John Boehner

Boehner backs off, lets other take the lead on issues

Boehner backs off, lets other take the lead on issues

John Boehner is pulling back. After two stressful years as Washington’s most powerful Republican and a pair of failed, high-profile rounds of budget talks with President Barack Obama — and disappointment over Obama’s re-election — the battle-scarred House speaker has adopted a you-first approach to the Democrat in the White House, his allies who control […]

Obama’s State of the Union brings quick oppositon from Congress

Obama’s State of the Union brings quick oppositon from Congress

President Barack Obama set up high-stakes clashes over guns, immigration, taxes and climate change in a State of the Union address that showcased a newly re-elected president determined to mark his legacy, facing off against a deeply divided Congress with Republicans eager to rein him in. At the center of it all was a fight […]

Democrats offer their own gun control proposal

Democrats offer their own gun control proposal

House Democrats will unveil 15 proposals for curbing gun violence that resemble President Barack Obama’s plan and will include a call for banning assault weapons, people familiar with the package said Wednesday. The Democrats’ recommendations will also include barring high-capacity magazines carrying more than 10 rounds of ammunition, requiring background checks for all gun sales […]

Congress sends Obama ‘must do’ bill to raise debt ceiling

Congress sends Obama ‘must do’ bill to raise debt ceiling

Congress passed must-do legislation Thursday to permit the government to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet its obligations, averting a first-ever government default that had loomed as early as mid-February. The 64-34 vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate sent the measure to President Barack Obama, who has said he will sign it. The […]

House members close to deal on immigration reform

House members close to deal on immigration reform

A group of a half-dozen House members, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, is nearing completion of wide-ranging immigration legislation similar to proposals by Senate negotiators and President Barack Obama, including a pathway to legal immigration status for 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S. The group intends to unveil the legislation soon, perhaps […]

Republicans willing to use spending cuts as leverage

Republicans willing to use spending cuts as leverage

Driven by frustration over deficits and debt, Republican conservatives are pushing a politically risky move to permit painfully large automatic spending cuts to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs alike in an effort to force Democrats into making concessions on the budget. It’s a remarkable turnabout from last year, when GOP leaders were among the […]

GOP goal: Stalemate with Dems, no collaboration

GOP goal: Stalemate with Dems, no collaboration

Is Washington’s backroom dealing dead? House Speaker John Boehner says he no longer wants to negotiate deficit reduction with President Barack Obama. The president says he won’t negotiate raising the government’s borrowing authority. Rank and file lawmakers say they’re tired of being left out of the loop and insist on the regular legislative process. If […]

Obama set to sign Superstorm Sandy aid bill

Obama set to sign Superstorm Sandy aid bill

President Barack Obama said he’ll sign a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims as soon as it lands on his desk. Three months after Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Obama chided lawmakers for taking their time to approve the funding even as he commended them for providing the […]

No budget, no pay: An incredible idea whose time has come?

No budget, no pay: An incredible idea whose time has come?

In an earlier era, a move like the one engineered by House GOP leaders to pass a “no budget, no pay” measure probably would have been stopped in its tracks. But with Congress’ approval ratings in the gutter, House lawmakers pushed aside questions about fairness and constitutionality and tacked the idea on to an unpopular, […]

Debt limit vote vote set for House; Obama expected to sign

Debt limit vote vote set for House; Obama expected to sign

A measure to extend the U.S. debt limit for nearly four months moved closer on Tuesday to a vote and the White House said the president would sign the bill if it cleared Congress, easing uncertainty that could have threatened the U.S. economy. The debt limit “suspension,” which would allow the government to borrow money […]