Capitol Hill Updates

  • At a hearing of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power today, experts and small business owners cited excessive government regulations and Obama administration roadblocks to American energy production as principle factors behind their struggle to cope with rising energy costs. The hearing was part of the coordinated Republican effort to hold the Obama administration to account for skyrocketing gas prices.  Here are some of the highlights: Despite ‘All-of-the-Above’ Rhetoric, Obama Administration Policies “Hinder” More American Energy Production “...
  • ‘The President likes to talk about fairness. But when it comes to rising gas prices, the American people don’t think it’s particularly fair that at a time when they’re struggling to fill up the tank, their own tax dollars are being used to subsidize failing solar companies of the President’s choosing, not to mention the bonuses that executives at these companies keep getting. I think most Americans are tired of reading about all the goodies this administration’s allies are getting on their dime even as the President goes around lecturing them about fairness. I’ll tell you what’s not...
  • The Medicare Decisions Accountability Act (H.R. 452), legislation repealing ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee today by voice vote with the support of several Democrats on the panel.  The measure, which will prevent the IPAB’s 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats from rationing health care for millions of Americans, will be considered by the House Ways & Means Committee Thursday.  In advance of Thursday’s vote, the Ways & Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing today to examine the impact...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement as the House Committee on Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – an unelected board of 15 individuals created and empowered by the president’s health care reform law. “The new health care law gives a board of fifteen unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats an incredible and disturbing level of decision-making authority over the quality and accessibility of health care for America’s seniors,” said Chairman...
  • With gas prices rising for the 27th straight day and state agencies already facing cutbacks, Roll Call reports that “congressional Republicans are likely to continue their coordinated attack of the Obama administration over rising gas prices.”  The paper notes that “Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) talked about the issue in the weekly Republican address, while Senate Republicans this past week continued to push for votes on the Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy-related amendments...”  Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday, House Majority...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE WEEK OF MARCH 5TH MONDAY, MARCH 5On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 3637 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 401 Old Dixie Highway in Jupiter, Florida, as the "Roy Schallern Rood Post Office Building" (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Rooney / Oversight and Government Committee) 2) H.R. 3413 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service...
  • House Republicans are keeping pressure on the Obama administration to reverse its unconstitutional mandate that “would force some Americans to violate their religious beliefs” – the most egregious government encroachment on Americans’ First Amendment rights in 220 years, Speaker Boehner said yesterday.  Here’s more from CNS News: “‘I think it’s important for us to win this issue,’ Boehner said at a Capitol press briefing. ‘The government, our government, for 220 years has respected the religious views of the American people.  And for all of this time there’s been an...
  • The Jobs Through Growth Act (H.R. 3400), the composite economic growth bill introduced by the RSC, has 59 co-sponsors and includes numerous provisions aimed at alleviating high gas prices, such as: Consumer Relief for Pain at the Pump Act: Enacts the RSC’s energy bill to lessen regulatory burdens, mandates, and prohibitions that artificially increase the price of gasoline. The plan removes unnecessary delays in the Gulf of Mexico OCS permitting process, creating thousands of jobs immediately, and opens up ANWR, the OCS, and waters in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico for energy exploration...
  • Washington, DC – Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan offered the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its second annual report on waste and duplication in federal programs. The GAO found 51 areas of government spending where taxpayers could potentially save tens of billions of dollars every year. The GAO also found little progress in reducing the waste identified in last year’s report. “Washington wastes more money in a year than most Americans see in a lifetime, but Senate Democrats refuse to pass a budget. 11 different agencies run...
  • Christian Coalition of America will be scoring in its 2012 Congressional Scorecard the most important vote in the United States Senate this year in the Second Session of the Do-Nothing Democrat-controlled Senate in the 112th Congress.  The co-chairman of the Senate Values Acton Team, Senator Roy Blunt, Republican from Missouri, will have his Blunt Amendment to Senate bill, S. 1318, voted on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.  The Blunt Amendment will override Barack Obama’s attack on religious freedom; a provision in his socialized medicine scheme called ObamaCare. The...