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Obama to Offer Birth Control Rule Compromise

Feb. 10, 2012

President Barack Obama on Friday will announce a new compromise contraception policy in the hopes of tamping down a growing controversy over his handling of an issue that has pitted women’s rights against religious freedom.

At CPAC, a Serious, Heated Display of Conservatism

Feb. 9, 2012

Conservatives solemnly gathered in Washington on Thursday for their annual conference and pep rally as they prepare to move into what they view as the final fight of a 100-year war with progressivism.

Marco Rubio Rouses CPAC Crowd

Feb. 9, 2012

Sen. Marco Rubio hammered President Barack Obama today in a speech that appeared to be equal parts pep talk to the conservative movement and an audition for the vice presidency.

McConnell, Boehner Turn Up Rhetoric at CPAC

Feb. 9, 2012

Republican leaders today sought to rally their party’s conservative base, excoriating the Obama administration for its new contraception policy and accusing Democrats of using the government to attack political enemies and to broadly undermine the nation’s fundamental principles.

New Chapter in Culture Wars

Feb. 8, 2012

GOP leaders Wednesday launched a coordinated assault on the Obama administration's controversial birth control rule, accusing the White House of trampling on religious freedoms and vowing to overturn the new rule.

House, Senate GOP Leaders Attack Obama Birth Control Rule

Feb. 8, 2012

Speaker John Boehner today attacked the Obama administration’s efforts to force religious hospitals and universities to provide employees with insurance that covers contraceptives, arguing the controversial rule “constitutes an unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country.”

House GOP Seeks Right Combo on Transit Bill

Feb. 7, 2012

With the House and Senate continuing to mark up their competing transportation spending plans this week, House GOP leaders are looking for the magic formula that will get them the 218 Republican votes needed for passage.

Jeff Flake Calls for Permanent Earmark Ban in STOCK Act

Feb. 7, 2012

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) called on leadership today to include a permanent ban on earmarks in a popular ethics reform measure working its way through the House.

John Boehner Blames Democrats for Payroll Tax Cut Delay

Feb. 6, 2012

Speaker John Boehner blamed Senate Democrats tonight for the lack of progress on a yearlong extension of a popular payroll tax cut, accusing them of refusing to agree to offset the costs of the package.

In 2012, Another Budget Battle Brews

Feb. 6, 2012

Republicans and Democrats alike are hoping to make 2012 a grudge match over the budget, closely tracking the topic that helped drag Congressional approval ratings to record lows last year and despite concerns among political operatives that the public is unmoved by the issue.

Club for Growth Comes Out Against Highway Bill

Feb. 1, 2012

A key conservative organization warned Republicans today that it will track Speaker John Boehner’s (Ohio) ambitious highway spending and energy development bill and urged conservatives to vote against the measure later this month.

Transit Bill Could Be a Tough Sell

Jan. 31, 2012

Speaker John Boehner today will make the case to Republicans that a transportation spending measure being worked on in the House is not only a radical departure from past bills but fits squarely within conservative ideology.

Cantor Signals Openness to STOCK Act

Jan. 31, 2012

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today spoke supportingly of legislation winding its way through Congress that would clearly ban federal lawmakers and their staff from trading securities on insider information.

House Eyes Ways to Pay for Payroll Deal

Jan. 31, 2012

The House is expected to pass two key bills Wednesday that Republicans hope to ultimately include in the looming payroll tax cut deal: a pay freeze for federal employees and legislation barring food stamp debit cards from being used in liquor stores or strip clubs.

Conservatives Expect to Keep Up Pressure

Jan. 30, 2012

While the presidential election could help unify House Republicans this year, leaders shouldn’t expect a free pass from conservatives who will not shy away from challenging leadership over key legislative items.

Heritage Retreat Hosts Wide Range of GOP

Jan. 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — For conservatives who participated in the Heritage Foundation’s annual Conservative Members Retreat here, the 2012 elections are less about the “mundane” ins and outs of policy fights over immigration, spending and the deficit and even less about which of the four remaining Republican presidential candidates will be their standard-bearer in November.

House Conservatives Using Retreat to Focus on Battles Ahead

Jan. 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – House Republican conservatives huddled here for the annual Heritage Foundation Members Retreat on Thursday, hoping to recharge their ideological batteries in advance of what is expected to be a bruising year in Congress and on the campaign trail.

Gabrielle Giffords Farewell an Emotional Affair on Floor

Jan. 25, 2012

To roaring applause and steady tears, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords received a hero’s tribute on the House floor before officially stepping down from her Congressional seat.

State of the Response? Divided on Party Lines

Jan. 24, 2012

It took less than five minutes for Republicans to begin taking apart President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

House Democratic Retreat to Focus on ‘Dream’ Messaging

Jan. 24, 2012

House Democrats will decamp Wednesday from Washington to the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina in Cambridge, Md., to hone their jobs and economy message going into the 2012 election.

Conservatives Focus on Broad Ideas

Jan. 24, 2012

House conservatives head to Philadelphia today for the annual Heritage Foundation Conservative Members Retreat as their movement faces a critical test of its ability to shape the Republican Party agenda.

GOP Ready for Long Primary

Jan. 23, 2012

While House and Senate Republicans might be eager to have the GOP presidential primary wrapped up as soon as possible, they’re not holding their breath for a quick resolution and claim a protracted fight for the right to take on President Barack Obama will not affect their own electoral and legislative efforts.

House GOP Uses Retreat to Lay 2012 Plans

Jan. 22, 2012

BALTIMORE — House Republicans wrapped up their retreat here Saturday by vowing to avoid the infighting that often derailed their messaging in 2011 and to draw stark contrasts between themselves and Democrats.

Cantor Seeks Contrasts in 2012 Agenda, May Endorse

Jan. 20, 2012

BALTIMORE — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today said Republicans will use a modest agenda focused on tax and budget reform — as well as a potential renewed push to repeal the health care reform law — to draw stark contrasts between themselves and President Barack Obama over the next 10 months.

At Retreat, GOP Rallies Around Keystone Pipeline

Jan. 20, 2012

BALTIMORE Republicans said today that they will attempt to force the Keystone XL pipeline into a deal on extending the payroll tax cut, further complicating an already difficult negotiation.

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