Washington (CNN) - After dodging the issue for months, House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday took a position on citizenship for undocumented immigrants, saying Congress must deal with the children of those who are in the United States illegally.
"This is about basic fairness. These children were brought here on no accord of their own. And frankly, they are in a very difficult position. And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed," Boehner said at the weekly press conference with House GOP leaders.
Washington (CNN) – Immigration reform entered an uncertain new phase on Wednesday as House Republicans signaled some willingness to compromise with President Barack Obama and Democrats but rejected a Senate-passed bill and insisted they would take their time drafting their own version.
Following more than two hours of talks on how to proceed, GOP legislators said the biggest question was whether to give the 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States a path to eventual citizenship, as provided by the Senate measure.FULL STORY
(CNN) – With about a week to go before interest rates jump on certain types of student loans, Republicans are again calling on the White House and Senate Democrats to approve a plan that would avert the spike.
On July 1, rates will almost double on nonsubsidized Stafford loans given to college undergraduates unless Congress works to avoid the jump. Obama has applied pressure on Republicans to adopt his own plan to avoid the rate increase, but Republicans argue Obama basically agrees with their approach, which would tie the student loan rate to economic factors instead of leaving it up to Congress.
Washington (CNN) – In a surprising and embarrassing setback for House Republican leaders, legislation to overhaul the nation's farm programs failed in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives Thursday.
The bill was defeated by House conservatives who said the bill spent too much on food stamps and nutrition programs and House Democrats who opposed both the cuts to those food stamp programs and a GOP-backed amendment that added new work requirements for those applying for assistance.
Washington (CNN) - House Republican leaders released a report Tuesday on the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which they claim former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally signed off on cuts in security at the compound, which they say would contradict her congressional testimony.
The September 11, 2012, attack resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Budget barbs are continuing to fly in congressional districts over the federal budget.
The National Republican Congressional Committee said Wednesday they were spending $40,000 to air television and web ads against Democrats for voting against the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican House Budget chairman. The measure passed the GOP-controlled House in March, but was given no chance of passing the Democrat-led Senate.
Washington (CNN) - Whatever you choose to call it - a charm offensive, an olive branch or just dinner - President Barack Obama's outreach to congressional Republicans is certainly a change of pace.
And on Sunday, those Republicans seemed guardedly optimistic the new approach from the White House could work, though they were quick to acknowledge that no amount of broiled sea bass or upcoming visits to Capitol Hill could produce the kind of compromise that's eluded the two sides since Republicans took control of the House in 2010.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans have set a series of meetings in the coming week, a move toward direct talks with rank-and-file lawmakers that he's largely avoided in the budget feuds of the last several months.
The president invited a group of Republican senators to dinner Wednesday evening at a hotel within blocks of the White House, and has requested to attend meetings with both House and Senate Republicans next week.
Washington (CNN) - House Republicans unveiled a government spending bill on Monday that keeps federal agencies funded through the end of September and attempts to remove the specter of a government shutdown.
The GOP bill doesn't replace the forced spending cuts, but lessens the pain for the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Washington (CNN) - Days before the automatic spending cuts are due to kick in to federal agencies, congressional Republicans are discussing a plan to give the Obama administration the flexibility - once the cuts go into effect - to let individual executive agencies make decisions about which programs could be cut.
On the House side, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is one of the top GOP members leading talks on that approach with rank and file members.