House Speaker John A. Boehner has joined fellow Republican leaders in calling for a full delay of Obamacare for everyone, after the White House tweaked the law once more on Thursday by allowing people who recently lost coverage to buy a catastrophic plan if they cannot afford a better one on the law's health exchanges.
MILLER: Republicans vote for budget with higher spending, defy Tea Party and conservative principles
Republicans are again battling each other rather than fighting against President Obama and congressional Democrats. The conservative wing in Congress, backed by like-minded outside groups, hate to stand by while a federal budget is enacted that increases spending and adds to the $17 trillion debt dragging down our economy.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday to hold a classified briefing on Obamacare documents acquired by Rep. Darrell Issa — the chamber's top investigator — that Democrats say could compromise HealthCare.gov's security.
While most House Republicans backed the new budget deal, Senate Republicans balked — underscoring the tricky election-year politics that face the GOP as it tries to show it can govern in Washington, while facing angry base voters back home.
With the budget fight nearly behind them, both Republicans and Democrats are jockeying for the next fight — and House Speaker John A. Boehner wants it to be on the GOP's turf of cutting regulations to spur job growth.
Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday he considers outside conservative groups to be an "asset" to the party, despite recent harsh criticism from House GOP Speaker John Boehner.
With the new budget agreement making its way through the House and Wednesday through the Senate, centrists from both parties are acting vindicated ("Ryan pleads with conservatives as budget deal heads to Senate," Web, Dec. 15).
Democrats said Monday that the House's top investigator, Rep. Darrell Issa, went too far in using a subpoena to obtain the secret plans for the computer architecture behind HealthCare.gov, and the Democrats warn that having those documents out in the open could be a major cybersecurity threat.
The mantle of political cowardice never lies well on the shoulders of an elected official, yet with his recent vote on the Ryan-Murray budget "deal," my congressman, Rep. Robert J. Wittman, Virginia Republican, seems to have donned that mantle with uncharacteristic willingness ("All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget," Web, Dec. 11).