'Jeopardy' winner to retire from Congress
February 18th, 2014
02:35 PM ET
2 months ago

'Jeopardy' winner to retire from Congress

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Rush Holt, an eight-term Democrat from New Jersey, nuclear physicist, and five-time "Jeopardy" winner, announced Tuesday that he'll retire at the end of the year rather than run for re-election in November.

"There is no hidden motive for my decision. As friends who have worked with me know, I have never thought that the primary purpose of my work was re-election and I have never intended to make service in the House my entire career."

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Filed under: 2014 • House • House of Representatives • New Jersey
House Dems disagree with Obama on trade issue
February 13th, 2014
03:30 PM ET
2 months ago

House Dems disagree with Obama on trade issue

Cambridge, Maryland (CNN) – A snowstorm Thursday prompted the White House to call off a keynote speech by Vice President Joe Biden at the House Democrats' policy retreat, and President Obama could get the cold shoulder from lawmakers during his planned visit Friday - at least on one pending trade issue.

The President wants Congress to give him fast track trade authority, which would make it easier for him to negotiate major trade deals, by limiting congressional input to a yes/no vote on a final bill.
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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • House • President Obama • Uncategorized
Another senior House Republican announces retirement
February 13th, 2014
01:23 PM ET
2 months ago

Another senior House Republican announces retirement

Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state announced Thursday that he'll retire at the end of this year rather than run for re-election in November.

Hastings, who currently serves as the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement he was stepping down after 10 terms to allow someone new to represent Washington's 4th Congressional District.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House • Washington State
House committee approves bill banning in-flight cell phone conversations
February 11th, 2014
01:41 PM ET
2 months ago

House committee approves bill banning in-flight cell phone conversations

(CNN) - A bill banning cell phone calls during flights was approved Tuesday by the House Transportation Committee.

The bill's sponsor, committee chairman Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pennsylvania, said the confines of an airplane force passengers unwittingly to listen to the conversations of fellow fliers, and that's why banning in-flight voice communications is necessary.

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Sources: House Republicans drop bid to tie other issues to debt ceiling
February 11th, 2014
09:55 AM ET
2 months ago

Sources: House Republicans drop bid to tie other issues to debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders have given up efforts to link other issues to raising the federal borrowing limit and will bring up a "clean" debt ceiling measure as soon as Wednesday, GOP sources told CNN Tuesday.

The issue had threatened more congressional gridlock, as President Barack Obama and Democrats rejected any negotiations over the need to increase how much the government can borrow to pay its bills.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • House
February 11th, 2014
09:44 AM ET
2 months ago

GOP investigation says White House didn't recognize Benghazi threat

Washington (CNN) – A congressional investigation into the Defense Department's response to the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, found that the Obama administration failed to protect the compound and recognize the severity of the deteriorating security situation.

For the partisan report, the investigative arm of the Republican-led House Armed Services Committee pored over thousands of pages of classified and unclassified written material, witness testimony and classified briefings to piece together the events of September 11, 2012, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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Filed under: Congress • House • Libya • White House
Sandra Fluke asks for California Democratic Party endorsement
February 4th, 2014
10:34 AM ET
2 months ago

Sandra Fluke asks for California Democratic Party endorsement

Washington (CNN) - Sandra Fluke has asked the California Democratic Party for their endorsement in the race for an open 2014 congressional seat, but a spokeswoman for the women's rights activist says Fluke is still on the fence about a bid.

"It is not the same as filing to run or declaring that she is running," said Abigail Gardner, Fluke's spokeswoman, in an email. "It was something she felt she had to do on Friday to keep her options open due to CA Dem Party deadlines."
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Filed under: 2014 • California • Congress • House • Sandra Fluke
January 30th, 2014
05:22 PM ET
3 months ago

House Republican leaders unveil immigration standards

Updated 9:37 a.m. ET, 1/31/2014

Cambridge, Maryland (CNN) – House Republican leaders unveiled on Thursday an outline of immigration "standards," saying there "will be no special path to citizenship" for the country's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.

The document says, "These persons could live legally and without fear in the U.S., but only if they were willing to admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits)."

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Filed under: Congress • House • Immigration
David Jolly wins GOP primary for special election in House race
January 14th, 2014
08:01 PM ET
3 months ago

David Jolly wins GOP primary for special election in House race

(CNN) – Candidate David Jolly will be the Republican nominee in a special election to fill a vacant House seat in Florida that was held by the GOP for decades.

"It is with great respect...that I accept your nomination to be the #Republican Candidate to represent #Pinellas County,” Jolly wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Florida • House
House passes Obamacare website security bill
January 10th, 2014
12:38 PM ET
3 months ago

House passes Obamacare website security bill

Washington (CNN) - New year, same focus. The Republican led House of Representatives, in its first major action of the 2014 session, voted on another bill aimed at Obamacare – this one meant to fix what the GOP views as a serious security problem with the new health care website.

The House Friday passed a bill 291-122 to require the Administration to notify within two days anyone impacted by a security breach on HealthCare.gov, the website where Americans can enroll for insurance coverage.

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Filed under: House • Obamacare
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