Washington (CNN) - A compromise federal budget plan that would remove the threat of a government shutdown for two years won easy approval Thursday from the Republican-controlled U.S. House.
The deal worked out by House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray passed on a 332-94 vote and now goes to the Democratic-led Senate, which is expected to approve it as early as next week.FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 12, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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PELOSI CONFIDENT DEMOCRATS WILL PASS BUDGET DEAL … THE HOUSE MINORITY LEADER IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN’S JAKE TAPPER: ”They (Democrats) won’t let it go down … I said to the people, ‘You know, you’ll have to come to your own decision but on the merits of itself the budget bill is a vote that I will make and I think that it should pass.’ … We still don’t know how many votes the Republicans have, but nonetheless whatever it is, they haven’t passed anything with their own votes that was any good for the country.”
(CNN) – Sen. Lamar Alexander's former chief of staff appeared in court on Thursday after formally being charged with possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography.
Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, looked straight ahead and answered "yes" or "no" when questioned by the judge in U.S. District Court. He did not enter a plea.
(CNN) – Republican members of Congress want you to know they are not happy about having to buy insurance under the new federal health law championed by President Barack Obama.
"I've been forced onto Obamacare. My deductibles are double or triple and my premiums are up," said Rep. John Mica, a Florida Republican, at a hearing on Thursday.
(CNN) - The White House is about to get some star-powered help in its efforts to repair Obamacare's battered reputation.
A new publicity effort led by Covered California, one of the largest state-based insurance exchanges, will employ celebrities, athletes, musicians and social media personalities to encourage a peer-to-peer conversation about signing up for health care.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Despite the impending anniversary of the Newtown school shootings and national pleas for more talk about mental health, serious reform efforts are struggling to get attention. Case in point: just a handful of reporters showed up to cover the announcement of a major mental health reform bill in the Capitol Thursday. (Read about the bill here.)
As three congressman stepped up to unveil their proposal, they looked out on just eight reporters and nearly 60 empty chairs.
Washington (CNN) - Club for Growth, Heritage Action for America, and Americans for Prosperity. They're three leading conservative advocacy groups that are involved in a rare public war of words with House Speaker John Boehner over a bipartisan budget deal.
Boehner on Thursday escalated his criticism of the organizations, which are vehemently opposed to the compromise struck by Republican House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and his Democratic Senate counterpart Patty Murray.
(CNN) - Hewing to administration desires, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson forcefully repeated Thursday what he had already said in as many words - his committee won't seek new sanctions on Iran for the time being, and no one else should either.
Administration officials have publicly tried to talk lawmakers down from acting on legislation that would impose even delayed sanctions on Iran during the first phase of a November agreement to curb the Middle Eastern nation's nuclear program in exchange for relaxed sanctions.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Ever present but rarely so public, the rift between conservative and moderate Republicans over policy and tactics was on full display Thursday ahead of a House vote on the compromise federal budget worked out with Democrats.
House Speaker John Boehner escalated his criticism of conservative groups opposed to the budget deal, saying they lost credibility by rejecting the plan before it was announced and blaming them for pushing GOP legislators into the politically disastrous government shutdown in October.FULL STORY