Capitol Hill Updates

  • The information in the second chart comes from the non-partisan Tax Foundation.
  •   WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made the following comments after the builder of the Keystone XL pipeline officially submitted a new route through Nebraska designed to allay previous environmental concerns. This news follows a House vote today providing veto-proof support for approving the project.   “With this new route submitted and the state of Nebraska acting to move forward, the president is running out of excuses for blocking the Keystone pipeline any longer. With a veto-proof majority in the House supporting Keystone, the president is becoming...
  • This Week in the HouseSmall Business Tax Cut: Next week, the House will consider the Small Business Tax Cut Act, H.R. 9. The Small Business Tax Cut Act is a simple, clear solution to help small businessmen and women grow their businesses and hire new workers. The Small Business Tax Cut Act will allow small businesses with fewer than 500 employees to take a tax deduction equal to 20% of their active business income, irrespective of how the small business is organized. Our 20% small business tax cut goes straight to the bottom line so small business owners can retain more capital,...
  • President Obama’s decision to reject and personally lobby against the popular Keystone XL pipeline – and tens of thousands of new American jobs – is already having real world consequences for the American people … and real world benefits for countries like China. The Wall Street Journal reports that Canadian leaders are acting quickly to “bypass” the United States, building the infrastructure needed to ship their energy (and new jobs) to Asian countries: “Currently, almost all Canadian crude exports travel to the U.S. … Canadian government officials, meanwhile, have boosted...
  • Energy/Highway Measure on the House Floor Next Week American families and small businesses are struggling with high gas prices, and President Obama’s policies are only making things worse.  In fact, gas prices have doubled on the president’s watch. Before the district work period, the House passed a three-month highway extension to provide more time for consensus to be built for an infrastructure bill that acknowledges the need for meaningful action on American energy production and gas prices.  The Senate bill lacks any energy provisions at all at a time when Americans...
  • THE BUFFET RULE WOULD PAY OFF LESS THAN 1% OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S DEBT Next week, Senate Democrats plan to vote on S. 2230, the “Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012”, sponsored by Sen. Whitehouse (D-R.I.), more popularly known as the Buffett Rule.  On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama spoke in Boca Raton, Florida in support of the bill.  Today, Vice President Biden spoke in support of the bill in Exeter, New Hampshire.  The Buffett Rule, in reality, is a tax hike that would punish small businesses, would not create jobs, would fail to solve the nation’s debt crisis,...
  • Today, President Obama is once again focusing his efforts on a “calculated distraction” that will not lower the debt, create a single job or address high gas prices.  His smoke-and-mirrors political gimmicks are not fooling the American people, and Republicans have kept up the coordinated offensive to highlight our better, “all of the above” energy plan and hold the president accountable for his failed energy policies.  Here are just a few examples: House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI): President Obama “Has Refused to Acknowledge the Great...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – As part of their ongoing effort to protect jobs and economic growth from job-killing regulations, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a letter Wednesday called on President Obama to live up to his “pledge to transparency, openness, and accountability by committing to withhold from issuing any economically significant or controversial ‘midnight regulations’ after the current fiscal year ends on September 30, 2012.” “Midnight regulations” refers to the practice of finalizing rules, guidance, findings or other...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement upon the release of the March unemployment report. “Today’s report represents good news for those Americans who were able to secure employment last month.  It also reminds us that after three years, President Obama’s economic policies have produced slow growth and continued high unemployment,” said Chairman Price.  “America’s economic recovery ought to be better, and it can be if the weight of government and impediments to job creation like ObamaCare and...
  • After decades of overspending, we owe trillions of dollars to foreign countries. It's unfair & immoral to pass this debt to our kids. Do the right thing: cut, cap & balance the budget.   The figures in this chart are the most recent available as of April 3, 2012.