Capitol Hill Updates

  • According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, “nearly half of all people with individual” ObamaCare plans “said it’s ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ difficult for them to afford their monthly premiums’” – and it’s about to get even worse.  The president’s health care law is already failing to ‘bend the cost curve’ as he promised it would, and is set to deliver an even bigger blow to working families next year.  Here’s more: “Boost Rates by as Much as 51 Percent” “A debate over Obamacare premiums is likely to heat up, with several health insurers proposing to boost rates by as much...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement ahead of tomorrow’s oral arguments on the House’s litigation challenging President Obama’s unilateral actions on ObamaCare:“Time and again, the president has chosen to rewrite the law whenever it suits him, ignoring the will of the American people and the Constitution itself.  Dozens of these unilateral actions involve ObamaCare, and the House is challenging two egregious examples that undermine the separation of powers.  Since we began taking this step, courts have continued to rule – as recently as...
  • ‘The trade legislation we passed is all about creating new opportunities for bigger paychecks, better jobs, and a stronger economy.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement after Senate passage of Trade Promotion Authority:  “Tonight’s vote shows that Republicans and Democrats can stand strong, together, for the Middle Class; it’s yet another example of a new Congress that’s back to work on behalf of the American people. The trade legislation we passed is all about creating new opportunities for bigger paychecks, better jobs, and a...
  • 'We all know that trade is important for American workers and American jobs. And we all know that, by passing this legislation, we can show we’re serious about advancing new opportunities for bigger American paychecks, better American jobs, and a stronger American economy.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today urging passage of bipartisan trade legislation: “I’m glad the Senate voted yesterday to take another step forward on the important trade legislation before us. “This bill represents an opportunity...
  • ‘We need to recognize that terrorist tactics and the nature of the threat have changed, and that at a moment of elevated threat it would be a mistake to take from our intelligence community any of the valuable tools needed to build a complete picture of terrorist networks and their plans — such as the bulk data collection program of section 215. The intelligence community needs these tools to protect Americans.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding a 60-day extension of FISA: “...
  • Thanks to the work of the Benghazi Select Committee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama State Department were forced to reveal in March that she exclusively used personal email to conduct official government business during her tenure as the chief diplomatic officer of the United States, which is a very big no-no. In response to the Committee’s subpoena of any documents related to Libya that were sent or received through hdr22@clintonemail.com or hrod17@clintonemail.com, her lawyer, David Kendall, stated: ‘hrod17@clintonemail.com’ is not an address that...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at a leadership press conference this week about both the House’s accomplishments last week and efforts this week to spur innovation and move America into the 21st century. McCarthy’s full remarks are below:   "Before we talk about this week, we do need to look at what was accomplished last week. Just on the House floor, [we] dealt with Iran sanctions, National Defense Authorization—to prepare us for the 21st century, transforming Pentagon and others, making sure we have the resources needed going into...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – With ISIL terrorists continuing to gain ground in Iraq and Syria, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) once again called on President Obama to scrap the policies that have failed to stop their momentum, and offer a new, overarching strategy to defeat the terrorist threat.  Following are Boehner’s remarks at his weekly press briefing earlier today:   “On Iraq: It’s been a week now since ISIL fighters stormed Ramadi – the capital of Iraq’s largest province.  Hundreds of innocent Iraqi men, women and children have been executed, dozens of U.S.-supplied...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) opened debate on the House floor today, speaking in favor of the SPACE Act and sharping a future where America guides the world in space exploration. McCarthy's full remarks as prepared for delivery are below:  "I yield myself such time as I may consume. “When I was a child, I learned that there was more to our universe than just my home and my town. There were people in great cities. There were buildings that stretched to the clouds. There were machines that could explore the character of atoms and telescopes...
  • The United States military has served as an example of excellence around the world for decades.  The accomplishments of fighter pilots engaged in air-to-air combat has played a key role in many of the most influential and transformative moments in modern-day American war history.  While all fighter pilots who have served in battle have exemplified bravery and fearlessness, an elite group of fighter pilots, known as “American Fighter Aces” rose above and beyond.  The honor of being called an American Fighter Ace is awarded to a fighter pilot who has shot down five or...