Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) responded to the release of the February 2013 jobs report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, saying: “Our nation faces many impediments to economic growth, opportunity and job creation. At the top of the list are a complicated and inefficient tax system, growing regulatory oppression from Washington, and a looming debt crisis. Widespread unemployment and a stagnant economy are consequences of the out-of-control spending in Washington, which is why next week, House Republicans will step forward with a responsible plan to...
  • This week, the Obama administration announced that all public tours of the White House will be canceled beginning this Saturday, March 9th, due to federal spending cuts known as the sequester. For so many families, a visit to our nation’s capital is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With a virtually endless list of national monuments, memorials, art galleries, museums, and federal buildings – all free of charge and open to the public year round – it is an experience unlike any other. I was disappointed to learn of the White House’s decision because I do believe that it is so important...
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT #CutThisNotThat Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised “This email confirms what many Americans have suspected: The Obama administration is doing everything they can to make sure their worst predictions come true and to maximize the pain of the Sequester cuts for political gain,” said Rep. Tim Griffin, Arkansas Republican. Feds keep hiring with sequesters in place: 400 jobs posted on first day back At a time when nearly all of those agencies are contemplating furloughs, the help-wanted ads raised questions about how agencies should decide...
  • “In reviewing Mr. Brennan’s nomination Senator Paul has asked a series of questions of the executive branch. Senator Paul has a right to ask questions of the administration, and the administration has a responsibility to answer in keeping with the rules established for oversight of intelligence activities and for protecting sensitive information.  The specific question, however, is not an intelligence related question, but a straightforward legal one:  ‘Does the President have the authority to order the use of lethal force against a United States citizen who is not a...
  • WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday released the following statement regarding his Continuing Resolution amendment to delay funding of Obamacare: For the last four years, our economy has grown at just 0.8% per year. As a result of this anemic growth, 23 million Americans are struggling to find work, and millions more are being denied a fair opportunity to achieve the American dream. Economic growth these past four years has been a small fraction of historic levels: since World War II, our economy has averaged 3.3% growth each year. Until economic growth returns,...
  • In a letter to his constituents, House Speaker John Boehner announced that the United States Capitol Building will continue welcoming visitors for public tours. Boehner’s letter was sent to Ohioans whose White House tours were cancelled by the Obama administration. In it he encourages families visiting Washington to schedule a visit of the Capitol Building instead. You can schedule a tour at VisitTheCapitol.gov. And read Boehner’s full letter below: The White House announced today that White House tours are being canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice due to...
  • Washington, D.C. ­– Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation to fund the government through the remainder of the fiscal year. “Today’s legislation is part of an overall strategy to restore fiscal sanity in Washington, get our economy going, and adopting a budget that will balance in ten years so that more jobs will be created and dreams realized.  This specific bill will be the largest real reduction in spending since WWII – getting us back to pre-Pelosi levels of discretionary spending.  It...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement after the House passed a measure keeping the government open through the end of the fiscal year: “Today the House has taken the first step towards assuring the American people that the federal government will stay open, which President Obama agrees should be our shared goal.  This legislation is straightforward and reasonable, protecting national defense and helping our veterans while maintaining the president’s sequester, which Republicans continue to support replacing because there are...
  • CAITLIN HALLIGAN: Courts enable ‘enviable social progress’ “Courts... Time and time again we have seen how the dynamics of our rule of law enables enviable social progress and mobility.” (Caitlin Halligan, Remarks, White Plains, NY, 5/5/03)   Activism On 2nd Amendment Halligan Pushed Radical Theory Deemed ‘Legally Inappropriate’ By Court  GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA: “As New York’s Solicitor General, Halligan was one of the chief lawyers responsible for New York’s baseless and politically motivated efforts to bankrupt gun manufacturers using frivolous litigation. In so doing,...
  • Longest Budget Delay of Any Incumbent President in History  American families have to do a budget every year, a responsibility they have no choice but to take seriously.  Not so with the current White House.  For the fourth time in five years, President Obama has proven he doesn’t take trillion-dollar deficits seriously enough to submit a budget on time.  That’s a smack in the face to the millions of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet in the president’s economy and to pay the higher tax bills the president demanded they pay. Under the law, the president...