Washington (CNN) - With the deadline to come up with a $1.5 trillion deficit reduction package just weeks away, and very little detail about what the so-called "super committee" is discussing behind closed doors, the co-chair of the bipartisan panel insisted Tuesday there's plenty of time to reach a deal.
"I remain encouraged that the members of the Joint Select Committee know how serious the situation is. I believe they are all committed to achieving the goal and until the stroke of midnight on November 22nd, we still have plenty of time to do the committee's work," Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling told reporters on Capitol Hill.
Washington (CNN) – The head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is calling out GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain for controversial remarks he made over the weekend that if he was in charge he'd build an "electrified" 20-foot high US-Mexico border fence with a sign displayed "that says it will kill you."
The businessman and radio host has since said he was joking. But Texas Democratic Rep Charlie Gonzalez is not laughing and released a written statement Monday criticizing Cain.
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Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned the abortion bill the House debated Thursday, arguing that if it passed, "women can die on the floor and health care providers do not have to intervene."
The bill, the "Protect Life Act," sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Joe Pitts, amends the health care law to bar any federal funding for any plan that provides any abortion services. The House is set to vote on the bill later Thursday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - At least eight people were arrested Thursday by U.S. Capitol police after demonstrating outside a room in the Rayburn House Office Building, police said.
One of the protesters was charged with simple assault and seven were charged with disruption of Congress, authorities said.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Congress voted Wednesday on a bipartisan basis to pass free-trade bills with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
President Barack Obama, who dined Thursday at a Korean restaurant with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and is to welcome him Thursday on a state visit to the White House, sent the trade deals to Congress last week.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday called the alleged Iranian terror plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil "a serious breach of international behavior."
Boehner condemned the plan that U.S. government officials described Tuesday and called on the Obama administration to respond.
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the highest ranking elected Jewish leader in Congress, said Tuesday he doesn't believe religion should be a key factor in choosing a GOP nominee for president.
Asked about the recent controversy sparked by a Texas pastor who stated he believed one should vote for Christian over non-Christian candidates, Cantor said "I don't know what to say to that, other than to say if people view that as their driving factor then this country is one that affords all of us to practice our faith."
Washington (CNN) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday attempted to walk back comments he made last week when he referred to those participating in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations as "the growing mobs."
In his weekly session with reporters on Capitol Hill, Cantor said he understands why people are out on the streets protesting.
Washington (CNN) – A top aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is leaving Capitol Hill to start a new Super PAC aimed at supporting Republican candidates and promoting the House GOP's agenda.
Cantor's Deputy Chief of Staff John Murray told CNN in a phone interview Wednesday that he's leaving his post at the end of the week to launch the new political group. Murray says his goals are twofold - to help GOP candidates with campaign resources and "put a muscular communications voice behind center-right candidates and policies that are in line with the 'Young Guns' movement."
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday called legislation moving through Congress to crack down on China's manipulation of its currency "dangerous," arguing it's not Congress' role to intervene in the issue.
"I think it's pretty dangerous to be moving legislation through the United States Congress forcing someone to deal with the value of their currency," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill. "This is well beyond, I think, what the Congress ought to be doing."