House passes late term abortion ban
June 18th, 2013
07:02 PM ET
1 year ago

House passes late term abortion ban

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives Tuesday passed a GOP-sponsored bill banning so- called "late term abortions" - procedures for women who are beyond 20 weeks into their pregnancy. The vote was 228-196, mostly along party lines.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, stirred up controversy last week when he opposed an effort by House Democrats to add an exception for women who are raped, arguing that "the incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low."

House Democrats seized on the comment, and because of the backlash GOP leaders later decided to add new language to the bill allowing women who get pregnant as a result of rape or incest to obtain an abortion if they report the crime to authorities.

The White House has threatened a veto on the legislation, but the Democratic-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure.


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House debt vote previews coming food fight on U.S. borrowing limit
May 9th, 2013
06:38 PM ET
1 year ago

House debt vote previews coming food fight on U.S. borrowing limit

(CNN) – Previewing the partisan food fight coming this fall over raising the debt ceiling, the House passed legislation on Thursday allowing the Treasury to pay U.S. bond holders if the nation hits its borrowing limit.

But the vote doesn't move Congress any closer to a deal to address the nation's fiscal situation - it just exposes the bitter divide between the political parties.
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Boehner announces goal of balancing budget in 10 years
January 22nd, 2013
07:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner announces goal of balancing budget in 10 years

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday that he supports a plan to balance the federal budget in 10 years, a goal that could require massive cuts to spending or major reforms to entitlement programs.

Boehner made the announcement to members of his Republican conference in a closed-door meeting before describing his plan to reporters.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • House of Representatives
January 15th, 2013
07:39 PM ET
2 years ago

House passes $50 billion-plus Sandy aid package

Washington (CNN) - Lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved measures Tuesday to send more than $50 billion in aid to the Northeastern states ravaged by Superstorm Sandy last fall, though some conservatives in the House were pushing for spending cuts that would offset the cost of the recovery package.

The final bill passed 241-180, with 49 Republicans voting for the measure. The package now heads to the Senate.
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Filed under: FEMA • House of Representatives
January 3rd, 2013
01:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner re-elected speaker in midst of public defections

Washington (CNN) – Rep. John Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House Thursday.

But after roughly a dozen of his own colleagues voted for someone else or withheld their vote to protest his leadership, the Ohio Republican begins his second term tasked with leading a conference that isn't shy about bucking him.
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Limited Sandy relief vote to occur on Friday
January 3rd, 2013
12:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Limited Sandy relief vote to occur on Friday

(CNN) - After a firestorm of criticism from Northeast Republicans, the House of Representatives is expected to take up an aid package on Friday meant to address those still reeling in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Lawmakers will consider $9 billion in immediate assistance for flood insurance and will weigh another $51 billion in broader aid on January 15.

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Boehner confident in re-election to speaker
January 3rd, 2013
11:45 AM ET
2 years ago

Boehner confident in re-election to speaker

Washington (CNN)House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was confident the House would re-elect him speaker, but conceded a few fellow Republicans would likely vote against him.

Some conservative activists have called on the House to oust Boehner following the passage of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The deal raised tax rates for American households earning more than $450,000 per year. While Boehner made a last-minute effort to include spending cuts in the deal, the measure passed without them.
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Democrat resigns House seat to become San Diego mayor
December 3rd, 2012
04:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Democrat resigns House seat to become San Diego mayor

(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Bob Filner stepped down Monday to become San Diego's mayor, though his seat in Congress – representing California's 51st Congressional district – will only remain vacant until the next Congress begins in January.

Filner, a Democrat, won his mayoral election on November 6 after serving ten terms in Congress. He'll be succeeded in January by Democrat Juan Vargas, a former state lawmaker who beat Republican Michael Crimmins by forty percentage points on Election Day. The 51st district covers California's entire border with Mexico, including the southeast corner of San Diego.

Filner's resignation means Democrats will have one less vote in the House during the lame duck session of Congress, when votes could arise on a deal to avoid the end-of-the-year fiscal cliff.

House GOP proposal on fiscal cliff rejects Obama's tax plan
December 3rd, 2012
03:40 PM ET
2 years ago

House GOP proposal on fiscal cliff rejects Obama's tax plan

Washington (CNN) - Negotiations on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff got a jump-start on Monday with House Republicans offering a counter-proposal to President Barack Obama, but continuing to reject his call for higher tax rates on the wealthy.

The GOP proposal would result in $2.2 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade, including $800 billion from tax reform, $600 billion from Medicare reforms and other health savings, and $600 billion in other spending cuts, House GOP leadership aides told reporters.

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Dems pick up House seat in California, expand net gain to five
November 16th, 2012
02:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Dems pick up House seat in California, expand net gain to five

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray conceded Friday to Democrat Scott Peters in California's 52nd congressional district, giving Democrats a net gain of five seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a statement conceding the race, Bilbray congratulated his opponent and thanked his supporters.
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