FROM Jake Sherman
Kevin McCarthy's Transition California Congressman Kevin McCarthy is expected to take over as speaker of the House at the end of the month when John Boehner officially resigns. McCarthy’s known as a consummate politician, well-liked by his fellow Republicans. But how will he transition to his new role, where he may have to take a heavier hand?
House Passes Bill Defunding Obamacare, Sets Stage for Showdown The Republican Congress today passed a bill funding continued government spending — but not for Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner explained , "Our message to the United States Senate is real simple: The American people don't want the government shutdown, and they don't want Obamacare." Jake Sherman is Congressional reporter for Politico .
Republicans Slam Obama's Stopgap Sequester Fix Congress is on a week-long recess with massive spending cuts scheduled to take effect at the end of next week. Washington is reportedly getting resigned to the so-called "sequester." At the White House today, the President warned of dire consequences. "It won't consider whether we're cutting some bloated program that has outlived its usefulness or a vital service that Americans depend on every single day; it doesn't make those distinctions." Jake Sherman reports on Congress for Politico .
House Changes Debt Ceiling Strategy At a House Caucus retreat in Virginia, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said today that Republicans will vote next week to raise the debt ceiling—but only ‘til April—delaying, but not resolving, the anticipated showdown over spending cuts with President Obama.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.