Capitol Hill Updates

  • The White House released a detailed report on Friday outlining the consequences of the sequester proposed by and insisted on by President Obama. But the question remains: what is President Obama willing to DO to prevent it?  Republicans agree the sequester is the wrong way to cut spending, and agree the consequences are harmful.  That’s why Republicans have twice passed legislation to replace it with common sense cuts and reforms.  But without a plan to prevent his sequester, the president is out of excuses.  Here below, from the White House itself, are some of...
  • We read this morning that “Senate Democrats are struggling to come up with a replacement for the $85 billion spending-cut sequester set to begin on March 1.”  Since the sequester was President Obama’s idea to begin with, and Democrats already got the tax hikes they wanted last month, here are a few friendly thoughts on actions they could take to protect our national defense and balance things out: Pass the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act (HR. 5652), which the House passed in May 2012.  The bill replaces the president’s...
  • Congressman Fred Upton is renewing his call to repeal the 2.3 percent excise tax on U.S. medical device sales that took effect in January as part of the Affordable Care Act.Upton – a cosponsor of the bipartisan Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 523) to repeal the medical device tax – reintroduced the bill to the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. Similar legislation to repeal the device tax passed the House last summer by a bipartisan vote of 270 to 146, but was never considered by the Senate.Upton points to layoffs at Stryker Corp. as an example of how the tax is...
  • ‘The election is over. The time to govern is now – to make divided government work for the American people, who chose it. We owe Americans action, not rhetoric. We owe it to the millions of college graduates out of work. We owe it to the strivers who find themselves still living in their parents’ basements. They’re all counting on us to enact real, bipartisan solutions – solutions that can get our economy moving again today and that can ensure greater prosperity tomorrow. Is Washington up to the task? Republicans are. And we’re still here, ready to work with the President as soon as...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed with bipartisan support the Require a PLAN Act (H.R. 444) on Wednesday, legislation introduced by Congressman Price that requires the White House to either produce a balanced budget or provide a supplemental budget plan by April 1, 2013 that identifies in what fiscal year their plan would achieve balance. “The American people are demanding that Congress and the President take action to address the growing debt crisis in this country so that we leave our...
  • Time for a serious deficit plan By Mitch McConnell President Barack Obama pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. But because he focused on political gimmicks, rather than real reform, we’ve seen trillion-dollar deficits and nearly $6 trillion added to the debt instead. Based on what we heard from the president at a news conference Tuesday, his unserious attitude is likely to continue. That’s worrying. Unless we can get a handle on Washington’s overspending, and quickly, it will continue to undermine our economy and jeopardize our children’s futures. Sadly...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that they have selected U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the President’s State of the Union address on February 12, 2013.  Sen. Rubio, now in his third year in the U.S. Senate, has been a champion of growing the American middle class through limited government and free enterprise policies, making him a natural choice to outline why the Republican vision can help Americans rise above their current...
  • Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the House of Representatives began consideration of H.R. 444, the Require a PLAN Act, legislation requiring President Obama to produce a budget plan that actually achieves balance. Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), the lead sponsor of the Require a PLAN Act, spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of this common sense legislation. Below is an excerpt of those remarks:   “Today we're talking about H.R. 444 – a bill that simply says to the president, ‘Mr. President, when you submit your budget, just let us know when...
  •   WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference with Republican leaders on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discussed President Obama and Senate Democrats’ failure to offer a serious budget or plan to replace the president’s sequester, and highlighted the action House Republicans are taking to hold them accountable. Following is the text of Speaker Boehner’s remarks: “You know, every month under President Obama kind of feels the same: high unemployment, rising prices, and more debt for our kids and our grandkids.  And if government spending were what the president...
  • “Now that Congress has acted on the tax issue, the President needs to lay out significant spending reforms—the other side of the ‘balance’ as he defines it. But every day spent talking about ‘corporate jets’ is a day wasted, and given that the President again missed the deadline to submit a budget this year, there’s not much time to spare. The clock is ticking. It’s time to get serious.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the need for smarter spending reforms, not additional tax hikes, to solve our nation...