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The House Elects a New Generation of Leaders

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries becomes minority leader, but Rep. James Clyburn stays in the game

(Newser) - Rep. Hakeem Jeffries made history on Wednesday: With his election as House minority leader, the 52-year-old Democrat became the first Black lawmaker to head a political party in Congress, per the AP . Time points out it's not the only first, flagging the fact that the "top ranks of...

As Pelosi Steps Down, a New Name Emerges

Path clears for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York to lead House Democrats

(Newser) - Other top Democrats announced Thursday that they'll follow Speaker Nancy Pelosi out of top House leadership while remaining members of Congress. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said immediately after Pelosi's announcement that they too will step aside, the Hill...

Democrats Ditch Plan for House Lawmakers to Return

Trump accuses them of 'enjoying their vacation'

(Newser) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has abruptly dropped plans for lawmakers to return next week, saying he and Nancy Pelosi decided to change course after speaking to the Capitol's attending physician. Hoyer said the physician warned it would be unsafe for House lawmakers to return as planned on May...

Pelosi Ends Blockade on Articles of Impeachment

Sources say the House will vote Wednesday

(Newser) - The House is preparing to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate to start the historic trial, several people tell the AP . Speaker Nancy Pelosi was meeting privately Tuesday at the Capitol with House Democrats about next steps, ending her blockade almost a...

Nancy Pelosi Cuts a Deal With Rebel Democrats

She's agreed to step down by 2022

(Newser) - Democratic rebels wanted new blood at the top and they're going to get it—but possibly not until 2022. In a deal with rebels that will pave the way for Nancy Pelosi's return as House speaker, she has agreed to limit her time in the role to a...

House to Buck Senate, Pass Own Bill
 Dems Lash Faltering 
 House GOP Bill 

Dems Lash Faltering House GOP Bill

Boehner says 'no decision has been made'

(Newser) - House Republicans don't look ready to fall in behind Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell's plan to end the shutdown, and Democrats are lining up to take a swing at their effort. The House leadership today proposed an alternative plan that would include extra changes to ObamaCare, including a...

Democratic Whip on Hill: 'We're Doing Stupid Things'

Steny Hoyer sums things up on Capitol Hill

(Newser) - Democratic leaders say they won't try to block a GOP spending bill to fund the government, despite taking issue with its contents. "We're not whipping at this time," Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters, according to the Hill and Politico . The reason? Because Democrats don't...

Dems Balk at Boehner's 'Plan B'

It would see taxes go up for millionaires only

(Newser) - John Boehner announced his "Plan B" to avert the fiscal cliff today—it would see taxes go up, but only for those making more than $1 million per year—but Democrats were quick to reject it. Both President Obama and Harry Reid said the approach won't protect middle-class...

Gabrielle Giffords Resigns
 Gabrielle Giffords Resigns 

Gabrielle Giffords Resigns

'I will recover, and will return,' resignation letter promises

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords was feted by colleagues including Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz today in her last day on the House floor. "Today I know that now is not the time. I have more work to do on my recovery before I can again serve in elected...

House Passes Bill... for New Churchill Bust

And Boehner may have cut C-SPAN feed during Dem action

(Newser) - Democrats made a last-minute push to get an up-and-down vote on the Senate’s payroll tax bill this morning, only to have Republicans ignore them—and apparently even cut the C-SPAN feed. As Steny Hoyer called for the vote, speaker pro-tem Michael Fitzpatrick walked away. Hoyer kept yelling, and was...

House Democrats Fade Into Irrelevance

 Nobody Cares 
 About Lowly 
 House Dems 

Nobody Cares About Lowly House Dems

Power is with Obama, Senate Democrats, and House Republicans: Dana Milbank

(Newser) - With Congress split between the two parties, power in Washington is about President Obama, Senate Democrats, and House Republicans (and, thanks to the filibuster , Senate Republicans). But House Democrats? Not so much, writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post . "[T]here is no dignity in being a House Democrat these...

Democrats Desert Obama on Israel

President left isolated after Netanyahu's hero's welcome

(Newser) - Top Democrats are making a show of standing behind Benjamin Netanyahu in his sort-of face-off with the White House, leaving President Obama more or less isolated, the Washington Post reports. In his own speech before AIPAC, Harry Reid offered a thinly-veiled jab at President Obama’s calls for a two-state...

Democrats Nearly Trick GOP Into Legislative Blunder

They tried to dupe Republicans into adopting ultra-conservative budget

(Newser) - Democrats tried to pull a fast one today on Republicans on the House floor, reports Talking Points Memo . Before Paul Ryan's budget blueprint passed , a far more conservative offering from the Republican Study Committee came up for a vote, one that called for much deeper cuts in spending and...

Hoyer on Budget Deal: '70% of the Way' There

No deal yet, but 'very close' to compromise

(Newser) - As the clock ticks down, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says budget negotiators are "very close" to a deal. "I think we've come 70% of the way in terms of dollars," Hoyer tells Today . "That's a long way to go in trying to reach compromise."...

Hoyer: Senate Has Votes to Kill DADT

Majority leader says stand-alone repeal will pass

(Newser) - The House has fired the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell back into the Senate's court , and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says he's confident it has enough votes to pass this time. Hoyer tells the Huffington Post that he's been working closely with reform advocates Joe Lieberman and Maine...

Democrats: Fine, We'll Pass Your Crummy Tax Deal

Bill to see vote this week, says House majority leader

(Newser) - Democrats haven't stopped complaining about President Obama’s tax cut deal—one House member even called it Obama's "Gettysburg"—but it looks like they’ll pass it anyway, Time reports. “We're not going to hold this thing up at the end of the day,” said Chris...

Dems Cut Deal on Pelosi's No. 2
 Dems Cut Deal on Pelosi's No. 2 

Dems Cut Deal on Pelosi's No. 2

Give Clyburn TBD No. 3 post, avoid Hoyer dogfight

(Newser) - House Democrats have avoided a dogfight over their No. 2 leadership slot, announcing that Steny Hoyer would stay put while Jim Clyburn takes a to-be-determined No. 3 position. The move leaves Nancy Pelosi, who announced the deal last night, without any significant leadership battles ahead of Wednesday's caucus vote, Politico...

Hoyer, Clyburn Jockey to Be Pelosi's Right Hand

Deal will probably preempt secret ballot

(Newser) - The sound and fury of the midterm elections may be over, but the end of electoral voting brings about a round of behind-the-scenes jockeying for power. Reps. James Clyburn and Steny Hoyer are both plausible candidates for leading the Democratic minority in the house, but given that Nancy Pelosi will...

Pelosi's No. 2: Colbert Was 'an Embarrassment'
 Pelosi's No. 2: 
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Pelosi's No. 2: Colbert Was 'an Embarrassment'

Also, pols debate the Pledge to America

(Newser) - Add Steny Hoyer to the list of congressmen not in the Colbert Nation: The House majority leader today told Fox News Sunday that Stephen Colbert's "testimony was not appropriate. I think it was an embarrassment for Mr. Colbert more than the House. What he had to say was not...

Dems Have No Idea Who'd Replace Pelosi

If they lose the House, expect big leadership shakeup

(Newser) - If the Democrats lose control of the House—as it is widely expected they will—Nancy Pelosi will probably step down, sparking a clean sweep of Democratic leadership. The only problem? Democrats have no idea who their new leaders would be. “This is a subject that everybody in town...

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