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Leaders Start to Pick Sides in Pascrell-Rothman Contest

May 24, 2012

Party leaders are quickly wading into New Jersey’s Democratic incumbent-vs.-incumbent grudge match between Reps. Bill Pascrell and Steven Rothman, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joining a growing number of top Democrats throwing their financial weight behind Pascrell’s campaign.

Barbara Boxer Upbeat on Highway Talks, Praises John Boehner

May 23, 2012

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer today painted an upbeat picture of House-Senate highway bill talks, insisting that progress is being made and that an extension will be passed before the current authorization runs out at the end of June.

Lawsuits Challenging Contraception Rule Get Little Play

May 22, 2012

Republican leaders might be trying to avoid getting re-entangled in the culture wars, but Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt on Tuesday said he is considering intervening in a legal challenge to a proposed federal contraception rule brought by Catholic organizations.

Speaker Is in No Danger

May 18, 2012

For all the grumbling of conservatives, for all the heartburn and hand-wringing among moderate old bulls, one thing seems certain — short of a cataclysmic loss on Election Day, John Boehner will return as Speaker next year.

Democrats, Republicans All Give It Up for the Godfather

May 18, 2012

Washington, D.C., got a lot less funkier this week with the passing of local musical legend and Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown.

House GOP Leaders Take Aim at Eric Holder

May 18, 2012

House GOP leaders cranked up the heat on Attorney General Eric Holder today, demanding he release more information regarding a failed Department of Justice program that resulted in thousands of guns being sent to Mexican drug cartels.

Freshman Republicans Push Leaders for Contempt Resolution on Eric Holder

May 17, 2012

Six freshman members of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday called on GOP leadership to bring a contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder to the House floor, charging he has “thwarted and obstructed” Congress’ efforts to conduct Congressional oversight of the "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-running program.

Tom Rooney Accuses Justin Amash of Coddling Terrorists

May 17, 2012

Rep. Tom Rooney (Fla.) Thursday lashed out at fellow Republican Rep. Justin Amash, accusing the Michigan lawmaker of wanting to “coddle foreign enemy combatants.”

Democrats Push Voting Rights Bill

May 17, 2012

House Democrats on Thursday unveiled new voting rights legislation designed to modernize voter registration while cracking down on practices that could discourage certain populations from voting.

John Boehner Reaffirms Primacy of Spending Cuts

May 17, 2012

Speaker John Boehner this morning renewed his vow to connect another debt ceiling increase to cuts to federal spending.

Jim Abdnor, Longtime S.D. Politician, Dies at 89

May 16, 2012

Former Sen. Jim Abdnor, who shocked liberal America in 1980 when he defeated Sen. George McGovern only to be ousted himself six years later, died Wednesday at the age of 89.

House GOP Resets the Gas Price Campaign

May 15, 2012

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy will roll out the GOP’s summer offensive on energy and gas prices today, aiming to link the season’s traditional cost spikes at the pump to the broader debate over jobs and the economy.

Summer Tax Cut Vote Could Boost GOP Strategy

May 14, 2012

House GOP leadership is considering linking a short-term extension of the expiring Bush-era tax cuts to an overhaul of the tax system this summer, aiming to give its party a campaign talking point and to pressure Senate Democrats to act.

House GOP Looks to Focus on Defense

May 11, 2012

After voting to turn off sequestration’s across-the-board cuts to the military last week, House Republicans will look to reinforce their defense bona fides this week on the floor and in the Appropriations Committee.

Obama Shift Thrusts DOMA Bill Into Spotlight

May 9, 2012

As President Barack Obama endorsed gay marriage Wednesday, the House prepared to vote on language barring the Department of Justice from arguing against the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

House Votes to Require DOMA Compliance

May 9, 2012

The House voted to require the federal government to comply with the Defense of Marriage Act late Wednesday night in the wake of President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage.

Debating Highway Bill Details

May 8, 2012

It was a conservative Oklahoma Republican who told the House GOP not to even start.

The Illustrated Congressmen

May 8, 2012

What do Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., soccer legend David Beckham and conservative godfather Barry Goldwater have in common? All three men have, on more than one occasion, subjected themselves to the exquisite pain of an artist putting ink to skin.

A Low-Key Agenda

May 4, 2012

After seeing last week’s recess partly defined by contentious social issues such as gay marriage, House Republicans hope to use the next several weeks to plow through a number of must-pass measures while contrasting their fiscal policies with the Democrats’ policies.

Nancy Pelosi Criticizes House Legal Group’s Intervention in Anti-DOMA Case

May 1, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed Speaker John Boehner's decision to intervene in a case challenging a federal anti-gay marriage law today, charging his decision is discriminatory against gay and lesbian members of the military.

John Boehner Escalates White House Attacks

April 26, 2012

Speaker John Boehner today launched his most blistering attack on President Barack Obama to date, accusing the administration of engaging in “petty politics” and demanding Obama’s campaign reimburse the Treasury for a recent swing through battleground states.

John Boehner to Announce Transportation Conferees

April 25, 2012

Speaker John Boehner was expected today to announce his slate of GOP conferees to a transportation conference committee that includes a number of chairmen as well as freshman lawmakers who could help push a final agreement through the chamber.

John Boehner Doubles Down on Warning to Republicans

April 25, 2012

Speaker John Boehner today doubled down on his warning to Republicans and their deep-pocketed donors that they must remain vigilant if they hope to retain control of the House for next year.

Breakneck Pace Slows in House

April 23, 2012

Welcome to election year legislating, the time of the calendar when Republicans — still healing their wounds from a rough presidential primary battle and coalescing around their nominee — grind through important if not particularly sexy legislation.

Highway Bill Finally Clears Roadblocks

April 18, 2012

Speaker John Boehner finally got his first transportation win Wednesday, a scaled-back measure that passed the House, 293-127, to set up a rare conference committee with the Senate.

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