(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.
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!"
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(CNN) – The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee is calling on the Obama administration to permit veterans waiting for care at VA hospitals to seek treatment outside that system, if they want.
Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican, called on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order that would allow those veterans to act on their own and charge the government for outside care.
Washington (CNN) - House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller says the response by the Department of Veterans Affairs to a subpoena from his committee over allegations of deadly health care delays has been "very weak" and "unacceptable."
The Florida Republican told CNN that if the embattled agency doesn't provide more details about the information sought earlier this month, the committee could move to hold the VA in contempt.
(CNN) – House Democrats are taking a cue from Beyonce and targeting "all the single ladies" in the hopes they can take over Republican held seats this November.
Party officials recognize that Democrats' chances of retaking control of the House are remote at best, but by zeroing-in on unmarried women, who helped propel President Barack Obama to his second term, they believe they can shrink the GOP majority.
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner said Monday he expects to be re-elected Speaker after the midterm elections, but he wouldn't commit to serving out another full two year term in the top post.
Speaking at an event hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Boehner said "I am running for re-election I expect to be speaker."