Washington (CNN)–In a sign of widening political fallout from so-called “Weinergate,” two House Democrats who represent competitive districts announced Tuesday they were donating campaign contributions from Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, to charity.
Weiner confessed Monday that he had lied about sending inappropriate text messages and photos to several women. He said he is not resigning, but top House Democrats called for the House ethics committee to investigate the matter.
Washington (CNN) - Members of the House Democratic leadership have talked repeatedly to Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, to try to get him to end what several Democrats call an unwelcome political distraction, a member of the party's leadership tells CNN.
"It's frustrating because we'll talk to him, and say clean it up, and then he goes out and does stuff," said the member of the House Democratic leadership, who declined to speak for the record about private discussions with Weiner.
Washington (CNNMoney) – House Democrats are calling on President Obama to appoint Elizabeth Warren to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during the next Senate recess.
Eighty-nine House Democrats have sent the president a letter dismissing a Senate Republican threat to block any nomination of a director to the new consumer bureau. They urged the president to "nominate Professor Warren as the CFPB's first director anyway," the letter released Thursday stated.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet behind closed doors with congressional Democrats Thursday to discuss ongoing deficit reduction negotiations and the looming deadline to raise the federal government's debt ceiling.
The president has challenged a controversial GOP proposal to overhaul Medicare, but told congressional Republicans on Wednesday that entitlement reforms are under discussion as part of a deficit reduction deal.FULL STORY
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."