WBEZ | House Speaker John Boehner http://www.wbez.org/tags/house-speaker-john-boehner Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Durbin lobbies GOP-lead House for federal benefits extension http://www.wbez.org/story/durbin-lobbies-gop-lead-house-federeal-benefits-extension-95067 <p><p>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is lobbying the House to extend some federal benefits by year's end.</p><p>On Tuesday, the House rejected a two-month extension of unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut that overwhelmingly passed the Senate last week. Both are set to expire on Jan. 1.</p><p>Durbin says more than 50,000 Illinoisans could start losing their unemployment benefits if the measure is not passed.</p><p>Speaking before the House vote, Durbin accused House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, of losing control of the GOP House caucus.</p><p>"He cannot say no to some of the more radical members of the house republican caucus," said Durbin. "And because he goes along with them, we find ourselves in this impossible position."</p><p>Some House Republicans have argued that extending the benefits for two months is not long enough and are pushing for a year-long extension, something the Senate couldn't agree to last week.</p><p>Speaking after the vote, Boehner asked President Barack Obama to call the Senate back to Washington D.C.</p><p>"I need the president to help out," said Boehner in a news conference on Tuesday.</p><p>Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he won't negotiate until the House approves the Senate's two-month package.</p></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 19:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/durbin-lobbies-gop-lead-house-federeal-benefits-extension-95067 Boehner visits Chicagoland fundraiser to challenge congressional map http://www.wbez.org/story/boehner-visits-chicagoland-fundraiser-challenge-congressional-map-90551 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//boehner1_wide.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>US Speaker of the House John Boehner is visiting the Chicago area to help raise money for a Republican legal challenge to the new Democrat-drawn congressional districts. The fundraiser will take place at a home in Hinsdale, organized by a group called the Committee for a Fair and Balanced Map.</p><p>Pat Brady, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, says Boehner's presence is sure to draw a large audience--and a lot of money--for the cause.<br> <br> "Speaker Boehner is really good at these events, and I think that a lot of people are really irritated with the way that Mike Madigan and John Cullerton shoved this map down the throats of the people--basically trying to undo the election where we picked up five congressional seats," Brady said.</p><p>Republican members of the U.S. House banded together this summer to sue the Illinois State Board of Elections. Though not involved directly with the lawsuit, Brady said the new legislative districts were unfairly drawn, especially for Hispanic voters.</p><p>Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has said the map represents the state well and protects the voting rights of minorities.</p></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/boehner-visits-chicagoland-fundraiser-challenge-congressional-map-90551 Dissecting the debt-ceiling debate http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-12/dissecting-debt-ceiling-debate-89015 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-12/AP11071119621.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama and congressional leaders met Tuesday in hopes of reaching a bipartisan agreement on the debt limit. This marks the group’s third meeting in as many days; there’s been little movement along party lines. Many aren't sure whether to laugh or cry at the federal deficit situation - fear not. <a href="http://www.northwestern.edu/ipr/people/harbridge.html" target="_blank">Laurel Harbridge</a> is an assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University and a faculty fellow at the <a href="http://www.northwestern.edu/ipr/" target="_blank">Institute for Policy Research</a>. She researches the ramifications of a polarized Congress. She offered <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> an assessment the current options and a few thoughts about potential routes to middle ground.</p><p><em>Music Button: Clutchy Hopkins, "Truth Seekin'" from the release The Storyteller (Ubiquity)</em></p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-12/dissecting-debt-ceiling-debate-89015 The Budget Deal: One Of Many Late Nights To Come? http://www.wbez.org/story/federal-budget/2011-04-09/budget-deal-one-many-late-nights-come-84979 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-09/nightshot.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Now that we know there will NOT be a partial shutdown of the federal government because <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/09/135228492/deal-reached-to-avert-government-shutdown" target="_blank">late last night lawmakers reached a deal</a> on a plan to cut about $38 billion from this year's budget, it's time for some morning-after analyses.</p><p>-- Over <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/04/09/135234353/deal-averting-shutdown-proves-compromise-is-alive-if-not-well" target="_blank">at It's All Politics</a>, our colleague Frank James says this shows that "compromise is alive, if not well."</p><p>-- <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/weekend-edition-saturday/" target="_blank">On <em>Weekend Edition</em></a>, NPR's Scott Horsley said that since the agreement was literally reached at the 11th hour, it "suggests that we may have a lot of late nights to come in this new era of divided government." NPR's Liz Halloran, by the way, has <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/09/135251034/the-shutdown-matchup-a-preview-of-bouts-to-come" target="_blank">previewed "the bouts to come."</a> The include the 2012 budget and whether to raise the federal debt limit.</p><p>-- <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52854.html">Politico calls the talks</a> that finally produced a deal "less a high-stakes game of chicken — like most budget wrangling — than an effort to jerry-rig a deal that would be acceptable to House conservatives, Senate Democrats and a president intent on proving he could pull off a bipartisan deal for the second time in five months."</p><p>-- At The Corner, the politics blog of the conservative<em> National Review</em>, it's said that <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/264308/boehner-wins-big-andrew-stiles" target="_blank">House Speaker John Boehner "wins big"</a> in all this because a process that started with President Obama wanting $40 billion more in spending ended with that $38.5 billion reduction.</p><p>-- From the other side of the political spectrum, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/2011-is-not-1995/2011/04/06/AFxPaT5C_blog.html" target="_blank">Ezra Klein at <em>The Washington Post</em> also sees</a> Boehner and the Republicans as having succeeded — and he isn't pleased. "The Democrats believe it's good to look like a winner, even if you've lost. But they're sacrificing more than they let on. By celebrating spending cuts, they've opened the door to further austerity measures at a moment when the recovery remains fragile."</p><p>-- Meanwhile, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704415104576251390267843346.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories" target="_blank">according to <em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a> "leaders of the small-government, tea-party movement are generally giving House Speaker John Boehner high marks for his leadership in the spending showdown, even though the agreement eventually reached Friday night fell short of the cuts the tea party once demanded."</p><p>-- And then there are the views that may make you agree with those who say this is no way to run a government. The deal is something that "nobody loves but that all were willing to live with," <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0409/Government-shutdown-2011-avoided-with-11th-hour-budget-deal" target="_blank">writes <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em>'s Brad Knickerbocker</a>. But, "it doesn't solve the nation's debt and deficit problems, and it certainly doesn't settle the non-spending policy issues that had bedeviled the process of getting to yes — abortion is only the most obvious." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. </p> Sat, 09 Apr 2011 07:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/federal-budget/2011-04-09/budget-deal-one-many-late-nights-come-84979