(CNN) - CNN has learned that the first furlough notices are being sent out to congressional staffers, explaining to them whether they are considered essential or non-essential — and if they would be expected to come to work in case there is a government shutdown.
See the full announcement here.
Washington (CNN) - Asked Thursday if he personally pressured Rep. Christopher Lee, R-New York, to resign, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters, "Congressman Lee made his own decision that he thought was in the best interest for him and his family."
Lee resigned just hours after the gossip site Gawker.com published emails that it said showed Rep. Lee, a married father of one, flirting with a 34 year-old woman who had posted in the dating section of Craigslist.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Saddled with legal fees and facing possible new allegations, Rep. Charles Rangel said Tuesday he has started raising funds for a trust to pay his legal expenses.
A statement from Rangel, D-New York, said the House Committee on Standards and Official Conduct authorized his fundraising for the Charles B. Rangel Legal Expense Trust.
Washington (CNN) - Two Democratic congressional aides tell CNN that top Democrats will meet with President Obama in the 3 p.m. hour when he returns from North Carolina. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Dick Durbin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Steny Hoyer will meet with Obama to discuss how to move forward on tax cuts.
Pelosi and Hoyer will also join a group of House Democrats for a 2 p.m. meeting with Vice President Joe Biden. Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, and Rep. John Larson are among those who will meet with Biden to discuss tax cuts, according to two Democratic congressional aides.
A Democratic congressional source tells CNN the message congressional Democrats have for Biden and Obama is, "We won't rubber stamp a deal between the White House and Mitch Mcconnell. ...We want to make it clear - don't take our support for granted."
Washington (CNN) - Two Democratic congressional aides tell CNN that House Democratic leaders are going to the White House to meet with Vice President Joe Biden at 2 p.m.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, and Rep. John Larson are among those who will meet with Biden to discuss how to move forward on tax cuts.
Washington (CNN) – A source close to Eric Cantor tells CNN that the Republican congressman will announce his intention to run for House majority leader at 10:45 a.m. in a written statement.
(CNN) – House Minority Whip Eric Cantor told CNN early Wednesday that his party's sweeping takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives was a repudiation of Democrats' policies, and a chance for Republicans to deliver on their promises.
"This is a second chance for us. If we blow it again we will be in the wilderness for a very long time," Cantor told CNN early Wednesday. "We have to deliver."
Washington (CNN)–House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemed to send mixed messages Thursday about whether she is open to extending the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy.
Numerous times in her weekly press conference she strongly argued against the tax cuts for Americans making more than $250,000.
"I see no justification giving a tax cut, going into debt to underwrite and subsidize tax cuts for the wealthiest people in America." Pelosi said.
But responding to a question about whether there is any chance the top tax bracket tax cuts will be renewed, she appeared to not rule it out. "The only thing I can tell you is that the tax cuts for the middle class will be extended this Congress."
Republicans immediately seized on her comments, criticizing her for both sides of the argument.
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(CNN) - Despite primary election blows to Republican establishment candidates, House GOP Leader John Boehner said Wednesday he is not surprised by the results.
"You have heard me talk all year about the rebellion that is going on in America. I have never seen more Americans engaged in our government in my lifetime," Boehner said Wednesday at his first weekly press conference since returning from the summer recess.
Washington (CNN) – The Senate will reconvene on Thursday to give unanimous consent for $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
A notice from Majority Leader Harry Reid's office said the session would pass a resolution on the death of former Sen. Ted Stevens and pass the border spending bill, which then would go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. The House passed the measure Tuesday.
"This will be an extremely short session, as we will just be doing these two items," Reid's notice said. "Once the session concludes tomorrow, we are out until September 13."
Senators passed a similar plan last week, but must vote again on the House measure that includes the language on border funding. Reid's announcement signaled that Senate Republicans have agreed to approve the bill by unanimous consent, a voice vote that doesn't require the return of the entire chamber.