Capitol Hill Updates

  • ‘Somehow, Presidents managed to submit budgets on time in the middle of World War II, during the Great Depression – but not today? There’s simply no excuse. Rather than helping lead Congress toward a reasonable outcome, it appears the President is happy to drop a bomb on the congressional budget process instead by releasing his budget plan after the House and Senate have acted. Presumably so he can campaign against Republicans if the process fails as he hopes. Let’s hope he doesn’t trot out that tired political playbook again.  The President should send over his budget now – not...
  • Last week, Speaker Boehner challenged Senate Democrats to embrace this common-sense goal of balancing the federal budget within 10 years, a goal Americans strongly support.  As the following news reports make clear, Senate Democrats have no intention of listening to the American people:  Washington Post: “Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) plans to unveil her blueprint on Wednesday — and it’s not expected to do anything to erase the nation’s deficits.” Wall Street Journal:  “Ms. Murray’s plan is expected to increase taxes on upper-income...
  • This week, the House will vote on the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act (H.R. 890), legislation stopping the Obama administration from waiving work requirements central to the success of the 1996 welfare reform law.  As U.S. News & World Report’s Peter Roff notes: “It’s hard to argue that the reforms have been a success. Even in the jobless Obama recovery, the requirement that people engage in real work has reduced caseloads by more than half. According to statistics cited by [House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave] Camp, the number of single...
  • ‘This is the worst time to be imposing tens of thousands of pages of new regulations and onerous taxes on the very families and businesses that can least afford them. We owe our constituents better, particularly those who are struggling the most. Look: Obamacare is just too expensive, and it’s not working the way Washington Democrats promised.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding higher costs and broken promises under Obamacare: “Next week marks the third anniversary of Obamacare. And I’ll...
  • THE US HOUSE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE WEEK OF MARCH 11TH MONDAY, MARCH 11TH On Monday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. in pro forma session. No votes are expected. TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 pm. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 749 - Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act (Sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer / Financial Services Committee)2) H.R. 1035 - To require a study of voluntary community-based flood insurance...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement regarding the Department of Labor’s unemployment report for February 2013: “Any job creation is positive news, but the fact is unemployment in America is still way above the levels the Obama White House projected when the trillion-dollar stimulus spending bill was enacted, and the federal government's ongoing spending binge has resulted in a debt that exceeds the size of our entire economy. As 180 economists said in a statement this week, our spending-driven deficit threatens our economy, and...
  • Employers Across Country Point to Health Care Law as Reason for Planned Layoffs, Hesitancy to Hire New Employees WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Reserve yesterday released a report confirming that uncertainty and increased costs caused by the health care law are leading employers to lay off workers and slowing new job creation. The “Beige Book” – which summarizes economic conditions from twelve regions across the country, including Boston, New York, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco — provides insight into employers’ thoughts on how the health care law’s increased regulations are...
  • 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...