John Boehner

Boehner evades leadership on immigration bill

Boehner evades leadership on immigration bill

Speaker of the House John Boehner, the House of Representatives “leader” who refuses to lead, avoided taking a stand again Sunday by refusing to stake out a position on the controversial immigration bill. While the Democratic-led Senate managed, somehow, to pass a comprehensive, and some say sweeping, bipartisan immigration bill that provides, among other things, […]

Boehner: ‘We need to repeal old laws, not pass new ones’

Boehner:  ‘We need to repeal old laws, not pass new ones’

John Boehner, the always questionable, often irrational Speaker of the House, says Congress should be in the job of repealing laws, not passing new ones. “We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal,” Boehner says in an interview scheduled to be aired on CBS “Face the Nation” on Sunday. Responding to a […]

No child left behind program left behind by House Republicans

No child left behind program left behind by House Republicans

House Republicans voted Friday to dismantle the troubled No Child Left Behind law for evaluating America’s students and schools, saying states and local school districts rather than Washington should be setting rules for ensuring that kids are getting good educations. The legislation would eliminate federally required testing of students, which has been controversial from the […]

Pushing for immigration reform on Capitol Hill

Pushing for immigration reform on Capitol Hill

Backers of comprehensive immigration legislation are gearing up for a campaign to push the House to act, even as some begin openly voicing fears they’re already losing the fight. Congress’ monthlong August recess could be crucial and supporters aim to exert influence in dozens of congressional districts home to Republican House members seen as open […]

Lackluster second term so far for Obama

Lackluster second term so far for Obama

A dramatic tax-raising deal last New Year’s looked like it might be a breakthrough, signaling improved second-term relations between newly re-elected President Barack Obama and a divided Congress. At least that’s what the White House hoped. But six months later, growing uncertainty over a sweeping immigration overhaul measure has dimmed expectations for a big summertime […]

Obama claims immigration overhaul can boost economy

Obama claims immigration overhaul can boost economy

President Barack Obama says overhauling the nation’s immigration system can provide a big boost to the economic recovery. In his weekly Internet and radio address, Obama cites former President George W. Bush’s support for a comprehensive solution on immigration. He says if Democrats and Republicans can agree on something, it’s a good place to start. […]

GOP rejects comprehensive approach on immigration

GOP rejects comprehensive approach on immigration

House Republicans are embracing a step-by-step approach to immigration, in contrast to the sweeping plan passed by the Senate and backed by the White House. But they’re offering neither specifics nor a timetable — nor any mention of possible citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country unlawfully. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, […]

Republicans strip food stamps from farm bill

Republicans strip food stamps from farm bill

Bruised from the defeat of a massive farm bill last month, Republicans are giving the legislation another chance by bringing a pared-down version to the House floor. GOP leaders were still counting how many votes they could muster for the new measure, which drops the politically sensitive food stamp portion of the bill, when they […]

Does Obama abuse power? Damn right. Is he the only one? Hell no.

Does Obama abuse power?  Damn right.  Is he the only one? Hell no.

In the latest blatant example of how hypocrisy rules in Washington, Republican congressional leaders bitch and moan about how President Barack Obama is ignoring the Constitution and abusing the power of his office. Is Obama abusing power?  Damn right, but those same Republicans who now complain loudly sat on their asses and said nothing when […]

House Republicans want to split farm bill

House Republicans want to split farm bill

A month after suffering an embarrassing defeat, House Republican leaders are considering a new strategy to try to win support for the massive, five-year farm bill: splitting it into two separate measures, one for farm programs and one for food stamps. It’s an attempt to gather support from conservatives who voted against the $100 billion-a-year […]