John Boehner

More tax revenue, less need for budget cuts

More tax revenue, less need for budget cuts

Rising tax receipts are shrinking the federal deficit, and that will shape the budget debate when Congress returns from vacation next month. The big question for lawmakers: Should they renew, end or modify the tens of billions of dollars in “sequester” cuts in government spending that took effect earlier this year? Tax revenue through June […]

Budgets? What budgets?

Budgets? What budgets?

Leaving piles of unfinished business for the fall, Congress began exiting Washington Thursday for a five-week vacation with its accomplishments few, its efforts at budgeting in tatters and its collective nerves frayed by months of feuding. The House’s chief accomplishment for the week was a bipartisan Wednesday vote to deal with spiking student loan interest […]

Government shutdown looming?

Government shutdown looming?

There hasn’t been a government shutdown in nearly two decades, but top lawmakers on Capitol Hill are finding trickier-than-usual obstacles in their path as they try to come up with must-do legislation to keep federal agencies running after Sept. 30. Conservatives making a last stand against President Barack Obama’s new health care law and Senate […]

Defeated foes of NSA spying program vow to continue fight

Defeated foes of NSA spying program vow to continue fight

Opponents of the National Security Agency’s collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records insist they will press ahead with their challenge to the massive surveillance program after a narrow defeat in the House. Furious lobbying and last-minute pleas to lawmakers ensured victory for the Obama administration as the House voted 217-205 Wednesday to […]

Don’t expect much from Obama’s economic tour

Don’t expect much from Obama’s economic tour

It’s hard to find anyone who thinks President Barack Obama’s series of heavily promoted economic speeches will be the flash point that unclogs the system in Washington — including the president. A day after he kicked off the tour in Illinois and Missouri, Obama was traveling Thursday to a seaport in Jacksonville, Fla., to yet […]

Boehner’s erratic behavior worries House Republicans

Boehner’s erratic behavior worries House Republicans

House Republicans, especially the hard-core right wingers who march to a tea party beat, privately express concern over what they see as erratic behavior by House Speaker John Boehner. Some say the Speaker is wandering on and off topic in meetings, sometimes speaking incoherently and failing to stick to an agreed-upon agenda that hopes to […]

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 […]