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House Passes ‘In God We Trust’ Measure

Nov. 1, 2011

The House passed a resolution reaffirming that the nation’s motto remains “In God We Trust” on a 396-9 vote today.

Senate Releases 2012 Schedule, Hewing More Closely to House

Nov. 1, 2011

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) released the 2012 legislative calendar for the Senate today, and it will track more closely to the House schedule than it did this year.

Partisanship Rules, Even on Popular Bills

Nov. 1, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have announced Tuesday that he won’t block GOP attempts to bring a popular 3 percent withholding bill to a vote, but lawmakers and voters shouldn’t see it as a sign of a thaw in the Capitol’s partisan chill.

Republicans Shift Focus From Jobs to God

Oct. 31, 2011

Republicans may be trying to focus their messaging on jobs and the economy — and hammering President Barack Obama for campaigning — but they still have time for some red meat base-baiting on the House floor.

2012 House Schedule Looks Familiar

Oct. 27, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Wednesday that he hopes to focus much of next year’s legislative work on jobs and the economy and would use a calendar based on regular, prolonged district work periods. Like this year, House Members will rarely be in Washington for more than two weeks at a time.

House Leaders Weigh In on Deficit Panel

Oct. 27, 2011

House leaders stepped up their comments today regarding the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, signaling that leadership is closely following the panel’s deliberations with less than a month to go before it must deliver a proposal.

Hoyer Slams 2012 House Schedule

Oct. 27, 2011

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer today slammed the GOP's handling of the calendar this year, charging that it has crippled the ability of Congress to pass legislation.

‘Doing More With Less’ on Oversight

Oct. 26, 2011

Since taking the gavel in January, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) has dramatically reformed a little-known but powerful team of senior staff, outside investigators and other individuals who form the core of the panel's oversight activities.

Kevin McCarthy Says GOP Jobs Bills Have Bipartisan Potential

Oct. 25, 2011

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy said today that he hopes that a wave of GOP jobs bills aimed at aiding small-business owners can break through the partisan gridlock that has stalled almost every other bill this year.

Boehner Pushes Foreign Policy

Oct. 25, 2011

Speaker John Boehner’s Tuesday speech criticizing the White House’s policy toward Russia and warning he might block its bid to join the World Trade Organization was the latest demonstration of the Ohio Republican’s increasing foray into international affairs.

Boehner Asserts Himself on Russia Policy

Oct. 25, 2011

Speaker John Boehner today warned that he will block Russia’s efforts to join the World Trade Organization until that nation recognizes the “territorial integrity” of Georgia, accusing the White House of “leaning” on Georgia to drop its demands.

House Republicans Talk Up Balanced Budget Amendment Vote

Oct. 25, 2011

House Republicans might bring a proposed constitutional amendment to balance the budget to the floor as early as the week of Nov. 14 — even as the chamber is embroiled in yet another short-term spending battle.

Faced With Protests, Cantor Nixes Speech

Oct. 21, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today canceled a planned economic speech in Pennsylvania because of security concerns, according to his office.

GOP Leaders Devise Incentives for the Wayward

Oct. 19, 2011

House Republican leaders are hoping to use incentives ranging from promising floor action on bills to appearances by leadership in Members’ districts as a reward for loyalty and a bid to avoid future breakdowns on the chamber floor.

House Passes Abortion Funding Ban That Has No Chance of Becoming Law

Oct. 13, 2011

The House passed legislation today aimed at barring the use of federal funds by insurance plans that provide abortions, a key element of the GOP’s Pledge to America.

Ron Paul Explains Proposed Meeting With Far-Right Figure

Oct. 13, 2011

Presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul’s office explained today his decision to meet later this fall with French politician Marine Le Pen, whose party has been connected to anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment.

Rep. Ron Paul Agrees to Meet With Leader of French Anti-Immigration Party

Oct. 12, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), a GOP presidential hopeful, is expected to meet next month with French politician Marine Le Pen, whose party has been connected to anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant violence in her country.

GOP Jobs Message Has Had Competition

Oct. 12, 2011

House Republicans checked off a major box on their jobs agenda Wednesday when the chamber passed a package of trade deals — an accomplishment the GOP has touted as a central piece of its economic plan.

Abortion Bill May Muddy Message

Oct. 11, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has decided to use Thursday for a floor vote on a bill to prevent federal funding for health care plans that provide abortion services — a topic guaranteed to polarize.

Campus Notebook: Six Arrested as Protesters Fill Hart Building Atrium

Oct. 11, 2011

Six protesters were arrested Tuesday in the Hart Senate Office Building as part of the Occupy DC protest, a spinoff of the recent Wall Street demonstrations.

Turf Wars Brewing Over Deficit Panel

Oct. 7, 2011

With a Friday deadline to submit formal recommendations to the super committee looming, top lawmakers on other standing Congressional panels are lobbying to protect their legislative turf.

Super Committee Has Advice for Obama on Reducing Debt

Oct. 7, 2011

A bipartisan group of super committee members today called on the Obama administration to expand a planned auction of broadband spectrum frequencies, arguing it could help significantly reduce the nation’s deficit.

Boehner Knocks White House Over Abandoning DOMA

Oct. 7, 2011

Speaker John Boehner today tore into the White House over its decision to no longer defend an anti-gay marriage law, vowing to continue his efforts to provide legal support for the law.

Cantor Serves Up Red Meat at Summit

Oct. 7, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today promised conservative activists that the GOP would not stray from its agenda, saying the House will continue to fight the Obama administration’s economic policies and pursue further restrictions on abortion.

Speaker John Boehner Downplays Freshman Effect

Oct. 6, 2011

Speaker John Boehner today dismissed charges that his freshman class of conservatives has been a thorn in his side but acknowledged that more seasoned conservatives have caused him problems throughout the year.

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