House approves more money for background checks on gun buyers
May 29th, 2014
08:29 PM ET
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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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Democrats to join Benghazi select committee
May 21st, 2014
01:57 PM ET
4 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
FIRST ON CNN: Congressman: Obama should let some vets get private care
May 21st, 2014
01:18 PM ET
4 months ago

FIRST ON CNN: Congressman: Obama should let some vets get private care

(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.

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House committee chair calls VA response 'unacceptable'
May 20th, 2014
02:31 PM ET
4 months ago

House committee chair calls VA response 'unacceptable'

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.

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Filed under: Veterans • Veterans Affairs
House Dems: Focus on 'all the single ladies'
May 15th, 2014
08:36 AM ET
4 months ago

House Dems: Focus on 'all the single ladies'

(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.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House
Boehner won’t commit to serving out another full term as Speaker
May 12th, 2014
05:08 PM ET
4 months ago

Boehner won’t commit to serving out another full term as Speaker

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."

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Filed under: House Republicans • John Boehner
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