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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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Democrats should be doing more to try to oust embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.
Weiner announced on Saturday he is taking a leave of absence from the House to seek help after admitting to sending illicit text messages and photos to Twitter followers.
For the past several days, new photos and emails have surfaced, some showing Weiner half naked in the House gym. Democratic leaders have called for his resignation and have also asked the ethics committee to investigate, but Cantor suggested that may not be enough. Read More
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued a statement Satuday calling for the resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat who admitted to sending explicit messages and photographs to a series of women.
Joining Pelosi in calling for Weiner to step down was Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., who chairs the House Democratic campaign committee. Read More
Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner is as determined as ever to remain in office despite the scandal that has enveloped his life, someone close to the lawmaker said Thursday night.
Weiner was apparently encouraged by a new NY1-Marist poll of voters in Brooklyn and Queens that found 56 percent of voters don't think he should resign, said the source, who requested anonymity. Weiner, a Democrat, represents New York's 9th District. Read More
A Marist poll conducted right after Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter confession during a weepy press conference shows New Yorkers don't really think he should resign.
According to New York City voters who were polled, 30 percent said the lawmakers should resign while 51 percent said he should not. Marist then asked New York City adults (apparently not all of them voters) whether Weiner broke the law by sending lewd photos over social networking sites to various women. Read More
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other top Democrats are "furious" with Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and are stepping up the pressure for him to quit by calling for an ethics investigation, aides said Tuesday.
Weiner has refused to resign after admitting that he sent "inappropriate" messages and photographs of himself to a half-dozen women via social networking sites. Read More
House Republicans yanked a resolution from the floor that called for an end to U.S. participation in a NATO military action in Libya after it appeared the measure may have had enough support to pass.
A House Republican leadership aide acknowledged to The Washington Examiner that U.S. action in Libya has brought "significant bipartisan concern," which for the most part is made up of a coalition of liberal anti-war Democrats and conservative freshmen Republicans.
The aide said another measure dealing with the U.S. forces in Libya could come up by Friday. Read More
Republicans have just exited a meeting with President Obama and by the sound of things, the two sides remain far apart on how to move forward with a plan to shrink the nation's massive deficit in exchange for raising the Treasury's $14.3 trillion borrowing limit.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., suggested that Obama told the the House Republican conference he wants to keep up federal spending, which didn't go over well with the GOP lawmakers in the room. Read More
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, plans to go to today's White House meeting on the debt ceiling armed with a letter from 150 economists who back his call for spending cuts that exceed any increase in the debt limit.
The letter is signed by Nobel Prize winner Robert Mundell, who won in 1999 for his analysis of different currency exchange rates as well as other prominent economists, former Secretary of State George Schultz and two former directors of the Congressional Budget Office. Read More
The top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee vowed Tuesday to block President Obama's nomination of John Bryson to be the next commerce secretary.
"By selecting John Bryson to head the Department of Commerce, President Obama is clearly demonstrating that he has no intention of backing down from his job-killing agenda," Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said Tuesday. Read More
A top House Republican is criticizing President Obama's decision to tap John Bryson to serve as the next commerce secretary.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, of California, on Tuesday noted Bryson's involvement founding the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group that advocates for green energy. Read More
The House has released the 2012 defense spending bill and it includes a little bit of belt tightening. But just barely, and not enough to please Democrats who say there should be significant cuts at the Pentagon to counter proposals to slash domestic spending.
The bill would provide $539 billion in total defense allocations for the 2012 fiscal year. That's just a hair below the president's FY 2012 request. Republicans lopped off $8.9 billion in spending, but even with those cuts, the total comes in $17 billion above this year's spending levels. Read More
An official from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office told a Senate panel Tuesday that charging drivers by the mile would be an efficient way to help raise money to pay for highway infrastructure.
Joseph Kile, assistant director for microeconomic studies, told the Senate Finance Committee that "increasing the charges that users pay also could promote more efficient use of the highway system…by encouraging motorists to use highways only when the benefits of them outweigh the full costs of that use." Read More
A special counsel hired by the Senate ethics committee has found "substantial credible evidence," that former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. broke Senate rules and federal laws and engaged in improper conduct stemming from an affair with a former aide.
The Senate Ethics Committee released the findings in an extensive and scathing report on Thursday that coincided with an unusual announcement about the case on the Senate floor by ethics panel Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and ranking member Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. Read More
Senators are about to take the unusual step of discussing an ethics case on the Senate floor.
Tune into C-Span around 2:30 p.m. Thursday and you will see Senate Ethics Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and ranking member Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., discussing the investigation they opened into the conduct of former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., who resigned recently due to the fallout from an affair he had with a member of his staff. Read More
A top Senate Democratic leader Monday warned Republicans not to bring the country down to the wire on the debt ceiling because it could risk economic turmoil
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio should commit to raising the debt ceiling as the GOP enters talks with Democrats on how to cut spending. The nation's treasury will reach the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling on May 16 and has until about July 2 before money runs out to pay creditors. Read More