Picking up on the ideas Jim Hoeft wrote about in our latest newsletter regarding the angst among some House GOP caucus members in wake of the Speaker’s trashing of the Senate redistricting plan… The obvious question: Why didn’t any House members appeal Howell’s ruling? The votes to win just weren’t there. Show More Summary
Everybody's sure immigration reform is coming. Except it has to get through the House GOP caucus and the House Judiciary Committee where pretty much everyone is hostile to reform....
During a strategy retreat to Williamsburg, Virginia, leadership in the House GOP caucus took the opportunity to rally Republicans around a...
For the second day in a row, a top member of House GOP Leadership has floated the idea of a short-term extension of the debt ceiling to coincide with action on the budget. The House GOP caucus is on retreat this week, mapping out its strategy for the upcoming debt and budget debates. Show More Summary
Tonight's vote on the Senate-brokered deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" may set the stage for a Leadership challenge when the new Congress convenes at noon on Thursday. Almost two-thirds of the House GOP caucus voted against the Senate plan which provided for steep tax hikes and increased spending. Show More Summary
Quite simply, it's easy to be a whiner and hard to be Speaker. Philip Klein explains: Most people would agree that it?s unlikely that, for lack of a better term, an ?establishment? member of the House GOP caucus would challenge...
The House GOP caucus remains supportive of Speaker John Boehner, even though he is open to tax-rate increases. “There is no revolt, no coup,” says a conservative House member, who requested anonymity to speak freely. “Boehner is going...Show More Summary
The Republican Study Committee, whose members form the conservative wing of the House GOP caucus, released a report on Friday that took a remarkably progressive stance on copyright law. It argued that current copyright laws are "seen...Show More Summary
In April of 2011, after Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan had been House Budget Chair for only a few months, he convinced nearly the entire House GOP caucus to vote for a laissez-faire budget resolution that would slash education, raise taxes on the middle class, and destroy Medicaid’s promise to provide health care to [...]
John Boehner has good reason to cry, and Harry Reid to smile. Yes, you read that headline right. Thirty-three futile repeal votes and $50 million (and counting) down the drain, and House Republicans are so obsessed with the Affordable...Show More Summary
You know what this reminds me of? Those sad episodes that Media Matters founder David Brock described in "Blinded by The Right," when Republicans would make disparaging comments about gays and how he'd sort of pretend it didn't matter—until all of a sudden it did, and he finally walked away from the GOP. Show More Summary
When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was asked about anti-Semitism in the House GOP Caucus, he responded rather noncommittally. Cantor recently made headlines after donating to Rep. Adam Kinzinger who defeated incumbent Rep. Don Manzullo. According to several Republicans, Manzullo once said Cantor would not be "saved" because he's Jewish.
Mike Allen asked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) about whether there is anti-Semitism in the House GOP caucus -- the "darker side," Cantor called it -- and his silence when pressed is deafening.
A few weeks ago, the House GOP was up in arms over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) $25,000 donation to anti-incumbent candidate Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who ultimately defeated his opponent, incumbent Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL). But the story got a little more fraught when it turned out that Manzullo once said Cantor would [...]
The House GOP caucus definitely wants to try to force the issue on the Keystone XL pipeline with another vote. What's not yet clear is where they want to place the rider. If they choose to attach it to payroll tax cut/UI legislation, that's an indicator that they really want it to pass. If not, it's an indicator that they just want to talk about it some more.
The GOP-controlled house and the Democrat-controlled Senate are still at loggerheads over the payroll tax "cut" bill. The Democrats (and Senate Republican Scott Brown) are painting the restive House GOP caucus as a bunch of Tea Party bomb-throwers, but...
On NBC's "Meet the Press," Speaker says he and his House GOP caucus oppose the two-month extension passed by the upper chamber. Boehner: "Two months is just kicking the can down the road."
This is the key point from Nancy Pelosi, that Democratic votes will be needed to pass anything, which gives her a voice in the process. A meeting last night in the House GOP caucus showed clearly that there is a major rift between the rank and file and the House leadership on the issue. Show More Summary
Texas State Rep. Larry Taylor (R), the head of the House Republican Caucus, apologized today for using a Jewish slur to tell an insurance association that they need to pay claims on time. “Don’t nitpick, don’t try to Jew them down,” Taylor said at a legislative oversight hearing concerning the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association today. [...]