Capitol Hill Updates

  • 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...
  • President Obama is threatening to drive the economy off the fiscal cliff if he isn’t given a small business tax hike Ernst & Young says will destroy more than 700,000 American jobs, The Washington Post reported yesterday.  Several other news reports note that President Obama’s reckless “Thelma and Louise” strategy – which could send the economy into a “deep recession” – is geared entirely toward achieving a massive tax hike that is already making it harder for small businesses to hire.  Here’s more: “President Obama reportedly is ready to play chicken on the edge of...
  • Dear Friend:Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the families here in Michigan and across the country who have lost loved ones or have had their lives endangered because of the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis. Be assured that as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee – which has broad jurisdiction over health-related issues – I am focused on uncovering the details of this outbreak, finding out what went wrong, and working to prevent another event of this nature. Federal officials have linked the deadly outbreak to a contaminated injectable steroid compounded...
  • Washington, DC – A report from the independent Congressional Research Service reveals that welfare is now the single largest federal expense – greater than Social Security, Medicare, and national defense. Combined state & federal spending on 83 different welfare programs topped $1 trillion in FY 2011. After half a century of waging a War on Poverty through this ever-expanding list of government programs, 46.2 million Americans still live in poverty according to the latest Census data. Spending so much with so little effect is not fair to the poor or to taxpayers. The successful...
  • In a weekly column released in his Congressional District, Speaker John Boehner says the president’s “fiscal cliff” tax hikes pose a real threat to middle class families and small businesses – and the Democrats who are willing to drive us over the cliff in their quest to enact those tax hikes are practicing “‘Thelma and Louise’ economics.” The House passed a bipartisan bill to avoid the “fiscal cliff” by stopping all of the president’s tax hikes, and voted to begin fixing the tax code to help grow our economy and bring jobs home from overseas. ...
  • Two facts stand out from the hearing the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform held last week on security failures leading up to the attack on our consulate in Libya last month. 1)    The State Department was more interested in portraying the situation in Libya as “normal” than in keeping our people in Libya safe. Despite 234 security incidents during the previous 13 months, multiple requests for more resources from officers on the ground were ignored by bureaucrats who had never been to Libya. Eric Nordstrom, the former chief of security for our...
  • Did you know that for every one new job in the Obama economy, 10 people simply gave up looking and dropped out of the workforce? Or that two million more people have been out of work for longer than six months (“long-term unemployed”) than when President Obama took office? Or how about that the Obama administration predicted the unemployment rate would be 5.5 percent by now if the ‘stimulus’ became law? The House Ways & Means Committee compiled these and other depressing facts about the Obama economy using data from the most recent unemployment report. You can read them all here...