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March 25, 2015

Obama ‘Ready to Sign’ Bipartisan Doc Fix (Updated)

Updated 11:30 p.m. | President Barack Obama pronounced himself “ready to sign” a bipartisan “doc fix” Wednesday.

“I’ve got my pen ready to sign a good, bipartisan bill,” Obama said at an event that amounted to a victory lap for the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Full story

February 11, 2015

Congress Gets to Dust Off Its War Voting Powers

Sen. Tim Kaine, left, and House Intelligence ranking member Adam B. Schiff want to debate a war authorization. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Tim Kaine, left, and House Intelligence ranking member Adam B. Schiff want to debate a war authorization. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For the first time this decade, Congress is set to have a full-fledged war debate. The White House wants pure kabuki with no practical effect; lawmakers, most of whom have never voted to send men and women into harm’s way, will have to choose whether to go along.

President Barack Obama is intent on doing what he wants either way — as he already has in his undeclared war on the Islamic State terror group for months, with Congress on the sidelines. Full story

December 19, 2014

Obama to Give Jan. 20 State of the Union (Updated)

The State of the Union date might be Jan. 20. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Obama’s 2015 State of the Union date: Jan. 20. He’ll address an all GOP Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:41 a.m. | President Barack Obama is accepting an invitation to deliver the 2015 State of the Union on Jan. 20, according to a White House official.

The date was suggested in a letter sent Friday by Speaker John A. Boehner. The Ohio Republican previously dismissed the idea of not inviting Obama to deliver the address, as had been floated by some critics in the immediate aftermath of Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy.

“Listen, the more the president talks about his ideas, the more unpopular he becomes,” Boehner said at a Dec. 4 news conference. “Why would I want to deprive him of that opportunity?”

Full story

December 15, 2014

New Governing Coalition Emerges

McConnell and Reid teamed up to pass the cromnibus. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McConnell and Reid teamed up to pass the cromnibus. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the wake of the “cromnibus,” a new governing coalition may have emerged in Washington.

For the first time in eight years, it doesn’t necessarily include Nancy Pelosi.

It does include Steny H. Hoyer.

The coalition doesn’t seem to need Sens. Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren or Jeff Sessions.

But it does need the more moderate wing of Democrats personified by Hoyer, the minority whip, who helped pass the compromise forged by Speaker John A. Boehner, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with appropriators Harold Rogers and Barbara A. Mikulski, among others.

Most importantly, the new governing coalition includes President Barack Obama.

The hard right and the hard left ended up out in the cold last week — free to raise their fists and their profiles and make a ruckus, but ultimately powerless to stop the cromnibus.

The deal represents a return — at least for a week — to the fabled establishment Washington dealmaking of yore, warts and all, like it or loathe it. It’s a return that could put the “do nothing” label back on the congressional shelf — with Republicans and the president eyeing deals next year on trade and taxes, in addition to keeping the government open for business after four years of serial shutdown and default dramas. Full story

November 5, 2014

Obama Struggles to Read the Public, Congress

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/File Photo)

Obama signaled little course correction Wednesday in response to Tuesday’s blowout losses for Democrats. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/File Photo)

For any politician, losing the public — and the message they are sending — is a dangerous thing. And in the wake of one of the worst drubbings for his party in memory, due in large part to his own persistent unpopularity, President Barack Obama didn’t seem to have any answers Wednesday.

At a lengthy news conference after another shellacking, the president avoided using any new word to describe his party’s epic defeat and offered up no plans for substantive change either in his policy approach or his personnel.

He offered no new legislative olive branch to Republicans other than his desire to listen to their ideas.

He doubled down on his plans to thumb his nose at Congress and act on immigration on his own.

He offered no mea culpa to angry Democrats on Capitol Hill, who have fumed ever more openly about a White House they see as overly insular, politically tone-deaf and prone to gaffes. Full story

November 4, 2014

McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi and Reid Invited to White House

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The big four congressional leaders have been invited to the White House on Friday afternoon for a post-election meeting, which could set the tone for how President Barack Obama can work with Congress — or not — in his last two years in office.

He’s expected to see a newly ascendant Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who won re-election and is vowing to hold the president accountable.

“It’s time to turn this country around … and I will not let you down!” McConnell told cheering supporters Tuesday night.

It’s not yet clear whether McConnell will be able to lay claim to the majority by then. (Stay tuned.)

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are also expected to attend.

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September 28, 2014

Boehner Would Back Ground War to Destroy ISIS, Willing to Bring Congress Back for AUMF

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:05 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner would back a ground war to destroy ISIS, and would bring Congress back to Washington to vote if President Barack Obama proposed a new Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF).

Boehner, R-Ohio, who last week said an authorization vote should not be held in the lame duck session, said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” that he would back a vote if the president proposed a new AUMF now.

“I’d bring the Congress back,” Boehner said. He said earlier that he thinks Obama has the authority to act on his own against ISIS — also known as ISIL or the Islamic State — “but the point I’m making is this is a proposal that the Congress ought to consider.” Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 10:14 a.m.
ISIS, John Boehner

September 6, 2014

Obama to Meet With Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi

President Barack Obama will meet Tuesday with the top four congressional leaders, with foreign policy on the agenda, according to a senior Senate aide.

The meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., follows the NATO summit and comes as Obama has vowed to marshal an international coalition to “destroy” the terrorist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or ISIL.

McConnell issued a statement Saturday calling on Obama to propose a strategy at the meeting: Full story

August 22, 2014

White House: Obama Had Constitutional Power for Bergdahl Swap (Video)

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS)

The president’s responsibility to act trumps congressional oversight on spending, the White House said Friday.

The White House said Friday that constitutional authorities of the commander in chief trumped possible funding illegality in the transfer of five Taliban members in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

“The president has the constitutional responsibility to protect the lives of Americans abroad, and specifically to protect U.S. service members,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters in Edgartown, Mass., “It’s important for everyone here to understand that the GAO report expressly does not address the lawfulness of the administration’s actions as a matter of constitutional law.”

Full story

July 29, 2014

Boehner: Impeachment Talk a White House ‘Scam’ (Updated)

Updated 1:56 p.m. | An agitated Speaker John A. Boehner charged the White House with concocting impeachment talk for political gain Tuesday.

“We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans. It’s all a scam started by Democrats in the White House,” the Ohio Republican insisted after a GOP conference meeting. Full story

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