Capitol Hillbillies

Americans want Boehner, Republicans out of control of the House

Americans want Boehner, Republicans out of control of the House

According to an increasing number of polls, Americans — while fed up with Congress — are so mad at Republicans over the government shutdown and debt crisis debacle that they want the GOP out of control of the House of Representatives and Speaker John Boehner out of the Speaker’s chair. That increasing view of the […]

Rep. Bill Young, longest serving GOP member, dead at 82

Rep. Bill Young, longest serving GOP member, dead at 82

Representative Bill Young of Florida, the longest-serving Republican member of Congress, died on Friday more than a week after announcing his plans to retire, his family said in a statement. He was 82. Young, a 22-term congressman and the former chairman of the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee, died at 6:50 p.m. ET (2250 GMT), […]

Former House Speaker Tom Foley dead at 84

Former House Speaker Tom Foley dead at 84

Tom Foley, the courtly former speaker of the U.S. House who lost his seat when Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994, has died of complications from a stroke. He was 84. His wife, Heather, said the former speaker had suffered the stroke last December and was hospitalized in May with pneumonia. He returned home […]

Speaker Boehner damaged but still on his feet after budget battle

Speaker Boehner damaged but still on his feet after budget battle

The debt and budget crisis that gripped Washington was the story of a Republican Party at war with itself. Rebellious conservatives, over the objection of party moderates, tried to use a government shutdown in an unsuccessful assault on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. But within the halls of the U.S. Capitol, the budget showdown was […]

Budget talks begin, but is success even possible?

Budget talks begin, but is success even possible?

Congressional budget negotiators aren’t guaranteeing success as they begin talks aimed at solving the nation’s budget problems. Republican and Democratic leaders of a joint House-Senate committee met for breakfast Thursday morning as they started talks. The committee was formed as part of a deal to reopen the government and extend the government’s ability to borrow […]

What now for embattled Speaker John Boehner?

What now for embattled Speaker John Boehner?

Congress’ debt-and-spending breakthrough crystalized a political contradiction. House Republicans refuse to let their supposed leader, Speaker John Boehner, steer them toward big policy decisions, leaving him to endure repeated public embarrassments. Yet they rally around Boehner as much as ever, affirming his hold on the speakership Wednesday even as they choked down a Democratic-crafted bill […]

It’s finally over. Congress approves debt, budget deal

It’s finally over.  Congress approves debt, budget deal

After weeks of wrangling, 16 days of partial shutdown, and less less than two hours before the deadline for the government to lose its borrowing authority, Congress approved a last-minute compromise bill that puts the government back to work and allows the U.S. Treasury to continue borrowing money — sending the legislation to President Barack […]

Senate approves debt, budget deal 81-18; sends bill to House

Senate approves debt, budget deal 81-18; sends bill to House

Up against a deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown in the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk. The Senate passed the measure on a bipartisan margin of 81-18 at midevening. That cleared the […]