John Boehner

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 […]

Boehner says ‘nada’ to tax cut deal

Boehner says ‘nada’ to tax cut deal

Speaker John Boehner, facing a rebellion from Republicans over the two-month payroll tax cut  compromise, appeared ready Sunday to sink the deal when the measure reaches the House Monday. The Senate passed the deal with 89 votes Saturday but Boehner told “Meet the Press” Sunday that he isn’t happy with it and wants a yearlong […]

Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Congressional Republicans — supposedly representing the party of less, leaner government — are stuffing the latest spending deal with right-wing leaning “policy riders” and earmarks to gain conservative support going into the 2012 elections. The volume of these riders stuns even the most jaded Congressional cynics as Republican lawmakers stack the bill with legislative initiatives […]

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street activists brought their cause to Capitol Hill Tuesday, invading Senate and House offices and prompting the arrest of at least one protestor. Capitol Police arrested a protestor in the office of Tea Party Republican Vicky Martzler (R-MO) on a charge of illegal entry but police reported office sit-ins at other offices, saying […]

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Republicans pushing to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul warn that 650,000 jobs will be lost if the law is allowed to stand. But the widely cited estimate by House GOP leaders is shaky. It’s the latest creative use of statistics in the health care debate, which has seen plenty of examples from both […]

Memo from Tea Party: We’re watching and taking down names

Memo from Tea Party: We’re watching and taking down names

Welcome to Washington, tea partiers. Now that they’re freshmen in a GOP-run House, the political movement’s candidates are running smack into the traditions, partisan divisions and powerful competing interests that make it so hard to redirect the government. Some tea party activists — part of a loose-knit, libertarian-tinged network advocating small government and less federal […]