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Oct 2, 2015

Obama urges Congress to fund government, Republicans quarrel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday urged the U.S. Congress to take steps soon to fund the federal government in 2016 and raise its nearly exhausted borrowing authority, but acknowledged that Republican political turmoil in Congress will complicate that.

“I will not sign another shortsighted spending bill,” Obama told reporters, warning that a temporary budget patch approved this week by lawmakers presents the risk of a new fiscal crisis before Christmas.

Oct 1, 2015

House Benghazi panel may have broken ethics rules: Pelosi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A probe of the 2012 Benghazi attacks may have violated congressional ethics rules, House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday after a top Republican indicated it aimed to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy.

Angry Democrats called for the Benghazi panel to be disbanded following the remarks on Tuesday evening by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He is campaigning to be the next speaker of the House when the current speaker, John Boehner, retires on Oct. 30.

Oct 1, 2015

U.S. senators propose sentencing reform to reduce prison overcrowding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators on Thursday proposed a
bipartisan plan for reforming criminal justice, aiming to ditch
harsh sentencing laws that lead to prison overcrowding and to
limit solitary confinement for juveniles.

The legislative proposal would end the national
“three-strikes-and-you’re-out” law, which mandates life
sentences for people convicted of a violent felony after two or
more previous convictions, including drug crimes.

Sep 30, 2015

U.S. Secret Service combed files of lawmaker probing agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dozens of U.S. Secret Service
employees earlier this year combed the files of a House lawmaker
who had been critical of security lapses at the agency and
disclosed some of his personal information that was then
published in the media, a government report said on Wednesday.

Some 45 Secret Service employees accessed the personal
information of Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican
chairman of the House Oversight Committee who was leading a
probe of the agency, said the report by the Department of
Homeland Security’s Inspector General.

Sep 30, 2015

House Republicans to vote Oct. 8 for new leaders

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will hold leadership elections on Oct. 8, House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday, moving speedily to get a new team in place to deal with a series of fiscal challenges ahead.

“After consulting with our conference, a large majority of our members have made clear they want these elections held next week.¬†With their considerations in mind, the House leadership elections will take place on Thursday, Oct. 8,” Boehner said in an emailed statement.

Sep 29, 2015

Obama, Congress to kick off budget negotiations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republican leaders and the White House will launch negotiations soon on a two-year budget deal that would establish new limits for U.S. government spending in 2016 and 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday.

Seeking to bring more fiscal stability to Washington, McConnell said he and House Speaker John Boehner had spoken with President Barack Obama, a Democrat, about the talks. Boehner has announced he will step down at the end of October.

Sep 28, 2015

House Republicans jostle for post-Boehner leadership power

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A battle for control of the U.S. House of Representatives began taking clearer shape on Monday with a senior Republican announcing his bid, as expected, to replace retiring Speaker John Boehner, and another conservative declining to run.

Five-term Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is the front-runner to become Boehner’s successor, made it official in a letter to his House Republican colleagues and separately criticized Democratic President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

Sep 26, 2015

Under pressure from the right, House Speaker Boehner quits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner will leave Congress at the end of October after struggling with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber’s top Republican.

The 65-year-old Ohio lawmaker stunned Republican House members at a meeting on Friday morning with the announcement that he would leave the top job in the 435-seat chamber and resign his seat effective on Oct. 30.

Sep 25, 2015

With Boehner vanquished, conservatives turn on McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of the U.S. Congress’s staunchest conservative Republicans celebrated House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation on Friday and trained their sights on a new target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In a display of intense infighting of the sort that has consumed the party for months, Republican presidential candidate and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas told a crowd of applauding conservative activists at the Value Voters Summit in Washington:

Sep 25, 2015

U.S. House Speaker Boehner to quit Congress next month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who struggled with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous 5-year reign as the chamber’s top Republican, will step down from the speakership and leave the House at the end of October.

The Ohio lawmaker, 65, stunned Republican House members at a morning meeting on Friday with the announcement he will leave the top job in the 435-seat chamber and resign his seat effective on Oct. 30.