Capitol Hill Updates

  • In remarks on Wednesday on averting the president’s “fiscal cliff,” Speaker John Boehner cited the bipartisan Tax Reform Act of 1986 as a model for how Republicans and Democrats can work together to pave the way for long-term economic growth, help bring jobs home, and rein in our national debt: "There is an alternative to going over the fiscal cliff, in whole or in part. It involves making real changes to the financial structure of entitlement programs, and reforming our tax code to curb special-interest loopholes and deductions. By working together and creating a fairer, simpler,...
  • On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that the unemployment rate in October rose to 7.9 percent, marking another disappointing jobs report under the failed policies of President Obama. While the announcement that some jobs were added is welcomed, Americans continue to suffer through a painfully slow recovery and many have simply given up their search for a job. The labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of able Americans working or looking for work, remained near a 30-year low in October. And sadly, the real rate of unemployment which...
  • The October unemployment report confirms that the Obama economy isn’t working. Since President Obama took office, the number of unemployed Americans has increased by over 200,000, and the unemployment rate has increased to 7.9 percent. President Obama’s policies have led to the worst recovery since WWII. Another Disappointing Jobs Report: 23 million Americans remain out of work or underemployed, and 5 million have remained out of work for over a year. Over 580,000 manufacturing jobs and over 1 million construction jobs have disappeared since Obama took office. The number of...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today regarding the Department of Labor’s unemployment report for October 2012: “Four years of persistently high unemployment and long-term joblessness might be the best President Obama can do – but it’s nowhere near what the American people can do if we get Washington out of their way. “The consequences of failed ‘stimulus’-style spending, excessive regulations, and the threat of tax hikes are all around us: record debt, higher gas prices, stagnant wages, and an economy that’s far weaker than it...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) responded to today’s release of the October 2012 jobs report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, saying: “Today brought more disappointing economic news for the American people. After trillions wasted on failed stimulus projects, a takeover of our health care system and preferential industry bailouts, all President Obama has to show for it is $16 trillion in national debt, $5.5 trillion of which came from just four years of his failed leadership. At this point, the American ...
  • Is it fair to spend so much today that our kids are massively in debt when they grow up? That’s the question facing the Smith family in the video below. Our video may be light-hearted, but the subject is serious. As of this week, it’s been 3.5 years since Senate Democrats passed a budget. During that same time, the national debt grew by $5 trillion. And after four years in office watching Europe grapple with its own debt problems, President Obama still doesn’t have a plan to deal with ours. The word “irresponsible” does not even come close. All this spending and debt weighs down...
  • Last quarter’s paltry two percent economic growth – “too weak to rapidly boost hiring” – is another indictment of President Obama’s failed mixture of ‘stimulus’ spending, excessive regulations, and looming tax hikes.  According to the Washington Post, a new report by the National Association of Manufacturers shows Democrats’ inaction on the “fiscal cliff” is already “hampering growth” too, “wiping out nearly 1 million jobs this year alone.” Speaker John Boehner said the following about last week’s news: “We need robust economic growth to get our economy creating jobs again...
  • In a letter to the White House on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner urged President Obama to provide a full accounting to the American public of his administration’s response to the terrorist attack in Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans.  The Speaker’s letter comes in response to new information that raises questions about what the administration knew during, and immediately following the attack, and how it has responded to the tragedy.  Here are several news reports highlighting questions raised in the letter: “Why the Consulate Was Unable to Receive the...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) responded to the announcement of disappointing economic growth for the third quarter of 2012, saying: “The White House claimed that after Congress passed President Obama’s stimulus bill – at a cost of more than $1 trillion to taxpayers – annual GDP growth would exceed 4 percent from 2011 to 2014. Instead, we learned that for the third quarter of 2012, our GDP growth is less than half of that. “We must not accept this as the ‘new normal.’ This is not what a real recovery looks like. Any heralding...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today sent the following letter to President Obama asking him to explain to the American people the Administration’s response to the terrorist attack in Libya and the fact that publicly-available information has consistently contradicted Administration accounts describing the cause and nature of the attack.  A PDF of the letter can be found here and the full text is below.    October 25, 2012 The PresidentThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: The terrorist attack in...