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October 1, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans emerged with a new strategy to reopen the most popular parts of government that have been shut down by the standoff in Congress, starting with votes Tuesday to fund veterans services and possibly the national parks. The proposal from House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team picks up on the idea that had been floated in recent days by tea party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has led the GOP's strategy in the congressional standoff that resulted in the first shutdown of the federal government since the Clinton administration.
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March 2, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
The freshman class may have ridden the 'tea-party' wave into office, but they're pretty skittish about jumping into the pool. Only 10 members of the 87 Republican freshmen in the House signed on to the tea-party caucus before the group's first meeting on Monday. The paltry turnout resembled the scant participation on the Senate side. When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called the first meeting in January, only four senators signed on to join. Conservative firebrand Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2013 | By David Horsey
Most Republican members of Congress claim to believe in Jesus Christ, but their votes against the food stamp program suggest they do not share their lord and savior's love for the poor. In September, House Republicans sent a bill to the Senate that would cut $40 billion from funding for the food stamp program over the next decade. The tea party caucus, a group that is quite evangelical about its economic theories and its religion, justified the spending reduction in terms that echoed Ayn Rand more than the Gospels.
NEWS
October 1, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The latest proposal from House Republicans to reopen only certain parts of government failed Tuesday night as Democrats insisted they would not pick winners and losers among federal services, and the White House threatened a veto. The latest Republican plan was to keep open national parks, veterans services and the District of Columbia, an approach modeled on recommendations by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has led the GOP's strategy in the standoff that resulted in the first shutdown of the federal government in 17 years.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner delivered an uncharacteristically forceful response to conservative groups lining up against the budget compromise announced Tuesday , accusing them of “using” people to advance their own goals rather than the GOP's. Speaking with reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday, the Ohio Republican mocked the powerful conservative forces that he said were staking out opposition to the deal even before its full details were public. “They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals,” Boehner charged.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Backers of the new farm bill, approved by the House today and destined for consideration by the Senate next week, are patting themselves on the back for saving billions by eliminating a huge wasteful farm subsidy program.  Don't believe the hype. The conservative American Enterprise Institute says the measure could cost taxpayers $15 billion more per year than do existing crop programs, much of it going to the wealthiest farmers and the crop insurance industry. The AEI calls the farm bill a "bait and switch" scheme and the product of "beggar thy neighbor cronyism.
NATIONAL
September 18, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - House Republicans united Wednesday around a plan to use the threat of a government shutdown as leverage to repeal President Obama's healthcare law, confident the American people are on their side. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) yielded to his right flank by agreeing to attach the healthcare law repeal to a must-pass bill to keep the government funded past Sept. 30. A vote is expected Friday on a bill that would allow the government to stay open for the next few months.
NATIONAL
November 3, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Tom Hamburger and James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Herman Cain dodged reporters, cameras and questions Wednesday as he hustled between meetings on Capitol Hill, staying mum on the sexual harassment allegations that have enveloped his presidential bid and appeared to be snowballing. The Associated Press reported that a third former employee of the National Restaurant Assn., where Cain was once the executive director, was made uncomfortable by Cain's behavior toward her — which she said included an invitation to his corporate apartment — and considered filing a complaint.
NATIONAL
October 1, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - For most of the last two decades, Republicans such as Rep. Patrick Meehan, who represents a politically competitive district near Philadelphia, have been the odd men out in a House caucus dominated by conservatives such as those aligned with the tea party. But with Congress' deadlock resulting in the first government shutdown in more than 17 years, Meehan and like-minded colleagues may be the ones who decide how - and when - the standoff ends. "This whole Congress has been on Cruz control for the last two or three weeks," said Meehan, referring to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
NATIONAL
October 10, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The federal budget standoff moved toward at least a temporary end Thursday as Speaker John A. Boehner announced that House Republicans would agree to extend the government's borrowing authority for six weeks, setting up late-night negotiations between the White House and Congress. In announcing his plan, Boehner (R-Ohio) said Republicans no longer would insist on any policy changes in return for allowing the government to continue borrowing. But he did not agree to reopen federal programs that shut down last week.
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