John Boehner Can’t Get No Satisfaction

 America, as the legal theorist Mick Jagger once observed, is a litigious society. Now, to prove him right yet again, comes House Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio. Boehner announced last week that he would introduce legislation allowing Congress to sue the president to compel him to “follow the oath of his office and faithfully […] Continue reading →

Report: John Boehner to Run Again For House Speaker

 Daniel Doherty  Unforeseen and unexpected events have shaken up the Republican Party recently — and in particular, its House Republican leadership team. As a result, those on the Right who once assumed House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) would not run again for that prestigious if thankless political office are going to be sorely and sadly […] Continue reading →

Blue-state congressman holds House’s No 2 GOP post

 Some conservatives are skittish about having a new House majority leader from left-leaning California. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., acknowledged that his constituents were “probably scratching their head” when it came to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s election Thursday. Adding to the unease is that the House’s top Democrat, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, also is from California. “I don’t […] Continue reading →

Permanent internet tax ban moves forward in the House

 The tension between federal and state powers over a permanent ban on Internet access taxes took the spotlight on Wednesday during House Judiciary Committee debate. Without an extension passed by Congress, a moratorium banning state and local governments from taxing internet access, first enacted in 1998, is set to end on Nov. 1. The bill, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom […] Continue reading →

Emboldened House conservatives planning next steps

 Conservatives emboldened by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s astonishing loss to a tea party-backed upstart are pledging to capitalize on their newfound political strength. That is setting up election-year struggles over Congress’ most basic legislative responsibilities and erasing already slim hopes for ambitious bills on immigration and voting rights. Cantor’s presence in the leadership ranks […] Continue reading →

A look at the candidates for House leadership

 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s defeat this week in a primary election in Virginia has ignited a race among lawmakers who’d like to have his GOP leadership job. And Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s decision to try to move up to majority leader from his current job as whip has created another contest. Votes are scheduled for […] Continue reading →

Cantoring Through the Political Field

Rich Galen  Let’s stipulate that I am old. Really old.  Not Ralph Hall old (91 years) but pretty old. Old enough so I know exactly what Eric Cantor’s staff have been going through since Tuesday night after his stunning defeat at the hands of economics professor Dave Brat. The last time a sitting member of […] Continue reading →

House votes to make business tax break permanent

 The House voted Thursday to make permanent a generous tax break that makes it easier for small businesses to buy new equipment and improve their property, part of an election-year showdown over a series of expired tax breaks worth billions. The tax break allows business owners to more quickly write off the costs of computers, […] Continue reading →

Cantor Plans to Leave Leadership Post on July 31;

 ‘You Can’t Run Campaigns From Washington’  U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor plans to step aside from his leadership post on July 31, following his primary election loss and with several leading Republicans jockeying to run for his No. 2 position. The Virginia Republican’s planned resignation was described today by a person familiar with Cantor’s […] Continue reading →

House to Launch Investigation of Obama for Releasing Terrorists

 Many questions have been raised regarding President Obama’s unilateral decision to ignore the law, and the wishes of Congress, to release five deadly and dangerous terrorists from the Guantanamo prison. People are demanding answers, and when even top Democrats are questioning the move, it demands an investigation. There are already Congressional committees investigating the Benghazi […] Continue reading →

House Bill 4111: A ‘Classic Sweetheart Deal’

Jeff Jacoby GREGORY SULLIVAN was appalled. The former state inspector general was studying House Bill 4111, the legislation authorizing a $1.1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The bill, which sailed through the House of Representatives last week on a 130-19 vote, would empower the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority not only to […] Continue reading →