Why Boehner gave in on debt ceiling vote
February 11th, 2014
08:19 PM ET
5 months ago

Why Boehner gave in on debt ceiling vote

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner threw in the towel on Tuesday.

After multiple attempts to lead his members to force some sort of concession in return for raising the nation’s debt limit, Boehner allowed a vote on a so-called “clean” debt limit increase that passed by a 221-201 margin before the House left town until the end of the month.

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Filed under: House Republicans • John Boehner • national debt
Did Schumer call Boehner’s bluff on immigration?
February 9th, 2014
02:49 PM ET
5 months ago

Did Schumer call Boehner’s bluff on immigration?

Update 2/10/2014: A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner responded to Schumer's idea.

"The suggestion is entirely impractical, since it would totally eliminate the President's incentive to enforce immigration law for the remainder of his term," said Michael Steel, Boehner's spokesman.

Washington (CNN) - When House Speaker John Boehner abruptly announced Thursday that he didn’t see a way forward on immigration reform this year, he said President Obama was part of the reason.

“There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws,” Boehner said. “And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.”
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Immigration • John Boehner
Republicans slam President over jobs report
February 7th, 2014
09:25 AM ET
6 months ago

Republicans slam President over jobs report

Washington (CNN) – Republican leaders were quick to criticize President Barack Obama over the January jobs report.

"The American people continue to ask 'where are the jobs?' and the president clearly has no answers.  Republicans do," said House Speaker John Boehner in a statement released a few minutes after the Labor Department announced the January jobs figures.
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Filed under: John Boehner • RNC • unemployment
Boehner signals immigration unlikely this year
February 6th, 2014
01:01 PM ET
6 months ago

Boehner signals immigration unlikely this year

(CNN) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner signaled on Thursday any action on immigration is unlikely this year because House Republicans don't trust President Barack Obama on the issue.

"There's widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws and it's going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes," Boehner told reporters.

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Filed under: Immigration • John Boehner
House GOP leaders discard two key demands for raising debt ceiling
February 5th, 2014
01:54 PM ET
6 months ago

House GOP leaders discard two key demands for raising debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders, who signaled they would push for conditions in return for raising the debt limit, have discarded two leading ideas.

One would require approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and the second would repeal an Obamacare provision that helps insurance companies, according to two senior House GOP leadership aides.

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Filed under: House Republicans • Jack Lew • John Boehner • national debt • Obamacare
January 29th, 2014
04:53 PM ET
6 months ago

Pelosi insists immigration plan include path to citizenship; some House Republicans vow to oppose major reform

Washington (CNN) - As House Republicans headed to Maryland's eastern shore to discuss their immigration reform principles, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi drew a bright line on the most contentious issue in the debate, insisting, "In our caucus, there has to be path to citizenship."

House Speaker John Boehner and a group of top Republican leaders, including GOP 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, are expected to release a set of principles this week to chart the party's strategy forward on immigration legislation.

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Boehner warns Obama headed for 'brick wall'
January 28th, 2014
11:11 AM ET
6 months ago

Boehner warns Obama headed for 'brick wall'

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner warned President  Barack Obama that he will "run into a brick wall" by using his executive power and bypassing Congress, as the White House has signaled the President intends to do.

"We’re just not going to sit here and let the President trample all over us," said Boehner.
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7 things you didn't know you didn't know about the State of the Union
January 28th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
6 months ago

7 things you didn't know you didn't know about the State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – If you tune in to CNN’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, you’ll find plenty of intelligent reporting, insightful analysis, and a robust and thoughtful discussion of the most important issues facing our nation.

You won't find any of that here. But where else will you find the answers to burning questions such as, “What color necktie did Obama wear in 2011?” and “What the heck is that thing in front of John Boehner?”

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January 23rd, 2014
11:45 PM ET
6 months ago

Boehner on why he won't run for president

Updated 11:45 p.m. ET, 1/23/2014

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner laid out why he won't be running for president, telling "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno it just isn't worth what he'd have to give up.

"I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass. I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes, and I'm not giving that up to be President of the United States," Boehner said Thursday.
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Filed under: Jay Leno • John Boehner
Boehner accuses President of ignoring Iraq, calls for US to send equipment
January 9th, 2014
01:10 PM ET
7 months ago

Boehner accuses President of ignoring Iraq, calls for US to send equipment

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner Thursday accused President Obama of ignoring the threat of al Qaeda linked groups gaining power in Iraq and called for the U.S. to send "some equipment and some services" to help the Iraqis mount a counter-terrorism effort.

"Starting with the President delegating his responsibilities to the Vice President, the administration has chosen to spend much of its time and its energy trying to explain why having terrorists holding key terrain in the Middle East is not the president's problem," Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference.

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Filed under: Iraq • John Boehner • President Obama
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