John Boehner narrowly won a third term as House of Representatives Speaker on Tuesday, surviving a stiff challenge from 25 conservative Republicans that may signal a growing split in the party as it takes full control of Congress. Boehner received 216 of 408 votes cast in a tense vote, with a growing faction of dissident House Republicans opposing him because they said he had done too little to cut spending and fight President Barack Obama's immigration and healthcare policies.
Reports are rampant -- Wednesday by Fox News, Thursday by the New York Times -- that President Obama will sign an executive order as soon as next week that will allow up to 5 million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation. Signing such an order will have explosive political consequences, reshaping not only the near term fights in Congress but also having a potentially profound effect on the two parties' national coalitions heading into the 2016 election and beyond. Republicans have made very clear if Obama goes forward, it would be the equivalent of giving the middle finger to their incoming majority -- and, by extension, the American public that helped the GOP gain seats in the House and Senate.
Remember “immigration reform”? It was the biggest domestic policy topic for the past couple of years. Brief recap of major events: the Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill, the House pretended to consider taking it up for a while, and then it didn’t, President Obama promised to take executive action to slow down deportations, and then he didn’t. If you add up those two “didn’t”s, the sum total of legislative and executive action that’s changed U.S. immigration policy in the past two years is “zero.” The result of immigration activists tireless work has been “zero.” Zeroes across the board. Poor decisions have been made on this path to this overwhelming zeroness.
A specialized sort of barometric collapse hit Washington, D.C., last night: a sudden knowledge that the capital’s stocks of Merlot and unfiltered cigarettes had been depleted, and Speaker John Boehner was turning surly. And the target of his abuse, yet again, were the very specimens over whom he attempts to leverage power: the House Republicans conference. Boehner, speaking to the International Franchise Association (read: people who don’t want to pay their fast-food workers more), described the House majority over which he lords as a “paper majority,” and then went on to label a dissident faction within his conference as “knuckleheads.” “On any given day, 16 of my members decide they’re going to go this way, and all the sudden I have nothing,” he said.
On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner lashed out in response to growing media chatter about Republicans potentially impeaching President Obama. "We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans," he said, according to The Hill. The recent media emphasis of the issue, Boehner said, is "all a scam started by Democrats at the White House."
A longshot challenger to Speaker of the House John Boehner is trying to use penis jokes to win election.
On March 13th, House Speaker John Boehner held a press conference. By that point, Obamacare enrollment was beginning to accelerate. But Boehner thought it was an illusion. He wanted to change the narrative. And so he made a startling claim: Obamacare, he said, had led to fewer people having health insurance.
About a year after Republicans lost badly with Latino voters in the presidential election and began to promise quick action on immigration reform, a Senate-passed bill has languished in the House, no bills have been put forward to deal with major issues such as the limbo of the U.S. undocumented population and the year is drawing to a close without any expectation of a single immigration-related vote. Although the Senate's comprehensive reform bill passed in June in a 68-32 vote -- picking up 14 Republicans -- the House GOP has ruled out a vote.
About two weeks ago, as tea partiers in the GOP-controlled House were forcing a government shutdown, some House Democrats sent a private and informal message to House Speaker John Boehner: If you need to break with the die-hard conservatives of your caucus to keep the government running and avoid a debt ceiling crisis, we might be able to try to help you protect your speakership, should far-right Republicans rebel and challenge you. This offer was conveyed to Boehner just as he was entering what has turned into the toughest stretch of his speakership, according to two senior House Democratic lawmakers who each asked not to be identified.
A House Republican said Thursday that Speaker John A. Boehner has told colleagues that he was determined to prevent a default and was willing to pass a measure through a combination of Republican and Democratic votes.
President Barack Obama brought top lawmakers to the White House on Wednesday as Republicans rejected Democratic demands to end a two-day partial government shutdown without changes to the nation's three-year-old health care law. "My friend John Boehner cannot take yes for an answer," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said of the Republican House speaker in a press conference after the meeting.
Congress should fulfill its basic duties or make way for legislators who will.
As the government shutdown loomed, many Americans did what comes naturally in matters regarding Washington: They ignored it.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) worked with top congressional Democrats behind the scenes to preserve employer contributions for congressional staff's health care plans even as he decried those subsidies in public, Politico reported Tuesday.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) didn't say much after his chamber voted to go to conference with the Senate over the temporary government spending bill -- a move that shut the government down Tuesday.
Who are these people? Of what are they made that they can say and do such things on the floor of Congress? No nonsense is too great, no act too low. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) leaves the floor of the House in the wee hours of Sunday morning, having taken action that will probably shut down the government, and releases a statement saying,...
As the House marched to a midnight shutdown deadline, there was no way out for Boehner, report Eleanor Clift and Ben Jacobs.
The House just voted for a "continuing resolution" that defunds Obamacare (though it wouldn't actually stop Obamacare from being implemented). Here's what House Speaker John Boehner hopes will happen next:
House GOP leadership has been frustrated for weeks with Senate Republicans like Ted Cruz (R-TX) for putting the pressure on the lower chamber to defund Obamacare in exchange for funding the federal government. House leaders are convinced a government shutdown would be a political disaster for the Republican Party. But Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and others kept pressing, riling up the base for a shutdown showdown.
House Republican leaders said on Wednesday they will move forward with a plan to defund Obamacare in a three-month continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown. "We're going to continue to do everything we can to repeal the president's failed health care law," Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters after a weekly conference meeting. "This week, the House will pass a CR that locks the sequester savings in, and defunds Obamacare. ... We have a plan that we're happy with," We're going forward."