October 18, 2013 Having successfully stared down congressional Republicans in the shutdown-debt ceiling fight, President Obama and his Democratic Party face almost no risk by turning to immigration. And it's the perfect vehicle for the president to cause congressional Republicans major indigestion.
October 8, 2013 The latest House Republican plan is to propose a supercommittee to work out a deal that would reopen government and raise the debt ceiling.
October 2, 2013 The shutdown and debt-ceiling fights appear to be merging... the hardline conservatives driving the House GOP leadership believe they are winning... It's Colorado Springs, not the Washington, DC area, with the largest percentage of its workforce receiving federal paychecks.
February 15, 2012 There'll still be plenty of disagreements. Compromise seems next to impossible on Democratic proposals to raise taxes on the wealthy, for instance. But the congressional Republican leaders are clearly becoming more selective on where they draw the line.
September 22, 2011 Less than a day after the House voted down a spending bill that would keep the government open past the end of the month, Speaker John Boehner vowed Thursday that Congress would avert a government shutdown. But it was clear he wasn't exactly sure how.
July 20, 2011 In a story some version of which could probably have been written all the way back to the earliest Congresses, the New York Times notes that lawmakers of Congress who rail against federal spending in general tend to like it in their districts in particular.
May 27, 2011 House Republicans have gotten mired in a debate about their proposal to privatize Medicare. So they took steps to make sure voters don't think the majority party in the House is neglecting the job issue.
March 14, 2011 As the federal government approaches another shutdown, there's disagreement among House GOP freshman on whether they should hold out for all their spending cuts or compromise with Democrats.
March 4, 2011 Speaker Boehner said President Obama focused on social issues instead of jobs, as voters wanted. That charge led a gay rights group, Human Rights Campaign, to accuse Boehner of hypocrisy for doing what he accused the president of.
February 24, 2011 Senate Democrats are developing a package of budget cuts for the current 2011 fiscal year. It's an acknowledgement that the current political climate requires cuts and the need to have a counteroffer to the House GOP's deep package of cuts.
February 23, 2011 The House GOP's two-week offer counters Majority Leader Harry Reid's proposal for a four-week bill. Congressional Republicans are readying a two-week spending bill with $4 billion in cuts from current spending levels. Reid has said he's willing to discuss a four-week bill with no 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.
February 3, 2011 Proposed House GOP spending cuts raised tensions and puts a clash with Senate Democrats closer. House Republicans want to cut $58 billion in non-security, discretionary spending for the rest of the year. Sen. Harry Reid called such cuts "draconian."