Capitol Hill Updates

  • ‘While I appreciate and share the President’s desire to put the election behind us, the fact is we still have yet to hear an actual plan from the President for addressing the great economic challenges we face. What’s needed now is a realistic and specific proposal from the President that can actually pass the Congress.’ LOUISVILLE – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding America’s looming fiscal cliff and the need for a specific proposal from the President to resolve it: “I was glad to hear the President’s focus on jobs and...
  • On October 25, Speaker John Boehner sent a letter to President Obama asking him to answer several key questions and concerns about his administration’s response to the terrorist attack in Libya. The president still hasn’t responded. “Americans remain concerned and frustrated about how your Administration has handled the response to the attack,” wrote Boehner. For example, “The American public is increasingly reading information contradicting early accounts by your Administration of the causes of the events of the day.” The administration itself has been a source for much of the...
  • In a statement on Wednesday, Speaker Boehner called for action to avert the fiscal cliff that would destroy 700,000 jobs, and move toward “a fairer, simpler, cleaner tax code” and entitlement reforms to boost economic growth and help address America’s skyrocketing debt.  Here are several news reports highlighting the Speaker’s call to action: “Clear That Republicans Wouldn’t Support Raising Tax Rates” “Mr. Boehner was clear that Republicans wouldn’t support raising tax rates. In fact, he said he wanted tax rates to be lower. … He said any bipartisan ‘tax reform’ plan that...
  • Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) released the following statement regarding the fiscal cliff: “Tuesday's election results sent a clear message to Washington from the American people: both parties must work together to get our economy growing again. The looming fiscal cliff presents an opportunity to put politics aside and address the major issues facing our country. I am hopeful that Congress and the President can find a solution that avoids raising taxes on the American people and job creators, while also making responsible spending cuts to address our...
  • Washington, DC – Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan issued the following statement on Tuesday’s election: “Congratulations to President Obama, to the successful candidates for the Senate, and to my fellow members of the reelected House Republican majority. Although there were certainly disappointments, I take great heart in the strong endorsement of House Republicans’ conservative message and ideas. Many passionate conservatives were elected and reelected to the House and Senate yesterday who remain committed to defending and advancing liberty.” “America faces big...
  • 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 ...