Boehner says he's ‘all in’ for speaker in next Congress
June 24th, 2014
02:37 PM ET
1 month ago

Boehner says he's ‘all in’ for speaker in next Congress

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner had a message to all those wondering if he's planning to run for his leadership post after the midterm elections: "I'm all in."

"I told my colleagues two weeks ago I was all in. When I'm all in, I'm all in," Boehner told reporters on Tuesday after his weekly meeting with House Republicans.

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Filed under: 2014 • Fundraising • House Republicans • John Boehner • NRCC
June 19th, 2014
03:18 PM ET
1 month ago

House Republicans elect McCarthy to take Cantor's job

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans on Thursday elected Kevin McCarthy as majority leader, succeeding Eric Cantor, who is relinquishing the job after losing his primary election in an upset earlier this month.

The California Republican defeated Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador for the No. 2 position, which is responsible for the day-to-day running of the chamber and deciding which bills come to the floor for a vote.

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Filed under: House • Kevin McCarthy • Raul Labrador
Hoyer: Obama administration 'should be considering'  Iraq airstrikes
June 17th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
1 month ago

Hoyer: Obama administration 'should be considering' Iraq airstrikes

Washington (CNN) – The No. 2 House Democrat said Tuesday the United States "should be considering" airstrikes in Iraq to counter the insurgency from militant groups sweeping the country.

Speaking to reporters about Iraq, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, blamed Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the deteriorating conditions in the region now.

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Filed under: Congress • Iraq • President Obama • Steny Hoyer
June 10th, 2014
08:30 PM ET
2 months ago

Big upset: No. 2 House Republican Eric Cantor loses primary

Updated 8:50 a.m. ET, 6/10/2014

(CNN) – In the biggest upset of the year, the No. 2 Republican in the House, Eric Cantor, has lost to his tea party opponent in his primary in Virginia.

With all precincts reporting, Cantor was defeated by his opponent Dave Brat 55% to 44%, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections website.

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Filed under: Eric Cantor • House Republicans • Virginia
Oops – House votes twice on veterans bill after sponsor misses first vote
June 10th, 2014
04:04 PM ET
2 months ago

Oops – House votes twice on veterans bill after sponsor misses first vote

Washington (CNN) - When the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee missed the vote on his bill allowing veterans waiting for health care to access non-VA facilities, he got a do-over.

"It's on me," Miller told reporters Tuesday outside the House chamber, admitting that he was the reason the House was voting twice on his legislation.

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Filed under: Congress • House • Veterans Affairs
Cantor takes nothing for granted against conservative challenger
June 10th, 2014
12:56 PM ET
2 months ago

Cantor takes nothing for granted against conservative challenger

(CNN) – The No. 2 Republican in the House and potential speaker has been hitting back at a primary challenger who accuses him of abandoning GOP principles.

David Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College outside Richmond, isn't likely to come close to ousting Eric Cantor in Tuesday's vote in Virginia's 7th Congressional District.

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Filed under: 2014 • Eric Cantor • Virginia
June 10th, 2014
12:00 PM ET
2 months ago

Boehner: Americans could die because of Bergdahl swap

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner predicted Americans would die because of the swap of five Taliban detainees in exchange for the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"We are going to pay for this. There is not any doubt in my mind that there are going to be costs, lost lives associated with what came out of this," Boehner told reporters Tuesday in his first public comments since the administration announced the deal.
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Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • John Boehner
First on CNN: GOP chairman of Select Benghazi Committee reacts to Hillary Clinton book chapter
May 30th, 2014
11:54 AM ET
2 months ago

First on CNN: GOP chairman of Select Benghazi Committee reacts to Hillary Clinton book chapter

Washington (CNN) – The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi waved off questions Friday about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticism of GOP congressional investigations of the 2012 attacks in her forthcoming book “Hard Choices.”

"There is a time and a place for everything and her book tour is neither for me," Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told CNN about the chapter of the book that covers the attack in Benghazi, which left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
House approves more money for background checks on gun buyers
May 29th, 2014
08:29 PM ET
2 months ago

House approves more money for background checks on gun buyers

(CNN) - The House on Thursday approved a bipartisan measure that would provide more money for background checks on gun buyers nearly a week after a mass murder in California left seven people dead, including the killer.

The Republican-led chamber added $19.5 million to expand the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is a federal database that states access when processing gun sales.

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Filed under: Congress • Gun control • House
91-year-old defeated incumbent: ‘I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!’
May 29th, 2014
01:05 PM ET
2 months ago

91-year-old defeated incumbent: ‘I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!’

Washington (CNN) – Ninety-one-year-old Ralph Hall may have lost his primary on Tuesday - the first incumbent defeated this year - but the Texas Republican was greeted with a standing ovation by his House GOP colleagues Thursday morning and cracked jokes about his political future.

A smiling Hall, who lost to tea party-backed candidate John Ratcliffe, told reporters after a closed-door meeting: "I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!"
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Filed under: Congress • Texas
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