John Boehner

Obama, Boehner meet at White House

Obama, Boehner meet at White House

Disentangled from showdowns or looming crises, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held a rare one-on-one Oval Office meeting Tuesday addressing potential areas of common ground that could lay a foundation for more ambitious goals like immigration and trade that remain long shots for action this year. Aides to both political rivals described […]

Boehner’s retreat leads to new debt limit approval

Boehner’s retreat leads to new debt limit approval

It was once the backbone of the House Republican majority — the hard-line stand that brought President Barack Obama to the negotiating table and yielded more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction. On Tuesday, it abruptly vanished, the victim of Republican disunity and a president determined not to bargain again. During the summer budget negotiations […]

House approves ‘clean’ debt limit extension

House approves ‘clean’ debt limit extension

The House of Representatives narrowly approved a one-year extension of federal borrowing authority on Tuesday after Republicans caved into President Barack Obama’s demands to allow a debt limit increase without any conditions. The 221-201 vote, carried mainly by Democrats, marked a dramatic shift from the confrontational fiscal tactics House Republicans have used over the past […]

Boehner: Immigration reform? Don’t bet on it

Boehner: Immigration reform? Don’t bet on it

Speaker John Boehner on Thursday all but ruled out passage of immigration legislation before this fall’s elections, saying it would be difficult for the Republican-led House to act on the issue that President Barack Obama has made a top domestic priority. In his most pessimistic comments, Boehner blamed the stalemate on widespread skepticism that Obama […]

Anti-Obamacare rants: Facts don’t support rhetoric

Anti-Obamacare rants:  Facts don’t support rhetoric

As is normal in political debates, the facts come up short of matching rhetoric, especially when it comes to anti-Obamacare rants from the usual collective of Republican naysayers. The rabid right has jumped on a new report from the Congressional Budget Office that claims the new healthcare law will “encourage” millions of Americans to quit […]

Democrats say ‘no games’ on debt limit increase

Democrats say ‘no games’ on debt limit increase

With House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan saying Republicans will, once again, put changes in Obamacare in the way of extending the nation’s debt limit, the Democrats Friday had a quick answer:  No way. Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray said: We will not negotiate over whether or not the United States of America should […]

A last, perhaps futile, grasp at immigration reform

A last, perhaps futile, grasp at immigration reform

His agenda tattered by last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. It will require a deft and careful use of his powers, combining a public campaign in the face of protests over his administration’s record number of […]

Election year politics drives Congress in 2014

Election year politics drives Congress in 2014

Congress returns to work Monday with election-year politics certain to shape an already limited agenda. Republicans intend to focus on every facet of President Barack Obama’s health care law. They see a political boost in its problem-plagued rollout as the GOP looks to maintain its House majority and seize control of the Democratic-led Senate. First […]

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