Capitol Hill Updates

  • Consistently, by wide margins  --  over 70% of those polled  --  the American people want the United States Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment.  It was so important, that even the big-spenders in the Democrat Party leadership agreed that there must be a vote on a balanced budget amendment as part of the debt ceiling deal agreed to this past summer. The last time a serious effort was made to get a Balanced Budget Amendment passed was 14 years ago. It failed by one vote in the Senate and the Democrat Party was responsible for its failure on March 3, 1997....
  • One of Bill O'Reilly's favorite vocabulary words at the end of his Fox News show each night is "bloviate," as in "Do not bloviate" or do not run off at the mouth or do not spin.  The president has set himself up to "give a big speech" tonight.  However, it wasn't so big that he could not give it one month ago when he was vacationing for a third time in the playground of left-wing millionaires and billionaires:  Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.  Unfortunately, the president is going to bloviate about yet another stimulus bill, which no Democrat is allowed to say after...
  • The leader of the Republicans in the United States Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky, took to the Senate floor the first day back from summer recess and blasted the Obama administration's "failed approach to job creation."  Indeed, for the first time in decades, a president of the United States had zero job creation during the month of August.  During his almost embarassing appearance before a joint session of Congress this coming Thursday  --  a forum in the past used by Franklin D. Roosevelt to declare war on Japan and by George W. Bush to declare war on...
  • The chutzpah of it is galling.  For the past several weeks Barack Obama has been telling the country that he has yet another jobs plan and the Republicans must work with the Democrats in Congress  --  in the spirit of comity  --  to get a jobs bill passed.  If it was so important to him  --  and the country has suffered greatly under Obama's average unemployment rate of some 9%  --  he could have called Congress back into session several weeks ago to pass a jobs bill. This afternoon, the president gave 15 minutes notice to Speaker of the...
  • Most Tea Party supporters are disappointed with Congress as are most Americans.  Congress has only a 13% approval rating.  However, the Tea Party supporters should give themselves a pat on the back because they are indeed affecting policy in Washington D.C.. As the Chairman of the House of Representatives' Republican Study Committee (RSC), Congressman Jim Jordan from Ohio said yesterday:  "... the projected deficits for the next decade are now $3.2 trillion lower than they were at the start of this year."   Congressman Jordan properly gives credit to the Republicans...
  • In his first year as president, Barack Obama appointed Cass Sunstein, a radical leftist, to be his Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA.)  Appointing a bureaucrat like Sunstein to a position such as this is like having a fox guard the proverbial hen house. Indeed, the president of the United States Chamber of Congress, Thomas Donohue, has called the Obama administration's growth of costly regulations on health care, banking and the environment a "tsunami" of regulations.   The Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives,...
  • Today, from his wildly expensive tax-paid campaign bus tour of the Midwest, Barack Obama gravely announced that as soon as his 10-day Martha's Vineyard luxurious vacation was over  --  his third such vacation in this wealthy liberal enclave  --  he was going to introduce another job-producing scheme, and he threatened the Republicans that they better pass it. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives have already passed two jobs-producing bills including the Ryan budget, legislation which would have resulted in $6 trillion in government spending,...
  • First, there was the failed and highly unpopular Obama stimulus bill in his first year.  Then came the far worse socialized medicine scheme last year called ObamaCare whose unpopularity continues to increase.  Next came the fiasco this year to raise Obama's debt ceiling after he increased government spending by $4 trillion  --  so far  --  a highly unpopular move with the American people.   One would think that the Obama White House would have had plenty of warning from the American people by now  --  most especially Obama's devastating...
  • The Republican Study Committee (RSC) in the United States House of Representatives has been chaired by some outstanding conservative leaders over the past several decades including Congressmen Bob Dornan (R-CA); Tom DeLay (R-TX); Dan Burton (R-IN), Tom Price (R-GA), Barbara Vukonovich (R-NV,) Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), and many others.  The RSC's current chairman, Congressman Jim Jordan, R-OH, is destined to become one of the great chairmen of the now nearly 180-member conservative committee.   Last month, Chairman Jordan and his committee gave a huge boost to Congressman Jason...
  • Many conservative critics and supporters of the Budget Control Act, which passed the United States House of Representatives on Monday by a margin of 269-161 and the United States Senate yesterday by a margin of 74-26, agree that the Tea Party now controls the agenda in Washington D.C.  As one who attended Glenn Beck's Tea Party event last August  --  along with over a half million other Tea Party supporters  --  when looking at the hundreds of thousands of families near the Lincoln Memorial on Washington D.C.'s Mall, I realized that those families represent the large...