Capitol Hillbillies

Trying to sell a $3.7 billion quick immigration fix

Trying to sell a $3.7 billion quick immigration fix

In what figures to be a tough sell, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is going to Capitol Hill to make the case for President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood of unaccompanied child immigrants that has overwhelmed the Border Patrol in South Texas. Johnson’s scheduled appearance Thursday before the […]

More money but no proposed immigration legal action yet

More money but no proposed immigration legal action yet

President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for emergency spending of more than $2 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied kids at the Southern border, but for now he won’t seek legal changes to send the children back home more quickly. That decision comes after immigration advocates objected strongly to administration proposals […]

Judge will consider Senator’s lawsuit over health exchanges

Judge will consider Senator’s lawsuit over health exchanges

A federal judge will hear arguments this week on whether to toss a U.S. senator’s lawsuit challenging rules that force congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin contends that senators, representatives and their employees aren’t eligible for the exchanges under the federal […]

Republicans at odds with business on Capitol Hill

Republicans at odds with business on Capitol Hill

Traditional ties between the business community and the Republican Party are fraying on Capitol Hill, where the House GOP has bucked corporate interests on a series of priorities this year, from immigration to highway funding to trade. Rebuffed in Congress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups have found more success backing pro-business […]

In the end, voters seldom fire incumbents

In the end, voters seldom fire incumbents

Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the tea party is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are sweating out this year’s election, right? Nope. Mostly they’re not. People talk about throwing the bums out, but voters keep sending the same bunch back in. More than […]

A close primary win by Charlie Rangel

A close primary win by Charlie Rangel

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel avoided a prolonged fight for his 23rd term Thursday as his main opponent conceded and said he would not challenge the results of a tightly contested primary that divided their New York City district along demographic lines. State Sen. Adriano Espaillat’s campaign said he called Rangel to commend the Democratic stalwart […]

Right wingers fuming over new majority leader

Right wingers fuming over new majority leader

Some conservatives are skittish about having a new House majority leader from left-leaning California. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., acknowledged that his constituents were “probably scratching their head” when it came to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s election Thursday. Adding to the unease is that the House’s top Democrat, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, also is from California. “I don’t […]

Defiant IRS boss vs. skeptical Republicans

Defiant IRS boss vs. skeptical Republicans

Defiant before skeptical Republicans, the head of the IRS refused to apologize Friday for lost emails that might shed light on the tax agency’s targeting of tea party and other groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections. Instead, Commissioner John Koskinen accused the chairman of a powerful House committee of misleading the public by making […]