House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, called on lawmakers to take action on the assault-weapons ban instead of waiting for the legislation to emerge from the U.S. Senate. Read More
The proposed federal transportation bill in the House of Representatives that has alarmed local transit agencies was delayed Wednesday by Republican leaders. Read More
Vilified by the Republicans who want his job, President Barack Obama will stand before the nation Tuesday night determined to frame the election-year debate on his terms, promising his State of the Union address will outline a lasting economic recovery that will "work for everyone, not just a wealthy few." Read More
The House intends to vote down a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut that cleared the Senate late last week, Speaker John Boehner said Monday, and request immediate negotiations on a full-year renewal that can provide "certainty for people who are trying to create jobs.""I don't believe the differences between the House and Senate are that great," Boehner said at a news conference, although he provided no estimate on how long it might take to produce a compromise. Read More
When Senate and House negotiators crafted their deal to create the so-called “supercommittee” on federal spending reduction, they forgot that one of the key reasons for Congress’ abysmal public-approval ratings is the lack of transparency in the legislative process. Read More
Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, President Barack Obama sent his jobs bill to Congress accompanied by demands that the legislation be passed with “no games, no politics, no delays.”
This bill is almost Clintonian in the artful way it’s been crafted, so that if many, even most, of its provisions passed Congress, both sides could claim modest victory.
House Speaker John Boehner said it was his hope that fellow Republicans could work together with the White House. Read More
Did anyone work harder than Speaker John Boehner to wrangle a debt deal?
This brief Boehner moment was captured on video after the President and congressional leaders agreed to a debt deal late Sunday night. It's hard to say whether this is a sigh of disgust or relief but I think it captures the sentiment behind debt ceiling debate perfectly.
President Barack Obama’s approval rating has been drifting down for a while and is now at its lowest yet. This obviously makes him a vulnerable re-election candidate. Still, it will take a credible opponent at the head of an acceptable party to beat him next year.
The near self-immolation of Republicans in the House during the battle over the Boehner debt-ceiling package confirmed that the best that can be expected over the next year on the Hill is … not much. Read More
In the 2010 campaign document "Pledge to America," House Republicans promised to allow the public sufficient time to read bills before lawmakers voted on them. "We will give all representatives and citizens at least three days to read the bill before a vote," the pledge said. Read More
Despite recent optimism, there are still significant obstacles to overcome before Congress reaches an agreement to cut spending and raise the debt ceiling. Like any other bill, both House and Senate have to pass precisely the same measure before it can be sent to the president, and that won't be easy. In the House, some Democrats will undoubtedly oppose the bill from the left, and as far as Republicans are concerned, it seems likely that many more than the 22 GOP lawmakers who vot Read More