Republicans will not give typical formal response to Obama jobs speech
September 6th, 2011
06:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Republicans will not give typical formal response to Obama jobs speech

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican Party will not provide a formal response to President Barack Obama's speech on jobs, a senior GOP aide said Tuesday.

"This is not a State of the Union Address," said a senior GOP leadership aide, who spoke on condition of not being identified.

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Filed under: Congress • Jobs • President Obama • Republicans
Summer's over: Congress comes back to a plate full of issues
September 5th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Summer's over: Congress comes back to a plate full of issues

Washington (CNN) - Congress returns this week from its summer recess, and its agenda for the rest of the year can be summarized in one word - jobs.

Lawmakers in both parties are already promoting their own brands of fiscal recovery and job growth as the best way to lift the sagging economy. But the tension and distrust between Democrats and Republicans, built up during the debt ceiling debate over the summer, was evident again in the flap last week over scheduling President Barack Obama's jobs speech to Congress.

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Senate votes down competing spending bills
March 9th, 2011
05:38 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate votes down competing spending bills

Washington (CNN) – The Senate voted down two competing Democratic and Republican spending bills Wednesday, following a plan designed by congressional leaders and the White House to prove that neither bill has enough support to become law. Already anticipating the failed votes in the Senate, House Republican leaders are drafting another short term spending bill to keep the government running as the House and Senate and White House continue to negotiate spending cuts for the rest of the year.

Congressional leaders hoped the votes Wednesday would show lawmakers in both parties more compromises are required.
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New signs of compromise in government shutdown standoff
February 25th, 2011
05:53 PM ET
3 years ago

New signs of compromise in government shutdown standoff

Washington (CNN) - One week before a potential government shutdown, Senate Democrats for the first time reacted positively to an offer from House Republicans that would keep the government running for two more weeks while cutting $4 billion.

“The plan the Republicans are floating today sounds like a modified version of what Democrats were talking about” in a proposal made to Republicans Thursday, said Jon Summers, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
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Ideological divides ahead in new Congress
December 24th, 2010
12:13 PM ET
4 years ago

Ideological divides ahead in new Congress

(CNN) - Congressional Democrats and Republicans worked together grudgingly during an unexpectedly productive lame-duck session, clearing several major pieces of legislation, while setting aside concerns that partisan animosity and legislative gridlock would define the short post-election work period.

In doing so, lawmakers from each party - and President Obama, too - can claim legislative successes and political momentum heading into the new Congress, which begins in a just a few days.
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Senate to weigh earmark ban
November 29th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Senate to weigh earmark ban

Washington (CNN) - With pressure mounting back home to curb government spending and cut deficits, the Senate will vote Monday night on a measure aimed at banning all legislative earmarks for the next two years, but multiple aides on both sides of the aisle say it's not expected to clear a 67-vote threshold required to pass.
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TSA demonstrates new pat down to hill staff
November 24th, 2010
10:25 AM ET
4 years ago

TSA demonstrates new pat down to hill staff

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hoping to quell growing concerns in Congress about enhanced security procedures for airline passengers, top administration officials who oversee airport security went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to explain the new methods and why they are needed.

The closed, nearly two-hour briefing for congressional staff members included a detailed explanation of new advanced imaging technology that has sparked outrage from some passengers because it captures an image of their bodies through their clothing. Also, Transportation Security Administration officials demonstrated the invasive pat downs required for passengers who either refuse a full body scan or who need a follow-up inspection after an image is taken.

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April 24th, 2009
12:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Tentative deal reached to move health care

House and Senate Democratic negotiators reached a tentative deal Friday to use a fast-track budget process to move President Obama's health care overhaul.
House and Senate Democratic negotiators reached a tentative deal Friday to use a fast-track budget process to move President Obama's health care overhaul.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House and Senate Democratic negotiators reached a tentative deal Friday to use a fast-track budget process to move President Obama's health care overhaul, according to Democratic leadership sources in both chambers.

Use of the special process – known as budget reconciliation – signals major health reform is likely to pass this year because, under the process, Republicans won't be able to filibuster the legislation. Democrats, who currently control 58 seats in the Senate, would be able to pass it with a simple majority vote, instead of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.

Republicans, and some Democrats, had warned against using the tool to pass major policy changes without bipartisan support. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-WY, a key senator on health care matters, recently compared it to a "declaration of war" against Republicans.

Both the House and Senate are expected to pass the budget measure next week. Democrats have set a goal of passing health care reform by August.

Some posible movement on health care reform. CNN Radio's Lisa Desjardins reports


Filed under: Health care • President Obama