Tag: Johnson, Mike (1972- )

Republicans Push Hard Line on Russia While Defending Trump’s NATO Comments

Senator Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, said on Sunday that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was a “murderous dictator” responsible for the death of the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, and that “we need strong leadership coming from America that actually pushes back against Russia and other dictators.” Then Mr. Scott followed up […]

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For Harris, Promises to Ukraine Prove Harder to Make Amid G.O.P. Resistance

When Vice President Kamala Harris flew to Germany for the Munich Security Conference last year, she made an unequivocal promise. “The United States,” she said, “will continue to support Ukraine, and we will do so for as long as it takes.” When Ms. Harris returned to the same forum and took the same stage this […]

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In New York Win, Democrats Sense a Pivot on Immigration and Border Politics

A victory in a New York special election on Tuesday injected Democrats with fresh optimism that the party might have found some of the basic ingredients to neutralize immigration and the border as political issues, which party officials have privately seen as among their deepest areas of vulnerability in 2024. The success in the race […]

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House Republican Majority Shrinks Again as Congress Faces Critical Issues

And then there were two. With Democrat Tom Suozzi’s victory in a special House election in New York on Tuesday, the shrinking Republican majority in the House dwindled even further, leaving the G.O.P. able to afford only two defections from the party line on votes when all members are present. That gives them almost no […]

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Mayorkas Was Impeached by the House. What Happens Next?

Republican members of the House impeached Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, with a simple majority vote on Tuesday. It sets off a series of choreographed rituals that dates back to the impeachment of former President Andrew Johnson in 1868. Here’s a look at what happens next. A ceremonial procession Once the House approves […]

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Steve Scalise Returns After Cancer Treatment to Vote on Mayorkas Impeachment

Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the majority leader, returned to the Capitol on Tuesday following a six-week absence during which he received a stem-cell transplant as part of his treatment for blood cancer. His Republican colleagues in the House were counting on his return to impeach Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, after a […]

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Biden Denounces Trump’s Support for Russian Attack on Allies as ‘Un-American’

President Biden denounced former President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday for encouraging Russia to attack some NATO allies, calling the comments “dumb,” “shameful,” “dangerous” and “un-American” as he implored House Republicans to defy their putative nominee and pass new security aid for Ukraine and Israel. In a televised statement, Mr. Biden said a $95 billion […]

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Johnson Stumbles, Deepening Republican Disarray and His Own Challenges

When one of the most stinging defeats of his short tenure arrived on Tuesday, Speaker Mike Johnson had put himself front and center in the House chamber, standing in front of the speaker’s ceremonial chair on the upper tier of the rostrum to gavel it down. As Republicans tanked their own bid to impeach Alejandro […]

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Al Green, in Hospital Garb, Delivers Vote to Kill Mayorkas Impeachment

With the final minutes for the vote dwindling, the House watched intently on Tuesday night to see whether any more Republicans would defect on the resolution to impeach Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary. Three House Republicans had already cast votes against impeaching Mr. Mayorkas, and based on attendance at the previous vote, the […]

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On the Border, Republicans Set a Trap, Then Fell Into It

Congressional Republicans thought they had set a clever trap for Democrats that would accomplish complementary political and policy goals. Their idea was to tie approval of military assistance to Ukraine to tough border security demands that Democrats would never accept, allowing Republicans to block the money for Kyiv that many of them oppose while simultaneously […]

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The G.O.P. Bumper Sticker: Trump First. Putin Second. America Third.

Every so often there is a piece of legislation on Capitol Hill that defines America and its values — that shows what kind of country we want to be. I would argue that when it comes to the $118.3 billion bipartisan compromise bill in the Senate to repair our broken immigration system and supply vital […]

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Trump Couldn’t Shut Down the Border. Can Biden?

President Biden is pleading with Congress for new authority to shut down the nation’s overwhelmed southern border, declaring that he has done “all I can do” and urging lawmakers to “give me the power” to fix it. “We don’t have enough agents. We don’t have enough folks. We don’t have enough judges,” Mr. Biden said […]

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Senators Release Border Deal to Unlock Ukraine Aid, but Fate Remains Uncertain

Senate Republicans and Democrats on Sunday cemented a compromise plan to crack down on unlawful migration across the U.S. border with Mexico and cleared a critical hurdle to an aid package for Ukraine, but the deal faces long odds in a Congress deeply divided over both issues. The release of the agreement, struck after more […]

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House G.O.P. Plans Vote on Israel Aid as Senate Tries to Close Broader Deal

Speaker Mike Johnson pledged Saturday that the House would hold a vote next week on legislation to speed $17.6 billion in security assistance to Israel with no strings attached, a move likely to complicate Senate leaders’ efforts to rally support for a broader package with border security measures and aid to Ukraine. Mr. Johnson’s announcement […]

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Another Political Failure on Immigration

President Biden’s assertion that he’s ready to sign a border deal — one that would make it much harder for migrants to enter the United States — is a necessary and long overdue step to restore the public’s confidence in the federal government’s ability to maintain control over immigration. The crush of asylum seekers crossing […]

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Speaker Mike Johnson’s Favorite Way to Dodge Questions: Answering the Phone

It was his first day back in Washington after a long winter break, and Speaker Mike Johnson was under pressure to pass a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown within days. With hard-right Republicans in full revolt over the plan, everyone in the Capitol was eager to know what the inexperienced leader would […]

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Schumer Plans Senate Vote on Border and Ukraine Deal Next Week

Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, said on Thursday that he would set up a test vote next week on a measure pairing an immigration crackdown with tens of billions of dollars in military assistance to Ukraine and Israel, but the package is facing a rough road with Republican resistance […]

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Tax Bill Moves Forward, but Election-Year Politics Threaten Its Chances

The House is expected to give broad bipartisan approval on Wednesday to a $78 billion bill that would expand the child tax credit and restore a set of corporate tax breaks, a rare feat in an election year by a Congress that has labored to legislate. But the measure still faces a fraught path to […]

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Johnson Digs In Against Border Deal as Negotiators Try to Salvage It

Speaker Mike Johnson sought on Friday to choke off the last remaining glimmers of hope for a bipartisan immigration compromise to emerge from Congress this year, repeating that a deal under discussion in the Senate would almost certainly be “dead on arrival” in the Republican-led House. Mr. Johnson’s statement, in a letter to House G.O.P. […]

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Trump Strengthens Grip on Capitol Hill as He Presses Toward Nomination

For months, Senate Republicans have been working with Democrats on a deal they have described as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for a conservative border security bill, and for weeks, they have hinted that they are tantalizingly close to an agreement. Their timing could not be worse. As former President Donald J. Trump moves closer to becoming […]

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Louisiana Lawmakers Pass Congressional Map That Empowers More Black Voters

Louisiana lawmakers on Friday approved a new congressional map that would create a second district with a majority of Black voters, after a federal court found that the existing map appeared to illegally undercut the power of Black voters in the state. Given that Black voters often back Democratic candidates in the state, the new […]

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With Deal Close on Border and Ukraine, Republican Rifts Threaten to Kill Both

Senator James Lankford, the Oklahoma Republican and staunch conservative, this week trumpeted the immigration compromise he has been negotiating with Senate Democrats and White House officials as one shaping up to be “by far, the most conservative border security bill in four decades.” Speaker Mike Johnson, in contrast, sent out a fund-raising message on Friday […]

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Abortion Opponents Set to March in Washington, With Obstacles Ahead

Last year, anti-abortion activists descended on the National Mall in triumph for the annual March for Life, eager to enter a new era for their ambitions to end abortion following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that established federal abortion rights. But this year, the first presidential election year in […]

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Mike Johnson’s Big Problem: House Republicans Lack a Governing Majority

Republicans may control the House, but when it comes to enacting any significant measure this Congress, it has fallen to Democrats to supply the bulk of the votes. When Speaker Mike Johnson pushed through a stopgap spending bill on Thursday to avert a partial government shutdown, it was the fourth time over the past year […]

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How Biden’s Immigration Fight Threatens His Biggest Foreign Policy Win

The soaring number of people crossing into the United States from Mexico has been a political vulnerability for President Biden for the past three years, chipping away at his approval rating and opening him up to political attacks. But now, the crisis is threatening to upend America’s support for the war in Ukraine, throwing the […]

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Senate to Pass Stopgap Spending Bill as Congress Moves to Avert Shutdown

The Senate was expected to pass legislation on Thursday to fund the government through early March, putting pressure on the House to quickly follow suit to avoid a partial government shutdown beginning Saturday. Senator Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat and majority leader, cleared the way on Wednesday for a midday vote on the measure. […]

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Johnson Digs In Against Border Deal to Unlock Ukraine Aid, Defying Biden

Speaker Mike Johnson on Wednesday threw cold water on the idea of striking an immigration deal with Democrats that could revive stalled legislation to send aid to Ukraine, hours before a meeting in which President Biden planned to make a renewed push for the plan. “I don’t think now is the time for comprehensive immigration […]

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Senate Advances Stopgap Bill to Avert a Partial Shutdown

The Senate on Tuesday took the first step in advancing a stopgap spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown at the end of the week, buying time to enact a broader bipartisan funding agreement for the remainder of the year. By a 68-to-13 vote, senators voted to take up the legislation, which would temporarily […]

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The House G.O.P.’s Incredible Shrinking Majority

When Republicans assumed control of the House early last year after winning a narrow majority in the 2022 midterms, Representative Earl Blumenauer, a veteran Democrat from Oregon, made a bold prediction: His party had a slight chance of reclaiming power before the next election — through sheer attrition. Republicans commanded just a thin edge over […]

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Congressional Leaders Unveil Stopgap Bill to Head Off Shutdown

Congressional leaders unveiled stopgap legislation on Sunday to avert a partial government shutdown, teeing up a race to pass the bipartisan spending deal into law before a deadline at the end of the week. The bill, which came out of a spending deal negotiated by Speaker Mike Johnson and Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, […]

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Johnson Says He’ll Stand by Deal to Avert Shutdown, Spurning Hard-Right Demands

Speaker Mike Johnson said on Friday that he stood by the spending deal he negotiated with Democrats to avert a government shutdown, spurning demands from ultraconservatives who have pressured him to jettison the agreement. The announcement, after days of public silence about what he would do, all but guaranteed that Mr. Johnson will have to […]

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