Capitol Hill Updates

  • By passing a balanced budget that emphasizes growth, common sense and the needs of the middle class, Republicans have shown that the Senate is under new management and delivering on the change and responsible government the American people expect.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement Friday after passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Senate budget that balances within 10 years and does so without raising taxes: “By passing a balanced budget that emphasizes growth, common sense and the needs of the middle class, Republicans have...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement applauding House passage of the FY 2016 House Republican budget resolution (H. Con. Res. 27): “The House passed a pro-growth, balanced budget that establishes a stark contrast between our vision for the future, and that of the president.  Instead of drowning our kids in a sea of red ink, we cut more than $5 trillion in spending and balance the budget within a decade.  Instead of taking money out of the economy with more than $2 trillion in tax hikes, we call for reforming the entire tax...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – The House passed the first real entitlement reform in decades today, taking up legislation that will strengthen Medicare, improve health care for seniors, and provide real savings for taxpayers.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) highlighted these critical reforms at his weekly press briefing earlier today: “Today, the House will pass legislation that’ll make real progress in strengthening Medicare.  This is a bill that will provide better health care for seniors and real savings for taxpayers.  The bill will permanently replace the so-called ‘doc...
  • Washington, D.C. - Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement on the desertion charges filed against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl:“As the charges against Sgt. Bergdahl move forward in our military justice system, the question remains whether this Administration is prepared to put more American lives at risk to pursue the terrorists who were released from our custody in exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl? I find it unconscionable that this Administration was willing to release five...
  • ObamaCare turns five this week, but not many Americans are celebrating. The President promised his health care overhaul would lower costs and improve access to care. Instead, all we've seen are rising premiums, canceled plans, and a failed website with a $1.7 billion price tag. To commemorate the 5-year anniversary of ObamaCare being signed into law, the House Republican Conference is sharing five stories every day for five days. Submitted to us via GOP.gov/YourStory, these stories come from Americans in all corners of the country living ...
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00-11:00 a.m. Last votes expected 12:00-1:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 2 - Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the military’s announcement that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy: Chairman McCaul: “President Obama endangered our national security and broke the law when he chose to negotiate with terrorists and release hardened enemy combatants from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl—who many believed at the time was a deserter. The president ignored this information, and at least one of the...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) presided today as President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan addressed a joint meeting of Congress.  Boehner, who met with Ghani prior to the address in the Speaker’s Ceremonial Office, issued the following statement: “We were honored by President Ghani’s address today, particularly his tributes to the brave Americans who have served and sacrificed in Afghanistan.  All around, the address was a great display of statesmanship from a leader who has already established himself as a trusted partner for peace and security in the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at a Republican leadership press conference on the Republican budget and how it sets the Republican vision for the future. McCarthy’s full remarks are below:       "There's a lot that happens in this House that shows contrast, but there's no greater contrast than this week. "A budget is your vision. It's your desire for the future. But it shows a contrast between Republicans and Democrats. There will be a lot of budgets on the floor—from progressives, CBC, RSC, and others. But only one final budget...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce and House Ways and Means Committees have introduced H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, to permanently replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). The agreement builds upon H.R. 1470, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to replace the SGR formula with a stable payment system that promotes higher quality care for seniors. The bipartisan committee leaders on Friday released a working framework of these additional proposals some...