Women building: GOP-led House to vote on women's museum
May 7th, 2014
08:48 AM ET
3 months ago

Women building: GOP-led House to vote on women's museum

Washington (CNN) – The election-year attention on women lands directly on the House floor Wednesday, after Republican leaders decided to allow a vote on a National Women's History Museum, changing their approach to the issue.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Democrat of New York, has pushed the idea of a national women's museum for over 17 years. Her bill to trigger the first step, a museum commission, has passed the House and Senate before, but during separate sessions of Congress. In each case a Democratic majority in one chamber approved the museum commission but Republicans in the other blocked it.
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Filed under: Carolyn Maloney • Congress • House • Marsha Blackburn
Republicans pass tax breaks, but don’t pay for them
April 29th, 2014
06:44 PM ET
3 months ago

Republicans pass tax breaks, but don’t pay for them

Washington (CNN) – Republicans want to cut the deficit. And Republicans want to cut taxes. Tuesday, those two sweeping goals collided as a GOP-controlled House committee voted to advance hundreds of billions in tax cuts at the cost of adding those billions to the deficit.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted almost entirely along party lines to make six tax breaks permanent at a cost of $310 billion over the next 10 years.

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Filed under: Congress • Republicans • Taxes
Harry Reid defends ‘domestic terrorists’ comments
April 18th, 2014
05:44 PM ET
3 months ago

Harry Reid defends ‘domestic terrorists’ comments

(CNN) - In a blunt exchange that hit on a major American divide, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, stood by his comments that militia groups involved in a ranch standoff are “domestic terrorists,” while the state’s Republican senator, Dean Heller, replied that he considers them “patriots.”

The two men appeared Friday afternoon on KSNV’s “What’s Your Point?” question-and-answer show.
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Filed under: Dean Heller • Harry Reid • Nevada
House lawmakers push back on Ukraine aid
Ukranian riot police officers stand guard during a pro-Ukrainian demonstration in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday, April 17, 2014
April 18th, 2014
05:32 PM ET
3 months ago

House lawmakers push back on Ukraine aid

Washington (CNN) - The White House is not going far enough in sending aid to Ukraine, say top Republicans and Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee in a letter to President Obama that was obtained by CNN.

Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, ranking Democrat Adam Smith and 10 other key House Armed Services members wrote the President late Thursday night after the White House announced another round of non-lethal aid to Ukraine.
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Filed under: Congress • Ukraine
Obama administration pushes back Keystone decision
April 18th, 2014
02:50 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama administration pushes back Keystone decision

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration announced Friday that it is extending the comment period on the State Department’s Keystone XL pipeline report – a move that could delay a final decision on the project indefinitely.

The State Department’s report found that the pipeline would not have a significant environmental impact.  It was due to be finalized after a 90-day comment period ended in early May. FULL POST


Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Energy
Report: E-cigarettes appealing to kids
April 14th, 2014
02:52 PM ET
3 months ago

Report: E-cigarettes appealing to kids

Washington (CNN) - Redeploying a major argument from the battle over traditional cigarettes, a dozen Democratic members of Congress released a report on Monday concluding that electronic cigarettes “aggressively (promote) their products by using techniques and venues that appeal to youth” and should be strictly regulated like the non-electronic versions.

“E-cigarette manufactures don’t have to play by the same rules (as traditional cigarette makers),” said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, one of the leaders behind the investigation.

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Filed under: Congress • Dick Durbin • Henry Waxman
House Republicans vote to hold former IRS official in contempt
April 10th, 2014
01:04 PM ET
3 months ago

House Republicans vote to hold former IRS official in contempt

Washington (CNN) – The Republican-led House Oversight Committee voted 21-12 Thursday to charge former IRS official Lois Lerner with contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about the agency's targeting of conservative and other groups. The vote sets up a full debate on the House floor, followed by possible court battle over the Fifth Amendment and a potential standoff with the Justice Department.

"This is not something that I take lightly,” said Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa of California. “We cannot tell the American people we have done all we can do to get to the truth in this investigation if we give a pass to a critical witness like Ms. Lerner.”
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Filed under: Congress • IRS
April 9th, 2014
04:30 PM ET
4 months ago

Republicans on key House committee ask for former IRS official to be prosecuted

Washington (CNN) -- House Republicans took two significant swings at former IRS official Lois Lerner on Wednesday, voting to refer her to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution and releasing previously confidential documents related to her role in the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

Those documents indicate she paid specific attention to the Karl Rove-founded group Crossroads GPS and at one point mentioned or joked about taking a job with the pro-Obama group Organizing for America.

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Filed under: House Republicans • IRS • Sander Levin
Ryan budget aims to cut $5.1 trillion, reach balance in 10 years
April 1st, 2014
04:02 PM ET
4 months ago

Ryan budget aims to cut $5.1 trillion, reach balance in 10 years

Washington (CNN) - Republican House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled a budget plan Wednesday that would achieve some key conservative goals – balancing the federal budget in a decade while starting to contain the national debt – while also rekindling some old controversies by changing Medicare, repealing Obamacare and significantly cutting social programs like food stamps.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • House Republicans • Paul Ryan
IRS agrees to hand over emails to Issa
March 26th, 2014
02:46 PM ET
4 months ago

IRS agrees to hand over emails to Issa

(CNN) - Following heated exchanges with House Republicans, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday told a congressional committee that he will hand over all of the emails of Lois Lerner, the former IRS official under investigation for the agency's targeting of conservative groups.

But Koskinen also told frustrated Republicans that producing all the documents the committee wants will take "years," indicating that the matter is far from settled.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS
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