March 26th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
7 months ago

Boehner rips latest Obamacare extension: 'What the hell is this, a joke?'

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner ripped a decision to extend the March 31 Obamacare enrollment deadline for some people who have not finished signing up.

"What the hell is this, a joke?" he said on Wednesday of the Obama administration’s latest change in carrying out the politically charged health law.

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Filed under: Health care • Healthcare • John Boehner • Obamacare • President Obama
A Boehner bypass? House conservatives have their own midterm message
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalese, R-Louisiana, is pushing a major jobs bill on Capitol Hill.
March 26th, 2014
10:53 AM ET
7 months ago

A Boehner bypass? House conservatives have their own midterm message

Washington (CNN) – An influential group of House conservatives, unhappy with the midterm strategy of Speaker John Boehner and other top House Republicans, plans to lay out its own election year message on the economy on Wednesday.

"I think our leadership has been good about showing what we're against. I think one area where we've had weakness is we really haven't shown what we're for," Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise said.

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Filed under: 2014 • House Republicans • John Boehner
House ethics extends review of McMorris Rodgers
March 24th, 2014
11:10 PM ET
7 months ago

House ethics extends review of McMorris Rodgers

(CNN) – The House Ethics Committee announced Monday it was extending its investigation into allegations that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers violated House rules and federal campaign laws by using official staff to perform political work for her re-election campaign.

McMorris Rodgers is the fourth-ranking House Republican. Viewed as a rising star in a party that has struggled to gain support among women voters, she was tapped by House Speaker John Boehner earlier this year to give the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Along with its announcement, the Ethics Committee released a report by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics outlining the allegations against McMorris Rodgers. It details instances when aides from her congressional office helped her prepare for campaign debates and wrote news releases and speeches specifically for political events. The OCE report also found that an outside campaign consultant who was on McMorris Rodger's political payroll provided services for her office, such as preparing her for events after her election and interviewing candidates for jobs on her official staff.
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March 20th, 2014
02:06 PM ET
7 months ago

Pelosi: Obamacare a winning issue

Washington (CNN) – Marking Sunday's fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi brushed off any notion the controversial health care law was hurting Democrats politically, and predicted the measure would help those running in competitive districts in the midterm elections this fall.

"I believe that it's a winner," Pelosi replied when asked Thursday how the issue would play in swing districts.
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Filed under: 2014 • Nancy Pelosi • Obamacare
March 13th, 2014
03:49 PM ET
7 months ago

Pelosi: Alleged CIA spying on Senate committee ‘appalling’

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called recent allegations of CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee "pretty appalling" and said the agency’s response to the controversy has been "befuddling" so far.

"I have very serious concerns about transparency and oversight and the intelligence community honoring its responsibility to Congress in that regard," Pelosi told reporters.
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Filed under: CIA • Congress • Nancy Pelosi
Boehner invites Pope to address Congress
March 13th, 2014
03:32 PM ET
7 months ago

Boehner invites Pope to address Congress

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner marked Pope Francis’ first anniversary Thursday by extending an open invitation to him to address a joint meeting of Congress.

Boehner, who is Catholic, noted in a statement that the Argentinian was the first Pope "to hail from the Americas."
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Filed under: Congress • John Boehner • Pope Francis
House passes 50th bill to undo Obamacare
March 5th, 2014
05:43 PM ET
8 months ago

House passes 50th bill to undo Obamacare

(CNN) - The House on Wednesday passed another bill aimed at derailing Obamacare - the 50th time the GOP-led chamber has tried to repeal or alter President Barack Obama's signature health law in the past three years.

Obama joked last week ahead of the vote.

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Filed under: House of Representatives • Obamacare
House committee resolution urges sanctions against Russia
March 5th, 2014
12:17 PM ET
8 months ago

House committee resolution urges sanctions against Russia

Updated 1:32 p.m. ET, 3/5/2014

(CNN) - The House Foreign Affairs Committee proposed a bipartisan resolution on Wednesday condemning Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine and urging economic and other sanctions in response.

The non-binding proposal said Russia's action poses a threat to international peace and security.

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Why Boehner gave in on debt ceiling vote
February 11th, 2014
08:19 PM ET
8 months ago

Why Boehner gave in on debt ceiling vote

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner threw in the towel on Tuesday.

After multiple attempts to lead his members to force some sort of concession in return for raising the nation’s debt limit, Boehner allowed a vote on a so-called “clean” debt limit increase that passed by a 221-201 margin before the House left town until the end of the month.

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Filed under: House Republicans • John Boehner • national debt
Hoyer predicts Democrats positioned to win back the House in 2014
February 10th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
8 months ago

Hoyer predicts Democrats positioned to win back the House in 2014

Washington (CNN) – The second ranking House Democrat predicted his party was in good position to retake control of the House of Representatives in the 2014 midterm election.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer pointed to a fundraising advantage for Democrats, lower poll numbers for congressional Republicans, divisions inside the GOP ranks, and a good recruiting class of Democratic challengers, and said "all of those combined in my view give me great optimism that we're going to win back the House."

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Filed under: 2014 • Democrats • House Democrats • Steny Hoyer
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