Fate of Obama's gun proposal lies with fellow Democrats
January 16th, 2013
11:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Fate of Obama's gun proposal lies with fellow Democrats

Washington (CNN) - Unlike most issues these days that divide along party lines, the immediate fate of President Obama's new gun proposals will depend not as much on Republicans, as his fellow Democrats in the Senate.

Senate Democratic leadership sources admit to CNN that passing any new legislation will be extremely difficult, because more than a dozen vulnerable Democrats from conservative states will likely resist much of what the president is pushing.
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Filed under: Gun rights • Senate
Schumer, key Jewish Democrat, overcomes reservations on Hagel
January 15th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Schumer, key Jewish Democrat, overcomes reservations on Hagel

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Chuck Schumer, a key Democrat and Jewish lawmaker, said a Monday meeting with Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel helped him overcome his reservations about some of the nominee's past comments. Hagel has been received skeptically by some on both sides of the aisle because of positions he has taken on Israel, Iran, and his 2007 statement that a "Jewish lobby intimidated lawmakers."

Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, becomes the second prominent Democrat in the last day to back the former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska.
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Chuck Hagel
Boehner confident in re-election to speaker
January 3rd, 2013
11:45 AM ET
2 years ago

Boehner confident in re-election to speaker

Washington (CNN)House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was confident the House would re-elect him speaker, but conceded a few fellow Republicans would likely vote against him.

Some conservative activists have called on the House to oust Boehner following the passage of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The deal raised tax rates for American households earning more than $450,000 per year. While Boehner made a last-minute effort to include spending cuts in the deal, the measure passed without them.
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Harkin: Democrats unhappy; "We may object" to suggested deal
December 31st, 2012
11:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Harkin: Democrats unhappy; "We may object" to suggested deal

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Tom Harkin, a veteran Democrat and a leading liberal voice, told CNN Monday that he and other Democrats may try to block the fiscal cliff deal that's being furiously negotiated ahead of the year-end deadline.

"They think Republicans may object? We may object," Harkin told CNN.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Tom Harkin
December 31st, 2012
10:25 AM ET
1 year ago

Source: Democrats offer higher threshold for tax increases

(CNN) - Congressional Democrats trying to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff have increased the income threshold for tax increases to $450,000, a Democratic source told CNN. President Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to raise rates on households making more than $250,000 a year.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, explained further on Monday that Republicans offered a $450,000 income threshold for individuals and $550,000 for couples - and that Democrats countered with a $360,000 threshold for individuals and $450,000 for couples.

Sources in both parties say talks proceeded through the night between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden. Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell, said the two men "will continue to work toward a solution."


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
Source: Fiscal cliff talks see major setback
December 30th, 2012
02:06 PM ET
1 year ago

Source: Fiscal cliff talks see major setback

Washington (CNN) – A Democratic source familiar with the talks tells CNN they have hit a “major setback” because Republicans are now insisting that any fiscal cliff deal include “chained CPI," which Democrats consider a “poison pill.”

The Democratic source says they understand the president offered this in talks with House Speaker John Boehner, but Democrats say that was in the context of a larger deal - in exchange for changes to the way the debt ceiling is approached - which is not in the plan anymore.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Senate
Sources: Obama may send fiscal cliff tax details to Congress Thursday
December 27th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Sources: Obama may send fiscal cliff tax details to Congress Thursday

(CNN) - Two sources on Capitol Hill say President Barack Obama told Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell he would send Congress a scaled back fiscal cliff measure on Thursday.

Two senior White House officials, however, later said the president will not send Congress a proposal.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • President Obama
Source: Reid looking for votes on fiscal cliff package
December 26th, 2012
02:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Source: Reid looking for votes on fiscal cliff package

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in conjunction with the White House, is working to see if the scaled back fiscal cliff package President Barack Obama laid out last week can get through Congress before December 31st.

Reid has made clear in private conversations he does not want to bring any bill to the Senate floor unless he is sure it will pass both the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-held House.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • House • President Obama • Senate
Behind the scenes: A breakdown of Boehner's miscalculation on Plan B
December 21st, 2012
10:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Behind the scenes: A breakdown of Boehner's miscalculation on Plan B

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner suffered a major political setback Thursday when he failed to garner enough votes to pass his back-up plan to a fiscal cliff deal, also known as "Plan B."

But what happened?
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • House • John Boehner
Clinton to testify before House panel in January
December 19th, 2012
05:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton to testify before House panel in January

(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify in January before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told CNN on Wednesday.

Clinton was slated to testify on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya before the panel on Thursday, but canceled her scheduled Capitol Hill appearances after her office acknowledged on Saturday she had recently suffered a concussion and would be working from home this week.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • State Department
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