Boehner Coy on Working Relationship With Pelosi

House lawmakers left for a two-week recess on a high note Thursday, with members of both parties banding together in nearly equal measure to pass a substantive piece of legislation. But unlike the longevity of the bill that permanently ends the "sustainable growth rate" used to calculate doctors' payments for Medicare, and extends for two years the Children's Health Insurance Program, it's highly doubtful the bipartisan comity will endure.

Floor Rule 'Empowers' Democrats on Trade
Democrats could vote down TAA to sink TPA.

Ahead of votes on a series of trade-related bills Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi detailed her outstanding concerns while commending President Barack Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner, among others, for their work on the legislation.

Pelosi also acknowledged that Democrats could vote down Trade Adjustment Assistance to sink Trade Promotion Authority, given the structure of the House rule on the legislation, “empowering” her caucus.

Reid Noncommittal on Medicare Fix

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid did not commit to supporting an emerging Medicare “doc fix” bill at his weekly news conference Tuesday, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker John A. Boehner continue work on changes to the payment formula for Medicare doctors ahead of March 31, when payments would be cut by 21 percent.