Washington (CNN) - House Republican leaders say they will decide by the end of the week how to proceed in defending the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Both House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor expressed disappointment that the Obama administration decided to stop defending the law in court and said House Republicans are weighing their options.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats rejected Tuesday a House Republican leadership proposal to extend government funding for two weeks past March 4, the date when current funding expires.
House Republicans want the short-term bill to cut $4 billion in government spending during those two weeks - a prorated figure based on the more than $60 billion in spending cuts the House passed for the rest of this fiscal year.
Washington (CNN) - As the rare open debate over the House Republicans' $60 billion spending cut plan unfolded on the House floor, some of those proposed cuts got personal. Two in particular were clearly aimed at projects near and dear to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's heart.
Early Thursday morning, when few House members were on the floor, Kentucky Republican Ed Whitfield pushed an amendment to cut $1.5 million from the so-called "Greening the Capitol" initiative. Pelosi launched the program in 2007 when she became speaker. She frequently touted the investments in energy efficient lighting and environmentally friendly efforts to reduce water use and the "carbon footprint" of the House of Representatives and its office buildings. Republicans raised questions about how much money the effort saved, and some called it a waste of taxpayer money. Whitfield's amendment was adopted by voice vote.
(CNN)-President Barack Obama issued a veto threat Tuesday, following the introduction of a controversial spending bill last week. The bill is a continuing resolution that would fund federal government for the rest of the fiscal year and includes $100 billion dollars in spending cuts promised by House Republicans.
In a statement, the Obama administration affirmed that it is "committed to cutting spending and reducing the deficit so that current government spending does not add to the debt." But it also makes clear that it "does not support deep cuts that will undermine our ability to out-educate, out-build, and out-innovate the rest of the world," terms that sound familiar to those following the president's recent speeches.
Washington (CNN) – House Republicans unveiled a sweeping spending bill Friday evening that slashes hundreds of programs and agencies across the government – from education, to the environment to cops on the beat – setting up a showdown with Senate Democrats.
“The legislation includes the largest reduction in discretionary spending in the history of our nation – over five times larger than any other discretionary cut package ever considered by the House,” said House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-KY, in a statement.
Washington (CNN)– Facing a rebellion from conservatives, House Republican leaders say they will now find $100 billion in spending cuts this year, as they had promised during the campaign.
"We have determined that the CR can and will reach a total of $100 billion in cuts compared to the President's request immediately – fully meeting the goal outlined in the Republican 'Pledge to America' in one fell swoop," said House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, in a statement. A continuing resolution (CR) is a bill that funds the government.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Republican leaders under fire from fellow conservatives for backtracking on a promise to cut $100 billion in spending this year are suddenly trying to meet that goal, according to a senior House GOP aide.
"Right now there are a lot of moving parts but the leadership is working with the RSC (Republican Study Committee), the freshmen and the (House) Appropriations Committee to coalesce around a unified strategy to cut $100 billion," the senior House GOP aide tells CNN. He would speak only off the record because he was discussing internal GOP deliberations.
Washington (CNN) - Another House Republican bill went down to defeat Wednesday, the second time in as many days.
The latest setback - a GOP spending cut bill calling for a refund to the U.S. Treasury of $180 million overpaid to a U.N. fund - failed to pass. The bill was part of Majority Leader Eric Cantor's weekly spending cut program called "You Cut."
New York (CNNMoney) - House Republicans released a dramatic budget proposal on Wednesday that would result in sweeping cuts to federal agencies and government services.
The GOP would slash the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 16%, cut $758 million from a program that provides food to low-income children and eliminate almost $1 billion in assistance for local police departments.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in the House agreed Wednesday that their lunch meeting at the White House yielded some common ground.
Obama considered the meeting with House Speaker John Boehner and his top deputies "constructive" and cited general agreement with them on the need to reduce spending and the deficit, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.