Capitol Hill Updates

  • Over the years, Speaker Boehner has collected some interesting items, many of which now litter – ahem – adorn his office in the U.S. Capitol.  Here is a quick rundown of some of the more unique pieces.  Walking Stick.  Speaker Boehner can often be found counting his steps with the help of his fitness band, but he has never actually been spotted using this walking stick, which remains in the corner of his office.  According to the Alabaman wood carver who gave it Speaker Boehner, the stick was carved in honor of Teddy Roosevelt’s famous advice to “...
  • Many, if not most, people assumed it, but it was still alarming to hear the President of the United States actually say it. “We don't have a strategy yet,” President Obama conceded yesterday, referring to his approach – or lack of one, rather – to confronting and defeating the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As CNN’s Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr remarked, “[It’s] worth remembering that ISIS fighters, ISIS leadership will hear this statement that the U.S. right now has no strategy to deal with them.” And let’s not forget about the...
  • Washington, D.C. - Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), led 25 Members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, urging that donated religious materials remain in the guest rooms at Navy Lodge facilities.  It came to light that the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) had issued a memo for the removal of Bibles currently in Navy Lodge guest rooms after NEXCOM received a complaint.  After significant pushback, however, the Navy announced that the decision was being reconsidered. The letter acknowledges the Navy’s announcement...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Wednesday again called on Senate Democrats to act on House-passed jobs bills in response to a Congressional Budget Office report showing that our economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year, less than last year’s anemic 1.9 percent:“This CBO report says that our economy will actually grow less this year than it did in 2013.  The continued lack of strong, sustained growth is felt across our country, particularly by the millions of Americans stuck in part-time work.  While the House has passed more than 40 jobs...
  • The Obama administration is drawing another round of criticism for its failure to articulate a strategy for countering the spread of terrorism in Iraq and across the region – a strategy Speaker Boehner has been calling for since January.  Here are just a few examples:  “The World Senses that This President Is Too Disengaged” “The apparent struggle to neatly encapsulate the President’s strategy is not lost on his critics.  ‘I do think the administration is showing some signs of a little bit of fatigue,’ Brookings Institution analyst Michael O’Hanlon said in a recent...
  • President Obama will address the American Legion today in what the AP describes as the “latest administration response to the health care lapses that led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in May.” Earlier this month, the President signed the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 into law, which was a step in the right direction to fixing “an agency that has become the poster child for ineffective bureaucracy. But to be sure, there is a long way to go until we see cultural and...
  • Chairman Miller signs contract for the House of Representatives’ legal representation to challenge President’s failure to adhere to Constitution Washington – On Monday, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, signed the contract for the House of Representatives’ outside counsel to represent the House during the lawsuit against the President.  The House passed a resolution (H. Res. 676) authorizing the Speaker, on behalf of the House of Representatives, to file suit against President Obama for failing to uphold his...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) said President Obama has resorted to coercion and massive, punitive fines in a U.S. Health and Human Services announcement made today that targets faith-based hospitals, schools and other organizations which for moral reasons cannot and will not include abortion-causing drugs, sterilization and contraception procedures in their private health insurance plans. “Here he goes again. This new ‘notification option’ announced today is really just another highly coercive regulation—a direct, obnoxious, unprecedented government attack on the...
  • Friend – The Affordable Care Act requires that all businesses with more than 50 full-time employees provide health insurance to their employees or pay a fee. I supported the Hire More Heroes Act, H.R. 3474, to exempt veterans who already receive health insurance through the Veterans Affairs Department or reservists covered under TRICARE from being counted toward the number of employees that triggers the employer mandate under the ACA. This is a win-win: veterans are able to find work after serving our nation, and our businesses are able to hire them without facing a penalty...
  • Bakersfield, CA - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement regarding American-led air strikes against ISIS:"With each passing day, an unchecked ISIS grows more powerful, increasing in territory it occupies and continuing to target and kill religious minorities and moderate Muslims. These actions have destabilized the entire region and have created the largest terrorist safe haven since September 11, 2001, posing a direct threat to the United States and our allies."The threat to U.S. personnel in Erbil and the potential death of thousands of Christian and...