(CNN) - While the White House vows it doesn't want to set a precedent negotiating policy proposals to be included in a debt ceiling increase — calling it extortion - there have been discussions in the past surrounding such a hike and Congress has attached other issues to raising the limit a number of times.
The House and Senate, in November 1989, agreed as part of a debt ceiling increase to repeal a tax rule approved three years earlier barring discrimination in employer-paid health insurance plans.
(CNN) – One idea being considered to end the immediate fiscal impasse is a bill to fund the government and extend the nation's borrowing authority for six weeks, a senior Republican member of the House told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
The congressman agreed to speak with CNN on the condition of anonymity.
The GOP lawmaker said a committee could then be set up to negotiate the fiscal issues dividing the two parties and negotiate a plan to keep the government funded for the rest of the year without the proverbial gun to their heads.
Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton delivered a very personal speech in support of her longtime friend Terry McAuliffe Monday night during a fundraiser she held at her home for his Virginia gubernatorial candidacy, one attendee told CNN.
This event marked Clinton's first foray into electoral politics since she left the State Department at the beginning of the year.
(CNN) - George H.W. Bush was an official witness to a same-sex marriage this past weekend in Maine, a spokesman for the former president told CNN.
Bush and his wife attended the wedding of two friends, Helen Thorgalsen and Bonnie Clement, as private citizens, said spokesman Jim McGrath.
Washington (CNN) – Several leaders in the American Jewish community cautiously embraced President Barack Obama's call to engage in dialogue with the Iranian government however expressed much skepticism over whether President Hassan Rouhani can be trusted.
Preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program – and possibly gaining a nuclear bomb – is one of the top priorities for Israel and for American-Jewish leaders.
Washington (CNN) - White House officials are reaching out to some Democratic senators to discuss the possible nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve, one source with knowledge of the calls confirmed to CNN.
The only name mentioned on these calls is that of Yellen, the source told CNN, adding the idea is to generate support for the expected nomination.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner told a conference call of GOP members Thursday he would push for a short-term spending bill to avoid the potential of a government shutdown, a GOP aide told CNN. But he said that measure, known as a continuing resolution, will include the forced spending cuts, known as the sequester, which could force a budget showdown with the White House.
"When we return, our intent is to move quickly on a short-term continuing resolution that keeps the government running and maintains current sequester spending levels. Our message will remain clear: until the president agrees to better cuts and reforms that help grow the economy and put us on a path to a balanced budget, his sequester – the sequester he himself proposed, insisted on, and signed into law – stays in place," Boehner said, according to someone on the call.
(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will host a fundraiser next month for longtime family friend and Democratic candidate for Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a source familiar with the event confirmed to CNN Friday.
The event is scheduled to be held at Clinton's home in Washington, said the source, who spoke anonymously since the fundraiser is considered a private event.
(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush is home Wednesday a day after having a stent placed in his heart to alleviate a blockage in an artery, according to his spokesman Freddy Ford.
The procedure was "performed successfully," without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas Tuesday morning, Bush's office announced in a statement shortly afterwards.
Washington (CNN) - Several dozen town halls featuring Republican members of Congress will be one of the focuses this week for advocates pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, as well as those who will strongly fight to prevent it from passing the House this fall.
Proponents of an immigration overhaul got started in late July in pushing their message, even before the congressional recess officially started on Friday. Now these activists will be aggressively ramping up their efforts staging hundreds of events in the next month – from rallies to canvassing businesses to phone banking – with a focus on Republican members trying to push them and the public to support the issue.