(CNN) – Hours before the midnight deadline, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina, remained confident that the federal government would not shut down.
"That's the last thing we need," said the chair of the Republican Women's Policy Committee in an interview on CNN's "New Day." But Republican priorities extend beyond that, added Ellmers.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday proposed an alternative way to avert a government shutdown, saying the two chambers of Congress should go to conference on the short-term spending bill at the center of the current stalemate.
"Why don't we have a conference committee on this? You could appoint one today. They could meet tomorrow and hash out the differences. That's the way it's supposed to work," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
(CNN) - After a judge denied Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro’s request to see the 6-year-old daughter authorities say he fathered with one of his victims, a bill introduced on Capitol Hill earlier this week would strip convicted rapists of their parental privileges and custody nationwide.
Called the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, the bill would incentivize legal initiatives on the state level to help women secure full custody of children conceived through rape.
(CNN) - Republican attempts at honing their message to become more inclusive are merely superficial ploys, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee declared Monday.
"You can't put lipstick on a pig," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on a conference call prebutting Tuesday night's Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
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(CNN) - If it's a honeymoon period, they might order separate rooms.
"One thing that is pretty clear from the president's speech yesterday: the era of liberalism is back," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said of President Barack Obama's inaugural address, which he called "unabashedly, far left of center."
Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee formally re-elected Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida as DNC chair Tuesday, a move that was widely expected since President Barack Obama requested she remain in the position.
If there is little drama surrounding the re-election of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus later this week in Charlotte, North Carolina, there was even less drama for the Democrats.
Washington (CNN) – Two senior Democratic Party officials tell CNN that President Barack Obama will ask Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida to stay on for a second term as chair of the Democratic National Committee.
The DNC meets in Washington, D.C. on January 22, the day after the president's second inauguration, for its annual winter meetings. The top thing on the agenda at the gathering is to vote on the chair and other party officials for the next two years.
(CNN) – Lawmakers expressed shock – and a desire for more information – after Gen. John Allen, the top American military commander in Afghanistan, was ensnared in a growing scandal that brought down CIA director David Petraeus at the end of last week.
"Disturbing is the word that has come to my mind since all of this has come to light," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
(CNN) – The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said Wednesday she expects Florida, which has yet to be called for either presidential candidate, to fall in President Barack Obama's column.
"I think later this morning, you'll see the opportunity to change that from yellow to blue. The numbers have moved in President Obama's direction," Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who's also a U.S. congresswoman from Florida, said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
Obama narrowly carried the Sunshine State in 2008, beating Sen. John McCain by three percent.
(CNN) – Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz explains why convention delegates revised their official platform last week.