Capitol Hill Updates

  • From the Chairman Like most Americans, I’ve always thought it was freedom and free enterprise that created the middle class and led to better standards of living across the globe. The crowd at President Obama’s recent campaign rally in Roanoke, VA, however, heard a different tale. During his speech, Obama proclaimed: “So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together.  That’s how we funded the GI Bill.  That’s how we created the middle class.  That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the...
  • Last week, the Obama Administration took action to dismantle the work requirement that was central to the success of the bipartisan 1996 welfare reforms.  As the data below shows, that action will undo policies that have led to more work and earnings and less welfare dependence and poverty among low-income Americans.  Since the work-based 1996 welfare reforms were enacted:Work and earnings rose…. The employment of single mothers increased by 15 percent from 1996 through 2000, and even after the recession it is still higher than before welfare reform. (Source: Congressional...
  • The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of unilaterally gutting the work requirements at the heart of President Clinton’s historic welfare reform law, a signature bipartisan achievement of the Clinton administration and Republican-led Congress of the 1990s. Why? Because of the lack of jobs in the Obama economy. Speaker John Boehner released the following statement: “By gutting the work requirements in President Clinton’s signature welfare reform law, President Obama is admitting his economic policies have failed. "While President Clinton worked with Congress in a...
  • ‘Where the rest of us see the worst economic recovery in modern times, Democrats see another opportunity to use a crisis to grow government, and that’s what they’re focused on — not on providing hope and relief for already-struggling Americans, but providing more tax dollars for the government to waste and misdirect.  And in the meantime, they’ll waste our time with bills like this one, which they know won’t pass but which give them a chance to make a fuss about a problem that doesn’t exist and blow a kiss to the unions for good measure.’ *** ‘The purpose of this legislation is...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today urged his colleagues to heed the will of the American people and vote to fully repeal the president’s health care law, which is driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.  Following are Speaker Boehner’s floor remarks: “I rise today in strong support of H.R. 6079, legislation to repeal the president’s health care law.  When this bill passed, we were promised this health care law would lower costs and help create jobs … one congressional leader even suggested it would create 400...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) joined Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in challenging Democratic leaders to demonstrate that President Obama’s plan for a small business tax hike has the support of their own party by holding an immediate vote on it in the Democratic-controlled Senate: “I agree with Senator McConnell: if Democrats support the president’s small business tax hike, then they should allow it to come to an immediate vote in the Senate.  After yet another dismal jobs report, the American people need to know whether Senate...
  • From RSC Chairman Jim Jordan Economic reports over the last few months have not been good, and I’ve heard from a number of small business owners who are very concerned about the future. The President’s health care law is a big part of the problem. As many employers explained to a news station in the D.C. area, ObamaCare “will mean not hiring new workers, not growing their business, and some say they'll just pay the penalty, rather than having to cover all of their workers.” The same concerns were also voiced in this article, with multiple employers saying the law will lead to fewer...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) participated in today’s GOP Leadership stakeout, where he discussed the challenges facing America’s health care system as a result of President Obama’s health care law. Click here to watch the video.   Transcript “The president’s law, as it relates to health care, is harming not only the health of the American people, but the health of our economy. As a physician, I can tell you that my physician colleagues back home have said that this is destructive of their ability to care for patients...
  • The United States House has passed House Resolution 706, finding Attorney General Eric Holder in civil contempt of Congress. This vote comes on the heels of an earlier, unprecedented finding of contempt for Eric Holder on criminal grounds by a vote of 255-67, which marked the first time a sitting attorney general and presidential Cabinet member has been cited for contempt by the full House. On the civil charges, the House voted 258-95 with 75 Did Not Votes and 5 voted Not Present.  There were 75 Democrats and 5 Republican House members who opted out of voting on the resolution.  No...
  • House Resolution 711 passed 255-67 to find United States Attorney General in Contempt of Congress. There were 110 "Did Not Votes", and 1 ‘Present’ vote, 108 of the Did Not Votes were Democrats. The 17 Democrats who voted Yes – Altmire, Barrow, Boren, Boswell, Chandler, Critz, Donnelly (IN), Hochul, Kind, Kissell, Matheson, McIntyre, Owen, Peterson, Rahall, Ross (AR), Walz (MN).2 GOP House members voted against the measure - Ridgell and LaTourette.There will be another vote on the resolution for civil contempt shortly in the United States House.