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House Conservatives Won't Criticize Oregon Protests

January 7, 2016 House con­ser­vat­ives went out of their way Wed­nes­day to avoid cri­ti­ciz­ing the group of armed pro­test­ers who have taken over a build­ing in a fed­er­al wild­life refuge in Ore­gon, say­ing their mo­tiv­a­tions—if not their tac­tics—are widely shared. “All that frus­tra­tion hap­pen­ing with the takeover of the land by the fed­er­al...

It's Official: There Won't Be a Government Shutdown

December 18, 2015 This story has been updated. In con­vin­cing bi­par­tis­an votes, the House and Sen­ate have passed an om­ni­bus to keep the gov­ern­ment fun­ded and a massive pack­age of tax break ex­ten­sions, wrap­ping up a tu­mul­tu­ous year with a deal that left neither Re­pub­lic­ans nor Demo­crats gloat­ing. Pres­id­ent Obama signed the measures...

Visa-Waiver Deal Could Smooth Path for an Omnibus Bill to Avoid Shutdown

December 3, 2015 House lead­ers an­nounced a deal Thursday to tight­en re­stric­tions on tour­ists from cer­tain coun­tries who travel to the United States without a visa, in an ef­fort to avoid a pos­sible ter­ror­ist at­tack sim­il­ar to the one car­ried out in Par­is last month. The deal al­le­vi­ates some pres­sure on ne­go­ti­at­ors try­ing...

Ryan's Ascent, Budget Deal Force a Message Change for Democrats

November 17, 2015 For a long time now, House Demo­crats’ mes­saging strategy has been a simple one: Point out GOP dys­func­tion and won­der aloud how a party be­set by in­tern­al battles could be trus­ted to run the coun­try. But with the as­cen­sion of Speak­er Paul Ry­an and pas­sage of a budget deal that...

Ryan Is Elected Speaker, Vows to Fix “Broken” House

October 29, 2015 The House elec­ted Rep. Paul Ry­an as speak­er on Thursday, cap­ping weeks of un­cer­tainty about who will lead the cham­ber and the Re­pub­lic­an Party and end­ing the tu­mul­tu­ous rule of Speak­er John Boehner. In his speech ac­cept­ing the po­s­i­tion, Ry­an con­ceded that the House has been crippled. But he called...

Export-Import Bank Gets Unstuck in the House, While Its Senate Fate Is Uncertain

October 27, 2015 It took a his­tor­ic pro­ced­ur­al move to get the House to vote on the Ex­port-Im­port Bank, a pro­cess that moved closer to real­ity with Monday night’s mo­tion to set up a floor vote Tues­day. Get­ting the bank ac­tu­ally reau­thor­ized may take a more typ­ic­al Wash­ing­ton man­euver: ty­ing it to must-pass...

House Republicans Are Waiting for Paul Ryan to Make Up His Mind

October 9, 2015 House Re­pub­lic­ans met Fri­day morn­ing after a day of chaos Thursday that saw House Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Kev­in Mc­Carthy sud­denly drop his bid to suc­ceed John Boehner as speak­er of the House. And their hopes have largely turned to a man who only the day be­fore said, not for the first...

Republican Leaders Preparing to Make Deal on Raising Spending Caps

September 30, 2015 Even as con­ser­vat­ives in both cham­bers are clam­or­ing for spend­ing cuts, not just to Planned Par­ent­hood but to a slew of nondefense pro­grams, Re­pub­lic­an lead­ers are pre­par­ing to be­gin mak­ing a deal with Pres­id­ent Obama to raise spend­ing caps that will hit next year. On Wed­nes­day, Con­gress will pass a...

Biden Pitches Skeptical House Democrats on Iran Deal

July 15, 2015 Vice President Joe Biden got a hearty round of applause and high marks for his sales pitch on Wednesday to House Democrats on the White House's nuclear deal with Iran. But it's not clear whether he actually got any votes. The morning after the historic agreement was announced, members said...

Congressional Democrats Don't Trust Iran, But Do They Trust Obama?

July 15, 2015 Democratic skeptics of the administration's nuclear deal with Iran have made it abundantly clear that they don't trust the Iranian government. The question—one they'll have to answer in two months' time—is whether they trust President Obama and his assurances that the deal is the best way to block the country...

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