John Boehner

Romney denounces proposal to use Obama’s former pastor as campaign attack

Romney denounces proposal to use Obama’s former pastor as campaign attack

Mitt Romney swiftly and firmly distanced himself Thursday from a group exploring plans to target President Barack Obama’s relationship with a controversial former pastor. But the revival of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as a campaign issue momentarily placed race at the center of the presidential contest and showcased the independent groups playing a new role […]

House vote sets up a cybersecurity showdown

House vote sets up a cybersecurity showdown

The House’s solid bipartisan vote for a cybersecurity bill sends a message to the Senate: Now it’s your turn to act. Ignoring a White House veto threat, the House approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would encourage companies and the federal government to share information collected on the Internet to help prevent […]

Democrats politicize death of Florida teen

Democrats politicize death of Florida teen

Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday blasted police handling of a racially charged case in which a neighborhood watch volunteer shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Florida, accusing local law enforcement officials of botching the investigation. The lawmakers, speaking at a congressional forum attended by the parents of the slain teenager, called for the immediate arrest […]

Boehner to Rep. Sullivan: ‘Keep your damn mouth shut!’

Boehner to Rep. Sullivan: ‘Keep your damn mouth shut!’

Speaker of the House John Boehner called Oklahoma Congressman John Sullivan on the carpet last week after the often mouthy representative suggested shooting some U.S. senators if they didn’t vote right on budget bills. A source close to Boehner told Capitol Hill Blue Saturday that the Speaker “took Sullivan to the woodshed” in a sharply-worded […]

Congress passes two-month tax deal; Obama signs it into law

Congress passes two-month tax deal; Obama signs it into law

In the end, the long-debated, often-delayed, more often gridlocked budget deal came down to a couple of voice votes in the near-empty chambers of the House and Senate, approving a $33 billion spending measure that keeps the payroll tax rate at 4.2 percent through the end of February. But the debate is far from over. […]

Boehner, Republicans cave in on tax deal

Boehner, Republicans cave in on tax deal

House Speaker John Boehner admitted Thursday that listening to the tea party-backed members of his party was not one of his smartest decisions and backed down from stonewalling the Senate deal that allowed a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut and continued unemployment benefits. Boehner said his decision to block the tax deal “may […]

Congress gives Americans a tax hike for Christmas

Congress gives Americans a tax hike for Christmas

Congress heads home for Christmas but the holiday gift it left for Americans is an almost-certain tax hike for the new year. As predicted by the tea party-controlled Speaker, House Republicans defeated a two-month extension of reduced payroll taxes on Social Security and extension of unemployment benefits. Then House member started packing for the trip […]