Washington (CNN) – Setting up a showdown with the White House and Senate Democrats, House Republican leaders Thursday proceeded with plans to vote next week on a proposal to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while easing the path for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Meanwhile, the Senate blocked competing Democratic and Republican proposals to extend the payroll tax cut from proceeding Thursday, with both failing to get the 60 votes necessary.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - With the nation's only two heavy-duty polar icebreakers broken and out of service, the Obama administration and congressional Republicans are clashing on how best to put the U.S. Coast Guard back into the ice-busting business.
House Republicans, who say they want to force the administration's hand, are pushing a Coast Guard appropriations bill that would decommission the icebreaker Polar Star, which is now being repaired, in just three years, saying that keeping the 35-year-old ship afloat is "throwing good money after bad."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Aside from the usual sparring about their strategies for repairing the economy, the weekly addresses delivered Saturday by the GOP and President Barack Obama both noted that common ground was reached this week.
"It was good to see Congress act in a bipartisan way on something that will help create jobs at a time when millions of Americans are out of work and need them now," the president said during his weekly address.
Washington (CNN) – A top aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is leaving Capitol Hill to start a new Super PAC aimed at supporting Republican candidates and promoting the House GOP's agenda.
Cantor's Deputy Chief of Staff John Murray told CNN in a phone interview Wednesday that he's leaving his post at the end of the week to launch the new political group. Murray says his goals are twofold - to help GOP candidates with campaign resources and "put a muscular communications voice behind center-right candidates and policies that are in line with the 'Young Guns' movement."
(CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee has their sights set on Blue Dog Democrats, as evidenced by a website launched Thursday.
Republicans currently hold a 242-193 majority in the House of Representatives, a 49-seat majority the party would like to retain-and increase-in 2012.
Washington (CNN) - To hear Paul Ryan explain it, there's just one way to cope with becoming the Democrats' favorite man to hate: "I gave fear up for Lent this year," Ryan told CNN during an extensive interview.
And he's not kidding.FULL STORY
Washington (CNNMoney) – At least one House Republican is having a chuckle over the "American Jobs Act." Earlier this week, no House Democrat had officially filed a bill introducing the $447 billion jobs package that President Obama had sent to Congress.
The president, of course, dubbed his proposal the American Jobs Act. Well, Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, liked that moniker so much he slapped it on a bill of his own - one that would never be embraced by any Democrat.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Now that House Speaker John Boehner has unveiled his proposal to cut about $3 trillion in spending and raise the debt limit, his task is to round up the votes to pass it in the House later this week, but conservative skepticism of the plan could make that a heavy lift.
Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who heads up a large group of fiscal conservatives in the House, came out against the plan Monday.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - More than 40 House Republicans on Thursday met with a top official from Standard & Poor's and representatives of other Wall Street groups to hear what could trigger a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating.
"It was a lively discussion," said the meeting's organizer, Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York, who characterized the information the lawmakers were given as "nonpartisan," "dispassionate" and "objective."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Frustrated rank-and-file House Republicans Wednesday pushed their leadership to go further in rebuking President Obama over his handling of Libya, pressing GOP leaders to schedule a vote to defund the military mission.
The bill, which the House could vote on as early as Friday, is a much stronger statement than the non-binding resolution leaders originally introduced that called for removing U.S. forces from hostilities in Libya.