Washington (CNN)–Advising fellow House Democrats not to take the political bait, the number two House Democrat, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, is urging his colleagues to join with House Republicans and oppose a bill to raise the debt limit when the House votes Tuesday night.
House Republican leaders scheduled a vote to raise the nation's debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion. The measure, which doesn’t include any spending reductions or budget reforms, is expected to fail in the GOP-controlled House. Republican aides say they don’t anticipate any Republicans will vote for it. But GOP leaders want to show that a bill without significant spending cuts cannot pass in the House and use the vote to demonstrate that Democrats are not serious about cutting spending. While many Democrats agree Congress needs to reduce the deficit by cutting spending, they don't favor tying the issue to the debt vote.
Washington (CNN) - After pulling an upset in a special election in New York earlier this week, the head of the House Democrats' campaign committee proclaimed his party now has a shot at winning back control of the House of Representatives next fall.
"Today I can tell you that I fundamentally believe that the House of Representatives is in play and the Democrats can win a majority in November 2012," Rep. Steve Israel of New York told reporters Thursday.
Washington (CNN) - House Democrats are pointing to a special election to fill an upstate New York congressional seat as evidence that House Republicans' support for a proposal to dramatically change Medicare is already hurting GOP candidates with voters.
Asked about the impact of the Medicare issue on the New York race, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said Wednesday, "That certainly is a race that was not in play and now it is."
WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) – The House is expected to vote Tuesday to kill a signature Obama administration program that helps homeowners stay in their homes but faces criticism as ineffective.
House Republicans will consider a bill to stop any new funding for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The program taps the federal bailout that saved the big banks, providing incentives to mortgage servicers to modify mortgages for borrowers behind on their payments.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Democrats sharply criticize 17 Republicans for supporting budget cuts in a new campaign unveiled Monday that is designed to try and help win back the House majority in 2012.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is the political arm of House Democrats, announced that it will run ads on radio stations and web sites as well as launch automated telephone calls and emails into the congressional districts of 17 Republicans on the budget theme.
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(CNN) - Congressional Democrats are going on the offensive against GOP efforts to repeal the Democratic-back health care bill that was passed last year.
In a moment of particularly heated rhetoric on the House floor, California Rep. John Garamendi suggested the Republican effort will directly lead to "more Americans dying."
Washington (CNN) - In her last news conference as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi pledged Tuesday that Democrats will zero in on the economy and reducing the deficit in the new Congress.
"House Democrats will keep our focus on the creation of jobs - putting the American people to work," Pelosi said.
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(CNN) - Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form.
"This message today is very simple: That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus. It's as simple as that," said Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama prepared to discuss ongoing tax negotiations behind closed doors at the White House Monday with leading House Democrats, many of whom are believed to be unhappy with a potential deal to extend the Bush-era cuts for the richest Americans.
"We won't rubber stamp a deal between the White House and (Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell," one Democratic congressional source told CNN. "We want to make it clear. Don't take our support for granted."
Washington (CNN) - Two Democratic congressional aides tell CNN that House Democratic leaders are going to the White House to meet with Vice President Joe Biden at 2 p.m.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, and Rep. John Larson are among those who will meet with Biden to discuss how to move forward on tax cuts.