The No. 2 House Democrat says a key factor extending the government shutdown is fear among moderate Republicans about a tea party challenge.
An outside political group supporting House Democrats is casting blame for the government shutdown on nine House Republicans in a series of television and online ads.
House Democrats have unveiled an immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living here illegally and tightens border security.
The top Democratic leaders in the House hashed out their to-do list Wednesday at a suppertime powwow with President Barack Obama.
Making a down payment on his vow to go all in for Democrats in 2014, President Barack Obama is courting well-heeled donors in California on a two-day fundraising jaunt that requires the president to walk a fine line: Berate Republicans too much, and Obama could put fragile prospects for achieving his second-term goals in jeopardy.
Assertive even as he preached humility, President Barack Obama vowed to confront Republicans on the deficit and urged Democrats on Thursday to stick with him on guns and immigration.