Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement on the reconciliation process in the House Budget Committee to reprioritize the savings of the sequester in the Budget Control Act. “Eliminating the threat of our massive national debt is a top priority of Republicans in the House of Representatives.  It is essential, however, that we do this in a responsible manner while not threatening our national security,” said Chairman Price.  “This is why the House Budget Committee has worked with six other committees...
  • Tuesday: The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. We will consider: H.R. 5326 - Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013   Wednesday: The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. We will consider: H.R. 5326 - Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013 Under suspension of the rules: H.R. 2072...
  • Here’s what is going on under the dome... Next WeekCJS Appropriations: Next week, the House will consider HR 5326, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Appropriations bill for FY 2013. This legislation provides $51.1 billion for programs of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and Science agencies such as the National Science Foundation. This is a reduction of $1.6 billion or -3.1% below the FY 2012 enacted level. It is also $672 million below the FY 2008 level for this subcommittee.Reconciliation: Next week, the House will also consider legislation pursuant to the Budget Resolution that...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement regarding the April employment report. “Just last week marked the third year since the Democrat-led Senate advanced a budget – a blueprint on how to get this nation’s fiscal house in order and lift the burden of debt and government interference that hinders economic growth and job creation.  Without a responsible plan to bring down the debt and alleviate the uncertainty in our economy, employment and growth will continue to disappoint,” said Chairman Price....
  • Washington (May 2)  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement regarding an Associated Press report on the circumstances surrounding Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's release from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he fled after escaping imprisonment for his opposition to his government's brutal 'one child' policy and other abuses: "Like millions of other Americans, I have followed the story of Chen Guangcheng with admiration for his courage and concern for his safety and that of his family. I am deeply disturbed by the most recent report by...
  • Job-Based Health Coverage To Become Even More Expensive Under ObamaCare Washington, DC – In a new report prepared for Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), data from America’s Fortune 100 companies show they could save hundreds of millions of dollars a year under the new health care law by simply terminating health insurance for their workers and dumping these employees into taxpayer-funded health care exchanges.  More than 70 percent of America’s Fortune 100 companies detailed their health care costs for the Committee, providing the ability to analyze how those self-...
  • From high school to grad school, students across the country are preparing to get their diplomas and move into the next phase of their lives. This is always a time of hope and excitement, but there is no denying the obstacles young people face in today’s economy. Many will have to move home to save money. Many will struggle to find work. And those who can strike out on their own often won’t earn what they would have 5 years ago.   The job market should be growing by leaps and bounds, but it’s been held back by a federal government that hits job creators with one new cost after...
  • A View of the House Floor This week, the House of Representatives will not consider any legislation.   A View of the Senate Floor This week, the Senate will not consider any legislation.    Notes & Happenings What every House Republican needs to know looking ahead: ·         Monthly employment data for April 2012 is released (Friday) ·         Interest rates on student loans to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012 ·        ...
  • Committee Will Use “All Authorities at its Disposal” to Ensure Armendariz’s Attendance at Upcoming Hearing WASHINGTON, DC – In response to a disturbing video brought to light this week exposing a top Obama EPA appointee’s description of his “crucify them” enforcement strategy to punish oil and gas companies, Republican members of the Energy and Commerce Committee are launching an investigation into the agency’s enforcement policies. Members are concerned that the Obama appointee’s comments reflect an overzealous enforcement philosophy inconsistent with genuine protection of American...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the House approved the Interest Rate Reduction Act (H.R. 4628), legislation by Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) that would extend current student loan interest rates by cutting spending from an ObamaCare slush fund: “Students and families are struggling in President Obama’s economy. Nearly half of college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, and laws like ObamaCare have only made it harder for small businesses to hire them. That’s why House Republicans voted to extend current student loan rates and...