Washington (CNN) - Former GOP 2012 presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign is under investigation by an independent ethics panel on Capitol Hill, according to a statement from an attorney representing Bachmann.
William McGinley, a partner at Patton Boggs, a Washington law firm, released a statement to CNN on Monday confirming a story that first appeared in the Daily Beast that the Office of Congressional Ethics is looking into the Minnesota congresswoman's presidential campaign.
Washington (CNN) - In a sign Congressional Republicans intend to keep political pressure on the administration over Benghazi, House Speaker John Boehner convened a meeting Thursday morning to discuss last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya with key House committee chairmen and several GOP Senators who have been critical of the administration's handling of the incident.
Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference that there are "some members who wanted to have a conversation, kinda compare notes on what we know and what we don't know and frankly there is a lot we still don't know, and so it was a friendly exchange of information and some decisions about a way forward."
Washington (CNN) - A top House conservative involved in bipartisan immigration negotiations said Wednesday that he supports a process that allows undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to ultimately become U.S. citizens.
Idaho Rep Raul Labrador told reporters "What I think should happen is anyone who is here illegally can come out of the shadows, become legalized in some way, have some legal status, and that status could lead to legal permanent residency and citizenship eventually - but just the same as anybody else who falls into that category."
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner, the highest-ranking Catholic on Capitol Hill, said he was invited to attend the formal installation of Pope Francis with Vice President Joe Biden, but declined the offer.
Boehner said in a statement he "would like to be able to join the trip" but his schedule would not allow it.
Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama enters the conference room in the Capitol basement Wednesday to sit down with House Republicans, he'll be met by a group that says it's willing to listen but deeply skeptical of the president's so-called "charm offensive."
"There is clearly some healing to the relationship that has to happen on all sides. You don't solve that with one nice dinner and one nice meal. That's the equivalent of thinking you're going to take care of a problem relationship just by sending flowers," Michigan Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga told CNN.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan could be on the verge of reigniting another political firestorm over Medicare.
As part of his budget plan for next year, Ryan is considering dramatic changes to the entitlement program including possibly changing the plan for people who are currently 57 and older, according to several House Republican sources. That would be a shift from a repeated GOP pledge to wall off people who are now 55 and older from any impact of new reforms.
Washington (CNN) - As the impact of the forced spending cuts begins to kick in around the country, the blame game for who is responsible for the so-called "sequester" is filtering into Congressional campaigns on the web. House Republicans are running web banner ads criticizing 20 House Democrats who represent swing districts for not stopping what they call "Obama's sequester."
The House GOP's campaign arm cites these Democrats' opposition to the Republican plan to replace the across-the-board cuts as equivalent to backing the cuts.
Washington (CNN) - Days before the automatic spending cuts are due to kick in to federal agencies, congressional Republicans are discussing a plan to give the Obama administration the flexibility - once the cuts go into effect - to let individual executive agencies make decisions about which programs could be cut.
On the House side, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is one of the top GOP members leading talks on that approach with rank and file members.
(CNN) – Two weeks before automatic cuts are scheduled to hit government agencies the House of Representatives passed a bill freezing federal workers' pay for the third year in a row.
The vote was 261-154, with 10 Republicans breaking with their leadership and opposing the measure. Forty-three Democrats voted for the bill.
Washington (CNN) - A top House Republican is planning to unveil a government funding bill that attempts to avoid a battle over a government shutdown next month.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, told reporters he planned to introduce a bill later this month that would continue funding federal agencies through September 30th. Government agencies run out of funding at the end of March, and unless Congress acts before then, many would be forced to stop operating. An array of government services and agencies could be impacted including IRS processing of tax returns and medical research.