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.
Washington (CNN) – From staging rallies to mounting a caravan through California to setting up phone banks to more private lobbying activists on all sides of the immigration issue are vowing a month of activities to try to push members of Congress and the public over immigration reform during the coming congressional recess.
A coalition called the Alliance for Citizenship, comprised of groups ranging from the AFL-CIO to the Service Employees International Union to La Raza and other Hispanic groups, will stage about 300 events across the country during August to push the House to also pass comprehensive immigration reform. It is calling its effort "Immigration Reform Summer."
Washington (CNN) - As Congress leaves town for its August recess, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are trying to lay the groundwork for who will have the most leverage when they return to take up the issues of funding the federal government and raising the nation's borrowing limit.
Both sides say the stakes are high - that may be the only thing they agree on.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – A conservative group which has led the opposition to Obamacare is taking to the airwaves with its largest buy of the year emphasizing some of the questions surrounding the implementation of the health care reform initiative.
In its new spot, Americans for Prosperity features a family physician Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher saying into the camera "Obamacare has me worried." She goes on to say in the commercial beginning to air Wednesday "Can I still work with parents to decide what is best for their kids or will the government be in the middle of things? Will my time be spent navigating a complicated system or helping people get well?" The commercial ends with the doctor stating "What will happen to my patients if I have to close my practice? I think there are still a lot of questions."
Updated at 4:01 p.m. ET on 7/30
Chattanooga, Tennessee (CNN) – On the face of it picking Tennessee as the next stop on President Obama's job tour was an unusual choice.
In the last week he spoke in two states that were clearly in his column last year: Illinois and Florida. FULL POST
Washington (CNN) - A major union pushing for immigration reform will launch a new Spanish-language online ad campaign on Monday that highlights comments by Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, which were widely condemned as reprehensible because he portrayed many of the children of undocumented immigrants as drug traffickers.
The ad from the Service Employees International Union will run in the districts of seven House Republicans. They use King’s comments from an interview earlier this month with the conservative media outlet Newsmax, where he discussed children of immigrants who want to gain U.S. citizenship if they have graduated high school or served in the military - the so-called “DREAMers.”
Washington (CNN) - Robert Dole knew his share of Washington fights - as the Republican vice presidential and presidential nominee and as both Senate majority and minority leader.
But as he celebrates his 90th birthday on Monday, he told CNN he believes the tone in Washington is much more bitter - and that is not helping the country.FULL STORY