Post Politics: House Republicans


Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 04/25/2014

Rep. Michael Grimm indicted, according to people familiar with case

Two-term New York lawmaker expected to face charges for campaign finance violations.

By Ed O'Keefe and Sari Horwitz  |  05:02 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Republicans, Republicans

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 04/24/2014

Boehner ‘mocked’ colleagues on immigration

The speaker takes a notably theatrical tone in conveying sentiments he’s expressed for months: That Congress needs to find a way to take up the issue.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:55 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 04/22/2014

38 GOP lawmakers join Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

Legislators including Ted Cruz, John McCain and Marsha Blackburn sign on after conservative groups urge Republicans to sign a friend-of-the-court brief.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:16 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate Republicans

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Boehner says McAllister has ‘decisions that he has to make’; state GOP chair calls for resignation

House speaker comments as head of Louisiana GOP calls on congressman to step down.

By Wesley Lowery and Ed O'Keefe  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Cory Booker, Tim Scott team up for the first time

The two African American members of the U.S. Senate came to the chamber under similar circumstances but are on opposite ends of the political spectrum.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Vance McAllister skips votes for a second day

Louisiana lawmaker vows not to resign, but hasn’t shown up for votes as a colleague floats the idea of mandatory sexual harassment courses for lawmakers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:47 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 04/04/2014

GOP push for immigration reform thwarted

A committee chairman says he’ll keep two GOP-written immigration proposals out of a must-pass defense policy bill.

By Ed O'Keefe and David Nakamura  |  03:49 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 04/03/2014

House votes to repeal Obamacare work rule

Responding to concerns of business and workers, proposal repeals law’s definition of “full time” as 30 hours a week or more.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:06 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Stockman once again calls for repeal of weapons ban on military bases

Texas lawmaker first introduced his proposal after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Ryan’s last budget proposal would slash $5 trillion over next decade

Spending plan would slash $5 trillion over the next decade, mostly by repealing Obamacare and revamping Medicaid. He also ignores a more ambitious tax code overhaul.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, House Republicans

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Dave Camp to retire after his current term

Head of the powerful tax-writing committee has served in Congress since 1991.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  04:58 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House, House Republicans

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Rep. Mike Rogers to retire, launch national radio show

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is a former FBI agent, declined overtures to run for a U.S. Senate seat.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:04 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House, House Republicans

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Ralph Hall challenger John Ratcliffe picks up endorsements from Club for Growth, Madison Project

John Ratcliffe picks up support from Club for Growth and The Madison Project as he tries to unseat 90-year old incumbent.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, House Republicans

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Report: Markwayne Mullin earned $600,000-plus in outside income against House rules

The earnings violate House rules, according to a congressional watchdog report.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:38 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Pelosi on Obamacare: ‘I believe that it’s a winner’

House Democratic leader also scolds a reporter, reminding him to refer to the law by its proper name.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Harry Reid accuses Republicans of using Ukraine aid as bargaining chip

American campaign politics are now holding up U.S. foreign policy as Democrats and Republicans feud over new IRS rules on political groups.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 11:08 PM ET, 03/12/2014

House passes bill making it easier for Congress to sue the president

Democrats fear the bill, if passed, would force the deportation of children of illegal immigrants.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:08 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Rogers on CIA accusations: ‘The important thing here is to make sure we get the facts’

Head of House Intelligence Committee says he sought to stay out of a dispute between senators and the CIA.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:14 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 03/05/2014

House GOP leaders want to move quickly on aid package to Ukraine

House Republican leaders want to move quickly on a $1 billion aid package to Ukraine.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:01 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans, Obama

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014

More information released on lawmakers who donated after shutdown

Revelations come after The Post reported on members of the House and Senate who gave money after the 16-day impasse.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 02/28/2014

More members respond to inquiries about shutdown pay

More lawmakers respond and reach out after The Post first published data Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:18 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Government Shutdown, House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Boehner on tax reform: ‘Blah, blah, blah blah’

The speaker says a tax reform proposal released this week is a good start -- but he doesn’t want to get into details.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans, Senate Republicans, tax reform

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 02/22/2014

Scott Walker calls Wisconsin probe and e-mails ‘old news’

Wisconsin’s governor said the probe should not give pause to Republicans who see him as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:37 PM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governors, House Republicans

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014

House Republicans receive lowest approval rating in 44 years by environmental group

House Republicans earned a collective approval rating of just 5 percent in 2013 on 28 bills.

By Lenny Bernstein  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Republicans argue Obamacare is expanding House playing field

“Republicans have the opportunity to expand the playing field and stay on offense in 2014,” Liesl Hickey, executive director of the NRCC, wrote in a memo provided to The Washington Post.

By Paul Kane  |  12:26 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House, House Republicans

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Cruz: Obama, Reid ‘dancing’ over GOP’s immigration push

Senator says that new focus on immigration could upset GOP chances of retaking the U.S. Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa  |  06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 01/31/2014

House Republicans might propose canceling ‘Obamacare bailouts’ to raise debt limit

No final decision has been made, but there is growing support for the plan among conservatives.

By Robert Costa and Ed O'Keefe  |  12:34 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014

McCain: House GOP immigration ‘principles’ wouldn’t have happened ‘if Boehner hadn’t gotten control’

Senator suggests House Republicans’ discussion of immigration couldn’t have happened just a few months ago.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Grimm: ‘When you’re wrong, you’re wrong’

“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, you have to admit it and it shouldn’t have happened.”

By Ed O'Keefe and Aaron Blake  |  01:32 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Trey Radel ethics investigation ends

The committee no longer has jurisdiction over the now-former lawmaker.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:28 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Farm bill passes House, heads to Senate for final approval

The measure now moves on to the Senate, where it is expected to easily pass later this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:55 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Campaign cash used to pay for some State of the Union guests

In some cases, lawmakers are using money raised for political purposes to pay for their invited guest to travel to Washington. And it’s legal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Barack Obama State of the Union 2014, campaign finance, Congress, Democrats, GOP, House, House Republicans, Obama, Obama SOTU 2014, Obama speech, Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, SOTU 2014, State of the Union 2014, state of the union address, White House

Posted at 09:07 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Negotiators unveil new farm bill; vote expected this week

Bipartisan, budget-busting agreement will slash billions in spending and prop up 16 million farming jobs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:07 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Senate Democrats

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 01/26/2014

Farm Bill agreement expected this week, with final passage within days

Release of a final bill will cap years of difficult talks between House Republicans and Senate Democrats.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:43 PM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Senate Democrats

Posted at 12:47 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Boehner appearing on Leno: GOP is to blame for shutdown

Speaker tells Leno he’s not willing to give up simple pleasures to be president of the United States.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:47 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 01/10/2014

House approves HealthCare.gov security bill

Measure would require swift notification of people potentially affected by a security breach on the site.

By Ed O'Keefe and Juliet Eilperin  |  01:20 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 01/08/2014

House GOP would consider extending unemployment benefits, Boehner says

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans in the House would consider extending unemployment benefits if they’re paid for.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:55 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Trey Radel coming back to Congress next week

Freshman lawmaker plans return to Congress next week after guilty plea, drug rehab.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 12/16/2013

House Ethics Committee to investigate Trey Radel

The launch of a formal probe may result in a formal reprimand by the full House.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:04 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/12/2013

At deaf caucus meeting, jokes about Mandela interpreter

Joking aside, the group is forming to address concerns of the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Boehner defends House against charges of inaction

He suggests that the Democratic-controlled Senate is to blame for an historically-unproductive session.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Boehner hires well-known immigration policy expert

Move signals House may indeed take up the issue next year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:07 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 11/25/2013

What lawmakers are talking about over the Thanksgiving recess

Every time lawmakers head home, party leaders give them suggested talking points and ways to earn local news coverage. Here are the Thanksgiving Week tips from both parties.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:31 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Boehner initially unable to sign up for D.C. health-care exchange

Speaker documents his troubles signing up for D.C.-based insurance exchange, as required by law.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:52 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Radel didn’t inform Boehner of arrest until Tuesday

Radel didn’t vote Wednesday and only began informing colleagues of his troubles in recent days

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:04 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013

How two vulnerable House Republicans are preparing for 2014

Two moderate Republicans from the Philadelphia suburbs are girding for tough reelections next year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Republicans

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 11/15/2013

House approves ‘Keep Your Health Plan Act’

Proposal dramatically undercuts the new health-care law and comes as GOP attempts to divide Democrats on health-care.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:15 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013

New push for immigration reform will target 9 House Republicans

Campaign is designed to jump-start debate on immigration reform ahead of next year’s elections.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Tom Foley remembered, as his colleagues beg for civility

The tribute served as memorial to former House leader -- and a public plea for civility among the nation’s current leaders.

By Ed O'Keefe and Philip Rucker  |  05:47 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Spencer Bachus won’t seek reelection

Alabama Republican has been in office since 1993.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:54 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Two Republicans drop out of House ‘Group of Seven’ immigration talks

Bipartisan working group on immigration shrinks as two GOP members say they can’t trust the president on the topic.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:31 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 09/19/2013

House approves GOP plan to slash food stamp funding

House Republicans narrowly approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food stamp program Thursday that would slash about $39 billion in funding over the next decade

By Ed O'Keefe and Niraj Chokshi  |  06:22 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Tom DeLay conviction overturned by Texas court

The former House majority leader was convicted in 2010 for allegedly scheming to influence Texas elections with corporate money.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:12 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013

New bipartisan bill protects groups that don’t support same-sex marriage

Proposal by GOP lawmaker is in response to recent court rulings and the IRS scandal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans, IRS

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Justin Amash won’t run for U.S. Senate

Libertarian lawmaker plans to run for reelection instead, aide says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:46 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, House Republicans

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Rigell to Obama: Consult us before striking Syria

GOP lawmaker wants the president to consult Congress before any military strikes.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:51 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 08/15/2013

GOP unveils its 'Rising Stars' program

Project is meant to attract more younger, minority voters.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:24 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Republicans; House Republicans; Senate Republicans

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Immigration advocates deliver cantaloupes to House GOP lawmakers

Hundreds will receive fruity gifts for supporting a recent anti-immigrant amendment written by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:31 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Raul Labrador: Steve King comments 'reprehensible'

Idaho lawmaker also faults media for focusing too much on the thoughts of one lawmaker.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:25 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans, Immigration