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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RNC Chairman Michael Steele just gave a quick speech at the Republican headquarters, telling the crowd that the election results pouring in “look good and they look strong” for the GOP.
“We are going to move the country in a new direction,” Steele said. “Tonight we stand united, we stand strong and we stand proud as Republicans. We are so grateful for the opportunity the American people appear to be giving us.” Read More
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who survived election night despite about every prediction (with the notable exception of Nevada analyst Jon Ralston), appears headed to another term leading the Senate.
The Nevada Democrat held a conference call Wednesday with Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois and conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer of New York, in which the two subordinates declared they will “absolutely” support Reid for another term as the chamber’s top Democrat. Read More
The new House Speaker-designate, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, broke down in tears tonight at the Republican election headquarters as he talked about his hardscrabble upbringing in a family of 12 children.
“I’ve spent my whole life chasing the American dream,” Boehner, the current House Republican Minority Leader, told a cheering crowd as he choked back tears in the ballroom of the Hyatt in downtown Washington. Read More
House Democrats have taken to the microphones at their party election headquarters, urging voters to go to the polls.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of California, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Marylander who headed the party’s House campaign arm, gave quick and defiant speeches before a subdued crowd at a hotel two blocks from the capitol.
Democrats hustled off the stage, saying they had to return to the phones and call voters. Read More
House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced early Wednesday that he wants the job of Majority Leader when the GOP takes control of the House in January.
In a letter to Republican lawmakers and the GOP’s election night winners, Cantor said the new GOP majority must govern differently than the Democratic majority now in power but also must avoid repeating the mistakes of the previous Republican majority that many in the party accused of abandoning the its fiscally conservative principles. Read More
Republicans are staging very subdued election night event in downtown D.C.
News media packed into a balloon and banner-free Hyatt ballroom and awaited the appearance of House Minority Leader John Boehner, who, if predictions are accurate, will be the next House speaker.
Republican insiders said the event will be low-key and will not be a wild celebration, out of respect for the angry mood of the electorate. Read More
The American Hospital Association has decided to endorse a bill that would eliminate a key provision in the new health care reform law. Read More
BLUE BELL, Pa. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani stopped by a rally held here Friday afternoon for Republican senate candidate Pat Toomey, who is currently tied in the polls with Democrat Joe Sestak, and he had a lot to say about NPR’s decision to terminate commentator Juan Williams. Williams lost his job Wednesday after telling Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that he worried about getting on flights with people dressed in full Muslim garb. Read More
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin told The Washington Examiner on Wednesday that if he is elected to the senate, he would first try to fix the health care law rather than advocate its complete repeal.
Manchin is in an unexpectedly tough fight to fill the remaining two years of the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s senate term and has moved to distance himself from President Obama and the Democratic leadership. Read More
Backed into a corner by members of their own party, Democratic leaders in Congress are poised to drop plans to take up the Bush-era tax cuts before the November election.
While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has not officially thrown in the towel on the measure, even some of the most loyal members of his caucus, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and John Kerry, D-Mass., said Thursday they were not in favor of a pre-election vote. Read More
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is officially playing hardball with the Obama administration over the six-month ban on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Landrieu announced Thursday afternoon she will block Obama’s nominee for the Office of Management and Budget, Jack Lew, until the president lifts the moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling is lifted “or significantly modified.” Read More
Weeks away from an election that offers the GOP the real prospects of regaining the majority in Congress, House Republicans have written an agenda calling for tax cuts, a reduction in government spending and a repeal of the new health care law, among other initiatives they say would help jump-start the economy.
Republicans have named their agenda "A Pledge To America," a title reminiscent of the "Contract With America" drafted by the GOP before it won control of Congress in 1994. Read More
The Democrats are reacting to the GOP agenda that is circulating tonight.
Here is a statement from Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Read More
Republicans and two Democrats on Tuesday blocked a defense bill in the Senate that would have paved the way for the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gay service members.
The Senate came up three shy of the 60 votes needed to begin debating a $725 billion defense authorization bill that included a provision lifting the ban. Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln, both Arkansas Democrats, voted against the measure, as did Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both moderate Republicans who the Democratic leadership had hoped would back the bill. Read More
The Senate GOP has chosen Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming as vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. He replaces Sen. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, who stepped down from the leadership post after announcing her write-in bid for re-election. Read More