Exclusive: Dem colleagues privately urge Weiner resignation 'to preserve his own dignity'
June 8th, 2011
05:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Exclusive: Dem colleagues privately urge Weiner resignation 'to preserve his own dignity'

Washington (CNN) – A Democratic lawmaker familiar with discussions with and about Anthony Weiner told CNN that Weiner’s colleagues are telling him this afternoon he should resign “to preserve his own dignity.”

This Democratic congressman says this afternoon’s public call by Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pennsylvania, for Weiner to resign is part of a new stepped up effort to force Weiner out. Schwartz heads up recruiting efforts for House Democrats for the 2012 election cycle. The source said the effort includes private and public calls explicitly telling Weiner it’s time to leave Congress.
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House GOP budget to call for dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid
April 2nd, 2011
04:11 PM ET
3 years ago

House GOP budget to call for dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, will unveil a highly anticipated 2012 Republican budget next week that proposes dramatic changes to political lightning rods - entitlements.

The plan, to be released Tuesday, calls for a controversial overhaul of Medicare, the health care program for seniors, and imposes deep cuts in Medicaid, which provides health benefits to low-income Americans, according to House Republican sources with knowledge of the proposal.

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Filed under: Budget • House • Medicaid • Medicare
Pelosi goes to hospital, released in Italy
March 21st, 2011
11:18 AM ET
3 years ago

Pelosi goes to hospital, released in Italy

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, went to a hospital in Rome, Italy, on Monday but a spokesman says she has been released and has continued with her trip.

The House Democratic leader's office released a statement saying, "After several flights yesterday in Afghanistan, and a long flight back to Italy that arrived early this morning, Leader Pelosi was not feeling well. This morning in Rome, the Leader was advised to visit a clinic, and the closest medical facility was a hospital. The Leader is now resuming her schedule in Italy."
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Boehner's 'read my lips' pledge, government shutdown battle looms
February 17th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Boehner's 'read my lips' pledge, government shutdown battle looms

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner ratcheted up a looming showdown with Senate Democrats and the President over government funding Thursday that Democrats warn could lead to a government shutdown two weeks from now.

At issue: a spending measure currently funding the government expires on March 4th. Republicans are debating a bill that would cut government spending by over $60 billion, but Senate Democrats call those cuts far too deep. Assuming the two sides can't reach agreement in the next two weeks, a short term measure to keep the government running would need to pass.
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House Republicans unveil dramatic spending cuts
February 11th, 2011
11:25 PM ET
3 years ago

House Republicans unveil dramatic spending cuts

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans unveiled a sweeping spending bill Friday evening that slashes hundreds of programs and agencies across the government – from education, to the environment to cops on the beat – setting up a showdown with Senate Democrats.

“The legislation includes the largest reduction in discretionary spending in the history of our nation – over five times larger than any other discretionary cut package ever considered by the House,” said House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-KY, in a statement.

Read the full list of proposed cuts here.
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N.Y. Rep. Chris Lee resigns after Craigslist personals scandal
February 9th, 2011
06:02 PM ET
3 years ago

N.Y. Rep. Chris Lee resigns after Craigslist personals scandal

Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Christopher Lee of New York resigned his House seat Wednesday following a report that the married congressman had tried to meet a woman on Craigslist.

"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York," said a statement by Lee posted on his website. "I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness."
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House Republicans release first specific spending cut proposals
February 9th, 2011
12:04 PM ET
3 years ago

House Republicans release first specific spending cut proposals

Washington (CNN) –After months of being vague on exactly what federal programs they would slash in their quest to cut spending, House Republicans Wednesday released a list of some 70 specific cuts.

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers is putting a wide range of agencies and programs on the chopping block, from environmental and energy spending, to job training and longtime GOP targets, like the arts.
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House to resume health care repeal effort next week
January 13th, 2011
01:50 PM ET
4 years ago

House to resume health care repeal effort next week

Baltimore (CNN) – After a weeklong pause in legislative business to honor the victims of the Arizona massacre, House Republicans intend to resume regular congressional business next week with a vote to repeal the health care law, a top GOP aide said Thursday.

"Americans have legitimate concerns about the cost of the new health care law and its affect on the ability to grow jobs in our country," said Brad Dayspring, spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.
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Giffords opens her eyes for the first time since the shooting
January 13th, 2011
08:04 AM ET
4 years ago

Giffords opens her eyes for the first time since the shooting

Tuscon, Arizona (CNN) - When President Barack Obama said Wednesday night that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had opened her eyes for the first time since being shot on Saturday, an overflow crowd of nearly 30,000 people at a memorial event erupted into cheers that the congresswoman may have heard in her hospital room.

Obama said he learned of the eye-opening from Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.
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House Republicans dial back on promises
January 5th, 2011
03:28 PM ET
4 years ago

House Republicans dial back on promises

Washington (CNN) – Even before House Republicans took control of the chamber Wednesday, there were at least three areas where they appear to be backtracking on promises made: Cutting $100 billion in the first year, allowing opportunities for the minority party to offer amendments on bills, and making public attendance records for committee hearings.

The Republicans ran for office in 2010 on a platform they titled "The Pledge to America," which states they would reduce government spending to 2008 "pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels" and cut "at least $100 billion in the first year alone."
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