(CNN) - A proposed deal to end the congressional standoff over the payroll tax cut includes a two-month extension to allow time for further negotiations, as well as language to ease the administrative burden on small businesses implementing the plan, a House Republican aide said Thursday.
House Republicans will hold a conference call at 5 p.m. Thursday amid indications of a possible deal to extend the payroll tax cut before it expires on January 1, a top Democratic source told CNN.
Washington (CNN) - A time-honored tradition of any presidential address to Congress is the jockeying for prime seating by lawmakers on both sides of the center aisle of the House chamber. Hours before President Barack Obama was scheduled to present his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress Thursday, a handful of seats were already spoken for.
According to a congressional source familiar with the speech plans, Democratic Rep. Dale Kildee, Michigan, Rep. Barbara Lee, California, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, California, Rep. Joe Baca, California, and Rep. Silvestre Reyes, Texas had all staked out positions even before 9 a.m. ET.
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner says he has ended debt talks with President Obama.
CNN has learned Boehner sent a letter to Republican House members saying,"I have decided to end discussions with the White House and begin conversations with the leaders of the Senate in an effort to find a path forward."
Washington (CNN) – As part of the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor met Sunday with President Obama at the White House, Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel confirmed to CNN.
When asked about the meeting, Steel provided this statement: "As we said throughout the weekend, the lines of communications are being kept open. But there is nothing to report in terms of an agreement or progress. We believe cut, cap and balance represents the best path forward, and we are looking forward to the House vote on it tomorrow."
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner told fellow House Republicans Thursday that he will know in the next few days whether an agreement on the debt limit is possible, saying he thinks the odds are "maybe 50/50," according to a Republican aide.
Boehner spoke to House Republicans behind closed doors before heading to the White House to meet with the president and other congressional leaders.
According to two Republican sources, reaching an agreement depends on whether the White House insists on tax hikes. One source added that top House Republican leaders are scheduled to meet at 4:45 p.m. ET in Boehner's office to discuss the White House meeting.
Washington (CNN)–In a sign of widening political fallout from so-called “Weinergate,” two House Democrats who represent competitive districts announced Tuesday they were donating campaign contributions from Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, to charity.
Weiner confessed Monday that he had lied about sending inappropriate text messages and photos to several women. He said he is not resigning, but top House Democrats called for the House ethics committee to investigate the matter.
(CNN) - Anticipating a very close race, the Republican candidate in New York's special election has put the wheels in motion for a potential hand count of certain ballots in the already-contentious race.
Jane Corwin's campaign filed a petition Tuesday and received a court order impounding all paper ballots pending a court proceeding that will begin no sooner than Thursday. The order doesn't impact the tally of votes cast by machine, but does protect the estimated 3,808 paper absentee ballots that could be key if the results show a narrow margin for either candidate.