Capitol Hill Updates

  • So before we all vote this morning, I just want to make sure everybody understands what this vote is all about. Two weeks ago, the President and his Democrat allies defied two centuries of tradition, their own prior statements, and – in the case of some Democrat Leaders – their own public commitments about following the rules of the Senate.’  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor on Tuesday regarding the Senate Democrats changing the Senate rules in order to achieve their goals: “I want to start out by...
  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11TH On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2319 - Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2013 (Sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin / Natural Resources Committee)2) S. 1471 - Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act (Sponsored by Sen. Daniel Coats / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)3) H.R. 3212 - Sean and David Goldman International Child...
  • With Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius set to appear before an Energy & Commerce subcommittee tomorrow, we’ve started a list of questions for her to answer.  The committee has put together its own list, and we encourage you to add yours in the comments section below.     HIDDEN COSTSQ: The president gave a speech last week about income equality, and the importance of strengthening the middle class.  Do you consider the cost of plans under this law – factoring in both premiums and deductibles – ‘affordable’ for middle-class families...
  • WASHINGTON, DC -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the budget agreement reached between House & Senate Budget Committee Chairmen Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA): “I am grateful for the work done by Chairmen Ryan and Murray.  While modest in scale, this agreement represents a positive step forward by replacing one-time spending cuts with permanent reforms to mandatory spending programs that will produce real, lasting savings.  This framework is consistent with sequester replacement legislation passed by the House in 2012....
  • Governing by Crisis By Congressman Randy Forbes  This month, as Congress looks ahead to the New Year, it finds itself in a place that has become all too familiar to Americans. Instead of debates over purposeful budgeting, we’re confronted once again with tired phrases that tell of poor planning and irresponsible governing: Temporary spending. Stopgap measures. Last-minute deals.Unfortunately, it is an accurate description of Congressional budgeting over the past several years. In fact, this year is the first since 2009 that both chambers of Congress have actually passed a budget...
  • Fundamental flaws at the heart of the president’s health care law continued coming to light this week, with stories of Medicare Advantage patients losing their doctors, small business owners “scared to death,” and young Americans seeing their hours cut due to ObamaCare’s burdensome mandates.  As numerous editorials from across the country note, the problems with the president’s health care law go far beyond its botched website: “Plans Being Dropped, Much-Higher Premiums and People Losing Access to Their Preferred Doctors and Medical Centers” “Shortly after the botched launch...
  • ObamaCare is causing families widespread sticker shock,  scaring small businesses, and sending doctors into early retirement.  Things can’t get any worse, right?Think again.There is now the matter of whether the millions of people kicked off their plans will be able to sign up for new coverage in time, raising the possibility that “the number of uninsured Americans actually goes up.”  It’s being called a “worst-case scenario,” and it's sure to be a prime topic of discussion when Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appears...
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 3521 - The Department of Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Lease Authorization Act of 2013, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)2) S. 1471 - Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act (Sponsored by Sen. Daniel Coats / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)3) H.R. 1402 - VA Expiring...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement in response to the November jobs report. “There’s no question that every new job that was created last month is a positive step in the right direction – particularly for American families who are desperate for good economic news,” said Congressman Price. “And yet there’s still a feeling of disappointment and trepidation all across this country, and it is not because of one economic report or another. It is because after years of being told by President Obama and his allies that a robust economy is...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) talked about a new potential source of taxpayer fraud in the fundamentally-flawed health care law, as well as its ongoing economic impact.  Following are Boehner’s remarks: “The president’s health care law continues to wreak havoc on American families, small businesses, and our economy.  People are losing the health insurance they like, losing the doctors they’ve always relied on.  And – if it could be worse – they’re paying much higher prices as a result.    “And to...