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House passes resolution to ‘never forget’ 9/11

The House of Representatives Thursday passed a resolution commemorating the decennial of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The five-page resolution was introduced by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and in it the House vows to “never forget” the attacks. “Whereas thousands of families have lost loved ones…

Boehner and Cantor summon Obama to meeting before jobs speech

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) wrote President Barack Obama a letter Tuesday, Congress’ last day of recess, requesting that he meet with Republican leadership prior to his planned jobs speech to Congress Thursday. The letter focuses on Republican-led job efforts and what Boehner…

Obama withdraws smog regulation, overruling EPA

President Barack Obama Friday announced that he would overrule the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial anti-smog regulations. Business leaders and Republicans had voiced strong objections to the new smog standards, and they count Obama’s decision as a victory. Obama cited a desire to avoid costly regulations as his reason for telling…

Despite ‘streamlining’ plan, Boehner chides Obama for ‘job-crushing’ regulations

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has once again dug his heels in to confront President Barack Obama about major policies, taking issue with the number of regulatory actions the president has taken, which the speaker calls “job-crushing.” Boehner posted a letter about jobs and regulatory action on his website, to…

Top U.S. Republicans urge no tax hikes in debt deal

Top US Congress Republicans, looking to a battle over the country’s debt in the coming months, called Wednesday for cuts to social safety net programs and rejected appeals for tax hikes on the rich. “The worst thing Washington can do for our economy is raise taxes on the people we…

Bomb squad called to John Boehner’s office

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) received a scare on Sunday afternoon after a bomb squad was called to his local office, as reported by local ABC news affiliate in Cincinnati. A police offer located three black suitcases at the door of Boehner’s office at around 11:30 AM. Along with the bomb…

House to end 180-year-old ‘page’ program

WASHINGTON — Bringing the curtain down on a nearly 200-year-old tradition, leaders of the US House of Representatives announced Monday that they were doing away with the chamber’s “page” program. Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cited the high cost of the program as…

Deal reached to put FAA workers back on the job

A dispute over labor standards at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that left thousands of government workers temporarily laid off or furloughed while Congress went on recess was put aside Thursday after President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to negotiate for the agency’s funding. “This agreement does…

Poll: Most say lawmakers behaved like ‘spoiled children’ in debt fight

Following a political battle that literally threatened to topple the global financial system, most Americans say their representatives in Congress behaved like “spoiled children” in coming to a deal on U.S. debt, with congressional Republicans coming out looking the worst overall. New poll figures from CNN (PDF) found that 77…

Protesters arrested for heckling Boehner from House gallery

Twenty-two protesters were arrested Monday and charged with disruption of Congress after shouting chants against Speaker John Boehner from a House of Representatives gallery, according to the Washington Post. The protesters, including members of the National People’s Action, Vocal New York, and Community Voices Heard, unveiled a large black banner.…

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