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July 29, 2015

Then There Were Two: Massie Joins Meadows, Wants to Fire Boehner

A second Republican has signed on to the effort to fire Speaker John A. Boehner.

Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky announced Wednesday via Twitter that he’ll co-sponsor the resolution by Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina to vacate the chair.

Massie’s opposition to Boehner isn’t new. He previously voted against Boehner for speaker.

Boehner, R-Ohio, earlier dismissed the resolution and the rebels in his conference as a few members “off the reservation” and said the resolution wasn’t worthy of a vote.

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By Steven Dennis Posted at 7:04 p.m.
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April 16, 2015

All the Budget Conference’s a Stage

Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee, talks with reporters after a news conference with members of the committee in the Capitol Visitor Center to introduce the FY2016 budget resolution and discuss ways to balance the budget, March 17, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After wrangling a Republican budget through the House, House Budget Committee Chairman Price now has to find common ground with Republicans — and maybe a few Democrats — in the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

How do Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate conference a partisan budget that is little more than a messaging document? They don’t — at least, not really.

No one truly expects both sides to come to a consensus agreement on the budget. No one even really expects Democrats to play much of a role in the budget conference. It could be, as one Democratic aide with knowledge of the situation predicted, one public meeting “just for show, just to check that box.”

But there are plenty of House and Senate differences on the budget that will need to be worked out between Republicans and, well, Republicans. Full story

March 20, 2015

Boehner, House Delegation to Meet Netanyahu in Israel (Updated)

Boehner, left, will take a House delegation to Israel to meet with Netanyahu, center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner, left, will take a House delegation to Israel to meet with Netanyahu, center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:53 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner will lead a House delegation to Israel later this month to meet with newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith confirmed Friday morning that Boehner, who invited Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress on March 3, would make the trip. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 11:53 a.m.
Uncategorized

March 3, 2015

Boehner to Allow Clean Homeland Security Vote (Updated)

John boeher dhs funding bill vote immigration reform amnesty

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:04 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner told his restive flock Tuesday he would allow a vote on a clean Homeland Security spending bill later in the day, citing concerns about terrorism and pinning blame on the Senate for failing to pass limits on President Barack Obama’s immigration actions.

In a humbling moment for the Ohio Republican, he told his members the Senate’s DHS bill would be brought up for a roll call vote after it arrives in the House later Tuesday, according to a source in the room. That effectively leaves it up to the courts to rein in Obama — or not.

“I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president,” Boehner said. “I believe this decision — considering where we are — is the right one for this team, and the right one for this country. The good news is that the president’s executive action has been stopped, for now. This matter will continue to be litigated in the courts, where we have our best chance of winning this fight.” Full story

January 27, 2015

An Off-Ramp in Immigration Showdown

Boehner wants to file an immigration lawsuit, something that could help the GOP out of  sticky spot on a border funding bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner wants to file an immigration lawsuit, something that could help the GOP out of sticky spot on a border funding bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican leaders may have found the eventual off-ramp in their showdown with the White House over immigration.

Speaker John A. Boehner floated one tried and true idea to his restive conference Tuesday — suing.

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December 13, 2014

John Dingell Fractures Hip

John Dingell and Debbie Dingell last month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

John Dingell and Debbie Dingell last month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Dean of the House, retiring Rep. John Dingell, fractured his hip and will not be able to travel for weeks, according to his wife Debbie.

The Michigan Democrat and longest-serving congressman of all time was admitted to George Washington University Hospital Friday for observation.

Debbie Dingell, who will succeed her husband in January, posted on Facebook thanks for prayers for her husband and said it had been “a rough 24 hours.” Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 3:11 p.m.
Democrats

November 13, 2014

Boehner Will Fight ‘Tooth and Nail’ Against Obama’s Executive Amnesty, Doesn’t Rule Out Shutdown (Updated) (Video)

Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans will fight "tooth and nail" against President Barack Obama's plans to act on immigration by himself, and didn't rule out a government shutdown.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 5:58 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans will fight “tooth and nail” against President Barack Obama’s plans to act on immigration by himself, and didn’t rule out a government shutdown.

“We’re going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path,” the Ohio Republican said at a press conference introducing the new GOP leadership team. “This is the wrong way to govern. This is exactly what the American people said on Election Day they didn’t want. And so, all the options are on the table.”

Boehner is facing pressure from conservatives to pre-emptively defund any amnesty, but that could lead to a shutdown fight.

“We’re going to have conversations with our members and when we have a decision, we’ll let you know. … Our goal here is to stop the president from violating his oath of office and violating the Constitution. It’s not to shut down the government.”

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November 10, 2014

Boehner Kills Internet Sales Tax Bill (Updated)

Norquist and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., were among those at a press conference opposing the Marketplace Fairness Act in June. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Norquist and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., were among those at a press conference opposing the Marketplace Fairness Act in June. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 5:55 p.m. | Tax-free Internet shopping is safe for now thanks to Speaker John A. Boehner.

A bill granting states the ability to force out-of-state websites to collect Internet sales tax is dead, according to the Ohio Republican’s spokesman.

“The speaker has made clear in the past he has significant concerns about the bill, and it won’t move forward this year,” said spokesman Kevin Smith. “The Judiciary Committee continues to examine the measure and the broader issue. In the meantime, the House and Senate should work together to extend the moratorium on internet taxation without further delay.” Full story

October 22, 2014

Report: Don Young Talks Bull Sex, Suicide at Alaska High School

Young's remarks on suicide caused a stir in Alaska. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Young’s remarks on suicide caused a stir in Alaska. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Don Young reportedly stunned a crowd at Wasilla High School in Alaska by blaming suicide in part on a lack of support from family and friends and talking about sex between bulls to describe his opposition to same-sex marriage.

The 81-year-old Republican, who is seeking re-election, stunned people in the audience Tuesday who were grieving after a student committed suicide at the school days earlier, by blaming friends and family along with alcohol and depression, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

Wasilla Principal Amy Spargo ripped the congressman’s remarks as hurtful and untrue.

“When I heard ‘a lack of support from family’ and I heard ‘a lack of support from friends,’ I felt the oxygen go out of the room, but I gasped as well,” Spargo said. “It just isn’t true in these situations. It’s just such a hurtful thing to say.” Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 9:40 a.m.
Members

October 1, 2014

Boehner Slams ‘Incompetence’ at Secret Service, Wants Review

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly on camera press conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner joined a growing chorus of lawmakers demanding answers on screw ups at the Secret Service. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner slammed the Secret Service Wednesday for “a culture of complacency and incompetence,” backed an independent review and implied new leadership might be needed.

The Ohio Republican backed House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul’s proposal for a blue ribbon commission to review the agency:

“Given the Secret Service’s proud history and the duties it is charged with, we are right to expect nothing but candor and clarity from its leaders, particularly at a time when Americans are as aware as ever that we live in a dangerous world,” Boehner said in his statement. “Unfortunately, the Secret Service director’s appearance before Chairman Issa’s Oversight & Government Reform Committee has created more questions than answers.  Already, we have learned of a prior security breach in Atlanta that she failed to mention. The more we discover, the clearer it becomes that the Secret Service is beset by a culture of complacency and incompetence.”

Boehner said President Barack Obama needs to make a decision soon about the agency’s leadership.

“As such, the president must make a swift determination on whether the agency is being well-served by its current leadership.  Moreover, I fully support Chairman McCaul’s plan for a top-to-bottom, independent review of the agency.  The courageous men and women of the Secret Service who put their lives in harm’s way every day deserve the best possible leadership and a culture worthy of their sacrifices.”

Earlier Wednesday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had similar comments, also backing an independent review.

 

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September 28, 2014

Boehner ‘Absolutely’ Confident GOP Would Back Immigration Overhaul (Updated)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:15 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner says it’s still time to do an immigration overhaul, and believes “absolutely” he can convince the GOP to do it.

“I said the day after the 2012 election it was time to do immigration reform. I meant it then and I mean it today,” the Ohio Republican said on ABC News’  “This Week.” Full story

August 27, 2014

Guilty Plea: Iowa State Senator Paid for Ron Paul Switch

Bachmann was the front-runner in Iowa in summer 2011. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bachmann was Iowa’s presidential front-runner in summer 2011. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A former Iowa state senator pleaded guilty to concealing payments he received from former Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign to switch his support from Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Kent Sorenson, 42, of Milo, Iowa, entered the guilty plea for one count of causing a federal campaign committee to falsely report its expenditures and one count of obstruction of justice.

According to a Department of Justice release, Sorenson admitted he had supported one campaign for the 2012 presidential election, but from October to December 2011, “he met and secretly negotiated with a second political campaign to switch his support to that second campaign in exchange for concealed payments that amounted to $73,000.”

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Former Fattah Aide Pleads Guilty in Campaign Fraud (Updated)

Former Chaka Fattah Aide Pleads Guilty

A longtime aide for Fattah, above, has pleaded guilty to fraud charges. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:27 p.m. | A longtime former aide and political consultant for Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., has pleaded guilty to a number of federal charges in campaign finance fraud schemes.

Gregory Naylor, 66, pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple counts for his “participation in two campaign finance-related schemes initiated by a long-time friend and former employer” identified as “Elected Official A.”

But court documents posted online by Joel Mathis of PhillyMag.com describe in detail Naylor’s work on a failed 2007 Philadelphia mayoral campaign — when he was working on Fattah’s failed bid. Documents also describe a $500,000 contribution to a higher education conference named for an elected official that was then diverted to to pay off part of an illegal $1 million loan to the elected official’s failed mayoral campaign from an unnamed benefactor.

Fattah has annually held the “Fattah Conference on Higher Education” and a press release from the time touts a $500,000 contribution from Sallie Mae to the conference.

According to the Department of Justice release, Naylor helped conceal the theft of federal grants and private charitable funds to repay an illegal campaign debt from a 2007 campaign. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 1:21 p.m.
Uncategorized

August 5, 2014

Boehner: Time for Obama to Reassess Afghanistan Withdrawal Strategy

Afghanistan News: Boehner wants Obama to reassess his Afghanistan withdrawal strategy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner wants Obama to reassess his Afghanistan withdrawal strategy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner says it’s time for President Barack Obama to reassess his strategy for withdrawing from Afghanistan after an attack left a general dead.

“What happened today is not only a personal tragedy, but a setback that demands leaders in Washington and Kabul take time to assess the state of our shared campaign and the necessary steps forward,” the Ohio Republican said. “The Taliban’s recent campaign of high-profile attacks is calculated to accompany a global PR strategy highlighting the fact that U.S. and coalition forces will soon be leaving Afghanistan and abandoning its weak and ineffective government. The Taliban wants everyone to know it will soon dominate all aspects of life in Afghanistan once again.

“I have told the President privately and publicly that my biggest concern is that America will end its mission in Afghanistan just short of the goal line. After my visit there in May, I warned that if we did not demonstrate a determination to finish the job, we would be looking at a reversal of progress similar to what we have seen in Iraq. The national security interests of our country are too high, and too much sacrifice has been made to watch that happen. So let me reiterate: if the President decides to re-think his strategy, including withdrawals, deadlines, and policy restraints, particularly on certain associated terrorist networks, he will have my support.” Full story

August 2, 2014

Michele Bachmann: ‘Handcuff’ the ‘Lawless President’s Hands’ (Video)

Michele Bachmann said she wants Congress to handcuff president obama's lawless hands (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Bachmann speaks with the media Friday about border and immigration legislation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Tea party firebrand Michele Bachmann suggested late Friday on the House floor that Congress should put handcuffs on the “lawless president’s hands” — a remark that brought a rebuke from the chair and appears to violate House rules.

The Minnesota Republican made the figurative remark while speaking on the floor during debate on legislation ending the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program granting deportation relief and work permits to some children brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The legislation also would prohibit President Barack Obama from expanding the program to other illegal immigrants as the president reportedly is considering whether to expand the program to as many as 5 million people.

Bachmann said House passage of the bill would “put a handcuff on one of the president’s hands” and said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., should bring the Senate back and pass the bill.

“He needs to put the other handcuff on this lawless president’s hands,” she said as she grabbed one of her wrists.

The chair admonished Bachmann immediately after she was finished speaking: “The chair wishes to remind members to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president.” Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 1:20 p.m.
Immigration
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