Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday praised the House for passing the Protecting Access to Health Care (PATH) Act (H.R. 5), legislation that repeals ObamaCare’s health care rationing board: “(Thursday’s) vote scraps the president’s unelected health care rationing board which would hurt seniors by restricting their treatment options and denying access to care. The bill also keeps our pledge to curb junk lawsuits and defensive medicine that drive up health care costs.  It marks the 26th vote we’ve taken to fully repeal, defund, or dismantle portions of...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the introduction of the House Republican Fiscal Year 2013 budget resolution – The Path to Prosperity.  Chairman Price serves on the House Budget Committee. “America is facing a fiscal crisis; families continue to struggle in a weak economy; and the vital health and retirement programs seniors rely upon, won’t be there for long.  Which is precisely why House Republicans are putting forth a bold plan for America’s future that addresses these challenges...
  • The average American family uses 1,100 gallons of gasoline each year. President Obama will use “roughly 25,000 gallons of jet fuel” this week alone on a “5,000-mile trip” as he desperately explains why his anti-energy policies are somehow not to blame for gas prices doubling on his watch. The taxpayer-funded expedition will take President Obama to Cushing, OK – a key point along the popular Keystone XL pipeline, which he rejected and personally lobbied against – where he will make a show of his support for … the part of the pipeline that didn’t need his approval and is moving...
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 20THOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches (15 per side) H.R. 665 - Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act, as amended (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Committee) H.R. 2087 - To remove restrictions from a parcel of land situated in the Atlantic District, Accomack County, Virginia (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Rigell /...
  • Despite Democrats’ Claims On Costs, The President’s Own Administration ‘Found That The Law Falls Short’ PRESIDENT OBAMA: “The plan I’m announcing tonight… will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.” (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09) SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “Without reform, health care expenditures will increase …” (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.12061, 12/1/09)   President’s Admin Admits: Costs Will ‘Increase By A Total Of $311 Billion’ “But the [CMS] analysis also found that the law...
  • “Nearly one-third of the nation's drivers now fork out $4 or more for a gallon of gasoline,” reports USA Today. The bad news has President Obama “in full crisis-control mode,” scrambling to deflect attention from his record of blocking energy production and promoting tax hikes that would drive prices higher. Unfortunately for the president, new evidence from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows the Obama administration’s anti-energy policies have led to a clear decrease in production on federal land. According to the House Natural Resources Committee, the data shows...
  • Watch House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin preview next week’s release of a budget for the federal government:    What if your President, your Senator and your Congressman knew a crisis was coming?  What if they knew why it was happening?  What if they knew what they needed to do to stop it from happening?  What if they had the time to stop it?  And what if they chose to do nothing about it…because they thought it wasn’t good politics? What would you think of that person?
  • Now we read that they’re trying to figure out ways to make this overwhelmingly bipartisan bill controversial. They want to pick a fight, rather than get this bill to the President’s desk.  And then they’re going to use the same strategy on a number of other bills. Their plan isn’t to work together to make it easier create jobs, but to look for ways to make it easier to keep their own.’  Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Thursday regarding efforts to slow the bipartisan JOBS Act: “I’d like to just...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) updated cost estimate of the president’s health care law. The new CBO projection estimates that the law will cost $1.76 trillion over 10 years – well above the $940 billion Democrats originally claimed. “The longer the president’s health care law remains on the books, the greater the threat it poses to our nation’s health care and our fiscal wellbeing,” said Chairman Price.  “The CBO’s revised cost estimate...
  • Democrats Face Tough Questions As They Push Jobs To The Back Burner In The Senate ‘Are Jobs More Important Than Getting Federal Judges Confirmed?’ “Jobs bill hung up on judicial fight… a fight Senate Democrats have picked…  Reid has moved to hold cloture votes on 17 judge nominations starting tomorrow. Each judge vote could tie up the Senate floor for weeks…” (“Senate Vote On Jobs Bill Hung Up On Judicial Fight,” NBC News, 3/13/12) “McConnell… argued the Senate should move right away to the JOBS bill that passed the House with 390 votes.” (“Senate Vote On Jobs Bill Hung Up On...