June 30th, 2014
11:48 AM ET
4 months ago

Kissing congressman reverses decision, announces plan to seek re-election in Louisiana

(CNN) – Rep. Vance McAllister said Monday he will run for re-election in November despite previously announcing he would not seek another term in Louisiana's 5th Congressional District.

McAllister – who is married with children – was caught on video kissing an aide in his office, sparking calls for the Republican congressman to step down. Three weeks after the video was posted by a local newspaper, he announced he would not seek re-election, only to reverse that decision on Monday.

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Filed under: 2014 • House Republicans • Louisiana • Vance McAllister
June 24th, 2014
07:52 PM ET
4 months ago

Boehner plans lawsuit against Obama over executive orders

Updated 3:15 p.m. ET, 6/25/14

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday told reporters that he plans to sue President Barack Obama over his use of executive action.

"I am," the Speaker said when asked if he was planning to initiate a lawsuit.

"You know the constitution makes it clear that the president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws and in my view the President has not faithfully executed the laws," Boehner added at a news conference on Capitol Hill.

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Boehner says he's ‘all in’ for speaker in next Congress
June 24th, 2014
02:37 PM ET
4 months ago

Boehner says he's ‘all in’ for speaker in next Congress

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner had a message to all those wondering if he's planning to run for his leadership post after the midterm elections: "I'm all in."

"I told my colleagues two weeks ago I was all in. When I'm all in, I'm all in," Boehner told reporters on Tuesday after his weekly meeting with House Republicans.

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Filed under: 2014 • Fundraising • House Republicans • John Boehner • NRCC
June 15th, 2014
10:13 AM ET
4 months ago

Cantor reflects on primary loss, says 'of course' he'll vote for Brat in November

(CNN) - Defeated at the polls in a major primary upset, Rep. Eric Cantor said he'll vote for the man who beat him, come November's general election.

The No. 2 House Republican also told CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash, guest host on Sunday's "State of the Union," that he's "not ready to close out any options right now" on running for public office in the future.

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Filed under: 2014 • Eric Cantor • House Republicans • Tea Party • TV-State of the Union
June 10th, 2014
08:30 PM ET
4 months ago

Big upset: No. 2 House Republican Eric Cantor loses primary

Updated 8:50 a.m. ET, 6/10/2014

(CNN) – In the biggest upset of the year, the No. 2 Republican in the House, Eric Cantor, has lost to his tea party opponent in his primary in Virginia.

With all precincts reporting, Cantor was defeated by his opponent Dave Brat 55% to 44%, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections website.

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Filed under: Eric Cantor • House Republicans • Virginia
Prospects for immigration reform grow dimmer
May 16th, 2014
06:25 PM ET
5 months ago

Prospects for immigration reform grow dimmer

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The chances that any significant immigration legislation will be enacted before the midterm election grew more remote on Friday, when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's office said it would not allow debate on a narrowly crafted proposal sponsored by a fellow Republican.

President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats made a major push this week on the issue, hoping to put pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote before the August summer break.

But Boehner and other House GOP leaders have repeatedly rejected calls to vote on a Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill. They insist the only way the House will act is using a step by step approach.
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Filed under: Eric Cantor • House Republicans • Immigration • White House
Boehner won’t commit to serving out another full term as Speaker
May 12th, 2014
05:08 PM ET
5 months ago

Boehner won’t commit to serving out another full term as Speaker

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner said Monday he expects to be re-elected Speaker after the midterm elections, but he wouldn't commit to serving out another full two year term in the top post.

Speaking at an event hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Boehner said "I am running for re-election I expect to be speaker."

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Filed under: House Republicans • John Boehner
May 11th, 2014
10:12 AM ET
5 months ago

DNC chairwoman: GOP using Benghazi to 'gin up their base' ahead of midterms

(CNN) – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Republicans are digging up the issue of the 2012 attack in Benghazi to drive turnout this election year.

Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday that as the issue of health care fails rile up their base, House Republicans are refocusing their attention on the assault that left four Americans dead, including the ambassador to Libya.

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May 9th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
5 months ago

Tax-writing congressman violated tax law

Washington (CNN) – In Washington, Republican Rep. Todd Young helps write the nation’s tax laws, but back home in Indiana he violated state tax law, claiming a property tax deduction for a house he didn’t live in.

In 2012, Young, a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, claimed a house in Bloomington was his primary residence and deducted more than $200,000 from his property taxes - saving himself almost $5,000. Turns out, Young was renting the property, not living in it, according to documents obtained by CNN.

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Filed under: Congress • House Republicans • Taxes
GOP-led House votes to hold former IRS official in contempt
May 7th, 2014
07:19 PM ET
6 months ago

GOP-led House votes to hold former IRS official in contempt

(CNN) - Acting on a conservative battle cry and potentially triggering a court battle with the Obama administration, the Republican-led House voted Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about her agency's targeting of conservative and other groups.

The 231-187 vote fell almost entirely along party lines, a decision that cut across three sharp divides: balance of power issues between the branches of government, political questions over the IRS scandal, and a Constitutional debate over Lerner's individual Fifth Amendment rights.

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Filed under: House Republicans • IRS
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