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) – 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.
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) – 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
(CNN) – Just days before the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school massacre, a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania introduced new legislation Thursday that seeks to improve the mental health system.
Rep. Tim Murphy, who spent three decades as a psychologist before coming to Capitol Hill, said little has been done in the past year to "get those who need help the help they need," despite tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook and countless others that get less attention.
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner lashed out at grassroots conservative groups opposed to a compromise budget deal, accusing them on Wednesday of "using our members and using the American people for their own goals."
The Speaker said their actions were "ridiculous" and noted some of them came out against the bipartisan budget agreement even before it was announced on Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) – Everywhere 10-year-old Gabriella Miller went, from Philadelphia to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, she brought along a frying pan, and used it to smash a walnut.
It was a tradition that started about a year ago, when Gabriella's father broke the news to his young daughter that she had a terminal brain tumor.
"They told us it was about the size of a walnut in her head," recalls Mark Miller.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Hey! Republicans and Democrats agreed on something! Woo hoo… er, whoa. What is this deal, exactly? The summary is written in Washington-speak. To make it easier, here’s our user-friendly version of highlights and what they mean.
The money: The deal sets the government’s spending level at $1.012 trillion for the current fiscal year and $1.014 trillion for next year. So what? Keep reading.
Washington (CNN) - He doesn't trust Iran, vows it won't get nuclear weapons, and believes past rhetoric by its leaders threatening annihilation of Israel is unacceptable and kind of insane.
So why is Secretary of State John Kerry so adamant about getting time to try to negotiate an agreement that would further curb Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions?FULL STORY