Ahead Of Nov. Elections, Hill GOP Shelves ‘Big-Ticket’ Legislation
Party leaders are focusing on calming their divided ranks, The Washington Post reports.
The Washington Post: Congressional Republicans Are Focused On Calming Their Divided Ranks
After a tumultuous week of party infighting and leadership stumbles, congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks in the months ahead, mostly by touting proposals that have wide backing within the GOP and shelving any big-ticket legislation for the rest of the year. Comprehensive immigration reform, tax reform, tweaks to the federal health care law -- bipartisan deals on each are probably dead in the water for the rest of this Congress. ... On health care, Republicans will offer their own wholesale substitute for the Affordable Care Act in the spring or summer, making full repeal of the law a keystone of their election-year message (Costa, 2/17).
Meanwhile, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., went to New Hampshire and had some tough words for Democrats-
The Associated Press: Issa Rails Against Obama's 'Imperial Presidency'
As chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, [Rep. Darrell] Issa is probing some of the Obama administration’s most provocative controversies: the troubled rollout of the health care website, the Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of politically active groups, the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' phone records and the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed three Americans (Peoples, 2/18).