114th Congress’ Opening Day: Republicans Take the Reins on Capitol Hill

Rubric: Republicans | 9 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
114th Congress’ Opening Day: Republicans Take the Reins on Capitol Hill

114th Congress’ Opening Day: Republicans Take the Reins on Capitol Hill. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Boehner narrowly won a third term as House of Representatives speaker on Tuesday, surviving a stiff challenge from 25 conservative Republicans as the party took full control of Congress.With the new Congress convening, incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been trying to set a strikingly new GOP tone, indicating that he wants to pass legislation in cooperation with Democrats instead of merely running against them. “I want the American people to be comfortable with the fact that the Republican House and Senate is a responsible, right-of-center, governing majority,” ...

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Earnest Says Republicans Backing Scalise Shows Party Values

Rubric: Republicans | 7 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Earnest Says Republicans Backing Scalise Shows Party Values

Earnest Says Republicans Backing Scalise Shows Party Values. President Barack Obama’s spokesman said Republicans standing behind Representative Stephen Scalise, who gave a speech 12 years ago to a white supremacist group, “says a lot about” the party’s values and priorities. “There’s no arguing that who Republicans decide to elevate into a leadership position says a lot about what the conference’s priorities and values are,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “Mr.“It is is the responsibility of the House Republican conference to choose their leaders,” Earnest told reporters after he was asked about claims that Louisiana Rep. White House press secretary Josh Earnest ...

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House Republicans Should Oust Boehner

Rubric: Republicans | 6 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
House Republicans Should Oust Boehner

Conservative call for Boehner coup grows louder. “I don’t think they’re very serious and frankly they are disappointing in the sense that any of these people that wanted to run, could have run in the conference elections and none of them did,” Rep.Washington (CNN)Conservative momentum to oust John Boehner from House leadership during Tuesday’s election for speaker continued to build through the weekend, with two alternatives emerging and a national conservative group joining the effort. In fact, fiscally conservative and libertarian-leaning members—the ideas wing of the GOP—have faced an increasingly hostile environment under Republican leadership, one in which they’re ...

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Republicans take helm of Congress, but initial course is unclear

Rubric: Republicans | 5 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Republicans take helm of Congress, but initial course is unclear

5 things to know: GOP in charge, Congress to challenge Obama. As Republicans take control Tuesday of both chambers of Congress for the first time in eight years, party leaders hope to move quickly to confront President Obama and showcase their conservative ideology, including austere budget cuts and dismantling government regulation. Senate Republicans on Sunday, just hours from taking control of the chamber, suggested a willingness to work with President Obama on job growth and other key issues but also said he must meet them halfway. “There are a lot of areas where we can work together right out of the gate,” South Dakota GOP Sen.With the new Congress convening on Tuesday, Republican lawmakers ...

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More conservative Republicans say they won’t back Boehner for Speaker

Rubric: Republicans | 5 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
More conservative Republicans say they won’t back Boehner for Speaker

Boehner Faces Speaker Challenge by at Least Two Party Members. John Boehner faces a long-shot challenge to his leadership from at least two U.S. The fledgling rebellion against electing House Speaker John Boehner to a third term in that position gained in membership over the weekend, as nine conservative Republicans have declared that they intend to vote against the Ohio Republican when the House convenes on Tuesday. Gohmert, among the House Republican caucus’ most conservative members, made the announcement on “Fox & Friends,” saying he decided to run after Rep.“We have heard from a lot of Republicans that said, ‘I would vote for somebody besides Speaker Boehner.’ But nobody ...

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Republicans Say They’ll Act Fast to Push Agenda

Rubric: Republicans | 5 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Republicans Say They’ll Act Fast to Push Agenda

5 things to know: GOP in charge, Congress to challenge Obama. WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama’s policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security. WASHINGTON — In taking control of Congress on Tuesday, Republicans say they will quickly advance energy and health care legislation that stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate as they try to make good on claims, and address doubts, that they can govern effectively. “We have sort of laid down the marker, and we need to follow through,” said Senator John ...

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