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WATCH LIVE: The State of the Union Address & the GOP Response

WATCH LIVE: The State of the Union Address & the GOP Response

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Tuesday night will stand before a divided Congress to deliver his third State of the Union address and outline his vision for an “America Built To Last.”Echoing the themes of a sp…

Ron Paul Warns of ‘Dire Circumstances’ If Debt Ceiling Is Increased

Ron Paul Warns of ‘Dire Circumstances’ If Debt Ceiling Is Increased

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Ron Paul returned to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to vote down President Obama’s request to increase the debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion.On the House floor Wednesday afternoon, Paul pleaded with his fellow le…

House Disapproves of President’s Request to Raise Debt Ceiling

House Disapproves of President’s Request to Raise Debt Ceiling

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives voted Wednesday afternoon to pass a resolution of disapproval on President Obama’s request to increase the statutory debt limit by $1.2 trillion.The resolution passed by a count o…

California Rep. Elton Gallegly to Retire

California Rep. Elton Gallegly to Retire

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — On Saturday, U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly from California announced he will retire at the end of the year.Gallegly, a Republican, has been elected into congress for 12 terms. He is the Vice Chairman of the Fore…

House Democrats Demand GOP Come Back from Vacation

House Democrats Demand GOP Come Back from Vacation

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — House Democrats on Friday staged a coordinated effort to bring the House of Representatives back from vacation to Washington, D.C., to work on the long-term extension of the payroll tax cut. As House Speaker Pro T…

State of the Union: ‘Date Night’ on Capitol Hill?

State of the Union: ‘Date Night’ on Capitol Hill?

(L-R) Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) talk before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Capitol Hill on Jan. 25, 2011. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) — “Who are you go…

Five Killed in Christmas Day House Fire

Five Killed in Christmas Day House Fire

WABC-TV New York(STAMFORD, Conn.) — Three young girls and their grandparents were killed in a three-alarm house fire in an exclusive neighborhood of Stamford, Conn., early Christmas morning, as the girls’ mother tried in vain to save them, autho…

Obama Signs Bill Extending Payroll Tax Break, Unemployment Benefits

Obama Signs Bill Extending Payroll Tax Break, Unemployment Benefits

File photo. (The White House)(WASHINGTON) — President Obama hailed the extension of the payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits, which Congress passed Friday and he signed after weeks of bitter, partisan standoff that divided Republicans. Thanking …

House Passes Two-Month Extension of Tax Cut, Unemployment Insurance

House Passes Two-Month Extension of Tax Cut, Unemployment Insurance

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives agreed by unanimous consent to pass a temporary two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance, delaying a contentious battle over a long-term solution unt…

Senate Passes Tweaked Payroll Tax Bill

Senate Passes Tweaked Payroll Tax Bill

ABC NewsUPDATE: The House of Representatives agreed by unanimous consent to pass a temporary two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance, delaying a contentious battle over a long-term solution until early next year.(WASHINGTO…

Boehner on Tax Deal: No Time for Celebration

Boehner on Tax Deal: No Time for Celebration

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday evening that House Republicans have agreed to a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance as part of a deal that includes assurances that th…

Senate Democrats Celebrate Payroll Tax Cut Deal

Senate Democrats Celebrate Payroll Tax Cut Deal

Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate Democrats are celebrating the fact that the House of Representatives looks to be headed toward passing the two-month payroll tax extension on Friday.“I am grateful that the voices of rea…

UPDATE: House Republicans Cave on Payroll Tax Cuts Extension

UPDATE: House Republicans Cave on Payroll Tax Cuts Extension

TOBY JORRIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A muted House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday that Republicans have decided to accept a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut, preventing a hike in taxes just nine days before the tax break expi…

House Republicans Cave on Payroll Tax Cuts

House Republicans Cave on Payroll Tax Cuts

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — House Republican leaders have decided to accept a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut, sources told ABC News on Thursday, preventing a hike in taxes just nine days before the tax break expires for 160 million Americans. …

Obama to Publicly Pressure House Republicans to Pass Payroll Tax Cut

Obama to Publicly Pressure House Republicans to Pass Payroll Tax Cut

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — With just nine days before a payroll tax break for 160 million Americans expires, President Obama on Thursday will step up pressure on House Republicans to pass a two-month extension bill that sailed through t…

Dems Silenced at House Pro Forma Session

Dems Silenced at House Pro Forma Session

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) –- Pro forma sessions are generally routine procedure in the House of Representatives. The House is briefly and technically in session, with few lawmakers around to actually conduct any business.But with a deadl…

House Republicans under Attack in Payroll Tax Standoff

House Republicans under Attack in Payroll Tax Standoff

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Wednesday called House Speaker John Boehner, urging him to get House members to support a two-month extension of the payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits ahead of the winter holiday season and before mil…

Reid Urges Boehner to Pass Senate Payroll Tax Bill in Letter

Reid Urges Boehner to Pass Senate Payroll Tax Bill in Letter

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has written a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, urging him to call the House of Representatives back from vacation to pass the Senate two-month payrol…

House to Reject Senate Temporary Tax Cut Extension

House to Reject Senate Temporary Tax Cut Extension

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives is poised to reject a Senate-passed two-month extension of a year-end economic package on Tuesday, preferring instead to hold out for a year-long extension and challenge Congressional D…

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