Washington (CNN) - As speaker of the House, John Boehner faced battles on two fronts during his first term: fights with President Barack Obama on a series of high-profile fiscal issues, and internal skirmishes with conservative rank-and-file Republicans who openly defied him because they didn't think he was doing enough to cut spending.
And as Obama takes the oath of office and begins to address the challenges of his second term, his on-again, off-again negotiating counterpart faces his own set of challenges in the coming weeks.FULL STORY
Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) – While at a GOP retreat, House Republican leaders on Friday announced a vote next week on a three-month extension of the debt limit, with a requirement that both chambers pass a budget or else go without pay.
The added condition to the short term extension bill aims to force the Democratic-led Senate to pass a budget–something the upper chamber hasn't done in four years.
Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) – House Republican leaders are talking to rank and file GOP members about passing a short-term extension of the debt ceiling, perhaps one that just authorized the nation's borrowing authority for a couple of months.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, told reporters it was one option in a morning discussion with all House Republicans about legislative strategy for the first few months of the new Congress.
Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) - Former 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan plans to attend Monday's inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The lawmaker from Wisconsin told reporters at the House Republican retreat in Williamsburg that he would be at the Washington ceremony, saying "it's my obligation."
Washington (CNN) – Vice President Biden told House Democrats who attended a White House meeting on gun control measures on Monday that the Obama administration intended to mobilize the grassroots operation left over from the 2012 presidential campaign to help push for the gun-related measures it would unveil Wednesday, according to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who participated in the meeting.
The New York Democrat suggested that President Obama should take a page from former President Bill Clinton and wage a national campaign to enlist public support for new gun control measures.
Washington (CNN) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday he opposes the Senate version of the fiscal cliff bill, as the hours wind down for the House to vote on a deal that would avert a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts.
"I do not support the bill," Cantor told reporters while leaving a House GOP meeting.
Washington (CNN) - Less than two weeks after one of the nation's deadliest school shootings, the No.2 Democrat in the U.S. House, Steny Hoyer, compared Republican tactics for dealing with the nation's debt limit to someone threatening to shoot a child hostage.
"It's somewhat like taking your child hostage and saying to somebody else, 'I'm going to shoot my child if you don't do what I want done.' You don't want to shoot your child. There's no Republican leader that wants to default on our debt, that I've talked to," Hoyer said at a Capitol Hill press conference.
(CNN) - The U.S. House will return to Washington on Sunday, December 30 - one day before the first impact of the fiscal cliff would arrive - according to an aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
The House may be in session through Wednesday, January 2, the aide said.
The new 113th Congress will convene at noon on Thursday, January 3.
Washington (CNN) - Roughly six weeks ago, Rep. John Boehner was reelected unanimously by his colleagues as speaker of the House of Representatives. They cheered and applauded him in an ornate hearing room on Capitol Hill.
But on Thursday, many of those same Republicans abandoned Boehner in droves, rejecting his Plan B to avert the fiscal cliff and raising questions about his future.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Another pro-gun Democrat who has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association told CNN Monday that he's open to looking at new legislation to tighten gun laws in the wake of the school massacre in Connecticut on Friday.
U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, who will replace retiring GOP Sen. Dick Lugar, told CNN said he's committed to looking at legislation to address the shooting.