Capitol Hill Updates

  • Key Facts  Democrats have never had a plan to fix our economy and keep calling for higher taxes, more spending and more red tape.    Instead of providing solutions, the president has turned to the politics of division and Democrats tried to manufacture a completely fictitious “war on women.”   The crisis facing women today is a job crisis following four years of failed economic policies.  Under President Obama, the percentage of American women in the workforce is at its lowest level since 1992.   Women are Disproportionally Impacted by...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) responded to emails initially obtained by Reuters that raise additional questions about what the White House and the U.S. Department of State initially knew about the nature of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, saying: “These emails add to the growing list of serious questions about what top officials from the Obama Administration initially knew about the attacks on Americans in Benghazi and about who was responsible just hours after the assault began. At the very...
  • President Obama claimed Monday night that the defense ‘sequester’ “is not something that I've proposed.  It is something that Congress has proposed.”  Veteran journalist Bob Woodward says otherwise. According to Politico, a new book by Woodward documents how the idea for the defense ‘sequester’ “originated in the White House – and not in Congress.”  Page 326 highlights the moment White House officials first took the ‘sequester’ idea to their allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate: The president also said ‘sequestration’ “will not happen.”...
  • While Congress remains out of session, I wanted to keep you informed on a couple of issues that are important to the Majority Leader. First, over the past several months we have been increasingly asked for Eric’s views on the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction proposal. Unfortunately, it is not a question that lends itself to a simple "I support it" or "I oppose it" answer. There are many commendable aspects to the Bowles-Simpson proposal, but there are also several areas where we believe the proposal either falls short or would actually undermine prospects for economic growth. For the...
  • Our latest RSC Policy Brief features a running list of examples of vote fraud reported in the media and highlights the legislative proposals introduced to increase the integrity of elections nationwide.  With only 14 days remaining until the election, we encourage you to use this document if you or your organization are working on the very real issue of vote fraud.  This document is not at all intended to be exhaustive, so: Please send any recent examples of vote fraud (and the links to related media reports) to [email protected] If you want to post or otherwise...
  • President Obama is threatening to drive the economy off the fiscal cliff if he isn’t given a small business tax hike Ernst & Young says will destroy more than 700,000 American jobs, The Washington Post reported yesterday.  Several other news reports note that President Obama’s reckless “Thelma and Louise” strategy – which could send the economy into a “deep recession” – is geared entirely toward achieving a massive tax hike that is already making it harder for small businesses to hire.  Here’s more: “President Obama reportedly is ready to play chicken on the edge of...
  • Dear Friend:Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the families here in Michigan and across the country who have lost loved ones or have had their lives endangered because of the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis. Be assured that as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee – which has broad jurisdiction over health-related issues – I am focused on uncovering the details of this outbreak, finding out what went wrong, and working to prevent another event of this nature. Federal officials have linked the deadly outbreak to a contaminated injectable steroid compounded...
  • Washington, DC – A report from the independent Congressional Research Service reveals that welfare is now the single largest federal expense – greater than Social Security, Medicare, and national defense. Combined state & federal spending on 83 different welfare programs topped $1 trillion in FY 2011. After half a century of waging a War on Poverty through this ever-expanding list of government programs, 46.2 million Americans still live in poverty according to the latest Census data. Spending so much with so little effect is not fair to the poor or to taxpayers. The successful...
  • In a weekly column released in his Congressional District, Speaker John Boehner says the president’s “fiscal cliff” tax hikes pose a real threat to middle class families and small businesses – and the Democrats who are willing to drive us over the cliff in their quest to enact those tax hikes are practicing “‘Thelma and Louise’ economics.” The House passed a bipartisan bill to avoid the “fiscal cliff” by stopping all of the president’s tax hikes, and voted to begin fixing the tax code to help grow our economy and bring jobs home from overseas. ...