November 13th, 2013
12:46 PM ET
1 year ago

White House officials get earful from Democrats on Obamacare

Washington (CNN) - A private meeting on Capitol Hill with House Democrats and White House officials on Wednesday became heated when rank-and-file members expressed frustration about continued Obamacare problems, according to multiple sources in the room.

One congressional Democrat who attended the meeting said senior Obama administration officials Mike Hash and David Simas really "got hit" by House Democrats about everything from the troubled website to the broken promise that people can keep the insurance plans they like.

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Filed under: Health care • House Democrats • Obamacare • White House
October 31st, 2013
08:47 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP on insurance cancellations: "We told you so"

Washington (CNN) - The White House isn't in damage-control mode solely over a bad health care website.

As the Obama administration is trying to calm concerns across the country from Americans being dropped from their current plans, Republicans on Capitol Hill are saying, "We told you so."

In March 2010, then-Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, came to the House floor as Democrats were poised to pass Obamacare and issued a warning.

"Look at this bill," Boehner said. "Ask yourself: Do you really believe that if you like the health plan that you have, that you can keep it? No, you can't."

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Senate GOP growing impatient with House
October 11th, 2013
07:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate GOP growing impatient with House

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner has a day or two max to strike a debt ceiling and government funding deal before some of his Republican Senate colleagues move more aggressively on their own ideas, several impatient GOP Senators have told CNN.

The Senators say they are willing to give Boehner a bit more time, about 24 to 48 hours, to come to an agreement with the White House to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government.
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October 10th, 2013
12:37 AM ET
1 year ago

Sources: House GOP to unveil short term debt ceiling increase as soon as Thursday

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Washington (CNN) - Multiple House Republican members and GOP leadership sources tell CNN that leaders are preparing a proposal to raise the debt ceiling temporarily while keeping the government shut down.

The sources tell CNN that House GOP leaders' plan is to formally discuss the idea with the GOP conference at a meeting Thursday morning.

Senior House Republican sources have been telling CNN since earlier this week the idea of raising the debt ceiling for four to six weeks is the most viable way out of the stalemate.
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Filed under: GOP • House
Obama signals more ‘give’ on idea of short-term debt deal
October 9th, 2013
08:13 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama signals more ‘give’ on idea of short-term debt deal

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama gave House Democrats what appears to be the strongest indication to date that he would agree to a short-term debt ceiling increase, if that’s what Republicans would accept, a Democratic lawmaker tells CNN.

The president made his remarks at a private White House meeting with all House Democrats.

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Senior House GOP source: Debt deal may require Democratic help
October 9th, 2013
03:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Senior House GOP source: Debt deal may require Democratic help

Washington (CNN) – A Senior House GOP source concedes to CNN that to get the White House on board with a debt ceiling deal, House Republicans would likely have to agree to a clean short term debt ceiling increase. In exchange, Republicans would need to get clear and specific parameters from the White House for discussions and negotiations on ways to reduce the debt and deficit.

This source believes that at the end of the day, enough people in the GOP caucus could be OK with this because the economic implication of breaching the debt limit "scares people." This source also acknowledged that under this scenario, House GOP leaders may have to agree to pass a debt ceiling bill without all Republicans on board, and with Democratic support.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Government Shutdown
September 30th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Moderate House Republicans failed to line up votes for separate plan

Updated 7:30 p.m. ET 9/30/13

Washington (CNN) – Moderate House Republicans who wanted to fund the government with no strings attached failed to line up votes against a House GOP plan to renew federal coffers while chipping away at Obamacare.

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, and others feverishly made calls to stage what would have been effectively a revolt.
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Filed under: Congress
September 30th, 2013
02:30 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP congressman: It's time to move on, pass bipartisan bill

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, said Monday his party's strategy to chisel away at Obamacare through the short-term spending bill has been unsuccessful, and he's urging his colleagues to work with Democrats and avert a government shutdown.

"At this point, the hourglass is nearly empty," he told CNN. "I think now it's imperative that we just fund the government, get on with the business of governing."
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown • House
September 18th, 2013
11:44 AM ET
1 year ago

Boehner changes plans on Obamacare and funding bill

Washington (CNN) – He never said it publicly, but it was no secret House Speaker John Boehner did not want to tie defunding Obamacare to a bill keeping the government open. It's a high stakes strategy that could end up backfiring on Republicans if the government does shut down.

But now, thanks to unrelenting pressure from conservatives, that's exactly what he's doing.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • John Boehner
September 11th, 2013
04:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Corker slams Obama on credibility

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Bob Corker, one of the few Senate Republicans who’s been eager to work with the White House on domestic and international issues like Syria, expressed utter disappointment in the president’s handling of Syria and, in unusually frank terms, questioned his abilities as commander in chief.

“The president just seems to be very uncomfortable being commander in chief of this nation,” an exasperated Corker said Wednesday in an interview on Capitol Hill.
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Filed under: Bob Corker • President Obama
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