Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, DC – Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and other members of the Republican Study Committee introduced legislation today to combine the six food welfare programs in the Farm Bill into a single block grant to states. The lead sponsors of the legislation – Rep. Huelskamp, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), and RSC Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) – offered the following statement. “Given the nation’s $16 trillion of debt, four years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits, and a 297-percent explosion over the last decade in SNAP (food stamp) spending alone, Washington has to get...
  • Next WeekThe House is not in session next week; Members will be home working in their districts during the constituent work period. The House will come back into session on Tuesday, November 13th.Last WeekStop the War on Coal: This past week, the House passed the Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409 by a vote of 233-175. This legislation is comprised of a series of bills that aim to stop EPA's regulatory assault on America’s power sector, which threatens to destroy countless jobs and drive up the price of energy for American families and businesses. The five bills included in this...
  • The fact that we have an election coming up is not an excuse for not tackling the tough problems. So no matter what the American people decide this November, no matter what they decide, the problems are there. And our commitment to the American people is, if we’re in the majority, we'll do the basic work of government and our hand will be out to our colleagues on the other side.’  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the do-nothing approach by Senate Democrats and President’s refusal to...
  • 'The fact that we have an election coming up is not an excuse for not tackling the tough problems. So no matter what the American people decide this November, no matter what they decide, the problems are there. And our commitment to the American people is, if we’re in the majority, we'll do the basic work of government and our hand will be out to our colleagues on the other side.’  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the do-nothing approach by Senate Democrats and President’s refusal to...
  • ‘Look: Our constituents didn’t send us here to watch the clock or to offer running commentary on the floor. They sent us here to make a difference. We’ve got jobs to do. It’s about time we did them.  In these very challenging times, Americans deserve leadership. Never before have a President and a Senate Majority Party done so little when our challenges have been so great.’   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Democrats’ failure to lead: “I understand there’s an election...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) faulted President Obama and Senate Democrats for their “failure to lead” on helping the private sector create jobs, and replacing the president’s sequester that threatens our economy and our security.  Following are excerpts of Speaker Boehner’s remarks: “You know, millions of Americans are out of work and continuing to ask the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’ “They’re looking at the president and you know what they see? They see a failure to lead.  “They see failed...
  • Remarks of the Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell U.S. Capitol Rotunda “Mrs. Bush, Speaker Boehner, Leader Reid, Reverend clergy, colleagues, distinguished guests, and friends. “Over the years, we’ve recognized many remarkable men and women in this place of honor — all of them extraordinary. It would be foolish to try to make comparisons among them.  “Yet for me at least, today’s ceremony is particularly meaningful.  “I first came to know of the woman we honor today more than two decades ago. I came across an article that told the story of her struggle, and from...
  • ‘This is a moment for Americans to show our closest allies in the Middle East that we unequivocally stand with them. No mixed signals. Neither Israel, nor any of our allies, should ever have any reason to doubt that resolve.’ Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the need for America to send a clear signal to the world that we stand with our allies in the Middle East: “Mister President, the attacks this week on our diplomats, installations, and diplomatic security personnel have reminded us...
  • President Obama and his top aides insist the recent wave of protests and attacks by radical Islamists, which began on the anniversary of 9/11, are spontaneous demonstrations sparked by a YouTube video. While preliminary news reports pointed in that direction, we have since learned that the initial attacks in Egypt and Libya were planned days ahead of time, “well before news circulated” of that ridiculous video. It’s not about the video. The Libyan government believes al Qaeda was responsible for the assault on our consulate in Benghazi, where our Ambassador and three other Americans...
  • Deep Uncertainty Abounds As Obama Administration Fails to Provide Guidance on Looming Mandates WASHINGTON, DC – In a mere two months, states will be required to submit an application detailing whether they plan to establish the insurance exchanges mandated in the president’s health care law; for those states that choose not to take on this regulatory burden, the alternative will be a federally run system. Similarly, states will soon be forced to decide whether to undertake a massive expansion of the Medicaid program that could increase state costs by at least...