Capitol Hill Updates

  • Last week, a new report showed job growth is “well below what is needed” and the White House blew off a deadline to report on the impact of the Obama defense ‘sequester.’  But instead of working with Republicans to address these challenges and others, the president made it clear toCBS News he’s still focused on a small business tax hike that would destroy 700,000 jobs. The House of Representatives, on the other hand, has passed responsible legislation to: Protect small business jobs by stopping all of the president’s tax hikes: The...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today in response to a statement by Moody's Investors Service regarding the national debt: “Today’s warning by Moody’s underscores the point we have been making all year: the threat to American jobs comes not from action on our debt, but from inaction on our debt. The president and his economic advisors have consistently perpetuated the myth that downgrades are caused by efforts to force the government to stop spending money we don’t have. People in both parties know what needs to be done to free our...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced a temporary funding measure – known as a Continuing Resolution (CR) – to prevent a government shutdown and fund federal programs until March 27, 2013 (H.J.Res 117). While the House Appropriations Committee has acted on all 12 annual spending bills – with the full House approving seven – the Senate has failed to approve a single bill. Because of the Senate’s inaction, a CR is necessary to continue federal programs and services until final legislation can be negotiated and approved. “I’m deeply disappointed...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) commemorated the 11-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, saying: “No matter how many years pass, we will never forget the thousands of lives lost at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and in rural Pennsylvania on that Tuesday morning. We remember and are forever grateful for the remarkable heroism of our fellow citizens who risked their own lives that day to save others. “Today, as we remember the lives lost, we honor and recognize our brave men and women in uniform...
  • From the Chairman Imagine if – in the span of one month – every resident of a major American city gave up looking for a job. That’s essentially what happened in August when 368,000 people dropped out of the work force. By comparison, the city of New Orleans, Louisiana has a population around 360,000. Unfortunately, this decline just continues the downward trend of the so-called “recovery” we’ve muddled through during the last few years. The creation of ObamaCare, stacks of costly new regulations from the EPA and other agencies, and the threat of a $500 billion tax increase next...
  • On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that the unemployment rate in August was 8.1 percent, marking the 43rd consecutive month that unemployment has been at or above 8 percent under President Obama. With only 96,000 jobs added in the month of August, it is obvious Americans continue to suffer through a painfully tepid recovery made even slower by the president’s failed policies. In addition, the labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of able Americans working or looking for work, fell to a 30-year low in August.  If the percentage of...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULEWEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10TH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10THOn Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 3397 - Cabin Fee Act of 2011, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings / Natural Resources Committee) 2) H.R. 2706 - Billfish Conservation Act of 2011, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Natural Resources Committee) 3) H.R. 6007 - North Texas Zebra Mussel Barrier Act of 2012, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Hall / Natural...
  • Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) released the following statement regarding this morning’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: “This morning’s dismal jobs report arrives on the heels of a historic milestone achieved earlier this week by President Obama and Washington Democrats – the national debt has now surpassed $16 trillion. From the President’s failed stimulus to the more than $1 trillion government takeover of our healthcare system, the President’s economic policies have failed miserably. Worse, these very same policies have put...
  • The Obama administration is not only ignoring a deadline for detailing the impact of its ‘sequester’ defense cuts, POLITICO reports it was in fact the White House who first proposed the ‘sequester’ – a plan they devised because the president didn’t want to deal with another debt limit debate before his re-election campaign. According to POLITICO, “The book ‘The Price of Politics,’ by Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward, makes it clear the idea for the draconian spending cuts” which would jeopardize our national defense “originated in the White...
  • President Obama talks the talk when it comes to dealing with our national debt. But talk is cheap. Unfortunately, the president’s failed policies are not. On September 4, 2012, the national debt eclipsed $16 trillion for the first time in the history of our nation. According to the Department of Treasury, our nations’ debt was $16,015,769,788,215.80 on September 4. The national debt has increased by $5.38 trillion or 51 percent since President Obama took office. The national debt did not reach $5.3 trillion until 1997, during President Clinton’s second term. It took...