Washington (CNN) - What a difference two years make. Instead of a band of rabble-rousing conservatives, a markedly different group was plotting campaign strategy with House Republican leaders at a recent party headquarters meeting.
Gone is the tea party-infused talk of confrontation. This diverse group - top-tier candidates picked to be in the GOP's "Young Guns" program - includes an openly gay former Massachusetts state legislator, an African-American female mayor from Utah and an Indian-American Ivy league graduate from California. Unlike the take-no-prisoners approach of two years ago, these candidates stressed the need to work with Democrats to get things done in Washington.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner told his Republican caucus Wednesday that the House will postpone voting on a massive transportation and energy bill until after the congressional recess scheduled for next week, according to multiple House Republican leadership aides.
The move was a sign that GOP leaders were still struggling to put together the votes to pass the measure that funds highway programs and includes several energy measures, including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Just 15 months after taking a thumping in the 2010 midterm elections, House Democrats have seized on the current anti-Washington fervor and are confident they can win the 25 seats they need to regain control of the House.
Vice President Joe Biden made a bold prediction on Friday, telling House Democrats at their annual retreat on Maryland's Eastern Shore, "I really do think we're going to win back the House."FULL STORY
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – After a second-place finish to Mitt Romney in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, Texas Rep. Ron Paul portrayed himself as the one alternative to Republican front-runner Romney.
"We're next in line to him," Paul told CNN in an exclusive interview after the results came in, adding, "I would say that we're the only one really in the race with him."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leaders went to the House floor Friday morning in an effort to embarrass House Republicans for not coming back to work right after the holidays.
Their message: Congress needs to come back early from its winter break and focus on measures to help the weak economy.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - In the end it was House Speaker John Boehner's decision to back down and accept the two month payroll tax cut extension congressional Democrats and the White House wanted, and he backed it up by presiding over the final House session of the year to approve the measure.
Boehner announced the deal he struck with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on a conference call with House Republicans Thursday night, but took no questions from members and ended the call.
(CNN) - House GOP leaders are considering a move that would try to force a vote on a huge government spending bill caught up in the fight over the payroll tax cut extension, according to two Republican members.
In a closed door House Republican conference meeting Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner floated the option of not waiting for Democrats to sign off on a final agreement between the House and Senate on the measure.
(CNN) - House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers told reporters off the House floor Monday that negotiators have worked out a deal on the year-end spending bill that wraps the nine remaining bills into one package.
The Kentucky Republican said there are some "policy riders" in the deal, but he declined to get into any specifics on which ones, saying he wanted the staff to finish writing the legislation before he talked about any details.
(CNN) – Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office said Monday that any potentially-damaging information she had on Newt Gingrich was all open to the public, defending earlier comments that she had "a thousand pages" of investigative material on Gingrich during his time as House speaker.
"Leader Pelosi was clearly referring to the extensive amount of information that is in the public record, including the comprehensive committee report with which the public may not be fully aware," said Nadeam Elshami, a Pelosi spokesman, in a statement.
(CNN) - After competing Republican and Democratic proposals to extend the payroll tax cut failed in the Senate on Thursday night, House Republican leaders assembled their own proposal to extend that tax cut aimed at the middle class and wrap other year-end policy proposals into one bill paid for with a series of spending cuts. But they faced opposition from conservative Republicans.
In addition to a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and other top GOP leaders added an extension of unemployment benefits to a legislative package, but tied that assistance to reforms of the program, according to two senior GOP leadership aides. They also added a two-year "doc fix" to the bill that would head off a scheduled cut in physician pay for those treating Medicare patients. Leaders presented the package to their rank-and-file members Friday morning.FULL STORY