Oops – House votes twice on veterans bill after sponsor misses first vote
June 10th, 2014
04:04 PM ET
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
May 28th, 2014
02:44 PM ET
2 months ago

After California shooting, House Democrats to push for gun control measures

Washington (CNN) - After a mass shooting in California on Friday, House Democrats plan to press for action on gun control measures this week.

The no. 2 House Democrat told reporters that he and other Democrats are discussing whether to push for an amendment to a spending bill that would beef up background checks for those purchasing guns.

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Filed under: Gun control • House Democrats
Conservatives float alternative to Boehner
House GOP conservatives have been critical of John Boehner's leadership and are floating Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling as a possible replacement.
May 26th, 2014
11:21 AM ET
2 months ago

Conservatives float alternative to Boehner

Washington (CNN) – Some conservatives unhappy with House Speaker John Boehner's leadership are looking for a replacement, and recent moves by Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling are fueling speculation he wants Boehner's job in the next Congress.

Hensarling, who was part of Boehner's leadership team two years ago but left to chair the House Financial Services Committee, gave an expansive speech last week hosted by Heritage Action for America, a group that frequently and publicly clashes with Boehner.

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Filed under: Congress • Jeb Hensarling • John Boehner
Ethics panel to probe embattled Rep. Michael Grimm
May 23rd, 2014
02:48 PM ET
2 months ago

Ethics panel to probe embattled Rep. Michael Grimm

(CNN) – The House Ethics Committee will formally investigate whether Rep. Michael Grimm violated any of its rules.

But the panel said it would defer its action for now at the request of the Justice Department, which is prosecuting the New York Republican.

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Filed under: Michael Grimm
Democrats to join Benghazi select committee
May 21st, 2014
01:57 PM ET
2 months ago

Democrats to join Benghazi select committee

(CNN) – Democrats will participate in the Republican-led House Select Committee investigation of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would name five lawmakers to the 12-member panel looking into the 2012 armed assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya.

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Filed under: House Democrats • Nancy Pelosi
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