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May 16, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - House Republicans voted for the 37 th time Thursday evening to repeal all or part of President Obama's healthcare law, underscoring once again the deep partisan divide over the landmark 2010 legislation. The bill to roll back the entire Affordable Care Act passed 229 to 195, with just two  Democrats crossing the aisle to join the GOP. No Republicans voted against the legislation, which is assured of going nowhere in the Senate. “Republicans will continue to work to scrap the law in its entirety so we can focus on patient-centered reforms that lower cost and protect jobs, because jobs is what this is all about,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
April 22, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama, on his way to a weeklong trip to Asia, is headed to Washington state Tuesday to survey damage from the landslide and meet with survivors, first responders and local officials one month after the tragedy. More than 40 people died in the disaster, which claimed more than two dozen homes on the outskirts of Oso, a small town an hour's drive from Seattle. The medical examiner's office is still working to identify victims of the devastation. The visit will be Obama's only domestic stop on his way to Asia, where he plans to talk about trade opportunities with foreign leaders and discuss the U.S. role in regional security.
September 27, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The legislation the Senate passed Friday to prevent a government shutdown landed with a thud in the House, where the Republican majority has no clear strategy for ending the standoff threatening to close shutter the government at midnight Monday. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) left the Capitol after a mid-morning meeting with his leadership team without publicly revealing a strategy. Boehner plans to assemble rank-and-file Republicans at noon Saturday to discuss the alternatives.
April 18, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - From Solyndra to Benghazi to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Ed Siskel has been the bespectacled, behind-the-scenes lawyer with the forensic assignment - figure out exactly what went wrong so the White House can fix it, explain it and make sure it does not happen again. After three years in the Office of White House Counsel, one as its deputy, the Chicago-area native has left the job of damage prevention and control to others, and moved on to private practice with a firm in the nation's capital.
May 10, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans approved a sweeping package of budget cuts to food stamps, Meals on Wheels and other domestic programs -- while sparing the Pentagon -- in an election-year showcase of party priorities. Democrats overwhelmingly opposed the legislation, which is expected to stall in the Senate, but House Speaker John A. Boehner's decision to call a vote gives the GOP an opportunity to highlight its agenda and attack President Obama's efforts to reduce the deficit. The bill was approved on party lines, 218-199.
May 24, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
House Republicans announced Tuesday that they would hold a vote, possibly as soon as next week, to raise the nation's debt limit without any spending reductions – a maneuver designed to show there is no political support in Congress for expanding the nation's $14.3 trillion borrowing capacity without substantial deficit reforms. Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the Republican chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, put forward legislation that would allow the debt limit to be raised by $2.4 trillion – the amount necessary to continue paying the nation's obligations through the end of 2012.
January 1, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - House Republicans, facing a political dilemma without good options, prepared Tuesday to vote on a Senate-passed bill to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff even as conservatives within the party denounced the measure because of its tax increases. At an early evening meeting of the Republican caucus - the second such session of the day - House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio outlined two options to his colleagues, according to lawmakers who were present. One was to take up the Senate bill and amend it by adding a package of spending cuts.
November 14, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- President Obama used his post-election news conference to pressure House Republicans to extend expiring tax rates for middle-class Americans - avoiding massive tax hikes in the New Year that he said could put a damper on the holiday shopping season. Halting class tax hikes for 98% of Americans would ease the threat of the coming "fiscal cliff" - the year-end confluence of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that Washington is now desperately trying to stop. “We could get that done by next week,” Obama said.
July 27, 2012 | By Jon Healey
In addition to being a bastion of pro-business conservatism, the Wall Street Journal's editorial board occasionally acts as an unofficial GOP campaign advisor, suggesting how Republicans should wage their political battles to win the White House and both chambers of Congress. I know, there are plenty of you who believe The Times' editorial board does the same for Democrats on a daily basis, so I'm not being critical of the Journal. I'm just saying. Anyway, on Friday the Journal's editorial writers did something unusual: They urged House Republicans to stop trying to make deeper cuts in federal spending than Congress had already agreed to make.
September 27, 2013
By utilizing the dual threats of a government shutdown and a default on the debts owed by the United States, House Republicans have moved far beyond traditional political horsetrading and into the realm of government by extortion. Rush Limbaugh and the partisan crew at Fox News, of course, echo GOP talking points that say any shutdown or default will be President Obama's fault because he failed to bargain with Republicans. But that is akin to saying a warehouse owner is at fault for the fire that destroyed his warehouse because he refused the ransom demands of the arsonist who set the fire.  In a normal political negotiation, one party grants something the other side wants in order to get something they want.
April 16, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts expedite cases of incarcerated immigrants. Several thousand immigrants could be released from jails across the country if judges are allowed to hear their cases and grant bond, advocates say. The proposal is one of several being floated as the White House scrambles to ease the concerns of Latino groups and other traditional allies that have turned on President Obama in recent weeks.
April 11, 2014
Re "The GOP's 2016 handicap," Opinion, April 9 and "Jeb Bush calls immigration an 'act of love,'" April 8 Illegal immigration is an "act of love," says Jeb Bush. My foot it is. Bush should tell that to those who obeyed the law to come to the United States, and to those around the world waiting to enter legally. They waited (or are waiting) patiently for years, even decades, to get their green cards, adhering to the much-maligned and supposedly "broken" immigration system.
April 10, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON -- A House committee voted Thursday in favor of holding Lois Lerner, a former Internal Revenue Service official, in contempt of Congress for her refusal to testify before the panel. Lerner, the former head of the IRS's tax-exempt branch, twice appeared in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and declined to respond to questions, citing her 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. The panel is investigating the IRS's alleged targeting of conservative groups.
April 10, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- With little drama Thursday, House Republicans easily approved a largely symbolic budget proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), closing out a floor debate over spending priorities and opening a new front on the midterm campaign trail. As expected, no Democrats voted for the blueprint from Ryan. The former Republican vice presidential nominee's plan returns to ideas that have come to define the GOP, including ending federal deficits by cutting taxes on the rich, revamping Medicare and slashing almost every other aspect of government.
April 7, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - As soon as the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a measure Monday to extend unemployment aid to jobless Americans, a beleaguered group of House Republicans from states with high unemployment rates called on Speaker John A. Boehner to follow suit. But the Republican lawmakers are fighting an uphill battle against their leaders, and Boehner has shown little interest in passing an unemployment insurance extension, panning the Senate bill as unworkable. With Congress about to leave town on a two-week recess, no further action is expected to assist the more than 2.2 million Americans who had their long-term benefits cut after aid expired in December.
April 1, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will revive Rep. Paul Ryan's lightning-rod proposals to slash the federal safety net, beef up military spending and reduce taxes for the wealthy in a budget unveiled Tuesday -- an election-year calling card that Democrats are poised to use against the GOP. The blueprint from Ryan, the party's former vice presidential nominee, is expected to be met with stiff opposition not only from Democrats, but also from hard-line...
August 22, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - House Republicans have summoned the leaders of 13 federal agencies to a hearing next month to examine their plans to implement a sweeping climate change agenda that President Obama outlined in a June speech. Organized by the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, the Sept. 18 hearing seeks information "from relevant federal agencies about U.S. climate change policies and the administration's second-term climate agenda, and to obtain fuller information regarding the federal government's past, current and planned domestic and international activities, climate research programs, initiatives, and new regulatory requirements,” said subcommittee Chairman Edward Whitfield (R-Ky.)
April 1, 2014 | By David Lauter and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - The Affordable Care Act has passed its first big test, but the law's distribution of winners and losers all but guarantees the achievement will not quiet its political opposition. White House officials, who had a near-death experience with the law's rollout six months ago, were nearly giddy Tuesday as they celebrated an open-enrollment season that ended on a high note. Despite the early problems with the federal website, "7.1 million Americans have now signed up," President Obama declared in a Rose Garden speech to members of Congress, his staff and supporters in which he notably returned to referring to the law as "Obamacare.
March 27, 2014 | By Amina Khan
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity recently passed its 10th anniversary exploring the Red Planet and embarked on what scientists called a brand new mission , but the trusty little rover's funding has been thrust onto uncertain terrain. In the $17.5-billion 2015 budget proposal, NASA's core budget includes funding for several long-standing missions. But two were excluded from the lineup: Opportunity, the surviving half of the Mars Exploration Rover mission, as well as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched in 2009.
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