Grimm: 'I'm not taking a leave of absence'
April 29th, 2014
01:10 PM ET
5 months ago

Grimm: 'I'm not taking a leave of absence'

Washington (CNN) – One day after being indicted for various charges in a New York federal court, Rep. Michael Grimm returned to Capitol Hill and pledged to stay there.

"I'm back to work doing what the people pay me to do: represent them. So that's what's gonna continue going forward," the New York Republican told CNN.
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Filed under: Congress • House • John Boehner • Michael Grimm
April 29th, 2014
12:04 PM ET
5 months ago

Boehner admits immigration comments went too far

Washington (CNN) – After mocking his fellow GOP members last week for complaining immigration reform was "too hard," House Speaker John Boehner reminded House Republicans at a closed-door meeting "you tease the ones you love" but admitted he shouldn't have made fun of them publicly.

The speaker repeated that message to reporters after the Tuesday meeting, downplaying his comments that triggered a firestorm, mostly from outside conservative groups critical of Boehner's efforts on immigration.
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Filed under: House • Immigration • John Boehner
April 25th, 2014
08:55 AM ET
5 months ago

Boehner public mocking of colleagues on immigration similar to what he's done in private

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is mocking fellow House Republicans for saying that it's too hard to tackle the controversial issue of immigration reform.

Speaking Thursday at a meeting of the Middletown Rotary Club in his home congressional district in southwestern Ohio, an animated Boehner, talking about his colleagues on Capitol Hill, said "here's the attitude: 'Ohhhh, don't make me do this. Ohhhh, this is too hard.'"

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Filed under: 2014 • House • House of Representatives • House Republicans • Immigration • John Boehner
Obama talks immigration in South Korea and Boehner talks baby talk
Speaker Boehner and President Obama talk immigration reform on both sides of the globe
April 25th, 2014
05:11 AM ET
5 months ago

Obama talks immigration in South Korea and Boehner talks baby talk

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner talked like a baby Thursday to mock the way Republicans act towards immigration reform. President Obama, on the other side of the globe, said Friday immigrants are “who we are.”

The Republican was home at an event in Ohio when he spoke of the "attitude" of his fellow GOP congressmen.

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Darrell Issa's Democratic counterpart: You're pulling a McCarthy in IRS case
April 9th, 2014
12:31 AM ET
6 months ago

Darrell Issa's Democratic counterpart: You're pulling a McCarthy in IRS case

(CNN) - When it comes to insults and accusations in modern politics, few things are worse than being compared to Sen. Joseph McCarthy, whose unsubstantiated accusations in the 1950s against Americans he suspected of communism are widely seen as one of the darkest times in congressional history.

Now, ahead of a House Oversight Committee vote Thursday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt, the committee's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, is accusing Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, of engaging in McCarthyism.

And he's releasing a congressional study that he says proves it.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • House • House of Representatives • House Republicans • IRS
Boehner does what he hasn't done in four years
April 3rd, 2014
03:30 PM ET
6 months ago

Boehner does what he hasn't done in four years

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is doing something he hasn't done since 2010 – he's running campaign commercials.

The re-election team for the 12-term lawmaker, who represents Ohio's 8th Congressional district in the southwestern part of the state, confirms to CNN that they're running a TV ad in the Cincinnati and Dayton markets over the next ten days.

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Filed under: 2010 • 2014 • House • House of Representatives • John Boehner • Ohio
House panel to consider holding ex-IRS official in contempt
April 3rd, 2014
01:43 PM ET
6 months ago

House panel to consider holding ex-IRS official in contempt

(CNN) - The House Oversight Committee plans to vote next Thursday on whether to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the agency's alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, its chairman, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, said.

The official is Lois Lerner, the former IRS director of tax-exempt organizations, Lerner retired last year after being placed on administrative leave by the IRS after she said the IRS applied extra scrutiny to both conservative and liberal political groups seeking tax-exempt status between 2010 and 2012.

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Filed under: House • IRS
House ethics extends review of McMorris Rodgers
March 24th, 2014
11:10 PM ET
6 months ago

House ethics extends review of McMorris Rodgers

(CNN) – The House Ethics Committee announced Monday it was extending its investigation into allegations that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers violated House rules and federal campaign laws by using official staff to perform political work for her re-election campaign.

McMorris Rodgers is the fourth-ranking House Republican. Viewed as a rising star in a party that has struggled to gain support among women voters, she was tapped by House Speaker John Boehner earlier this year to give the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Along with its announcement, the Ethics Committee released a report by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics outlining the allegations against McMorris Rodgers. It details instances when aides from her congressional office helped her prepare for campaign debates and wrote news releases and speeches specifically for political events. The OCE report also found that an outside campaign consultant who was on McMorris Rodger's political payroll provided services for her office, such as preparing her for events after her election and interviewing candidates for jobs on her official staff.
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Longtime House Democrat running for re-election
March 17th, 2014
11:25 AM ET
7 months ago

Longtime House Democrat running for re-election

(CNN) - Rep. Collin Peterson won't be joining the growing list of longtime House members who've announced in the past few months that they'll retire at the end of the year rather than bid for re-election.

The Democratic congressman from Minnesota said Monday that he's running in November for a 13th term in the House. Peterson, who represents Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, which runs along the state's western border with North and South Dakota, made the news on radio station KFGO in Fargo, before making a scheduled formal announcement at a campaign event.

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Filed under: 2014 • House • House of Representatives • Minnesota
March 10th, 2014
09:16 AM ET
7 months ago

National parties test their pitches in Florida's 13th District special election

Clearwater, Florida (CNN) - It's for just one congressional seat for about eight months, but Tuesday's special election in Florida has taken on huge political significance.

National Republicans are framing Tuesday's special election as a referendum on Obamacare. But their message - plus a flood of outside spending by Democrats focused on the issue of Social Security - is drowning out other issues in the race, Republican candidate David Jolly says.

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Filed under: 2014 • Florida • House
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