9:00 PM Dec 12, 2013
Speaker of the House John Boehner leaves a GOP meeting after Senate leaders announced a deal to end the government shutdown, Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – In an uncharacteristically forceful tone, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday lambasted the conservative advocacy groups that helped bring his party to power, saying their opposition to a bipartisan budget proposal amounted to an effort to manipulate Republicans and the American people "for their own goals."
5:00 PM Dec 11, 2013
Speaker of the House John Boehner walks to a GOP meeting after Senate leaders announced a deal to end the government shutdown, Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Congressional budget negotiators reached a hard-fought deal Tuesday aimed at avoiding another government shutdown, agreeing on a plan that would restore some money to programs hit by impending across-the-board cuts, but trim spending on federal retirees and raise fees on airline travel.