Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement regarding Senate Democrats’ attempt to alter Senate rules:“Senate Democrats’ attempt to break Senate rules in order to change Senate rules is clearly designed to marginalize Senate Republicans and their constituents while greasing the skids for controversial partisan measures.  I question the wisdom of this maneuver, especially at a time when cooperation on Capitol Hill is critical, and fully support Leader McConnell’s efforts to protect minority rights, which are an essential part of our...
  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 6429 - STEM Jobs Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, 90 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Judiciary Committee) Special Order Speeches COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAYScience, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing on“Tapping America’s Energy Potential Through Research and Development” (Friday, November 30, at 9:30 a.m.)
  • WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discussed the balanced approach Republicans have put forth to avert the fiscal cliff through significant spending cuts and pro-growth tax reform.  Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks:  “You know, going over the fiscal cliff will hurt our economy and will hurt job creation in our country.  Republicans are committed to continuing to work with the president to come to an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.    “It’s one reason why we believe...
  • ‘The only reason Democrats are insisting on raising rates is because raising rates on the so-called ‘rich’ is the holy grail of liberalism. Their aim isn’t job creation. They’re interested in wealth destruction. But the President needs to realize he wasn’t elected President of the hard-left wing of the Democratic Party. He was elected President of the United States. He’s the steward of the nation’s finances. He’s got a responsibility to everybody to work out an agreement. And that means he’s got to come up with something that can get through a Republican House. So, we’re still...
  • In an effort to avert the “fiscal cliff” without hurting our economy, Republicans have offered to accept new revenue demanded by Democrats if it comes from tax reform and is tied to needed spending cuts. But an increasing number of Democrats seem uninterested in working together, resisting sensible spending cuts or threatening to drive us off the cliff altogether. And people are starting to notice: “Democrats, meanwhile, are sounding more and more maximalist in resisting spending cuts,” says the Washington Post. “Many insist that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and education —...
  • ‘So I encourage my friend the Majority Leader not to employ a heavy-handed procedure that, with the House of Representatives in control of Republicans, will do the Majority no good in the short-term.  But in the long term, it will establish a precedent for breaking the rules to change the rules that our Democratic colleagues will have to endure when they are next in the minority. Instead, we should work together on a bipartisan basis to resolve our respective differences. That is what the Standing Rules of the Senate anticipate. And that has been how changes to the Senate Rules...
  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29THOn Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. forlegislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Res. 821 - A resolution providing for the consideration of H.R. 6429 - STEM Jobs Act, Rules Committee Print (Special Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Nugent / Rules Committee) Special Order Speeches COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAYForeign Affairs hearing on “Israel’s Right to Defend Itself: Implications for Regional Security and U.S. Interests” (Thursday, November 29,...
  • After Again Being Ratified as Energy and Commerce Chairman, Upton Identifies Leadership Team and Key Priorities for 113th Congress WASHINGTON, DC – After once again being selected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) today announced the committee leadership he intends to appoint for the 113th Congress and commented on key priorities for the future. Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) will succeed Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) leading the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) will...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on Wednesday on the House Republican Steering Committee’s chairmanship recommendations for the 113th Congress.  The Steering Committee’s recommendations will be presented to the full House Republican Conference tomorrow for ratification.  “Our team will continue focusing on reforms that will grow our economy and create new jobs, and on holding the Obama administration accountable through aggressive oversight of the Executive Branch.  The House of Representatives is an outpost in...
  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28THOn Wednesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 6604 - To designate the federal building currently known as Federal Office Building 8, located at 200 C Street Southwest in the District of Columbia, as the “Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Federal Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Pelosi / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)2) H.R. 6374 - To designate the facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs located at 180...