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November 18, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
The House of Representatives voted down a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution on Friday, failing to revive a long-held and perpetually elusive goal for the GOP. The vote came 16 years after an amendment failed to pass Congress by just one vote in the Senate, but the intervening years have put the amendment even farther out of reach. In a 261-165 vote, the measure fell well short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass. The White House has said it opposes the amendment.
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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.
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NATIONAL
June 6, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The partisan divide over immigration was exposed Thursday as House Republicans voted to stop funding the Obama administration program that has halted deportation of young immigrants who are in high school or college or have served in the military. The party-line vote in the Republican-led House comes as a bipartisan immigration overhaul is moving forward in the Senate. A vote to proceed to debate on the bill is set for next week. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)
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February 13, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Democrats will seek to force a House vote on raising the federal minimum wage, party leaders said Thursday, but even getting the proposal to a vote will be an uphill fight. As the minority party in the House, Democrats cannot set the agenda for when bills are brought to the floor. So they will use a procedural tool known as a discharge petition to bring up their proposal to raise the minimum hourly pay to $10.10. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles), who announced the move at a three-day policy retreat for House Democrats, said the party decided to push the issue after President Obama signed an executive order this week setting a new minimum wage for workers employed by federal contractors.
NATIONAL
September 20, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives has voted 40 times to repeal or curtail the Affordable Care Act since Republicans took control of the chamber in 2011 - and each time the Democratic Senate has swatted away their bills. In using the threat of a government shutdown as leverage, House Republicans will vote Friday on legislation they view as their single best opportunity to block the president's signature legislative accomplishment just as it is about to take hold. Much of the federal government will cease operation at month's end unless Congress passes new legislation, referred to as a continuing resolution, to keep the lights on. The House will vote to do just that - extend the existing funding levels for another 75 days - but with a catch: The legislation includes an amendment to prohibit funding to implement the new healthcare law. The "defund Obamacare" effort has been championed by conservative Republican lawmakers and independent groups such as the Heritage Foundation and Club for Growth.
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November 16, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
The House gave gun rights advocates their first legislative win of the year in a move that some saw as a Republican reversal on protecting states' rights: approval of a federal regulation that would require states that issue concealed-weapons permits to honor such permits from other states. The GOP-led chamber approved the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, intended to allow gun owners to travel more easily from state to state without worrying about whether their concealed carry permit was valid.
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December 20, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
The House rejected a Senate-brokered compromise to extend a tax cut for working Americans and sent the measure to a conference committee for negotiations. The House's procedural vote fell short of actually voting down the Senate bill, which extends President Obama's payroll tax cut, and other measures, for two months. House Republicans chose the procedural path because many are uneasy with going on record as voting against the compromise package, a move that could leave them looking responsible if no other deal is reached before the tax break expires Dec. 31. But it is unclear whether Tuesday's vote will make any progress toward a deal.
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March 17, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Washington Bureau
Congressional Republicans on Thursday held fast to support for the Afghanistan war, heavily opposing a troop withdrawal in a vote that tested whether conservative new members would adhere to the party leaders on a significant question of U.S. policy. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), who put forward the resolution, framed it in fiscal terms, predicting that if troops were not pulled out immediately, the war would last until 2020 and cost an additional $1 trillion. "Are we ready to give up our entire domestic agenda so that we can continue on the path of a war to prop up a corrupt regime?"
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May 10, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — In a potential threat to the long-stalled new downtown Los Angeles federal courthouse, the Republican-controlled House voted Wednesday night to prevent the Justice Department from spending money to staff the building. The prohibition, attached to a funding bill, is certain to face resistance in the Senate, where California's Democratic senators have made a new courthouse at 1st and Broadway a priority. Still, the vote signaled Central Valley Republican Rep. Jeff Denham's determination to scuttle a $400-million project he considers unnecessary.
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December 20, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Michael A. Memoli and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner abruptly called off a vote on his “Plan B” tax proposal late Thursday, a stunning political defeat after GOP leaders failed to round up support for his alternative to a broader budget deal with President Obama. Boehner's bill, which would have prevented a year-end tax increase for all but those earning more than $1 million a year, “did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement before he quickly left the Capitol.
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December 12, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, an Orange County conservative, and Maxine Waters, a Los Angeles liberal, on the same side of an issue? The Ripley's Believe It or Not moment came Thursday in a House vote to pass a budget deal designed to prevent another government shutdown. The vote scrambled the usual alliances within California's congressional delegation, with nine of the state's 53 House members - seven Democrats and two Republicans - voting against the agreement. Democrats who voted no were upset that the budget deal did not extend federal unemployment benefits for an estimated 214,800 Californians whose benefits expire after Christmas.
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December 3, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - After 21 days without eating, three protesters who want House Republicans to pass an immigration overhaul bill ended their fast Tuesday by sharing a loaf of bread and a cup of organic apple juice at the steps of the Capitol, but other protesters immediately began fasting in their place. The three, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, 67, said that they drank only water over the last three weeks and that each lost more than 20 pounds. Dae Joong Yoon, a Korean American community leader from Los Angeles, was hospitalized briefly Sunday for low levels of sodium but kept fasting until Tuesday.
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December 3, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- After 21 days without eating, three protesters hoping to press House Republicans to pass an immigration overhaul bill ended their fast Tuesday with a loaf of bread and a bottle of organic apple juice at the steps of the Capitol. The fasters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, 67, drank only water over the last three weeks and each  lost more than 20 pounds. Dae Joong Yoon, a Korean American community leader from Los Angeles who has been fasting with Medina, was hospitalized briefly Sunday because of low levels of sodium in his body.
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November 15, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - President Obama's botched rollout of his healthcare law has driven a wedge between the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill as more than three dozen House Democrats voted Friday to pass a Republican-backed change to the law that the administration warned would only make matters worse. Unhappy with Obama's inability to resolve the website enrollment problems and increasingly worried about the 2014 election, a small but steady number of Democratic lawmakers are distancing themselves from a president they once enthusiastically supported on the healthcare issue.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2013 | By Monique Garcia and Ray Long
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois General Assembly narrowly approved a gay marriage bill Tuesday, clearing the way for President Obama's home state to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions. The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than the minimum needed to send the measure back to the Senate, which quickly signed off on a measure it had already approved in a slightly different form. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will sign the bill. Robyne O'Mara and Lynne Burnett, partners of 33 years and supporters of same-sex marriage, were at the Capitol to watch the House vote.
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November 5, 2013 | By Monique Garcia and Ray Long, Chicago Tribune
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The General Assembly narrowly approved a gay marriage bill Tuesday, clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions. The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than the minimum needed to send it back to the Senate, which had passed an earlier version and quickly signed off on this one.  Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will sign the bill. The House vote followed more than 2 1/2 hours of debate. Supporters said it's time for Illinois to make marriage equal for all. Opponents raised concerns about protecting the institution of marriage and the religious beliefs of those who say marriage should be between a man and woman.
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November 19, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
Legislation that would have extended unemployment benefits for an additional three months failed to earn the required supermajority in the House of Representatives on Thursday. The final vote was 258-154, ordinarily sufficient to pass legislation. But Democrats brought the measure to the floor using a legislative tactic that required approval from two-thirds of the House. Currently, benefits are set to expire on Nov. 30 for an estimated 4 million Americans. The measure would have allowed those unemployed individuals to continue receiving benefits until Feb. 28, 2011.
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October 16, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders, seeking to speed a budget agreement to President Obama's desk, may adopt an unusual procedure in which the House will vote first on a compromise written in the Senate, officials said Wednesday. Having the House take up the budget deal crafted by the top two Senate leaders would limit the ability of tea party-backed senators to slow the bill down when it returned to their chamber. By allowing the House to move first, the parliamentary maneuver also could ease the psychic pain for House Republicans, who will be asked to swallow a deal that they had no hand in crafting and that many oppose.
NATIONAL
October 16, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro, Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Congress gave final approval late Wednesday to a budget compromise, ending a 16-day government shutdown and averting the possibility of a default on the nation's bills, as a bitter partisan stalemate concluded with Republicans conceding defeat. "We fought the good fight," House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a Cincinnati radio interview hours before the final vote. "We just didn't win. " President Obama quickly signed the measure. Republicans had sought the confrontation in hopes that a shutdown and the threat of default would give them leverage to extract concessions from Obama on his signature healthcare law. In the end, the compromise negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
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