Boehner to Rep. Sullivan: ‘Keep your damn mouth shut!’

Boehner to Rep. Sullivan: ‘Keep your damn mouth shut!’

Speaker of the House John Boehner called Oklahoma Congressman John Sullivan on the carpet last week after the often mouthy representative suggested shooting some U.S. senators if they didn’t vote right on budget bills. A source close to Boehner told Capitol Hill Blue Saturday that the Speaker “took Sullivan to the woodshed” in a sharply-worded […]

Bachmann drops out, Perry stays…for now

Bachmann drops out, Perry stays…for now

After a night of disappointments for Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann in the Iowa caucuses, it looked like Perry was ready to quit but Bachmann would stick it out. But just the opposite happened. Bachmann dropped her GOP Presidential bid Wednesday morning and Perry — after flying home to Texas — […]

Perry ready to quit but Bachmann may prolong the misery

Perry ready to quit but Bachmann may prolong the misery

Texas Governor Rick Perry left Iowa after a disappointing fifth place finish in the GOP caucuses Tuesday night and headed not to the next primary contest in New Hampshire but home to Texas to “assess” his failing campaign for President. Perry told his dwindling cadre of followers that he needs to “determine whether there is […]

Congress passes two-month tax deal; Obama signs it into law

Congress passes two-month tax deal; Obama signs it into law

In the end, the long-debated, often-delayed, more often gridlocked budget deal came down to a couple of voice votes in the near-empty chambers of the House and Senate, approving a $33 billion spending measure that keeps the payroll tax rate at 4.2 percent through the end of February. But the debate is far from over. […]

Congress gives Americans a tax hike for Christmas

Congress gives Americans a tax hike for Christmas

Congress heads home for Christmas but the holiday gift it left for Americans is an almost-certain tax hike for the new year. As predicted by the tea party-controlled Speaker, House Republicans defeated a two-month extension of reduced payroll taxes on Social Security and extension of unemployment benefits. Then House member started packing for the trip […]

Boehner says ‘nada’ to tax cut deal

Boehner says ‘nada’ to tax cut deal

Speaker John Boehner, facing a rebellion from Republicans over the two-month payroll tax cut  compromise, appeared ready Sunday to sink the deal when the measure reaches the House Monday. The Senate passed the deal with 89 votes Saturday but Boehner told “Meet the Press” Sunday that he isn’t happy with it and wants a yearlong […]

Democrats back down on pipeline, agree to tax cut deal

Democrats back down on pipeline, agree to tax cut deal

House and Senate negotiators took the easy way out Friday, cutting a deal that extends payroll tax cuts for only two months. Democrats, eager for a deal and wanting to go home for Christmas gave in to Republican demands on an oil pipeline project . While it extends the tax cuts and helps unemployed Americans […]

Funding deal reached to avoid government shutdown

Funding deal reached to avoid government shutdown

House and Senate negotiators reached a last-minute deal late Thursday to fund the U.S.government through September 30 of next year — staving off a government shutdown that would have started at midnight Friday. “Houston, we no longer have a problem,” a relieved House aide told Capitol Hill Blue.  “We can go home for Christmas.” Both […]

Gridlock brings another threat of government shutdown

Gridlock brings another threat of government shutdown

Capitol Hill gridlock once again threatens the day-to-day operations of government as Republicans and Democrats tangle over unemployment benefits, Social Security taxes and the use of earmarks to benefit campaign contributors. Both sides, while playing politics with the economic well-being of Americans, accuse the other of doing exactly that in a bitter struggle over a […]