Immigration reform: House Democrats try to jump start stalled debate
October 2nd, 2013
07:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Immigration reform: House Democrats try to jump start stalled debate

(CNN) - Even as Capitol Hill remained consumed by the government shutdown, House Democrats hoping to jump start the stalled debate over immigration reform put a new proposal on the table Wednesday.

"The American people have spoken," said Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Florida. "They want Congress to take on this issue."

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Filed under: House Democrats • Immigration
GOP adds 'conscience clause' to spending bill
September 28th, 2013
07:13 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP adds 'conscience clause' to spending bill

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for a vote Saturday night, a spokesman for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, told CNN.

A senior House leadership aide confirmed that development.

The so-called “conscience clause” would allow employers and insurers to opt out of preventative care for women which they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds. That prominently includes birth control, which most insurers are required to provide for free under current Obamacare rules.

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Reid: House votes 'pointless'
September 28th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Reid: House votes 'pointless'

Washington (CNN) - Harry Reid is never one to mince words.

The Senate majority leader made it abundantly clear Saturday that a House vote on the two proposed amendments to the Senate-passed continuing resolution, which funds the Affordable Care Act, is "pointless" and that a revised bill would go nowhere in the upper chamber, declaring that "the American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists."

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Pelosi's office clarifies her position on speakership
August 30th, 2013
12:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Pelosi's office clarifies her position on speakership

(CNN) – Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's office clarified on Friday her apparent disinterest in returning to her old job as House speaker.

Her spokesman suggested she would be open to resuming the speakership if elected to the position, and said they asked for a correction to the edited version of the interview published in The National Journal on Thursday.
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Filed under: House • House Democrats • Nancy Pelosi
Source: Obama was 'rude and dismissive' in exchange with Democrat
July 31st, 2013
02:17 PM ET
1 year ago

Source: Obama was 'rude and dismissive' in exchange with Democrat

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."
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Filed under: House Democrats • President Obama
Biden blasts Republicans at event with House Democrats
March 23rd, 2013
05:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden blasts Republicans at event with House Democrats

(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.
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Filed under: House Democrats • Joe Biden • New York
WH: Electing House Dems 'not a focus' of Obama's for now
March 4th, 2013
01:52 PM ET
2 years ago

WH: Electing House Dems 'not a focus' of Obama's for now

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.
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House Democrats unveil gun control agenda that faces uphill battle in Congress
February 7th, 2013
04:42 PM ET
2 years ago

House Democrats unveil gun control agenda that faces uphill battle in Congress

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.
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Filed under: Gun rights • House Democrats
Obama tells House Dems he wants 'big deal' on debt
February 7th, 2013
02:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama tells House Dems he wants 'big deal' on debt

(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.
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House Democrats huddle ahead of major legislative fights
February 6th, 2013
08:32 PM ET
2 years ago

House Democrats huddle ahead of major legislative fights

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.
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Filed under: Congress • House Democrats
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