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  • Boehner says he supports Obama on Syria

    September 3, 2013 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too. The Ohio Republican says the use of chemical weapons must be responded... more »
  • Students challenged to replace bullying with kindness Play Video

    August 26, 2013 5:56 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Students at Lowery Middle School were challenged today to create a chain reaction of kindness through "Rachel's Challenge." Rachel Joy Scott was killed in the Columbine Shooting in Littleton, Colorado in 1999. Two masked students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, killed 12 students, one teacher and themselves. Rachel... more »
  • Jindal to speak at Mich. GOP meeting

    August 6, 2013 10:28 AM

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will attend a big Republican conference in Michigan in September. The Michigan Republican Party says Jindal will speak at the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was previously announced as a speaker, and additional speakers... more »
  • House speaker announces opposition to veto session

    July 2, 2013 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he doesn't want lawmakers to hold a veto session to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections. Kleckley, a Republican ally of the governor, released a statement Tuesday announcing his opposition to the session - though he said he doesn't... more »
  • House speaker changes course on budget negotiation

    May 2, 2013 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley has reversed course and thrown his support behind bipartisan budget negotiations in the House between Democratic leaders and a group of conservative Republicans. Kleckley, a Republican, previously was supporting a plan that involved maneuvering the budget through the House and working with the... more »
  • Kleckley says Medicaid expansion a no-go this year

    April 25, 2013 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he doesn't believe any proposal to tap into the federal Medicaid expansion money will win passage in the Louisiana Legislature this year. Kleckley, a Republican from Lake Charles, says lawmakers are interested in differing models that could access money from the Affordable... more »
  • Boehner: GOP will pass 'responsible' debt bill

    January 14, 2013 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Speaker John Boehner says the GOP-controlled House will "do its job" and pass legislation to lift the nation's borrowing cap and keep the government running, but will insist that Democrats accept new spending controls. Boehner acknowledged Monday that failing to lift the so-called debt ceiling would have bad... more »
  • Dems want House vote on Senate-passed 'cliff' deal

    January 1, 2013 2:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Democratic leaders are pressing Speaker John Boehner to let the House vote on the Senate-approved bipartisan compromise that would avert much of the impact of the so-called fiscal cliff. Following a nearly three-hour private meeting Tuesday between Vice President Joe Biden and House Democratic lawmakers, Minority Leader... more »
  • 'Fiscal cliff' leaves Boehner a wounded speaker

    December 22, 2012 10:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - John Boehner is a bloodied House speaker following the startling setback his own Republican troops dealt him in their "fiscal cliff" struggle with President Barack Obama. There's plenty of internal grumbling about the Ohio Republican, especially among conservatives, and lots of buzzing about whether his leadership post is... more »
  • Boehner plans vote on backup proposal

    December 19, 2012 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - As the country continues to creep closer to the so-called "fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner is planning a vote on his backup proposal tomorrow. "Plan B," as it's called, would block tax increases from being triggered Jan. 1 on everyone but those whose incomes exceed $1 million.... more »
  • Sources: New Obama offer moves toward Boehner

    December 17, 2012 6:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has proposed a deficit-reduction package to House Speaker John Boehner that would increase the top tax rates on taxpayers earning more than $400,000, cut more spending from health care programs and add $200 billion more in spending cuts over 10 years to his earlier offer.... more »
  • Obama, Boehner meeting at the White House

    December 17, 2012 10:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are meeting at the White House to discuss the pending fiscal cliff and deficit reduction. The meeting comes as Boehner is offering $1 trillion in higher tax revenue over 10 years and an increase in... more »
  • Obama, Boehner to meet on 'fiscal cliff'

    December 13, 2012 3:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with House Speaker John Boehner later Thursday at the White House amid negotiations on the "fiscal cliff." The meeting comes as Boehner has accused Obama of dragging out negotiations on any agreement to avoid a series of wide-ranging tax... more »
  • Boehner: Differences remain in fiscal cliff talks

    December 12, 2012 1:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Talks between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" continue out of the public eye. But public statements from lawmakers suggest a deal is not close. Boehner himself says "serious differences" remain between him and President Barack Obama. The... more »
  • Christmas story accompanies lighting of Capitol Tree

    December 4, 2012 6:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says the 10,000 lights on the Capitol Christmas Tree represent the "everlasting light" that entered the world with the birth of Jesus Christ. Boehner hosted Tuesday evening's lighting of the 65-foot spruce from Colorado. Eagle Scout Ryan Shuster of Colorado Springs flipped the switch... more »
  • Obama, Boehner seem far apart on fiscal cliff

    November 30, 2012 3:51 PM

    HATFIELD, Pa. - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner don't sound close to a deal to avoid that "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts due to hit in January. Boehner says negotiations are going "almost nowhere" right now. He says Obama's proposal to avoid the fiscal... more »
  • Boehner says debt limit should be part of talks

    November 9, 2012 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says any deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff should include lower tax rates, eliminating special interest loopholes and revising the tax code. Speaking to reporters Friday, the Ohio Republican insisted that changing the tax code and making it more efficient would lead to... more »
  • House speaker says he'll consider tax increase

    November 7, 2012 6:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner is offering to pursue a deal with a victorious President Barack Obama that will include higher taxes "under the right conditions" to help reduce the nation's staggering debt and put its finances in order. Boehner tells reporters a day after the president's clear re-election... more »
  • House speaker presses Obama for answers on Libya

    October 25, 2012 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaking John Boehner is pressing President Barack Obama for answers about the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Libya that killed four Americans. Boehner sent a letter to Obama on Thursday asking whether he or senior administration officials had been personally briefed about security... more »
  • Bill Conti to serve as keynote speaker for LSU commencement ceremony

    April 19, 2012 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Oscar and three-time Emmy Award winning composer Bill Conti, who is also a graduate of the LSU School of Music, will serve as keynote speaker for the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts' spring 2012 commencement exercises, scheduled for Friday, May 18, at noon in the... more »
  • Former U.S. Senator named LSU speaker

    March 14, 2012 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston will be the commencement speaker at the LSU Law Center graduation ceremonies. Johnston served 24 years in the U.S. Senate representing Louisiana. He was either directly or indirectly responsible for all energy legislation considered by the Congress during his terms. Johnston... more »
  • Tucker: La. could feel impact from U. S. downgrade

    August 8, 2011 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana House Speaker Jim Tucker says the state could feel an impact from the federal debt downgrade. Tucker (R-Terrytown) told the Baton Rouge press club this type of situation makes the business world uneasy. He says that could hurt a company or individual's decision to invest, which... more »
  • House speaker announces secretary of state run

    August 8, 2011 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- House Speaker Jim Tucker announced his candidacy today for secretary of state in the October election. Tucker, a Republican term-limited from his House seat, made the announcement while speaking Monday to the Press Club of Baton Rouge. "Since taking office, I have saved taxpayers money, made it... more »
  • House approves GOP bill extending debt limit

    July 29, 2011 5:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have muscled legislation to extend the government's borrowing authority and cutting spending through the House over solid Democratic opposition. The 218-210 vote sets up a confrontation with the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Barack Obama, who say the GOP-written measure will die in the Senate. They say... more »
  • GOP rank and file moving behind Boehner debt plan

    July 27, 2011 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans seem to be rallying behind Speaker John Boehner's plan for lifting the U.S. borrowing cap. Several Republicans said they were warming to Boehner's plan for linking about $1 trillion in budget cuts as the price for raising the debt limit - even though they would... more »
  • Phone lines, websites busy as people weigh in on debt limit

    July 26, 2011 2:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's appeal for Americans to let their lawmakers know how they feel about the debt limit debate may be having an impact. Congressional officials say the House switchboard is near capacity, and they're suggesting using backup numbers. Websites are also experiencing heavy traffic. But... more »
  • Boehner exits budget talks with Obama

    July 22, 2011 5:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is set to address reporters Friday evening, and a Democratic official says House Speaker John Boehner called Obama and said he was walking away from the talks. The Democratic official says Boehner was halting talks for a second time over an unwillingness to consider... more »
  • House Speaker refuses request to change remap firm

    April 27, 2011 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Jim Tucker says he won't hire a different law firm to represent the House in its remapping effort, despite complaints the current firm has a conflict of interest. Tucker says he chose Washington, D.C.-based Holtzman Vogel PLLC because of its expertise. He denies his... more »
  • House submitting its map to DOJ and federal judge

    April 21, 2011 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Jim Tucker says the remapping plan for the 105 state House seats will be sent to the U.S. Justice Department and to a Washington, D.C., federal judge for approval. Louisiana must get all political boundary line changes approved under the 1965 Voting Rights Act... more »
  • House committee backs 30th minority House district

    March 23, 2011 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Against the wishes of House Speaker Jim Tucker, the House redistricting committee has narrowly backed a redesign of the 105 state House districts that would add a new minority district in Shreveport. Jim Tucker, a Republican, proposed a remapping plan that would increase majority black districts... more »
  • Boehner asks Obama to Jan. 25 State of the Union

    January 11, 2011 1:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 25, the first opportunity for the president to address the full assembly of lawmakers under new divided government. The address is typically an... more »
  • Speaker Tucker updates on Gulf crisis costs

    May 7, 2010 6:47 PM

    Louisiana House Speaker Jim Tucker says BP has done a good job covering the costs of the oil spill cleanup. That's been a big concern for many state lawmakers because of the state's current budget crisis. Tucker says it's crucial that the state and local governments do a good job... more »
  • Loyola N.O. gets Brees for commencement

    February 18, 2010 10:17 AM

    Loyola University has scored one of the city's most popular Saints as its commencement speaker. Quarterback Drew Brees, the Super Bowl MVP, will speak to the class of 2010 at commencement May 8 in the Superdome. The Jesuit university's president, Kevin Wildes, says both Brees and the students came to... more »
  • Lawmakers talk about higher ed cuts, roads

    January 22, 2010 5:13 PM

    House Speaker Jim Tucker, (R)-Terrytown, says Louisiana funds higher education well above the southern regional average. He says that's not the problem. He claims tuition at state universities is well below other southern states. The Legislature currently has control over tuition hikes. Rep. Tucker says he expects legislation to... more »

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