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Boehner: Budget Deal 'Had to Be Done'

He has a few regrets, but he's not sad to be going

(Newser) - Speaker John Boehner, reflecting Wednesday on a nearly quarter-century run on Capitol Hill, defended his decision to push a bipartisan budget deal through the House as his final act before leaving Congress. "It's a solid agreement and I'm proud of it," Boehner told reporters shortly before... More »

Paul Ryan on Budget Deal: Process 'Stinks'

He blasts Boehner, system, ahead of becoming speaker

(Newser) - The late budget deal struck by leaders of both parties and the White House means that Paul Ryan will have one less major hassle to deal with when he becomes House speaker later this week. In fact, the Washington Post says John Boehner gave him a "parting gift" in... More »

House GOP Leaders Reach 2-Year Budget Deal

Boehner's last deal will make it a lot easier for Ryan

(Newser) - House GOP leaders struck a budget deal made with the White House just before midnight Monday aimed at averting a government shutdown and forestalling a debt crisis. Speaker John Boehner is making one final appeal to restive Republicans: Pass the hard-won agreement with President Obama before Rep. Paul Ryan assumes... More »

Freedom Caucus Won't Formally Endorse Ryan

But caucus leaders say they have 'super-majority'

(Newser) - Paul Ryan hasn't been able to secure one of his key demands for running for House speaker, but he has decided he has come close enough. Ryan failed to gain the formal endorsement of the powerful House Freedom Caucus, though the group told him it had a "super-majority"... More »

Legislator Trolls Republicans With Fake Craigslist Ad

'Babysitting experience STRONGLY PREFERRED' for next speaker

(Newser) - "Proven ability to work with irrational people who pursue narrow priorities at the expense of millions of others." That's one of the main job requirements for speaker of the House, at least according to a fake Craigslist ad posted to social media Thursday by a Democratic congressman'... More »

'Dark Horse' Hops Into Race to Succeed Boehner

Jason Chaffetz says Kevin McCarthy can't unite hardcore, moderate factions

(Newser) - As Kevin McCarthy's bid to succeed John Boehner as speaker of the House seems slightly less inevitable , the race got a new entrant Sunday in the form of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee. "There are very few people who can win... More »

Boehner Says No Shutdown, Rips GOP's 'False Prophets'

Speaker takes aim at hardline faction of party that dogged him

(Newser) - House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday there will be no government shutdown when funding expires this week, and he unloaded on the uncompromising faction of the GOP that dogged him throughout his speakership. "The Bible says, beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading, you know,... More »

Boehner Explains His Decision to Quit

Visit by Pope Francis helped push him to final decision

(Newser) - John Boehner today elaborated on his stunning decision to resign from Congress, saying that while he'd been considering it for a while, he didn't decide for certain until this very morning. He reiterated that he did so to save the House from turmoil, and here, via the Washington ... More »

Boehner Resigning From Congress

House speaker will be gone at end of October

(Newser) - John Boehner dropped a political bombshell this morning, announcing that he's not only resigning as House speaker but as a congressman as well. Boehner will leave at the end of October, reports the New York Times . Boehner himself told House Republicans in a closed-door session today, reports Politico . The... More »

Boehner May Sue Obama to Stop Iran Nuclear Deal

Republicans have run out of most other options

(Newser) - With Republicans running out of ways to stop the looming Iran nuclear deal from becoming a reality, John Boehner is entertaining the idea of suing President Obama. The House speaker, who described the deal as "worse than anything I could've ever imagined," said yesterday a lawsuit is... More »

Ohio Fuming Over New Name for Mount McKinley

GOP politicians attack decision, blame President Obama

(Newser) - Alaska Natives are certainly pleased that the mountain formerly known as McKinley is now officially Denali , the name people who, say, live in Alaska have called it for years. But those in Ohio, the home state of 25th president William McKinley, are peeved their man has lost the honor. John... More »

Congressman Makes Rare Move to Try to Oust Boehner

But Mark Meadows' 'vacate the chair' resolution is a long-shot

(Newser) - A House conservative who isn't exactly a household name made a surprise move today to try to oust John Boehner as speaker. The long-shot "vacate the chair" resolution comes from North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows, and the Washington Post reports that it's been tried only once before—... More »

Confederate Flag Triggers Surprise Fight in House

Nancy Pelosi forces Republicans into vote to 'punt' on the issue

(Newser) - South Carolina may have gotten all the headlines today in regard to the Confederate flag, but the Hill points out there was plenty of high drama in the House as well. In its account, Nancy Pelosi surprised Republicans with a resolution to ban the flag from the Capitol—it uses... More »

Boehner: My Israel Trip Isn't 'Victory Lap'

He addresses Israel, Iran on CNN's 'State of the Union'

(Newser) - John Boehner appeared on CNN's State of the Union today, and the main subjects were Israel and Iran. Highlights:
  • On the Iran nuclear deal being negotiated: "We've got a regime that's never quite kept their word about anything. I just don't understand why we would
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Rarity: Both Parties Team Up to Pass 'Doc Fix'

Medicare reform comes from Boehner and Pelosi

(Newser) - DC saw the rarest of things today: a substantial piece of legislation that passed the House with broad support in both parties. Called the "doc fix," it's designed to permanently solve a problem regarding the way doctors get paid by Medicare—instead of the annual short-term patches... More »

Now Boehner's Going to Israel

Speaker said to be heading to Jerusalem for Bibi's 'victory celebration'

(Newser) - John Boehner's invite brought Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress earlier this month, and now it looks like the visit will be reciprocated. The House speaker is heading to Jerusalem over the next couple of weeks to meet with the Israeli PM, with a gaggle of GOP lawmakers in... More »

House GOP Relents, Funds Homeland Security

Measure drops fight against Obama's immigration policies

(Newser) - In a major victory for President Obama, the Republican-led House relented today and backed legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without restrictions on immigration. The measure passed 257-167 and now goes to Obama's desk for his signature. House Speaker John Boehner... More »

Feinstein: Netanyahu 'Arrogant,' Doesn't Speak for All Jews

As Boehner points to 'animosity' between PM, White House

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu got on a DC-bound plane this morning, and his contentious visit continues to rankle Washington even before he lands. "The animosity between the White House and the prime minister is no secret here in this town," John Boehner told CBS this morning, per the Hill . "... More »

Congress Now Bickering Over 'Clean' Homeland Security Bill

Dems want House GOP guarantee before agreeing to McConnell's offer

(Newser) - Congress has until Friday to either pass a bill to fund Homeland Security or appear completely dysfunctional—and it's not looking great for the former option. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has offered a vote on a "clean bill" to fund the agency, followed by one on President... More »

Boehner: I'll 'Certainly' Allow Homeland Security Shutdown

It will be fault of Senate Dems, he says

(Newser) - If the Department of Homeland Security is forced to shut down at the end of this month because of a lack of funding, John Boehner says he's ready to let that happen and it won't be his fault. In an interview with Fox News Sunday, the House speaker... More »

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