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  • House GOP prepares response to border crisis

    07/16/2014 12:47:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2014 6:46 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    House Republicans announced Tuesday they will recommend dispatching the National Guard to South Texas and speeding Central American youths back home as their response to the immigration crisis that’s engulfing the border and testing Washington’s ability to respond. The recommendations, to come from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner, will set up a clash with leading Democrats who oppose changing U.S. law to eliminate automatic immigration hearings for Central American kids and return them more quickly to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where some areas are overrun by brutal gangs. With Democrats and the White House under...
  • Dems Trounce House GOP In Grass-Roots Donations

    07/12/2014 9:31:25 AM PDT · by Hostage · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 11, 2014 | Mike Flynn
    The DCCC, the campaign arm for Rep. Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats, has raised $22 million more than the House GOP for the fall elections. That result is surprising enough, as Democrats' minority status gives them little political leverage in the House. More surprising, though, is that Democrats have raised almost three times as much money, $46 million v. $17 million, as Republicans from small-dollar grass roots donors. The political landscape and recent polling would suggest the opposite situation.
  • GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws

    05/29/2014 11:57:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2014 2:04 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    The GOP-controlled House voted early Friday in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department’s budget. The amendment by conservative GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California—the first state to legalize medical marijuana—came as almost half the states have legalized marijuana for medical uses, such as improving the appetites of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. …
  • Republicans block bill to renew expired tax breaks

    05/15/2014 11:40:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2014 5:41 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Senate Republicans blocked a bill Thursday that would renew more than 50 expired tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals. The bill has widespread bipartisan support, but Republicans were unhappy because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wouldn’t agree to vote on GOP amendments. A similar dispute derailed an energy bill earlier this week. […] Republican amendments included making some of the tax cuts permanent while adding others, including the repeal of a medical device tax that helps fund President Barack Obama’s health care law. …
  • House GOP tax plan runs into Senate GOP resistance

    02/25/2014 1:11:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 25, 2014 3:52 PM EST | Stephen Ohlemacher
    House Republicans haven’t even officially unveiled their massive plan to overhaul the tax code and the top Republican in the Senate is already pronouncing it dead. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday he sees no hope for enacting tax overhaul legislation this year. He blamed Democrats for trying to use the issue to raise revenue by $1 trillion. McConnell said the object of overhauling the tax code should be making the nation more competitive, not raising more money for the government. McConnell’s remarks came a day before the Republican chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee,...
  • HOUSE GOP LEADERSHIP PACS SNUB CONSERVATIVES (Shocker /s)

    10/21/2013 10:02:00 AM PDT · by onyx · 56 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 21 Oct 2013, 6:31 AM PDT | by KERRY PICKET
    Many conservatives on Capitol Hill find themselves left out in the cold by the current leadership when it comes to receiving campaign donations from leadership PACs. CBS’ 60 Minutes aired an investigative report on Sunday by Steve Kroft who interviewed Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer which revealed how politicians on the hill abuse their leadership PACs by spending lavishly on themselves. However, when it comes to applying PAC money for its original proposed use of campaign contributions, some members can be downright stingy with their PAC donations.The Center for Responsive Politics reported in...
  • The House GOP Voted 11 Times To Reopen The Government

    10/15/2013 9:31:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 15, 2013 - 2:09 pm | Matt Vespa
    As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the Republicans DID compromise to avoid a shutdown. They were going to keep the government open, but asked that Obamacare be delayed. Yes, even Planned Parenthood would get their annual funding from the government. Senate Democrats under Harry Reid said no. … Given how the president’s approval rating has sunk to historic lows, this shutdown gives Obama a way to re-energize his stalled legislative agenda. He wasted the most precious moments of his second term on a gun control push that was never going to pass, and he was stuck in neutral until the...
  • Obama Rejects Key Part of Latest House GOP Proposal

    10/11/2013 5:28:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 11 Oct 2013 07:27 PM | Todd Beamon
    President Barack Obama on Friday rejected a critical part of the House Republicans’ latest proposal to extend the federal debt ceiling, which linked a short-term increase to further negotiations on the budget, White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “It is our view that we cannot have a situation where the debt ceiling is extended as part of a budget negotiation process for only six weeks, which would put us right back in the same position that we’re in now,” Carney told reporters in a briefing at the White House. “A proposal that puts a debt-ceiling increase at only six weeks,...
  • Could The GOP Actually Be About To Beat Obama?

    09/23/2013 3:14:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    I have to admit that the Congressional GOP’s Obamacare defunding strategy has me a little nervous – mostly because it just might work. When the GOP does something clever, I start looking for the other three horsemen of the apocalypse. Designing a strategy starts with understanding the ends you seek. Sure, the memo has gone out about the GOP’s “civil war” and how the GOP is “crazy,” but it seems that the party has a realistic end state in mind. It’s not to stop Obamacare today, or even next year, but in 2017 when we can actually drive a stake...
  • House Republicans Advocate Path, Not Pathway, To Citizenship

    09/02/2013 7:00:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Zorro Noticias Latino ^ | Septiembre 01, 2013
    A central question Congress is wrestling with over the current proposed immigration legislation is whether the 11 million immigrants already in the United States illegally should get a path to citizenship. And surprisingly, the answer from a small but growing number of House Republicans is “yes,” just as long as it’s not the “special” path advocated by Democrats and passed by the Senate. … Many House Republicans say people who illegally crossed the border or overstayed their visas should not be rewarded with a special, tailor-made solution that awards them a prize of American citizenship, especially when millions are waiting...
  • House GOP plans anti-Washington push in August

    08/05/2013 6:09:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 5, 2013 3:48 AM EDT | Charles Babington
    House Republicans will take a carefully orchestrated, staunchly anti-Washington campaign to voters this month, blaming President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats for Americans’ unhappiness with government. “Every day I serve in Congress, I work to fight Washington,” says a suggested op-ed in a richly detailed “planning kit” distributed to all 234 House Republicans ahead of the August recess. Running against Washington is an old strategy. Ronald Reagan summarized it only minutes after being sworn in as president in January 1981. “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem,” he told the country. “Government is the...
  • House GOP, Democrats clash over immigration

    07/23/2013 1:46:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2013 4:09 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn’t enough.The dismissive reaction to the GOP proposal to offer eventual citizenship to some immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children underscored the difficulties of finding any compromise in the Republican-led House on the politically explosive issue of immigration. That left prospects cloudy for one of President Barack Obama’s top second-term priorities. Congress is preparing to break for a month-long summer recess at the end of next week...
  • House GOP to slash environmental, arts funding (o noes)

    07/22/2013 1:26:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2013 4:22 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    House Republicans Monday proposed slashing cuts to environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts as they unveiled the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration. The $24 billion spending measure would gut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency with a one-third cut and cuts the National Endowments for the Arts by almost half. Overall, the measure funding the Interior Department, EPA, national parks and federal firefighting efforts is cut by 19 percent below funding approved in March. It takes a more modest approach to the national parks with...
  • Mark Levin 'convinced' GOP leadership 'has a Republican death wish'

    03/13/2013 6:28:13 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 13, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    On his Tuesday radio show, conservative talk show host Mark Levin said House majority whip Kevin McCarthy, who this weekend claimed Congress could soon pass a comprehensive immigration bill, has a political death wish. “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m convinced the Republican leadership — particularly in the House — has a Republican death wish,” Levin said. “When you put these Mickey Mouse types in charge of the Republican Party in the House, what do you get, Mr. Producer? You get mice turds. And that’s what we have here: mice turds from the likes of [Rep.] Kevin McCarthy.” McCarthy had told CNN...
  • Speaker Boehner: House Has Now Passed More Than 20 Bipartisan Jobs Bills

    11/03/2011 5:02:17 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Speaker Boehner: House Has Now Passed More Than 20 Bipartisan Jobs Bills WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 3) House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) applauded the House for passing two more bipartisan jobs bills tonight: the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act (H.R. 2940), introduced by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act (H.R. 2930), introduced by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC). Boehner released the following statement: “The House has now passed more than 20 bipartisan jobs bills so far this year. The bills approved tonight will make it easier for small businesses and start-ups to access the...
  • House G.O.P. Tightens Its Bond With Netanyahu

    09/21/2011 11:59:28 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Sep 2011 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    WASHINGTON — When the Obama administration wanted to be certain that Congress would not block $50 million in new aid to the Palestinian Authority last month, it turned to a singularly influential lobbyist: Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. At the request of the American Embassy and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Netanyahu urged dozens of members of Congress visiting Israel last month not to object to the aid, according to Congressional and diplomatic officials. Mr. Netanyahu’s intervention with Congress underscored an extraordinary intersection of American diplomacy and domestic politics, the result of an ever-tightening relationship between the Israeli...
  • Conservative revolt casts doubt on House GOP plan

    07/26/2011 10:30:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/26/11 | Jim Kuhnhenn and Andrew Taylor - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative Republicans on Tuesday balked at House leaders' pleas to stop whining and back their plan to slash spending and increase the nation's borrowing ability, throwing into doubt the GOP's proposal to rescue the nation from an unprecedented government default. ... Flanked by conservative colleagues, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told reporters he could not back the Boehner proposal and said it doesn't have the votes to pass. In a two-step plan, Boehner is pressing for a vote on Wednesday and a second vote Thursday on a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution. "We think there are real problems...
  • Libya Vote Highlights House GOP Shift on Use of Military

    06/06/2011 3:21:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 6, 2011 | Kyle Adams
    With the passage of Friday's resolution rebuking President Obama over the military mission in Libya, House Republicans took an official step toward making future use of military force more directly tied to U.S. national security interests. A bipartisan majority (268-154) in the House passed Speaker John Boehner's resolution, which calls on the president to more fully explain the purpose and costs of the campaign and justify his decision to bypass Congress and commit troops to the NATO mission within 14 days. The resolution states that Obama "has failed to provide Congress with a compelling rationale based upon United States national...
  • Republicans' hard line since winning House could backfire (MSM Spin Alert)

    11/12/2010 1:54:40 AM PST · by goldstategop · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/12/2010 | Mark Z. Barabak
    No bargaining, no deals, no compromise — that's the hard-line stance that Republicans have staked in the days since seizing control of the House. Their prescription for the sluggish economy — lower taxes, huge spending cuts, less regulation, and repeal of the sweeping healthcare law just taking effect — excites the party's conservative base. But a long and ugly fight with President Obama and Senate Democrats, starting with next week's lame-duck session, could end up alienating the large number of Americans more interested in jobs than ideological battles. The midterm vote was "an expression of anger and impatience," said James...
  • House GOP adopts earmark moratorium

    03/11/2010 3:05:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 342+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | March 11, 2010 | Andrew Taylor
    In an election-year appeal to voters frustrated with Washington, House Republicans promised Thursday not to stuff any of this year's spending bills with pet projects for their districts. The promise comes a day after House Democrats banned earmarks to for-profit companies, ending a practice that in many cases created a cozy "pay-to-play" culture involving lawmakers and businesses whose Washington lobbyists often use campaign donations to help assure access. Earmarks send taxpayer dollars to projects in lawmakers' districts outside the competitive process required for other federal spending...
  • President Obama Takes Questions from House GOP Members - Complete Video 1/29/10

    01/29/2010 12:58:44 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 17 replies · 1,027+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 29, 2010 | Brian
    Here is complete video of the Q & A session President Obama had with members of the House GOP Conference today meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Obama took questions form GOP members after delivering opening remarks that lasted about 19 minutes. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Guitar Man (Thaddeus McCotter, R-MI)

    12/20/2009 11:47:19 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 521+ views
    American Spectator ^ | December 2009 (print) | W. James Antle, III
    ... Thad McCotter is chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, a leadership position from which he will play a role in shaping the GOP congressional agenda. [...] [...] Shortly after Barack Obama took office, Gutfeld asked McCotter the familiar question about whether the GOP was in "disarray." His reply was typical McCotter, with carefully wielded pop culture references sending his co-panelists into guffaws as he dutifully pressed his party's case. "Well, when we were growing up we used to look at the Flock of Seagulls' hair and we'd say that looks in disarray, but there was a whole lot...
  • Health-Care Bill May Not Get Single GOP Vote in the House

    10/09/2009 10:07:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 115 replies · 4,961+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-10-10 | Ben Pershing
    The House is inching closer to voting on a comprehensive health-care bill, even as the chamber appears so divided that the measure may not attract a single Republican supporter. The final vote, likely in late October, is impossible to predict, but lawmakers and aides from both parties said this week that there is a strong chance the GOP will be unanimous in its opposition. Such a result would mark the second time -- the first came on the economic stimulus package in February -- that the entire House minority rejected one of President Obama's top domestic initiatives.
  • Obama’s Speech Prompts Ten Questions from Republicans

    09/11/2009 5:05:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 1,154+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | Sept. 11, 2009 | House Republican Conference
    (CNSNews.com) – House Republicans on Thursday issued ten “common-sense” questions arising from President Barack Obama’s Wednesday-night speech plugging health care reform. The questions – and the words that prompted them – appear here verbatim: President Barack Obama: “Our collective failure to meet this challenge – year after year, decade after decade – has led us to the breaking point.” Common Sense Question: If we are at the “breaking point,” then why doesn’t your government-run insurance plan start until 2013? President Barack Obama: “There are now 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage.” Common Sense Question: On August 20, you...
  • Birthers back Hawaii-Obama resolution (exaggeration -9 Pubbies sign, Dems gloat)

    07/28/2009 1:36:09 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 43 replies · 1,727+ views
    Politico ^ | 7-28-09 | Glenn Thrush
    It's symbolic, but Democrats have scored a victory [of sorts] over nine House Republicans who signed on to the so-called "Birther" bill -- getting them on the record in support of a resolution that explicitly states that President Obama was born in Hawaii. None of the nine -- Reps. Marsha Blackburn [R-Tenn.], Dan Burton [R-Ind.], John Campbell [R-Calif.] John Carter [R-Tex.], John Culberson [R-Tex.], Robert Goodlatte [R-Va.], Kenny Marchant [R-Tex.], Randy Neugebauer [R-Tex.] and Rep. Ted Poe [R-Tex.] -- objected to the unanimous approval of a resolution honoring the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's Statehood last night. The key clause, cleverly...
  • House GOP outlines health care bill

    06/17/2009 9:54:45 AM PDT · by pissant · 11 replies · 568+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/17/09 | staff
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Republicans on Wednesday presented what they called a "sorely needed" alternative to Democrats' proposals to overhaul health care. Republicans want to make sure all Americans have access to affordable coverage, Rep. Eric Cantor, the House minority whip, said Wednesday. "We do so by making sure we keep down costs and incorporate the ability for folks to pool together to access lower costs, to bring private sector into the game and keep government out," Cantor said. Neither Democrats nor Republicans have detailed how they would pay for their proposals. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said his party's plan...
  • Hill Republicans content without another DeLay or Gingrich

    03/16/2009 8:45:59 AM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 35 replies · 914+ views
    It’s been more than a decade since Newt Gingrich commanded the Republican revolution in Congress and nearly five years since Rep. Tom DeLay arm-twisted his way into the GOP history books. The Republican ranks in Congress are much quieter now, and their shrinking minority status is not all that’s to blame. The party these days lacks a galvanizing figure like Gingrich or an enforcer like DeLay in either the House or Senate. And Republicans seem to prefer it that way. “I don’t know if we need to have a person who epitomizes the Republican Party right now,” said Rep. Jack...
  • House GOP, Romney Working In Tandem

    02/15/2009 6:44:16 AM PST · by AKSurprise · 156 replies · 3,499+ views
    National Journal (Congress Daily) ^ | 01/30/09 | Erin McPike
    HOT SPRINGS, Va. – Two Republican comebacks are on parallel trajectories, and the Republicans at the center of both are using each other in what is quickly becoming a symbiotic relationship. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gathered with the House Republican Conference twice in January to share his economic expertise as it relates to the stimulus legislation making its way through Congress. And in both cases, Romney has been complimentary of the House GOP for sticking to its guns, in fact thanking them today at their retreat at the Homestead resort here for voting in full force against the House...
  • Drivebys Buzz About El Rushbo (Guess Who They Blame For Killing Socialist Bailout I Alert)

    10/01/2008 3:31:26 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 543+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 10/01/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: CNN ran a report last night on the Situation Room -- we have a montage of this report -- claiming that I am the one who stopped the bailout and if the president wants this thing, he needs to call me. The correspondent here is Elaine Quijano, and she is speaking to their Republican consultant here in the piece, John Feehery: RUSH ARCHIVE: Screw the market. Okay, I'll take that back, not screw the market, but let me tell you something. When the government fails to pass a socialism bill and the market goes south, let it go south....
  • Politico Misquotes This Show (Rush: I Praised The House Republicans Alert)

    09/30/2008 3:13:12 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 556+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 9/30/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I've gotta check the transcripts of the first half hour of this program today. There's a story that's just been posted by Politico and also at CBS News on their website. The headline to this story is: "House GOP Mocked by Rush." Now, as far as I remember, I said, "God bless the House Republicans," today. "House GOP Mocked by Rush." For those of you in the House GOP -- those of you on The Hill listening, those of you who know people on the Hill -- I did not mock the House GOP today. I got on conservative...
  • God Bless The House Republicans (El Rushbo Advance Transcript Alert)

    09/30/2008 12:37:34 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 805+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 9/30/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I want to dedicate today's Dow Jones Industrial Average, it's at about 269, up at the moment, to the Republicans in the House of Representatives for their boldness yesterday. Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, Rush Limbaugh, the Excellence in Broadcasting Network, and three hours of broadcast excellence, as you have come to know, love, and expect, straight ahead for the next three hours. Telephone number, 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com. I was going to say, I can't believe how wrong everybody's getting this. Then I have to stop and think, yes, I can believe how wrong everybody's getting this, because...
  • Pelosi calls House GOP "unpatriotic"

    09/27/2008 4:10:31 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 187 replies · 4,300+ views
    Fox News | 9/27/08
    Just saw a clip where Pelosi, stated that the House GOP is being unpatriotic, basically for the House GOP for standing up for American taxpayers.
  • Why Don't The Democrats Just Push Through This Bill Themselves? (Rush On Dem Talking Points Alert)

    09/26/2008 4:11:23 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 946+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 9/26/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here are a couple sound bites from John Boehner and Roy Blunt, the Republican leaders, at a little press conference when they came out of a meeting of their conference. Boehner first. BOEHNER: I don't know what games were being played at the White House yesterday. They gang up on Boehner. But if they thought they were rolling me, they were kidding themselves. RUSH: I know exactly what happened, and so does he. He's respecting the request not to talk about it but he was the focus of this. Look, Boehner shows up along with the Democrats -- Barney...
  • Democrats Focused On Politics; House GOP Fights For Principle (Rush: Its About Conservatism, Alert)

    09/26/2008 3:59:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 485+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 9/26/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: All righty, so Barack Obama, "call me if you need me," went to the gym this morning, took a quick shower, got in his airplane, headed for Mississippi, told the reporters he's been in constant contact, he'll stay in contact, he'll be available if he's needed. McCain, about a half an hour ago, said, (paraphrasing) "Okay I'm going to go down to Oxford, I'm going to do the debate, and I'll come back here to Washington, DC, to continue to work on this over the weekend." Greetings, my friends, Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network, it's Friday. JOHNNY DONOVAN: Live...
  • House GOP Targets Obama

    04/28/2008 3:52:07 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 10 replies · 75+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 29th, 2008 | Reid Wilson
    In the first two advertisements of their kind, Republicans seeking an advantage in a Mississippi special election are invoking Barack Obama in arguing that a Democratic Congressional candidate is too liberal for his district. That flies in the face of what has been conventional wisdom for months among national Democratic strategists who have not publicly taken sides in the presidential contest; many privately express more hope in Obama's potential coattails than in rival Hillary Clinton's. But while Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have made appearances in Republican advertisements before, the GOP is now taking on Obama, reflecting both...
  • Hastert Departure Coincides With Unsettled Future for House Republicans

    09/09/2007 9:42:28 PM PDT · by Baladas · 12 replies · 303+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | September 09, 2007 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — Dennis Hastert's walk off the political stage may be a footnote in history but it also marks the end of a career that is notable for its leadership as the longest-Republican House speakership ever during a tumultuous era in Washington horse-trading. Nearly lost in the buzz of recent scandal and resignation, Hastert's expected departure is the culmination of a bad year for House Republicans, who lost the majority in the 2006 midterm elections and whose prospects remain unclear following the unexpected death of Ohio Rep. Paul Gillmor this week and retirement decisions by an array of former party...
  • BREAKING: 114-23, House GOP Rejects Senate Amnesty Bill

    06/26/2007 4:04:57 PM PDT · by notes2005 · 80 replies · 3,517+ views
    RedState ^ | 6/26/2007 | Erick
    In a just concluded House GOP Conference voted 114 to 23 to reject the Senate's Amnesty Bill. Pelosi has now signaled that the House will start fresh on the Amnesty Bill and will not just embrace the Senate version. It looks like, in fact, the House will . . . dare we say it . . . have committee hearings on the bill.
  • House GOP shut out despite promises

    01/27/2007 9:56:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 74 replies · 1,177+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/27/07 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON - It was 2004 and Democrats were into their 10th year as the minority party in the House when they proposed a bill of rights to ensure their participation in the democratic process. The GOP ignored them. Now Republicans, newly demoted to the minority, say they are the ones suffering abuse despite repeated Democratic promises that theirs would be a more open, democratic and inclusive rule. "It seems," said Republican leader John Boehner (news, bio, voting record), R-Ohio, "over the last three weeks that the more we reach out and offer our hand of bipartisanship, (the more) it is...
  • Hugh Hewitt: The High Water Mark for the 2006 Democrats Was A Week Ago

    10/11/2006 2:29:25 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 37 replies · 2,816+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 11, 2006 | Hugh Hewitt
    It took 48 hours of loose nukes in the control of bad hair kooks to get the electorate refocused on the stakes in November's elections.  But even before North Korea reminded the electorate of the wonders of Clinton-Albright era diplomacy, even as "The Path to 9/11" and The Looming Tower had done, the Foley effect had begun to dissipate as the reality of the choice before the country broke through even the MSM's fascination with the destruction of the Republicans because of the notorious IMs.Now Santorum in Pennsylvania, DeWine in Ohio, and Corker in Tennessee have showed strong momentum to match...
  • House GOP crafting new border security bill

    09/07/2006 4:04:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 800+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/7/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - House Republicans are crafting new bills to crack down on illegal immigrants, nailing the coffin shut for now on broader legislation that would give many illegal immigrants legal status. If the bills are approved, Republicans can go into midterm elections Nov. 7 saying they took action on illegal immigration. At the same time, they can appease conservatives who oppose giving illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship, which some have called amnesty. "Our borders are a sieve and we are at war and we certainly need to act like we are at war. We need to close our borders,"...
  • Dem allies zero in on House GOP

    07/20/2006 4:06:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,090+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 20, 2006 | Alexander Bolton
    As many as 24 Democratic-allied outside interest groups have launched attacks or waged other political activity in 82 congressional districts represented by House Republicans, according to data compiled the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). The breadth of this mobilization against House Republican candidates appears to surpass by far any similar effort being waged against Democratic House candidates or Senate candidates. The data show how much Democrats are benefiting from the work of outside allies and how energized labor, environmental and liberal advocacy groups are about the prospect of taking back the House. The research also reveals why many House Republicans...
  • Battle Looms In Congress Over Military Tribunals (House GOP & White House v. Senate)

    07/12/2006 11:29:57 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 14 replies · 920+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 13, 2006 | Jonathan Weisman
    House Republicans signaled a coming clash with the Senate over the future of military tribunals yesterday when Armed Service Committee members indicated they were inclined to give the Bush administration largely what it wants in the conduct of terrorism trials. The tone at the first House hearing since the Supreme Court tossed out President Bush's tribunals last month was markedly different from Tuesday's Senate hearing, where lawmakers from both parties said they wanted to make significant changes to the White House's plans. "This could be easy," said Rep. Candice S. Miller (R-Mich.), who proudly announced she has neither a law...
  • House GOP leaders say vote on minimum wage now likely

    07/04/2006 1:34:30 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 49 replies · 994+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 4, 2006 | Rick Klein
    WASHINGTON -- With Democrats plotting to make the minimum wage a major issue in this fall's congressional races, House Republican leaders are conceding that they may have to yield to pressure for an increase to the federal standard, which has been frozen for nearly a decade. Faced with elections that could cost them control of Congress, John A. Boehner, the House majority leader, acknowledged Thursday that Republican leaders are likely to reverse course and hold a vote on a proposed minimum wage increase. Though Boehner said it was a ``cynical ploy" for Democrats to make it a campaign centerpiece, polls...
  • House GOP to focus on abortion, guns - The "American Values Agenda"

    06/27/2006 7:38:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 1,082+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/27/06 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON - House Republicans intend to hold votes this summer and fall touching on abortion, guns, religion and other priority issues for social conservatives, part of an attempt to improve the party's prospects in the midterm elections. The "American Values Agenda" also includes a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage — which already has failed in the Senate — a prohibition on human cloning and possibly votes on several popular tax cuts. "Radical courts have attempted to gut our religious freedom and redefine the value system on which America was built. We hope to restore some of those basic...
  • A Fake Democracy? (Why House Incumbents Just Don't Lose)

    05/09/2006 3:28:34 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 37 replies · 941+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | May 9, 2006 | Dan Gilgoff
    MONROEVILLE, PA.--With the war in Iraq, $3-a-gallon gas, and Jack Abramoff dogging Washington Republicans, it might seem a good bet for an ambitious Democrat like Chad Kluko to give up a six-figure salary and campaign for a seat in the House of Representatives. After all, he was a top executive at Verizon Wireless, started his own technology company, and makes a convincing case for bringing the lessons he's learned from business to bear on government. But Kluko was hardly the Democratic Party's first choice to run in Pennsylvania's 18th District, which fans out east and west from southern Pittsburgh. He...
  • Congressional Ballot: Dems 46% GOP 36% (Rasmussen)

    05/01/2006 1:42:14 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 33 replies · 1,459+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 1, 2006
    May 1, 2006--Democrats enjoy a 10-point advantage on the Generic Congressional Ballot early in the 2006 campaign season. A Rasmussen Reports national opinion survey of 1,000 Likely Voters found that 46% would vote for the Democrat in their district if the election were held today. Just 36% would vote for the Republican (see crosstabs).The survey also asked about a hypothetical match-up between candidates with opposing views on the immigration debate--"One candidate favors building a barrier along the Mexican border and forcing illegal aliens to leave the United States. The other candidate favors expanding the ways that foreign workers can legally...
  • We're Restoring Integrity (John Boehner Op-Ed)

    04/24/2006 10:04:41 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 401+ views
    USA Today | April 25, 2006 | Majority Leader John Boehner
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  • Jay Cost: Debunking the Washington Post's Morin (WaPo's Pollster)

    04/18/2006 4:45:16 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 673+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 18, 2006 | Jay Cost
    Richard Morin, The Washington Post's polling director, had an interesting piece in yesterday's edition. Morin argues that, in states Bush carried in 2004, his job approval numbers have slid so much that we can no longer really think of many of them as "red".Writes Morin, "States that were once reliably red are turning pink. Some are no longer red but a sort of powder blue. In fact, a solid majority of residents in states that President Bush carried in 2004 now disapprove of the job he is doing as president. Views of the GOP have also soured in those Republican...
  • Barone: Will Democrats Win Control of the House in November?

    04/17/2006 3:44:17 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 127 replies · 2,416+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | April 17, 2006 | Michael Barone
    Will Democrats win control of the House in November? It's a question lots of people have been asking in Washington and around the country these days. It seems possible, certainly. Democrats only have to make a net gain of 15 seats to win a majority. But it's also true that, with the single and large exception of 1994, neither party has made a net gain of more than 10 House seats over the last 20 years.I think there are two plausible hypotheses about how House elections work. If Hypothesis One applies, Democrats have a good chance at gaining a majority....
  • Fred Barnes: Without DeLay (House Republicans are in search of a vision)

    04/08/2006 2:41:25 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 461+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 17, 2006 | Fred Barnes
    AS HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER, Tom DeLay had a crisp and clear style. He coupled an agenda with an unwillingness to compromise and an iron resolve to produce narrow victories based entirely on Republican votes. At the moment, his successor, John Boehner, is working on a mission statement--an official vision--for House Republicans. The comparison is not meant to belittle Boehner, but to point out where Republicans now find themselves.Times have changed. DeLay is gone and Republicans, both at the White House and in Congress, are struggling just to figure out what their agenda is. So far, they're sure of only two...