Capitol Hill Updates

  • Two facts stand out from the hearing the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held last week on security failures leading up to the attack on our consulate in Libya last month. 1)    The State Department was more interested in portraying the situation in Libya as “normal” than in keeping our people in Libya safe. Despite 234 security incidents during the previous 13 months, multiple requests for more resources from officers on the ground were ignored by bureaucrats who had never been to Libya. Eric Nordstrom, the former chief of security for our...
  • Did you know that for every one new job in the Obama economy, 10 people simply gave up looking and dropped out of the workforce? Or that two million more people have been out of work for longer than six months (“long-term unemployed”) than when President Obama took office? Or how about that the Obama administration predicted the unemployment rate would be 5.5 percent by now if the ‘stimulus’ became law? The House Ways & Means Committee compiled these and other depressing facts about the Obama economy using data from the most recent unemployment report. You can read them all here...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement commending the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), for its efforts to investigate the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, which resulted in the death of four Americans, including the ambassador. Today, the Oversight Committee is conducting a hearing on the matter, “The Security Failures of Benghazi.” “Chairman Issa and his fellow members on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform ought to be...
  • On July 30, 2012, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance to defense contractors informing them that provisions of the WARN Act would not apply in regard to potential sequestration cuts.  The WARN Act requires companies with more than 100 employees to give workers notice of potential layoffs at least 60 days in advance.  Additionally, a September 28, 2012 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance states that costs associated with any litigation that could come about by defense contractors failing to comply with the WARN Act would be covered by the federal...
  • RSC Chairman Jim Jordan urges all RSC Members to support the State Nutrition Assistance Flexibility Act (H.R. 6567), which would enact much-needed reform of federal food welfare programs.  This legislation was recently introduced by Reps. Tim Huelskamp, Paul Broun, Steve Chabot, and Jim Jordan.  The legislation combines the six food welfare programs in the Farm Bill into a single block grant to states. This new block grant replaces the following six food welfare programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)...
  • ‘The Speaker and I have called for extending all the income tax rates for a year, ensuring that no one sees an income tax hike in January and preventing the economic harm and massive job loss that will come if Sen. Schumer and Washington Democrats follow through on their threats to drive us off the fiscal cliff. This uncertainty needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later. We need to find a way to deal with the sequester not by cutting a penny less, but by intelligently making the decisions that are necessary to keep our promise to reduce the debt by $2.1 trillion and to get our...
  • 10 Key Facts on Jobs and Unemployment Data Reflects September 2012 Jobs Report Released October 5, 2012 1. 4.1 Million Fewer Jobs than Projected: In January 2009 the Obama Administration forecast there would be 137.6 million jobs in December 2010.  Instead there were 130.3 million jobs in December 2010.  Even 21 months later in September 2012, there are just 133.5 million jobs – 4.1 million fewer than the Administration’s forecast for late 2010. 2. Slower Jobs Recovery than during the Great Depression: This is the only “recovery” since World War II when jobs lost in the...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today called on President Obama to address a National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) report – prepared by independent accounting firm Ernst & Young – showing that the president’s January 1 “fiscal cliff” tax hike will significantly impact small businesses in America and destroy more than 700,000 U.S. jobs:“President Obama is demanding a tax increase that a National Federation of Independent Business report confirms will hit many small businesses and destroy more than 700,000 jobs, a fact he refuses to deny or discuss....
  • Washington, DC – Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressing concerns and raising a number of questions regarding the Administration’s intent to provide $450 million in cash transfers to the Egyptian government led by the Muslim Brotherhood. Full text of the letter is below, and a signed copy is available here. The Honorable Hillary Rodham ClintonSecretary of StateU.S. Department of StateWashington, DC 20520 Dear Madam Secretary:...