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House GOP Wary of Senate Deal That Could Add Trillions to Deficit

House GOP Wary of Senate Deal That Could Add Trillions to DeficitPhoto Courtesy: Architect of the Capitol(NEW YORK) -- Top House Republicans Tuesday opposed a bipartisan compromise that passed the Senate in the wee hours of New Year's Day to avert the "fiscal cliff," as new studies conclude that the compromise on ta...

House Wrestles With ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

House Wrestles With ‘Fiscal Cliff’ DealiStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Following the dramatic early-morning passage of a "fiscal cliff" deal in the Senate, lawmakers in the House of Representatives huddled on New Year's Day to decide whether they could support the same bipartisan comp...

White House Sees ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal as Game Changer

White House Sees ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal as Game Changer(WASHINGTON) -- It’s hard to find anyone in Washington happy about the outcome of the “fiscal cliff” brinksmanship.But inside the Obama White House, senior officials are elated by what they call a significant presidential achievement:...

Fiscal Cliff: Can the House Follow Through?

Fiscal Cliff: Can the House Follow Through?Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- It was after midnight, but not by much. In a town and for a Senate that has become synonymous with gridlock, the two parties came together for an imperfect solution to a big problem.After several days of hurried...

Senate Passes ‘Cliff’ Deal, House to Vote

Senate Passes ‘Cliff’ Deal, House to VoteiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Two hours after a midnight deadline for action, the Senate passed legislation early New Year's Day to avert the so-called fiscal cliff with an overwhelming vote of 89-8. Senate passage set the stage for a final sho...

Tentative Deal Reached on ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ But No House Vote Before Deadline

Tentative Deal Reached on ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ But No House Vote Before DeadlineDrew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The so-called "fiscal cliff" came Monday night -- but now there is a specific deal on the table to try to soften it after the fact, according to congressional sources.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., s...

Obama Suggests Any ‘Cliff’ Deal Would Be Small

Obama Suggests Any ‘Cliff’ Deal Would Be SmallSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With less than two days remaining for Congress to reach a budget agreement that would avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” President Obama on Sunday suggested that a small deal remains the best hope to...

Sen. Charles Schumer: More than 50-50 Chance of Reaching Fiscal Cliff Deal

Sen. Charles Schumer: More than 50-50 Chance of Reaching Fiscal Cliff DealWin McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sen. Charles Schumer, (D-N.Y.), called Congress’ failure to reach an agreement on a fiscal cliff deal “embarrassing,” but said he believed there was a better than 50-50 chance of a compromise befo...

Texas Congressman Ralph Hall Oldest to Ever Serve in House

Texas Congressman Ralph Hall Oldest to Ever Serve in HouseChris Powers/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Congressman Ralph Hall didn’t have to be in Washington, D.C., on Christmas Day to break a record.The 89-year-old Texas Republican earned the distinction Tuesday of being the oldest lawmaker t...

Texas Rep. Hall to Be the Oldest US House Member

Texas Rep. Hall to Be the Oldest US House Memberhttp://www.house.gov/ralphhall/images/RMHcolorheadshot.jpg(DALLAS) -- Texas Representative Ralph Hall is set to become the oldest U.S. House member to serve Congress on Christmas Day, according to the Dallas Morning News.Hall, 89, will beat the 80 year...

Fiscal Cliff Talks Gridlocked, President and Congress Walk Away

Fiscal Cliff Talks Gridlocked, President and Congress Walk AwayEdward Linsmier/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) -- The first family arrived in the president's idyllic home state of Hawaii this weekend to celebrate the holidays, but President Obama, who along with Michelle will pay tribute Sunday to the late Sen. Daniel Ino...

Boehner Pulls Plan B Option as Fiscal Cliff Talks Fall into Disarray

Boehner Pulls Plan B Option as Fiscal Cliff Talks Fall into DisarrayTOBY JORRIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a surprise development late Thursday night, House Speaker John Boehner pulled his so-called "Plan B option" -- an extension of current tax rates for Americans making up to $1 million a year -- from the Hou...

State Department Deputies Grilled by GOP at Benghazi Hearing

State Department Deputies Grilled by GOP at Benghazi HearingiStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Surrogates for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced sharp questions from the House Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday about the Obama administration's initial statements about the Sept. 11 attack on the co...

House Democrats Urge Congress To Toughen Gun Laws

House Democrats Urge Congress To Toughen Gun LawsChris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- As the country mourns victims of last week’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the debate over gun control takes on new urgency in Washington, House Democrats Wednesday cal...

Rep. Huelskamp: If I Voted for Boehner’s Plan, I’d Deserve a Primary

Rep. Huelskamp: If I Voted for Boehner’s Plan, I’d Deserve a PrimaryTom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Republicans who vote for House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” fiscal-cliff proposal could and should be challenged in primaries, conservative GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp suggested at a news confere...

White House Makes New Offer in Talks To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

White House Makes New Offer in Talks To Avoid Fiscal CliffMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — They are getting closer.The White House presented a new offer to Speaker of the House John Boehner Monday that makes some important concessions in the talks to work out a deal to avoid the so-called fisc...

2012 Elections Are Finally Over: Boustany Defeats Landry in Louisiana Runoff

2012 Elections Are Finally Over: Boustany Defeats Landry in Louisiana RunoffiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The 2012 elections are finally over.GOP Rep. Charles Boustany defeated his GOP rival, freshman tea-partier Rep. Jeff Landry, in a runoff in Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District Saturday night. Fittingly, the ...

What Is Paul Ryan’s Role During the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?

What Is Paul Ryan’s Role During the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After 88 days in the spotlight as Mitt Romney's VP pick, Paul Ryan has stepped into the shadows (specifically, hometown Janesville, Wisc.) for the five-day House break – but that doesn't mean he's not ...

Which Congressman Is Blocking Bill That Would Protect Kids with Autism?

Which Congressman Is Blocking Bill That Would Protect Kids with Autism?Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- Legislation aimed at protecting children with autism and other disabilities from being injured in school has stalled in the House of Representatives at the hands of a single member who objects to federal interven...

Could Outgoing Republicans Hold Keys to ‘Fiscal Cliff’?

Could Outgoing Republicans Hold Keys to ‘Fiscal Cliff’?Mary Bono Mack. U.S. Congress(WASHINGTON) -- The outlook for reaching some sort of bipartisan agreement on the so-called “fiscal cliff” before the Dec. 31 deadline is looking increasingly grim. Shortly after noon Friday, House Speaker John...

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