Washington (CNN) - The GOP senator in charge of electing Republicans to the Senate in 2012 tells CNN he is advising fellow Republicans to vote against raising the debt ceiling without major entitlement reforms, in addition to spending cuts.
"My advice to any of my colleagues who will listen is that we should vote against it and let those people who vote for it explain why it was they couldn't stop the spending spree and raise the limit on our maxed out credit card," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Washington (CNN) – Top House Republicans appeared divided Thursday on whether to keep pushing a controversial plan to overhaul Medicare – creating what some GOP aides admit is a confused message on an already politically charged topic.
Leading into the first bipartisan talks on reducing the deficit hosted by Vice President Joe Biden, the Washington Post reported Thursday that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor "…said Republicans recognize they may need to look elsewhere to achieve consensus after President Obama 'excoriated us'" for proposing to transform Medicare.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner became choked up during a meeting with House Republicans Wednesday, according to several GOP sources in the room.
Two Republican sources said he became emotional when he expressed gratitude for GOP conference support over his decision to move ahead on another stopgap bill that would fund the government for an additional week. Those in the meeting then applauded the Ohio congressman, praise that CNN could hear outside the room.
Washington (CNN) – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida will be named chair of the Democratic National Committee to succeed Tim Kaine, who is running for the U.S. Senate, according to an e-mail sent Tuesday to Democratic supporters.
Two women have previously chaired the DNC - Jean Westwood in 1972 and Debra DeLee in 1994-95.
Washington (CNN) - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, will unveil a highly anticipated 2012 Republican budget proposal Tuesday that would cut about $6 trillion over 10 years, according to GOP sources familiar with the document.
The plan, the most detailed economic guidepost for the new House GOP majority, would also mean dramatic changes to those political lightning rods - entitlements.
Washington (CNN) - Under fire for already backtracking on promises for more openness, House Speaker John Boehner admitted Thursday there are limits.
"I promised a more open process. I didn't promise that every single bill was going to be an open bill," said Boehner during his first news conference as the new House Speaker.