Washington (CNN) – During a question and answer session Wednesday with Democrats on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama offered what Democratic sources said was a testy response to a question about a federal loan guarantee program, with one source in the room calling it "rude and dismissive."
Other Democrats said they didn't think the president's response was dismissive, and pointed out Obama vowed to follow up with an answer. The lawmaker himself, freshman Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, said of the exchange, "I am the youngest of five brothers – I've been in a headlock before and it's all in good fun."
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's meeting with House Democrats on Saturday was nothing of the "charm offensive" that brought his boss to Capitol Hill earlier this month.
Instead, the vice president chided congressional Republicans, claiming negotiating with them was nearly impossible.
Washington (CNN) – Wrangling with House Republicans over reducing the federal deficit hasn't spurred President Barack Obama into early action helping fellow Democrats regain control of the chamber, the White House said Monday.
With the 2014 midterm elections twenty months in the future, Obama has other goals aside from getting members of his party elected, according to his press secretary Jay Carney.
Lansdowne, Virginia (CNN) - House Democratic leaders rolled out a wide ranging set of proposals on Thursday to address gun violence, an agenda that largely mirrored those released by Vice President Joe Biden last month but faces an uphill battle in Congress to become law.
After meeting with victims of gun violence, gun rights groups, law enforcement officials and others a task force created by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi presented fifteen principles it aimed to convert into legislation soon. The central and most controversial piece includes reinstating the assault weapons ban, a politically charged issue that Congressional aides from both parties doubt will get enough support to pass either chamber on Capitol Hill. The group also said Congress should ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition and require universal background checks for anyone purchasing firearms.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama, speaking Thursday to House members from his own party at a retreat outside Washington, said he remains committed to achieving a "big deal" on budgets and debt that would end Washington's penchant for "governance by crisis."
"I am prepared, eager and anxious to do a big deal, a big package that ends this governance by crisis where every two weeks or every two months or every six months we are threatening this hard won recovery," Obama told House Democrats.
Leesburg, Virginia (CNN) - Two and a half weeks after President Barack Obama laid out his ambitious second term priorities during his inauguration speech, his Democratic allies in the House of Representatives are huddling to plot how those goals can be met while Republicans hold control of the chamber.
On their plate are proposals enacting new restrictions on owning guns, comprehensive immigration reform and mandatory spending cuts – all issues where Democrats and Republicans have traditionally been unable to find common ground.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will address House Democrats at their member retreat later this week, the House Democratic Caucus said Tuesday.
He will deliver a keynote address Friday, the final day of the three-day 2013 Issues Conference in Leesburg, Virginia.
Washington (CNN) - When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that she would seek to keep her leadership role she stood flanked by a cheering phalanx of her female colleagues.
Pelosi, who prior to the Democratic Party's loss of the House in 2010 served as its first female speaker, sandwiched her announcement between pointed comments about the Democratic agenda and how she sees her party's policies as helpful to women. Pelosi said she would vie to keep her leadership role "in order to continue work on empowering women."FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched a series of automated phone calls Monday linking House Republicans to Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comments about rape, according to a release from the organization.
The GOP's Senate candidate in Missouri came under fire when he explained his opposition to abortion by citing unnamed female bodily responses that he said prevent pregnancy in instances of "legitimate rape" during an interview with a Missouri television station.
(CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee has their sights set on Blue Dog Democrats, as evidenced by a website launched Thursday.
Republicans currently hold a 242-193 majority in the House of Representatives, a 49-seat majority the party would like to retain-and increase-in 2012.