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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