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."
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor flatly rejected President Obama's call for the House and Senate to hold a vote on his jobs bill by the end of the month, saying Monday the full bill, called the "American Jobs Act," won't get a vote in the House of Representatives.
Cantor criticized the President for continuing to press for a vote on the entire package, saying at his weekly session with reporters on Capitol Hill, "This all or nothing approach is unreasonable."
Washington (CNN)– Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner may not be on the bipartisan Congressional super committee, but he's pushing it to "go big," and hosting a dinner Wednesday evening for political heavyweights at his home outside Washington to talk about how both sides can come together to solve the nation's debt crisis.
Warner is well aware of the obstacles that face the twelve House and Senate members on the Super Committee. He's a former member of the "Gang of Six" in the Senate that developed its own deficit reduction plan this summer that failed to gain traction. Two members of the "super committee" are expected to be in attendance at the dinner, according to sources familiar with the event.
Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday brushed off the two special election losses Democrats suffered on Tuesday, saying the party was still on track with plans to regain control of the House of Representatives next fall.
"It does not alter our plan for taking back the House," Pelosi said, when asked about the GOP upset in a traditionally Democratic district in New York, and the wide margin the Republican received over the Democratic candidate in Nevada.
Washington (CNN) - Conservative House Democrats Wednesday pressed members of the Super Committee –charged with coming up with $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction– to "go big" and more than double their debt target, but they also openly worried the composition of the panel means it's destined to fail.
"Our concern and the reason for our letter is because of the political makeup of the folks on the committee, we're concerned that they're going to take their orders from their national party leaders and not really sit down and call a time out on the 2012 elections like we're asking them to do," Blue Dog leader Rep. Mike Ross, D-Arkansas, said.
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor continued to reach out to work with President Obama on his jobs bill Monday, but emphasized that Republicans are focused on items they support in the plan like the tax breaks and will oppose the administration's request for new federal spending for infrastructure projects.
"Anything that is akin to the stimulus bill is not going to be acceptable to the American people," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.
Washington (CNN) - Striking a conciliatory tone the day before President Obama comes to Capitol Hill to reveal his jobs plan, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor left the door open to working with him on some of the proposals he's expected to present in his address to a joint session of Congress Thursday evening.
Cantor said discussions with voters over the summer recess made it clear they are anxious about the economy, and he added Americans "have lost a lot of confidence in Washington and while they are going through such tough times they're frankly sick of the rancor in this town."
(CNN) - A spokesman for Democratic Rep. Andre Carson said the Indiana representative and member of the Congressional Black Caucus is not backing down from comments he made previously, when he said members of the tea party movement on Capitol Hill would like to see African Americans "hanging on a tree."
Jason Tomsci, Carson's aide, confirmed the comments and reaffirmed the sentiment.
Washington (CNN) - Republican leaders on Wednesday named fiscal conservatives for their six picks for a new congressional "super" committee charged with crafting a plan to cut the country's deficit.
In separate announcements, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell filled out the GOP spots on the 12-member bipartisan panel created in last week's debt ceiling deal that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.