Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders have given up efforts to link other issues to raising the federal borrowing limit and will bring up a "clean" debt ceiling measure as soon as Wednesday, GOP sources told CNN Tuesday.
The issue had threatened more congressional gridlock, as President Barack Obama and Democrats rejected any negotiations over the need to increase how much the government can borrow to pay its bills.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Immigration reform entered an uncertain new phase on Wednesday as House Republicans signaled some willingness to compromise with President Barack Obama and Democrats but rejected a Senate-passed bill and insisted they would take their time drafting their own version.
Following more than two hours of talks on how to proceed, GOP legislators said the biggest question was whether to give the 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States a path to eventual citizenship, as provided by the Senate measure.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Caught off guard by the Obama administration's shift in immigration policy last week, Republicans on Tuesday refined their response in an effort to lessen any political bounce for the president at what had been a tough time in his campaign.
Certain GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney led the Republican counterattack, accusing President Barack Obama of undermining the possibility of long-term immigration reform by taking the partial step of halting deportations of some young illegal immigrants who came to America as children.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The Senate on Saturday approved a compromise spending bill to keep the government funded for the rest of the fiscal year - a day after the bill won approval from the House of Representatives.
The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature. Obama signed a continuing resolution passed by the House to keep the government funded through next week while the bill's details are finalized.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – A Senate vote on a compromise spending bill to keep the government funded for the rest of the fiscal year is expected Saturday - a day after the bill won approval from the House of Representatives.
The almost $1 trillion measure passed on a 296-121 vote in the House on Friday and now goes to the Senate, where approval is also expected - averting a partial government shutdown as a deadline loomed at midnight Friday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A compromise spending bill to keep the government funded for the rest of the fiscal year won approval Friday from the House of Representatives, the first step toward averting a partial government shutdown at midnight.
The nearly $1 trillion measure passed on a 296-121 vote and now goes to the Senate, where approval is also expected. It was unclear if a Senate vote would take place Friday or Saturday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday appointed Reps. James Clyburn, Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen to the special congressional committee on deficit reduction, completing selection of the 12-member bipartisan panel created under last week's debt ceiling agreement.
The three choices bring strong party voices from the House to the new "super committee" charged with crafting a plan to reduce the country's mounting deficits. They join three Senate Democrats - Patty Murray, Max Baucus and John Kerry - previously appointed to the committee, as well as six GOP fiscal conservatives from the House and Senate named by Republican leaders.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration could be in violation of the War Powers Resolution if it fails to get congressional authorization by Sunday for U.S. participation in the Libya military mission, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday.
In a letter to President Barack Obama that his aides made public, Boehner complained that the administration has so far failed to address questions about the mission that were in a House resolution passed on June 3. That resolution set a two-week deadline for a response.FULL STORY