Capitol Hill Updates

  • In a letter to the White House on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner urged President Obama to provide a full accounting to the American public of his administration’s response to the terrorist attack in Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans.  The Speaker’s letter comes in response to new information that raises questions about what the administration knew during, and immediately following the attack, and how it has responded to the tragedy.  Here are several news reports highlighting questions raised in the letter: “Why the Consulate Was Unable to Receive the...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) responded to the announcement of disappointing economic growth for the third quarter of 2012, saying: “The White House claimed that after Congress passed President Obama’s stimulus bill – at a cost of more than $1 trillion to taxpayers – annual GDP growth would exceed 4 percent from 2011 to 2014. Instead, we learned that for the third quarter of 2012, our GDP growth is less than half of that. “We must not accept this as the ‘new normal.’ This is not what a real recovery looks like. Any heralding...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today sent the following letter to President Obama asking him to explain to the American people the Administration’s response to the terrorist attack in Libya and the fact that publicly-available information has consistently contradicted Administration accounts describing the cause and nature of the attack.  A PDF of the letter can be found here and the full text is below.    October 25, 2012 The PresidentThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: The terrorist attack in...
  • In southwest Ohio Wednesday, President Obama once again failed to explain his administration’s role in slashing pensions for thousands of non-union auto workers in the Buckeye State and across the country. President Obama often claims his taxpayer-funded bailout helped “save the U.S. auto industry.”  But “in a growing scandal,” Liz Peek at the Fiscal Times says, “Obama’s former auto czar and two Treasury officials appear implicated in the decision to eliminate the pensions of 20,000 non-union workers at GM’s Delphi unit, while protecting benefits for UAW...
  • Key Facts  Democrats have never had a plan to fix our economy and keep calling for higher taxes, more spending and more red tape.    Instead of providing solutions, the president has turned to the politics of division and Democrats tried to manufacture a completely fictitious “war on women.”   The crisis facing women today is a job crisis following four years of failed economic policies.  Under President Obama, the percentage of American women in the workforce is at its lowest level since 1992.   Women are Disproportionally Impacted by...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) responded to emails initially obtained by Reuters that raise additional questions about what the White House and the U.S. Department of State initially knew about the nature of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, saying: “These emails add to the growing list of serious questions about what top officials from the Obama Administration initially knew about the attacks on Americans in Benghazi and about who was responsible just hours after the assault began. At the very...
  • President Obama claimed Monday night that the defense ‘sequester’ “is not something that I've proposed.  It is something that Congress has proposed.”  Veteran journalist Bob Woodward says otherwise. According to Politico, a new book by Woodward documents how the idea for the defense ‘sequester’ “originated in the White House – and not in Congress.”  Page 326 highlights the moment White House officials first took the ‘sequester’ idea to their allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate: The president also said ‘sequestration’ “will not happen.”...
  • While Congress remains out of session, I wanted to keep you informed on a couple of issues that are important to the Majority Leader. First, over the past several months we have been increasingly asked for Eric’s views on the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction proposal. Unfortunately, it is not a question that lends itself to a simple "I support it" or "I oppose it" answer. There are many commendable aspects to the Bowles-Simpson proposal, but there are also several areas where we believe the proposal either falls short or would actually undermine prospects for economic growth. For the...
  • Our latest RSC Policy Brief features a running list of examples of vote fraud reported in the media and highlights the legislative proposals introduced to increase the integrity of elections nationwide.  With only 14 days remaining until the election, we encourage you to use this document if you or your organization are working on the very real issue of vote fraud.  This document is not at all intended to be exhaustive, so: Please send any recent examples of vote fraud (and the links to related media reports) to shelby.emmett@mail.house.gov. If you want to post or otherwise...