Capitol Hill Updates

  • According to CBS News, Treasury Secretary Geithner “insisted” that the unserious fiscal cliff offer outlined President Obama – which includes more new spending than spending cuts, and a $1.6 trillion tax hike that punishes small businesses – “will ‘absolutely’ earn more than enough Democratic support.” But Democrats – even those openly talking about driving off the fiscal cliff – are already on the record against much of the White House plan: “Administration officials said the [White House fiscal cliff] offer constituted much of what Obama has suggested in budget proposals” – and...
  • On Fox News Sunday, Speaker John Boehner said Republicans have offered a balanced approach to averting the fiscal cliff but the president is "not being serious about coming to an agreement." Boehner says the White House is holding tax increases over the heads of the middle class while demanding more spending and tax rate hikes that will hurt small businesses. Here are some of the highlights: Boehner: President Obama' s Fiscal Cliff Offer is "Nonsense," a "Non-Serious Proposal": "A non-serious proposal.  The president was asking for $1.6 trillion worth of, uh, new revenue...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after introducing legislation opposing the establishment of a financial transaction tax on American financial markets. Price’s legislation prohibits the Secretary of the Treasury from assisting any foreign government with respect to the collection of a tax on securities transactions occurring on a United States financial exchange. Furthermore, it protects securities transactions in the United States from enforcement of any excise taxes imposed by the government of France. At the most recent G20...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULEWEEK OF DECEMBER 3RD MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RDOn Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House. H.R. 5817 - Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer / Financial Services Committee) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEKOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced the appointment of Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) as chairman of the House Administration Committee for the 113th Congress: “From ensuring the House runs efficiently and smoothly, to making Congress more open and accessible, Candice has a big job ahead as chairman of the House Administration Committee. In her new post, Candice will provide the leadership needed to keep operating costs down, save taxpayer dollars, and help lawmakers use new technology to better engage with their constituents. And her experience as...
  • Washington, DC – Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan issued the following statement highlighting the $1.058 trillion in higher taxes coming from ObamaCare over the next ten years. Many of the tax increases take effect on January 1, 2013. “ObamaCare raises taxes on middle-income families, employers and investors. It hikes taxes on people with no health insurance, people with too little insurance and people with too much. Taxes are even going up on pacemakers, prosthetics, and other vital medical equipment.” “The ObamaCare tax hikes are a big part of the fiscal cliff....
  • Three weeks after Republicans outlined a balanced, popular framework for averting the fiscal cliff by cutting spending and reforming our tax code, the White House finally made its offer: a spectacularly unserious grab bag of tax rate hikes, ‘stimulus’-style spending, and other Democratic pipe dreams. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what people are saying about the White House proposal: “loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts” (New York Times) “a particularly expansive version of the White House's wish list, with a heavy focus on tax...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press conference on Friday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called on Democrats to outline their plan for serious spending cuts that are needed as part of any truly “balanced” plan to avert the fiscal cliff and help get the economy moving again.  As Speaker Boehner noted, Republicans have put forth a balanced plan that includes significant spending cuts and entitlement reforms to protect American families and small businesses from the fiscal cliff, and it is incumbent upon President Obama and Democrats to do the same.  Following are Speaker...
  • ‘To date, the administration has remained focused on raising taxes and attending campaign-style events, with no specific plans to protect Medicare and Social Security or reduce our national debt in a meaningful way.  And today, they took a step backward, moving away from consensus and significantly closer to the cliff, delaying again the real, balanced solution that this crisis requires. This is a real problem—every day they delay brings us one step closer to the fiscal cliff that we simply must avoid.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced the release of the 2013 calendar for the U.S. House of Representatives. The calendar is publicly available in printable month-by-month and one-page formats, as well as through a downloadable Google calendar, at MajorityLeader.gov. The 113th Congress will commence on January 3, 2013 with the swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Members of Congress. In a letter sent to Members of Congress regarding the 2013 House calendar, Leader Cantor wrote: “Part of our goal in scheduling the House is to ensure that we...