April 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- On this year's 50th anniversary of a deadly church bombing that helped spur passage of landmark civil rights legislation, the House voted Wednesday to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to four black girls killed in the explosion at a Birmingham, Ala., church. Once the Senate and President Obama give their expected approval, the nation's highest civilian honor would be awarded to Denise McNair, 11, and Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins and Carole Robertson, all 14. They were killed by Ku Klux Klan members who set off dynamite in the Sept.
March 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - All but ensuring there will be no federal shutdown, the Senate on Wednesday approved a measure to keep the government running - but not before tweaking the automatic budget cuts that threaten some of the lawmakers' favorite programs. Meat plant inspectors and tuition assistance for military service members were among the programs spared from reductions. The bill, which passed on a 73-26 vote, returns to the House for final approval as soon as Thursday. The legislation is needed to avert a shutdown when a stopgap funding measure expires March 27, a prospect both parties want to avoid.
February 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders failed to rally support for their version of the Violence Against Women Act, so they decided to bring two versions of the legislation to a vote Thursday: the House bill and a Senate-passed measure favored by President Obama. Earlier Wednesday, when Republicans tried to substitute their own bill for the Senate's, some of their most conservative members balked over the costs and what they called federal overreach in the legislation. Moderates preferred the expanded protections of the Senate bill.
February 12, 2013
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has been acclaimed not just by critics but by historians as well for its acute and realistic portrayal of the 16th president as he maneuvered to pass the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. But the filmmakers got at least one detail wrong: They depicted two Connecticut delegates to the House of Representatives voting against the amendment when, in fact, all four of Connecticut's House members voted for it in 1865. Now, one of the state's current representatives, Joe Courtney, a Democrat, has written to Spielberg asking if the movie could be corrected before it's released on DVD. In a statement, screenwriter Tony Kushner admitted that he deliberately strayed from fact when he put "nay" votes in the mouths of the two Connecticut congressmen - but only to emphasize the dramatic closeness of the vote.
January 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Northeast lawmakers, including a Republican, blasted the House GOP leadership Wednesday for delaying action on a multibillion-dollar Superstorm Sandy measure they say is critical to the recovery of their states. President Obama called on the House to take an immediate vote on the aid, saying in a statement that "our citizens are still trying to put their lives back together. Our states are still trying to rebuild vital infrastructure. " The House GOP leadership offered no explanation for putting off a vote on the recovery bill.
January 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate voted overwhelmingly early Tuesday to approve legislation to halt a tax increase for all but the wealthiest Americans while postponing for two months deep spending cuts. The vote came just hours after the accord was reached between the White House and congressional leaders. After a rare holiday session that lasted through the New Year's Eve celebration and two hours into New Year's Day, senators voted 89-8 to approve the proposal. Three Democrats and five Republicans dissented, most prominently Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
December 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Details of the emerging “fiscal cliff” deal ricocheted through the Capitol on Monday, appearing to please almost no one from either political party, as President Obama urged negotiators toward a conclusion. A House vote appears unlikely on Monday, even if a deal is finished. The contours of the agreement between Vice President Joe Biden and the Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, put into sharp focus the compromises that need to be stomached if a deal was to be struck.
December 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Dimming the prospects for further cooperation on the budget crisis, Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner on Friday tried to shift responsibility to the Democrats if the country goes over the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the month. "We only run the House. The Democrats continue to run Washington," Boehner told a Capitol news conference the morning after fellow Republicans refused to go along with his plan for averting the looming budget crisis. The setback on the House floor dealt the GOP leader a severe blow and threw the future of the budget deliberations into chaos.
December 20, 2012 |
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.
December 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - As President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner took turns blaming each other for the sudden lull in the budget talks, the action continued off-camera Wednesday as the Ohio Republican focused on building support from his conservative majority to increase tax rates on the wealthy. Boehner faces a potentially insurmountable challenge: Even though Republican leaders are all but resigned that the top tax rates will have to rise in the new year, the party's rank-and-file House members are not. That the speaker is even attempting to get his troops comfortable with putting their names on a tax increase is a major turnabout from a few weeks ago. Boehner hopes to have a House vote Thursday on legislation that would raise taxes on households earning more than $1 million a year and extend lower rates for all other taxpayers.