John Boehner

House set to vote on cuts in farm crop insurance

The House will vote Thursday on whether to cut federally-subsidized crop insurance that helps farmers when they lose crops or revenue. The amendment by Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., would limit government help for crop insurance paid to wealthy farmers and limit the subsidies the government gives crop insurance companies. A vote on the amendment is […]

Government of the inept, unqualified and unbelievable

Government of the inept, unqualified and unbelievable

In the American military, sexual abuse is so prevalent that even those in charge of overseeing programs to protect victims are themselves in jail for rape and assault. At the Internal Revenue Service, groups with the gall to question the many inept, unethical and probably illegal actions of President Barack Obama become targets of harassment. […]

Immigration deal reached in House

Immigration deal reached in House

Prospects for passage of a major immigration bill improved on Thursday when a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives declared they had reached a tentative deal, resolving disputes that had threatened to torpedo negotiations. The breakthrough came at the end of a two-hour private meeting of seven Republican and Democratic negotiators. The […]

Sanford: A comeback kid and potential wild card

Sanford: A comeback kid and potential wild card

Fresh off a redemptive win in South Carolina’s special election, former Governor Mark Sanford‘s return to Congress will make him a prominent wild card in an already fractious Republican caucus. Sanford, whose political career was short-circuited in 2009 by an extramarital affair that marred his last 18 months as governor, earned a political rebirth along […]

Lots of talk about deficit reduction but little action

Liberals’ loud objections to White House proposals for slowing the growth of huge social programs make it clear that neither political party puts a high priority on reducing the deficit, despite much talk to the contrary. For years, House Republicans have adamantly refused to raise income taxes, even though U.S. taxes are historically low, and […]