Capitol Hill Updates

  • ‘The only reason this issue isn’t already resolved — the only reason — is that the President wants to keep it alive. He thinks it benefits him politically for college students to believe we’re the problem. It’s time to stop the games. It’s time for the President to act.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Thursday regarding the need for the President to respond to bipartisan solutions proposed by Congressional Republicans to prevent the increase in student loan rates: “Three weeks ago today, Republican...
  • WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley is leading a group of senators in questioning the directive announced last week by President Obama to grant deferred action to illegal immigrants and asking for a full accounting from the President of his legal authority to issue such a directive, how the executive action will be implemented and administered, and the cost to taxpayers.In a letter sent to the President this afternoon, the senators asked for written responses to a list of detailed questions and a briefing from the administration officials who will be responsible for the program....
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) issued the following statement after the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee approved a resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for his refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Fast & Furious operation: “Despite being given multiple opportunities to provide the documents necessary for Congress’ investigation into Fast and Furious, Attorney General Holder continues to stonewall.  Today, the Administration took the extraordinary step of...
  • “A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy,” The Hill reports today, adding that they “do not want to have to explain an across-the-board tax hike to constituents when economic growth is sluggish and unemployment is high.”  According to the report, at least seven Democrats oppose President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on small business job creators, and are signaling support for the bipartisan plan to stop all of the tax hikes. Here’s more: “At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) today announced that an agreement had been reached with the Department of Education to ensure that the highly-successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) is fully implemented in accordance with the law signed last year to renew and expand the program.   “For eight years, this scholarship program has empowered low-income parents to choose the best learning environment for their children,” Speaker Boehner said.  “Thousands of families have taken advantage of this scholarship...
  • Here is a sampling of abortion-related issues that will likely remain unless the entire “Affordable Care Act” (ObamaCare) law is struck down.  Note: This list is not exhaustive.  New pro-life concerns continue to arise as the regulatory details of the law continue to unfold.  Taxpayer funding for abortion coverage through the exchange premium assistance credits—complete with an abortion surcharge and secrecy clause. This problem would only be addressed if the premium assistance credits are struck down.  The abortion surcharge and secrecy clause established in...
  • Good afternoon and welcome to the Leader’s Lineup. The Leader's Lineup outlines Leader Cantor's activities under the dome and around the country. Here’s what is going on under the dome... Next WeekEnergy Production: Next week, the House will consider the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. This is a package of 6 domestic energy production bills that will not only reduce energy costs that hard-working families and small businesses currently face, but also spur badly-needed economic growth and job creation. As part of a Republican energy agenda that embraces a true all-of-the-above approach,...
  • From the Chairman Our staff  recently filmed several members of the Republican Study Committee explaining who we are and why the RSC and its conservative mission are so important. You can see what we told them in the video below. Please take one minute to share our message with your friends and family. The more Americans are familiar with the conservatives working for them in Washington, D.C., the more we can achieve together.   You can also visit our website to learn more about the Republican Study Committee, what we do, and who we are. God Bless, Congressman Jim...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) will deliver the weekly Republican address Saturday. “Gov. Walker’s outstanding record of fiscal responsibility clearly demonstrates his commitment to public service and the people of Wisconsin,” said Sen. McConnell. “Gov. Walker’s account of his life as an ordinary citizen who went on to achieve something quite extraordinary is an inspiration to us all.” "I appreciate the opportunity to talk about how we are transforming Wisconsin from the job loss in the past to the...
  • Next week, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (DEJA) will be reported out of Rules as H.R. 4480.  We expect floor consideration to take place on Wednesday and Thursday.  DEJA is a package of domestic energy production bills that are aimed reducing reducing energy prices, while at the same time spurring economic growth and job creation.  Here is a link to a summary of the bill, which is also pasted below.  Click here to watch the video from House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, “TESERO: Made in the U.S.A.” which highlights the economic boom story of North Dakota oil...