January 7th, 2014
12:45 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama calls for unemployment extension as measure clears key Senate hurdle

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama Tuesday amplified his calls for extending emergency unemployment benefits for millions of Americans, saying that passing the measure should be Congress' "first order of business in 2014."

The President made his comments less than an hour after a bill that would provide benefits to 1.3 million Americans for three months cleared its first hurdle in the Senate.
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Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama • unemployment
January 5th, 2014
07:13 PM ET
7 months ago

5 tests for kumbaya on Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN) – 2013 ended with Congress reaching a deal on funding the government without all the end-of-the-year drama that we've come to expect. Democrats and Republicans defied the recent all-or-nothing gamesmanship and brokered a budget deal before its deadline, prompting speculation that maybe, just maybe, dogs and cats can live together.

Here are five things on both President Barack Obama's and Congress' agendas that will show pretty quickly whether breaking the partisan logjam in the capital is possible or just a fantasy.

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Reid: Boehner will compromise on immigration reform
December 21st, 2013
03:09 PM ET
7 months ago

Reid: Boehner will compromise on immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - He will cave.

Despite his public statements to the contrary, House Speaker John Boehner will meet with Senate leaders to negotiate comprehensive immigration reform in 2014 - at least, Harry Reid says he will.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Immigration • John Boehner
Paul Ryan: Boehner ‘just got his Irish up’
December 15th, 2013
11:05 AM ET
7 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
Don't expect Boehner to totally change his tune
December 13th, 2013
07:31 PM ET
7 months ago

Don't expect Boehner to totally change his tune

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner may have stood up to conservative arm-twisters and embraced bipartisanship in moving a budget agreement through the House, but insiders don't see it as the start of a sea change on Capitol Hill.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is one who was pragmatic about Boehner's new and strident public tone this week toward several influential conservative groups that have questioned his leadership and blasted the compromise budget plan approved Thursday.

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Filed under: John Boehner
Spat puts conservative groups in the spotlight
December 12th, 2013
02:18 PM ET
7 months ago

Spat puts conservative groups in the spotlight

Washington (CNN) - Club for Growth, Heritage Action for America, and Americans for Prosperity. They're three leading conservative advocacy groups that are involved in a rare public war of words with House Speaker John Boehner over a bipartisan budget deal.

Boehner on Thursday escalated his criticism of the organizations, which are vehemently opposed to the compromise struck by Republican House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and his Democratic Senate counterpart Patty Murray.

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Boehner lashes out at conservative groups over budget deal
December 11th, 2013
03:06 PM ET
7 months ago

Boehner lashes out at conservative groups over budget deal

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner lashed out at grassroots conservative groups opposed to a compromise budget deal, accusing them on Wednesday of "using our members and using the American people for their own goals."

The Speaker said their actions were "ridiculous" and noted some of them came out against the bipartisan budget agreement even before it was announced on Tuesday.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • John Boehner
Boehner: GOP should support its openly gay candidates
December 5th, 2013
01:34 PM ET
8 months ago

Boehner: GOP should support its openly gay candidates

Updated 4:17 p.m. ET, 12/5/2013

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he believes the GOP should support the party's openly gay candidates.

"I do," he said when asked by CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash if he backs such House hopefuls.
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Filed under: 2014 • Gay rights • John Boehner
Evangelicals: Pray for Boehner on immigration reform
December 5th, 2013
12:24 PM ET
8 months ago

Evangelicals: Pray for Boehner on immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - A group of evangelicals in favor of passing immigration reform have a message for House Speaker John Boehner: "We're praying for you."

In new ads, Evangelical Immigration Table–group that has been behind immigration reform on Capitol Hill–asks people to pray for Boehner and House Republican leadership on immigration reform and urge those leaders to listen to their prayers.
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Filed under: Ads • Immigration • John Boehner
Boehner rejects 'do nothing' label for this Congress
December 3rd, 2013
01:01 PM ET
8 months ago

Boehner rejects 'do nothing' label for this Congress

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner rejected the label that this is a "do nothing" session of Congress, telling reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill, "we've done our work."

Boehner pointed the finger at the Democratic-led Senate for holding up legislation. "When you look at the number of bills passed by the House and the paltry number of bills passed by the Senate, you can see where the problem is."
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Filed under: Congress • House • John Boehner
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