-grown terrorism.
"Terrorism is not the subject of today's hearing," Durbin, D-Illinois, said in his opening remarks.
But two Senate Republicans said they couldn't discuss the Muslim-American community without looking at its potential for radicalization. Earlier this month, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, prompted a flurry of controversy and media attention by tackling "the radicalization of American Muslims" in a separate hearing.
Washington (CNN) – Add Herman Cain to the list of probable GOP presidential candidates who will head to New Orleans in June to speak at the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference.
The group announced Tuesday that Cain will join Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at the event, which is scheduled to be held in New Orleans June 16-18.
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(CNN) - A top aide to Donald Trump is sharply refuting suggestions of hypocrisy in response to the media mogul's release of an unofficial document of his birth only hours after chastising President Obama for failing to produce his official birth certificate.
"I can assure you, Mr. Trump is a U.S. citizen," Trump aide and lawyer Michael Cohen told CNN. "He is only asking for the president to do what the president said he would do – release his birth certificate."
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - In a time of record debt, it sure sounds prudent: Amend the U.S. Constitution to force Congress to balance the budget every year. In reality, it may be anything but.
More than a dozen leading Republican senators are co-sponsoring a bill that would require a balanced budget; cap spending below the historical average; and require a supermajority of lawmakers to approve tax hikes or most increases to the debt ceiling.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business, but not all the time.
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TheTeaParty.net says it plans to sponsor a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing truck, The Hill's Christina Wilkie reports.
The site announced it will sponsor the "red No. 89 truck currently driven by Chris Lafferty," which "will be re-dubbed the 'We the People's' truck, in order to tear up the racetrack for the next two seasons."
(CNN) - Add another pre-campaign stump to GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's schedule. Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, tweeted news Monday of Bachmann's confirmed attendance at the group's conference and strategy briefing to be held in D.C. on June 3-4.
Bachmann will address the conference, billed as a "top destination for conservative activists who want to learn how to beat the Left," according to the Faith and Freedom Coalition website. The third-term congresswoman is expected to announce a presidential exploratory committee in June, the first official step toward a presidential candidacy.