September 14, 2011 |
President Obama travels to North Carolina on Wednesday dogged by poor economic news, threats of resistance on the Hill, sagging poll numbers and Democratic losses in a pair of special House elections. If September, and more specifically the president's jobs speech, was intended to be the start of a new phase of Obama's presidency, there is precious little indication as of yet that anything at all has changed. FOR THE RECORD: Obama tour: An earlier version of this online article misstated the White House's assertions regarding any intended connection between President Obama's tour promoting his jobs package and his reelection campaign.
November 16, 2006 |
Though incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promises to push through ethical reforms in Congress, both of the Democrats vying to be her second-in-command have long histories of earmarking, close relationships with corporate interests, and using their positions to raise millions of dollars in campaign contributions. Pelosi's choice for the job, Rep. John P.
October 10, 2001 |
Filling a key leadership post, House Democrats today will choose a new party whip in a contest between a pragmatic Capitol Hill veteran from Maryland and a Californian seeking to become the first woman in congressional history to hold such a high partisan office. On one level, the race between Reps. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) is an insider's game. The chief job of the minority whip, the No.
December 14, 2010 |
After the Senate overwhelmingly voted to advance the tax-cuts package, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer acknowledged Tuesday the urgency in passing the legislation to avoid a tax hike on Jan. 1. The bill could clear the Senate late Tuesday or early Wednesday, pressuring reluctant House Democrats to act on the deal the White House struck with the GOP. The $858-billion package extends tax cuts from the George W. Bush administration for two years...
July 20, 2010 |
Every politician worthy of the name knows that the easiest policy changes to put over are those that don't kick in until well into the future. The idea, of course, is that by the time their dire ramifications become evident, they'll be someone else's problem. That must be why it has become so fashionable in Washington to propose raising the Social Security retirement age. This nostrum is an element of the "Roadmap for America's Future" promoted by GOP Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin (who calls it, with Orwellian duplicity, "modernizing" the retirement age)
December 8, 2007 |
House Democratic leaders will complete work as soon as Monday on a $500-billion spending package that will include billions of dollars for the war effort in Iraq without the timelines for the withdrawal of combat forces that Presi- dent Bush has refused to ac- cept, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said Friday.