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House passes bipartisan small businesses bill

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a jobs bill backed by President Barack Obama that Republican leaders said would help small businesses expand and hire new workers. House speaker John Boehner said the measure, which passed by a vote of 390 to 23, would give a…

Will: Republicans are more afraid of Limbaugh than Iran

Conservative commentator George Will chastised high-ranking Republican officials Sunday morning for not condemning Rush Limbaugh strongly enough for his comments towards Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. Will was specifically not pleased with House Speaker John Boehner’s and presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s response to Limbaugh’s comments, telling the This Week panel…

House Republicans try to cheer each other up at retreat

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives, having seen their 2010 election victory dissolve into a near-suicidal tax fight, are promoting a repackaged jobs message they hope carries them to victory in the 2012 elections. At a three-day retreat at a harborfront hotel in Baltimore, an hour’s drive…

Maddow: Gov. Daniels ‘embarrassing’ choice for State of the Union response

On her show Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained why Republicans should not have picked Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to deliver the their response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday. House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement: “Mitch Daniels is a fierce advocate for smaller,…

House Republicans agree to two-month payroll tax extension

House Republicans have agreed to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday for 160 million U.S. workers, congressional sources told Talking Points Memo and the National Journal. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate struck a short-term compromise on the payroll tax cut and employment insurance. But House Speaker…

Boehner’s office cuts off C-SPAN cameras as GOP takes verbal beating

A strange thing happened Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill. As Rep. Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) attempted to call for a vote to extend a payroll tax cut to middle class and working Americans, his Republican colleagues adjourned the House and walked out of the chamber. And if that weren’t odd enough,…

House Republicans oppose Senate payroll tax bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Speaker John Boehner threw into doubt the fate of a popular tax break for workers on Sunday, saying he and his fellow House Republicans oppose the two-month extension backed by the Senate and want something longer passed before the holiday break. Boehner said on NBC’s “Meet…

Republicans tie Keystone pipeline to tax cut bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives will include approval of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline in a payroll tax cut bill, House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday, raising the political stakes on the issue. The move by House Republicans marked a challenge to President Barack Obama, who has warned he…

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