Poll: 63% of Americans want Boehner out as speaker

Poll: 63% of Americans want Boehner out as speaker

On Politics Catalina Camia, USA TODAY 12:31 p.m. EDT October 21, 2013

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More than six in 10 Americans say Speaker John Boehner should be replaced as the top leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, a poll finds.

Fresh off a 16-day government shutdown that damaged the Republican Party in the eyes of many, 63% of adults said in the CNN/ORC International poll released Monday said Boehner, R-Ohio, should no longer wield the gavel. That compares with 30% who say Boehner should continue as speaker.

More than half of respondents, or 54%, say it’s “bad for the country” that Republicans control the House, according to the CNN/ORC poll. Continue reading “Poll: 63% of Americans want Boehner out as speaker”

House panel rejects proposal to end feds’ mass transit benefit

House panel rejects proposal to end feds’ mass transit benefit

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This story has been updated.

A proposal to end the mass transit subsidy benefit for federal employees to help pay for disaster recovery is off the table.

The House Rules Committee rejected the amendment related to the transit benefit offered by Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., to the Sandy storm relief bill. The House voted down a separate amendment from Mulvaney that would impose across-the-board spending cuts of 1.63 percent for all federal agencies. The chamber began debate on the emergency appropriations legislation Tuesday afternoon and was expected to vote on the final package in the evening. Continue reading “House panel rejects proposal to end feds’ mass transit benefit”

House approves $50B for Sandy relief

By Pete Kasperowicz – 01/15/13 07:28 PM ETThe House approved a $50 billion Sandy relief bill Tuesday evening, after several hours of contentious debate in which scores of Republicans tried unsuccessfully to cut the size of the bill and offset a portion of it with spending cuts.

Members approved the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, H.R. 152, in a 241-180 vote. Among Republicans, 179 voted against it, and just 49 voted for it, a protest against a bill that many conservatives say is too big and provides funding for things other than immediate relief for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Continue reading “House approves $50B for Sandy relief”