David Jolly wins GOP primary for special election in House race
January 14th, 2014
08:01 PM ET
6 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
7 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
GOP-led House will kick off 2014 like it spent most of 2013
January 2nd, 2014
04:44 PM ET
7 months ago

GOP-led House will kick off 2014 like it spent most of 2013

Washington (CNN) - The GOP-led House of Representatives will kick off 2014 – a midterm election year – addressing an issue it spent much of last year debating: Obamacare.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Thursday the House's first order of business when it returns next week from its extended holiday break would be a vote on legislation to address potential security risks for personal information collected on the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov.

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Filed under: House • Obamacare • Republicans
December 22nd, 2013
01:45 PM ET
7 months ago

Millennial lawmakers: Congressional leadership afraid to lead

(CNN) – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, said Sunday that leaders in Washington are afraid to veer from their party bases to actually lead.

Schock also said that younger members of Congress are less "ideologically strident" and more eager to solve the United States' problems.
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Filed under: Aaron Schock • House • Tulsi Gabbard • TV-State of the Union
Rep. Trey Radel completes rehab, plans to stay in Congress
December 19th, 2013
04:49 PM ET
7 months ago

Rep. Trey Radel completes rehab, plans to stay in Congress

Updated 6:54 p.m., 12/19/2013

(CNN) -- U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession, left a rehab facility in Florida on Thursday, expressed remorse and said he planned to return to Washington to continue serving in Congress.

"I love what I do and I'm going to return to what I do, what you sent me to do in Washington, D.C., which is working for you and your family while I relish mine," Radel said at a news conference in Cape Coral, Florida.
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Filed under: Florida • House
Democratic retirement gives GOP prime House pickup opportunity
December 17th, 2013
03:30 PM ET
7 months ago

Democratic retirement gives GOP prime House pickup opportunity

Updated 4:12 p.m., 12/17/13

(CNN) – In an apparent major setback for House Democrats, longtime Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year.

"I take the role of representative seriously and intend to conclude this chapter of my service to our state in the same way I have always approached my job," Matheson wrote in a posting on his Facebook page.
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Filed under: House • Jim Matheson
Paul Ryan: Boehner ‘just got his Irish up’
December 15th, 2013
11:05 AM ET
8 months ago

Paul Ryan: Boehner ‘just got his Irish up’

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner was peeved last week at conservative groups that blasted a bipartisan budget agreement before one was even announced. But House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said it was really just that Irish temper of his.

"I think John just kind of got his Irish up. He was frustrated that these groups came out against our budget agreement before we reached a budget agreement. I was frustrated too,” Ryan said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • House • John Boehner • Paul Ryan
House approves budget deal aimed at averting shutdown
December 12th, 2013
06:54 PM ET
8 months ago

House approves budget deal aimed at averting shutdown

Washington (CNN) - A compromise federal budget plan that would remove the threat of a government shutdown for two years won easy approval Thursday from the Republican-controlled U.S. House.

The deal worked out by House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray passed on a 332-94 vote and now goes to the Democratic-led Senate, which is expected to approve it as early as next week.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • House
Mental health reform struggles to get attention
December 12th, 2013
03:05 PM ET
8 months ago

Mental health reform struggles to get attention

Washington (CNN) - Despite the impending anniversary of the Newtown school shootings and national pleas for more talk about mental health, serious reform efforts are struggling to get attention. Case in point: just a handful of reporters showed up to cover the announcement of a major mental health reform bill in the Capitol Thursday. (Read about the bill here.)

As three congressman stepped up to unveil their proposal, they looked out on just eight reporters and nearly 60 empty chairs.
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Filed under: Congress • House
December 12th, 2013
01:27 PM ET
8 months ago

House budget vote illuminates GOP split

Washington (CNN) – Ever present but rarely so public, the rift between conservative and moderate Republicans over policy and tactics was on full display Thursday ahead of a House vote on the compromise federal budget worked out with Democrats.

House Speaker John Boehner escalated his criticism of conservative groups opposed to the budget deal, saying they lost credibility by rejecting the plan before it was announced and blaming them for pushing GOP legislators into the politically disastrous government shutdown in October.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • House
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