January 4, 2011 House GOP members want to show they're serious about cutting government spending by starting small. The $35 million or five percent of the House budget they intend to cut is tiny relative to the $3.55 trillion federal budget. But it's easy pickings.
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.
December 16, 2010 Under either the Democrats' or Republican estate-tax proposals, the tax would be largely irrelevant. The National Journal reports it would disappear for more than 99 percent of families.
December 15, 2010 With House passage of a stand-alone bill to end the military ban on gays serving openly, it's now on the Senate to act. Repeal supporters think they have the 60 votes to pass the measure — if it is brought to the floor after the spending bill.
December 2, 2010 House Democrats passed a symbolic middle-class tax cut extension which will likely be DOA in the Senate. Senate Republicans have insisted that Congress pass an extension that includes the wealthiest taxpayers, too.
November 20, 2010 Former Republican congressman Sherwood Boehlert urged GOP lawmakers to accept climate-change science. How is it that so many GOP lawmakers think they are smarter than scientists? he asked.
November 2, 2010 So far, 34 Democratic incumbents have been defeated. On the list are some long-term Democratic incumbents like committee chairs Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania and John Spratt of South Carolina.
November 1, 2010 The question now is how many seats will Republicans gain over the 39 they need for the majority. Gallup suggests it could be more than 60, which would make it a bigger upset than the 1994 Clinton era mid-term election.
October 28, 2010 If the GOP soon takes control of the House, they seem in no mood to negotiate. Both House GOP leader REp. John Boehner and Rep. Mike Pence have said they won't compromise on their agenda items, including repealing Obamacare.
October 6, 2010 The NRA has backed 14 of 20 Democrats in tough House races, choosing to back pro-gun incumbents over challengers when the current officeholders views align with the advocacy group's.
October 6, 2010 A new survey of 12 congressional districts found GOP challengers leading in 11 of the contests. But the races were much tighter than many experts expected at this stage, with many of the small Republican leads within the margin of error.
October 4, 2010 Roll Call picks the ten most endangered House members who are mostly Democrats in strong GOP areas. The one exception is Rep. Joe Cao, the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress whose win was something of a fluke.
September 20, 2010 A GOP landslide is possible if Ohio's Democratic leaning 13th Congressional District is any guide.
September 6, 2010 Make your forecast: Will Republicans take control of the House and Senate? Or just one chamber? Or will Democrats hold on to their majorities in both? The fall campaign kicks off in earnest today. Put your pundit hat on and do some prognosticating.