Capitol Hill Updates

  • 10 Key Facts on Jobs and Unemployment Data Reflects September 2012 Jobs Report Released October 5, 2012 1. 4.1 Million Fewer Jobs than Projected: In January 2009 the Obama Administration forecast there would be 137.6 million jobs in December 2010.  Instead there were 130.3 million jobs in December 2010.  Even 21 months later in September 2012, there are just 133.5 million jobs – 4.1 million fewer than the Administration’s forecast for late 2010. 2. Slower Jobs Recovery than during the Great Depression: This is the only “recovery” since World War II when jobs lost in the...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today called on President Obama to address a National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) report – prepared by independent accounting firm Ernst & Young – showing that the president’s January 1 “fiscal cliff” tax hike will significantly impact small businesses in America and destroy more than 700,000 U.S. jobs:“President Obama is demanding a tax increase that a National Federation of Independent Business report confirms will hit many small businesses and destroy more than 700,000 jobs, a fact he refuses to deny or discuss....
  • Washington, DC – Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressing concerns and raising a number of questions regarding the Administration’s intent to provide $450 million in cash transfers to the Egyptian government led by the Muslim Brotherhood. Full text of the letter is below, and a signed copy is available here. The Honorable Hillary Rodham ClintonSecretary of StateU.S. Department of StateWashington, DC 20520 Dear Madam Secretary:...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement responding to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s recently released Q3 Small Business Survey. In the survey, small businesses cited the ongoing damage caused by prolonged economic uncertainty, exacerbated by the pending “fiscal cliff,” and pointed to the president’s health care law, regulations in general and energy prices as threats to growth and job creation. “For four years, the president has created an atmosphere undeniably hostile to America’s job creators, and he’s...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the Obama administration’s decision to ignore Congress and purchase Thomson Prison in Illinois, a backdoor move that may pave the way for the administration’s controversial attempts to import the terrorists housed at Guantanamo Bay to the United States: “A majority of the American people and a bipartisan majority in Congress oppose bringing the terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay into the United States, yet the White House continues to take steps to move forward with its dangerous plan....
  • In less than three months, taxpayers and healthcare providers will be hit with an onslaught of new tax increases and cuts implemented under the president’s health care takeover. The following is an overview of some of the most notable and destructive tax increases and limitations set to occur on or after January 1, 2013. Medical Device Tax (Effective January 1, 2013) An excise tax of 2.3% will be imposed on the sale of any taxable medical device. The House passed H.R. 436, to repeal the medical device tax on June 7, 2012. The medical device excise tax is expected to result in...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) has introduced legislation to make significant improvements to the Medicare bidding process. “The Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2012” (H.R. 6490) would replace the current Medicare DMEPOS, or “Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies,” competitive bidding system with a sustainable market pricing program (MPP) that is based upon sound economic principles that are embraced universally by auction experts across the U.S. Modifying pricing for DMEPOS would help...
  • “Oops” -- at an event today, Vice President Joe Biden said the middle class has “been buried the last four years” under President Obama.  Watch him here. Most Americans seem to agree with the Vice President.  A majority told a recent survey they’re not better off under the Obama administration.  And while Senate Democrats block House-passed jobs bills, and the White House refuses to work with Congress to avert the fiscal cliff (by stopping all of the tax hikes and replacing its defense sequester), middle class...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today marking 90 days until the implementation of the dangerous ‘sequester,’ which was proposed by President Obama in 2011 in an effort to ensure he would not have to deal with the debt limit again before the presidential election: “As the challenges facing our men and women in uniform continue to escalate around the globe, their resources are increasingly being jeopardized by President Obama’s sequester, which takes effect just three months from today.  The president’s approach to this matter has...
  • Data Points If you feel like the last four years have been tough, the data backs you up. While plenty of things have gone up in price (gasoline perhaps most notably), incomes have actually fallen.     A few points about the chart above, which visualizes these trends all too well. According to analysts at Sentier Research, median household income has dropped $4,520, or about one month’s average wages, since President Obama took office. The average price for a gallon of gas has more than doubled since January 2009, from under $2 to now almost $4. Numerous economists are...