Before becoming chief congressional correspondent for the Examiner, Susan Ferrechio was a reporter for Congressional Quarterly and prior to that, covered education for the Miami Herald. She also covered education and Congress for the Washington Times. Ferrechio is presently reporting on the House and Senate.
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Massachusetts's moderate GOP Sen. Scott Brown announced Tuesday he will not support an effort by Republicans to strip funding for Planned Parenthood from this year's budget.
Brown said the GOP efforts to de-fund the organization "goes too far," even though he backs budget cuts.
Brown's announcement makes it harder for Republicans to push to add this provision in a budget deal. Read More
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is apparently OK after a fainting spell earlier Monday while on a congressional trip in Italy. Here's a statement from her spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, who is traveling with her:
“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.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized in Rome Monday after feeling "slightly unwell," according Italian news agencies and AFP.
Pelosi is in Italy leading a bipartisan congressional delegation. According to her schedule, she was to meet with Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa and Gianfranco Fini, head of the lower house of parliament, but she was unable to attend those events. The delegation is in Italy to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the country's unification.
No comment yet from Pelosi's office.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took a bipartisan congressional delegation to Italy Friday, including three fellow Democrats and one Republican.
Pelosi said she was invited by the president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Gianfranco Fini, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Italian unification.
The delegation plans to visit with American troops stationed in Italy and will be briefed on military support operations in Africa and South Asia, according to her aides. Read More
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., just announced he will not support future short-term spending bills unless the Defense Department appropriations are funded for the remainder of the year.
The Senate as early as tomorrow will take up a bill that would keep the government operating for another three weeks while both parties try to work out a deal on a spending plan that would last until the remainder of the fiscal year ending on Sept. 30. Read More
Senate Republicans have announced they will move to block President Obama's pick to replace Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, unless he sends three free trade agreements to Congress.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., signed by all Senate Republicans, telling him the GOP would withhold any support for a new nominee to replace Locke, who Obama has tapped to become the next U.S. Ambassador to China. Read More
The Democratic fundraising arm in the Senate is gearing up for the 2012 elections by soliciting suggestions from their supporters about the slogan they should employ to help keep Republicans from picking up the four seats they need to capture the majority.
In an email entitled, "A slogan that sticks," the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee gives the recipient five choices:
- We've Got Your Back, Barack
- Repeal Republicans in 2012
- Had Enough Tea?
- Brick by Brick, We're Building a Firewall
- Hey GOP? You're Firewalled Read More
Sens. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., introduced a bill Friday to stop federal funding of NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Conservative Republicans have been itching to defund the two programs for years and they've now compiled evidence they believe shows overcompensation of the organization's executives as well as a trail of donations leading to the doorstep of liberal financier George Soros. Read More
Senate Democratic leaders have agreed to pass a short-term spending bill pushed through the House by Republicans Tuesday, ending the threat of a government shutdown at least until March 18.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., promised that the Senate will pass the bill to keep the government operating for two weeks beyond a March 4 deadline, when a stopgap spending measure runs out, then sent a plea for help to the White House, urging President Obama to get more involved in the budget negotiations. Read More
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has just fired his press secretary for forwarding email correspondence with Politico reporters to a writer working on a book.
Issa's Deputy Communications Director, Kurt Bardella, has been "terminated" for sharing emails from Politico with Mark Leibovich, a New York Times reporter who is writing a book about Capitol Hill reporters and power players. Read More
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has just fired his press secretary for forwarding email correspondence with the Politico to a writer working on a book. Issa's Deputy Communications Director, Kurt Bardella, has been "terminated" for sharing emails from Politico with Mark Leibovich, a New York Times reporter who is writing a book about Capitol Hill reporters and power players. Read More
Republicans and Democrats appeared ready to strike a deal on a spending plan that will forestall a government shutdown until March 18, but both parties remain deeply divided on a plan to pay for the remaining months of the fiscal year. Read More
A new poll shows Sen. Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, trailing his challenger in the 2012 election matchup. Rep. Denny Rehberg, the state's at-large Republicans member of Congress, appears to have a three point lead over Tester, according to a poll conducted by 47 North Communications. When asked who they would vote for in the 2012 senate election, 44 percent said they would pick Tester for a second term and 47 percent said Rehberg would be their choice. Nine percent were undecided. Read More
A decorated Iraq war veteran Wednesday announced that he is forming "a grassroots, all volunteer organization" to draft The Donald for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Read More
Pushed by the new GOP freshmen to uphold a campaign pledge, the House Appropriations Committee announced moments ago that it plans to increase its proposed cuts to this year's budget from $74 billion to $100 billion from what President Obama had originally requested.Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., had planned to release the appropriations bill today in anticipation of next week's vote, but pressure from the right prompted him to make deeper cuts. Read More