Here is video today of House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addressing the House of Representatives as the 113th Congress convened at the U.S. Capitol. Boehner and Pelosi addressed the House after being re-elected to their respective leadership positions earlier today. Boehner called on the House to address the massive U.S. National Debt for the good of future generations of Americans.
John Boehner is the 53rd Speaker of the House. Full list here: ow.ly/gwkbW
In a complete victory for President Obama, the House of Representatives tonight passed the “Fiscal Cliff” Deal, that raises taxes but does not cut spending, by an overwhelming vote of 257-167. The majority of Republicans voted against the deal, but enough crossed the aisle to vote with Democrats to put it over the top by a large margin. House Speaker John Boehner voted for the deal, along with GOP Rep. Paul Ryan. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor voted against it. It now moves to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. The Congressional Budget Office estimates this deal will add another $4 Trillion to the National Debt over the next 10 years.
From @jacksonjk; Boehner voted yes. Cantor and McCarthy voted no. Paul Ryan voted yes.
NOTE 3:20 PM ET: The House has gone into recess subject to the call of the Chair. Unclear whether there will be a vote on it or not.
Here is Live Video of the U.S. House of Representatives, which has re-convened today, New Year’s Day, to consider the Fiscal Cliff Deal passed by the U.S. Senate 89-8 in the wee hours of this morning. It is still unclear whether House Republicans will go along with this deal, and decide to save the fight over spending cuts for the Debt-Ceiling Battle in March. We’ll post updates on how things are looking for the deal in the House as the day progresses. . . . Developing
House Republicans: Eric Cantor, party’s No. 2 in House, is opposed to Senate fiscal cliff deal in current form nbcnews.to/VxXigz
Noted Political Analyst Stuart Rothenberg says the trajectory for the House races this Fall makes it unlikely Democrats will be able to seize control of the House of Representatives. In fact, Republicans look poised to maintain or even increase their majority. Democrats need a net gain of 25 seats to regain control of the House, where currently, Republicans have a 242-193 majority:
ROLL CALL-Stuart Rothenberg: House races often don’t start getting attention until after Labor Day. But with the presidential contest sucking the air out of the political environment and defining the electoral landscape, House candidates may find they have an even harder time than usual defining themselves and their opponents.
That means the existing trajectory of the fight for the House may be harder and harder to change as Labor Day approaches, creating a growing problem for House Democrats who continue to insist that the House is “in play.”
Democratic strategists need a dramatic shift in the House playing field if they are going to have any chance of netting the 25 seats they need to regain a majority in the House of Representatives. And that outcome looks increasingly remote.
Right now, the outlook for the House is anywhere from a small GOP gain to a modest Democratic gain in the single digits — not close to what Democrats hoped for as the cycle began.
A detailed, race-by-race evaluation of the House suggests that Republicans already have 201 safe seats, with 11 more rated by my newsletter as “Republican Favored,” a barely competitive category. An additional 14 seats are rated as “Lean Republican.” . . . Read More
The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a bill that would extend the Payroll Tax Cut for 2012:
WASHINGTON POST: In another test of House Speaker John A. Boehner’s leadership of his restive Republican majority, the House is expected to vote Tuesday on a GOP plan to extend a one-year reduction in the payroll taxes paid by 160 million workers.
Republicans have been divided over whether to extend the tax cut, as President Obama has urged, or allow the levy to revert to 6.2 percent in January from 4.2 percent.
That division was on display at Saturday’s Republican presidential debate, where three of the six candidates — including front-runners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney — urged Congress to extend the tax break, while three others argued that it wouldn’t spur job growth.
But by linking the tax cut with other Republican priorities — including speeding up construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline — and by paying for the package with other spending cuts, GOP leaders believe they’ve come up with a measure that can draw overwhelming Republican support.
House approval would set up a clash later this week with the Senate, where Democratic leaders have rejected key pieces of the House bill. . . . Read More
Here is video this morning of Politico’s Mike Allen breathlessly talking about the chances of a Nancy Pelosi comeback to power in the House of Representatives. Democrats will need to have a net gain of 25 seats in the 2012 House Elections to regain control of the House of Representatives. Allen says it is “very possible” that will happen, and that the chances are being “underestimated.”
I’m sure Mike wants this to happen, but I would say the chances are even greater that the GOP will increase its majority in the House.
House Republicans are planning to begin consideration today of a bill that would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry a concealed handgun in any state where concealed carry is not restricted. Right now, 49 states allow some form of concealed carry. Democrats have been fighting to stop the bill from coming up for consideration:
DAILY CALLER: The House of Representatives will consider a bill on Tuesday allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry handguns across state lines.
A floor vote is expected on the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill introduced by Florida Republican Cliff Stearns and North Carolina Democrat Heath Shuler.
The legislation would allow those with permits to carry a concealed handgun in any state where concealed carry is not restricted. Forty nine states currently allow some form of concealed carry, but the training and requirements for obtaining a permit vary.
The bill is poised to pass the Republican-controlled House: It has more than 245 co-sponsors, and it survived the markup process intact, despite numerous attempts by Democrats to amend it. . . . Read More
The House of Representatives has reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as the National Motto of the United States by a vote of 396-9. The vote was intended as a rebuke to President Obama for saying in a speech overseas that America’s motto is “E Pluribus Unum” (“Out of many, one”). Eight Democrats and one Republican voted against the resolution affirming “In God We Trust.”
HUMAN EVENTS: The House on Tuesday passed a measure reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto of the U.S., in an effort to encourage its display in public buildings and send a message to those who seek to remove God from the public domain.
The resolution required a two-thirds vote to pass, and did so easily, 396 to 9. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan was the lone Republican voting no, joining eight other Democrats, Representatives Gary Ackerman and Jerrold Nadler of New York, Judy Chu, Mike Honda and Pete Stark of California, Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, Henry Johnson of Georgia and Robert Scott of Virginia.
Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R.-Va.), chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus and sponsor of the measure, said the resolution serves to clear up confusion over a speech President Obama gave last year in Jakarta, Indonesia, in which he stated that the motto was instead “E Pluribus Unum,” Latin for “Out of many, one.”
“For the President of the United States to incorrectly state something as foundational as our national motto in another country is unacceptable,” Forbes said. “The President is the primary representative of our nation to the world, and whether mistake or intention, his actions cast aside an integral part of American society.”
“We need to make clear to the people in this country that our motto is ‘In God We Trust,’ and encourage them to proudly display that motto,” Forbes said. . . .
Left-wing protesters interrupted proceedings of the House of Representatives today. Around 20 proteters were reportedly detained for shouting from the House Gallery in opposition to the Debt Limit Deal. Above is audio of the disturbance:
THE HILL: Up to 20 people protesting against House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) debt deal were detained Monday at the Capitol.
The protesters, including members of the National People’s Action (NPA) group, disrupted debate on the House floor from the gallery and were handcuffed by Capitol Police and escorted off the premises. The suspects chanted, “Hey Boehner, get a clue, it’s about revenue,” as they were led away.
One male suspect was pinned to the ground by officers during the incident, yelling loudly that he was not associated with the group or the protest.
“It looks like about 20 were arrested,” Amanda Devecka-Rinear, NPA’s campaign director, told The Hill.
Capitol Police have yet to comment on the exact number of protesters taken into custody, or what charges — if any — will be brought against them.
Those detained, including members of NPA, VOCAL New York and Community Voices Heard, expressed outrage over a debt-ceiling deal reliant on spending cuts, including potential cuts to Medicare. . . . Read More
Here is a video report from Fox News discussing the postponement of a vote in the House of Representatives late this afternoon on the Boehner bill to deal with the Debt Limit Crisis. A vote had been scheduled for around 5 PM ET, but when debate ended, the vote on the bill was postponed – assumed to mean Boehner does not yet have the votes.
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel said it is “too close to call” right now. The Speaker’s office says a vote will still take place later tonight.
Shephard Smith quoted the numbers on the GOP side as: 22-No, 3-Leaning No, 7-Undecided. Boehner can only lose 24 GOP votes and still pass the bill.
Here is complete video of new House Speaker John Boehner receiving the gavel from Nancy Pelosi, and then delivering his remarks on assuming leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Boehner promised more openness, saying all bills will be posted online for three days for Americans will have a chance to read them before they are voted on, and he said there will be renewed focus on doing the “People’s business.” “It’s not about us,” Boehner said.
Here is a video report by Fox News’ Griff Jenkins on the new, 112th Congress that will be sworn-in tomorrow, January 5, 2011. There are 85 new Republicans, and only nine new Democrats who will be a part of the U.S. House of Representatives. Jenkins talks to the President of the GOP Freshman Class – Austin Scott – who says they are ready to roll once John Boehner takes the gavel from Nancy Pelosi and becomes Speaker of the House.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy that keeps Gays from serving openly in the military. The vote was 250-175. The repeal will now go back to the Senate again, where it failed to get the required 60-votes for Cloture (to bring it up for an up or down vote) last week.
It looks like another House seat could go Republican after all. New York’s 1st Congressional District had appeared to be headed for a victory by Democrat Rep. Tim Bishop. But things took a dramatic turn after a recanvass of voting machines put GOP challenger Randy Altschuler into the lead by 392 votes. There’s still a long way to go, but this now makes four seats still uncalled that Republicans lead, giving them the potential to wind up with a +65 seat net gain in the 2010 Midterms:
NY TIMES: A new vote count on Long Island appears to have called into question the apparent victory of an incumbent Democratic congressman on Long Island.
The representative, Timothy H. Bishop, led by more than 3,400 votes after the first round of counting in New York’s First Congressional District.
But after a recanvass of the voting machines in Suffolk County, Randy Altschuler, the Republican, held a razor-thin lead of 392, according to a post Saturday on the Facebook page of Mr. Altschuler’s campaign. The winner will not be determined until more than 9,000 absentee ballots are counted. . . . . Read More
In all, eight (NY-1 pushes the total back up from seven) races remain uncalled: CA-11, CA-20, IL-8, KY-6, NY-1, NY-25, VA-11, WA-2.
Republicans are now leading in four of those races: CA-20, IL-8, NY-1, NY-25.
With the +61 net gain already in the bank, the final total could be +65 if they can hang on to these four leads.