Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) responded to President Obama’s ‘false-choice’ media campaign on sequestration, that the White House proposed in August 2011, saying: “The main hallmark of the Obama Administration has been their repeated insistence on raising taxes on the American people. Instead of advancing pro-growth economic policies to get America moving again, the White House favors tax hikes, tax hikes, and more tax hikes. Real spending reductions are exactly what the overwhelming majority of the American people demand. Sadly, President Obama is...
  •     We’re now less than a week away from unveiling a statue of Rosa Parks in the U.S. Capitol, and Speaker Boehner is out with a new video previewing this historic event.  Speaking from the balcony of the chamber where the ceremony will take place, Boehner says: “Next week, we’re going to do something special here in the Capitol.  We’re going to dedicate a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who changed the world one December evening in 1955 without getting up from her seat.  The ceremony will happen right here in National Statuary Hall, where visitors...
  • The White House staff responded on its blog to Speaker Boehner’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal and, well, it’s clear they’re unhappy about being held accountable for President Obama’s sequester. While we agree with them that the president’s sequester threatens “hundreds of thousands of jobs, our national security and our economic recovery,” here are a few things the White House isn’t telling you: REPUBLICANS FIRST VOTED TO REPLACE THE OBAMA SEQUESTER LAST MAY: Republicans are “unwilling to compromise to avoid these devastating cuts,” claims the White House. “Where is the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to a letter notifying Congress about the consequences of President Obama’s sequester: “I agree with the Secretary of Defense that the impact of the president’s sequester would be devastating to our military.  That’s why the House has acted twice to replace the president’s sequester with common-sense cuts and reforms that protect our national security, and it’s why I’ve been calling on the president for more than a year to press his Democratic-controlled Senate to do the same. ...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today released the following statement outlining numerous common-sense alternatives that House Republicans have put forward to responsibly replace the President’s sequester:  “President Obama is warning of the grave effects of the sequester he proposed in 2011. House Republicans agree this is not the best way to cut spending, which is why I sponsored and the House twice passed bills that responsibly replace the arbitrary, across-the-board cuts with common sense cuts and reforms that don’t threaten public safety,...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the president’s campaign-style event criticizing his own sequester. “Today the president advanced an argument Republicans have been making for a year: his sequester is the wrong way to cut spending. That’s why the House has twice passed legislation to replace it with common sense cuts and reforms that won’t threaten public safety, national security, or our economy. But once again, the president offered no credible plan that can pass Congress – only more calls for higher taxes. Just last month,...
  • Washington, D.C. – Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise released the following statement on the fourth anniversary of President Obama’s failed stimulus package. “Four years after President Obama signed his $821 billion taxpayer funded stimulus bill into law, American taxpayers are still paying the tab for the broken promises, and all we have to show for it are higher unemployment, higher debt, and higher taxes,” said Scalise.  “The president promised that unemployment would not rise above 8 percent with the passage of his spending bill, but in fact the unemployment...
  • At a press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner offered a clear challenge to President Obama: Before you blame Congress for holding up your liberal agenda, see if it can even pass the chamber controlled by your own party – the U.S. Senate. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday challenged Senate Democrats to pass the agenda President Obama laid out in his State of the Union address, suggesting the president’s progressive proposals lack support within his own party. (The Hill, Boehner challenges Senate Dems to pass Obama's agenda, 2/14/13) Boehner...
  •   WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner  challenged Senate Democrats to take up and pass President Obama’s agenda for more tax hikes and ‘stimulus’ spending.  He also called on them to pass a budget – which they have failed to do in nearly four years  – and a plan to replace the president’s sequester that is just weeks away. Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks: ON THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA BEING MORE OF THE SAME TAX HIKES & FAILED ‘STIMULUS’ SPENDING:  “On Tuesday the president laid out his agenda,...
  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15THOn Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Res. 65 - Condemning the Government of North Korea for its flagrant and repeated violations of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions, for its repeated provocations that threaten international peace and stability, and for its February 12, 2013, test of a nuclear device (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee) H.R. 273 - To eliminate the 2013 statutory...