July 19, 2011 The Founders knew the U.S. House would sometimes be unruly, confused and contradictory, like the very citizens the lawmakers represented. So, one way to look at what's going on with House Republicans right now in the debt-ceiling crisis is that they're living up to the expectations the revolutionary generation had for Congress, at least the People's House.
July 14, 2011 If a deal to boost the U.S. debt ceiling is reached between President Obama and congressional GOP leaders, more than likely it will require as many House Democrats' votes as possible to pass since any pact Obama would agree to is probably incapable of drawing much if any support from the House's Tea Party Republicans.So even they're in the minority, what the House's progressives think matters.
June 1, 2011 Even 54 percent of conservatives polled said they were against the GOP Medicare plan. Needless to say, this is a very difficult survey to spin something positive out of if you're a House Republicans.
June 1, 2011 It was a foregone conclusion that Wednesday's White House meeting between President Obama and House Republicans would result in no forward progress in addressing the nation's fiscal issues. Presidents don't negotiate with hundreds of lawmakers from the other party.
May 11, 2011 House Republicans are accusing Democrats of playing rank politics with Medicare which, Republicans freely admit, they have done, too, especially in the run-up to last year's mid-term election. But that was then, is their message now.
April 1, 2011 Some critics of Congress might say that every day is April Fools Day in Washington. House Republicans and Democrats seemed intent on proving that Friday during a debate over a GOP bill that a top Republican suggested, wrongly, could become law with only the House passing it.
February 11, 2011 Tea Party House freshmen have exerted their power, forcing their leaders to keep a campaign pledge. House leaders appeared ready to compromise on a campaign pledge to cut $100 billion in spending with $74 billion in cuts.
February 10, 2011 House leaders have hit severe turbulence as some of their fellow Republicans refuse to go along with legislative initiatives being pushed by Speaker Boehner and his leadership team. Meanwhile, Democrats have little to no incentive to help the GOP leaders.
January 3, 2011 As Republicans take over the House, no end to partisanship was in sight as anti-Obama action loomed. A vote to repeal the health-care overhaul law and probes of the Obama Administration all appeared in the offing.
December 23, 2010 New House rules should increase transparency and efficiency, the House's new GOP leaders say. Lawmakers will be forced to vote specifically to raise the debt limit, for example, and will need to offer constitutional justification for legislation.
November 23, 2010 Among the advice, freshman House Republicans were told to read and reread the Constitution. One veteran lawmaker also advised that in order to avoid an ambush by the media, they use the tunnels under the Capitol complex when they cast floor votes.
September 22, 2010 House Republicans gave an early look at their new "Pledge to America," the sequel to 1994's contract. They promised to cut taxes and spending if returned to power. Some of the language in the pledge was clearly drawn from the Tea Party movement.
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