Democrats may have to bend on negotiations with GOP on debt ceiling 

Strategists and policy pundits from both parties believe Democrats will soon have to come to the negotiating table to negotiate a debt ceiling deal that would avert economic catastrophe. President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) have so far refused to negotiate with President Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on raising the national debt ceiling, … Read more

White House to McCarthy: No negotiations on debt limit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said President Joe Biden “looks forward” to sitting down with incoming House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to discuss a range of topics, including possibly challenging the thorniest facing Washington this year: raising the country’s debt ceiling. One catch: This Friday statement came without an actual invitation to the White House, … Read more

Senators Pursue Deal on Border Security and Path to Citizenship for Dreamers

SOMERTON, Ariz.—A bipartisan group of senators is pushing the new Congress forward with efforts to reach an agreement on border security and immigration policy, after talks ran out of time last year. Lawmakers recently traveled to the southern Arizona-Texas border amid strong political divisions over how to handle a record number of illegal crossings that … Read more

US hits debt ceiling, prompting Treasury to take extraordinary measures

CNN — The United States reached the debt ceiling set by Congress on Thursday, forcing the Treasury Department to begin taking extraordinary measures to prevent the government from paying its bills and increasing pressure on Capitol Hill to avoid a catastrophic default. The battle lines for high stakes combat have already been set. Hardline Republicans, … Read more

Analysis: Every American could feel the pain of Washington’s debt ceiling showdown

CNN — Every American could be hurt if the dangerous game of roulette by the hardline new Republican House with a still-vulnerable economy backfires. The nation reaches a critical first threshold Thursday in the brewing showdown in Washington over the national debt that could define the term of the new GOP majority and the final … Read more

Santos named to two House committees even as he faces growing calls to resign

CNN — Embattled freshman Rep. George Santos won seats on two low-level committees after House Republicans debated where to place the New York congressman, who is facing mounting legal troubles and to growing calls for resignation for lying about his resume. Multiple GOP sources told CNN that the House Republican Steering Committee, controlled by Chairman … Read more

House Republicans lay groundwork for Mayorkas impeachment as moderates balk

CNN  —  Senior House Republicans are moving swiftly to build a case against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as they strongly weigh launching rare impeachment proceedings against a Cabinet secretary, a plan that could generate sharp backlash from GOP moderates. Key committee chairmen are already preparing to hold hearings on the problems at the southern … Read more

GOP House targets China, abortion, IRS funding in McCarthy’s first week as speaker

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hosts a press conference in Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol on Thursday, January 12, 2023. tom williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images WASHINGTON — The new Republican House majority used its first full week in office to quickly pass six bills that outlined the … Read more

Another House Republican calls for George Santos to resign

Rep. Max Miller (R-Ohio) called on Rep. George Santos (RN.Y.) to step down Thursday, joining a small group of House Republicans who urged the outraged lawmaker to step down. “I believe voters have the right to demand that government officials uphold the highest standards of honesty and reliability,” Miller said in a statement, first reported … Read more

House Republicans in the dark on McCarthy’s shadow document

Photo: Nathan Howard/Bloomberg via Getty Images A private document that only some House Republicans have seen and others refuse to talk about could play an outsized role in House governance over the next two years. Why is this important: The document contains concessions — not included in the rules package passed Monday night — that … Read more