Capitol Hill Updates

  • On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that the unemployment rate in August was 8.1 percent, marking the 43rd consecutive month that unemployment has been at or above 8 percent under President Obama. With only 96,000 jobs added in the month of August, it is obvious Americans continue to suffer through a painfully tepid recovery made even slower by the president’s failed policies. In addition, the labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of able Americans working or looking for work, fell to a 30-year low in August.  If the percentage of...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULEWEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10TH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10THOn Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 3397 - Cabin Fee Act of 2011, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings / Natural Resources Committee) 2) H.R. 2706 - Billfish Conservation Act of 2011, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Natural Resources Committee) 3) H.R. 6007 - North Texas Zebra Mussel Barrier Act of 2012, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Hall / Natural...
  • Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) released the following statement regarding this morning’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: “This morning’s dismal jobs report arrives on the heels of a historic milestone achieved earlier this week by President Obama and Washington Democrats – the national debt has now surpassed $16 trillion. From the President’s failed stimulus to the more than $1 trillion government takeover of our healthcare system, the President’s economic policies have failed miserably. Worse, these very same policies have put...
  • The Obama administration is not only ignoring a deadline for detailing the impact of its ‘sequester’ defense cuts, POLITICO reports it was in fact the White House who first proposed the ‘sequester’ – a plan they devised because the president didn’t want to deal with another debt limit debate before his re-election campaign. According to POLITICO, “The book ‘The Price of Politics,’ by Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward, makes it clear the idea for the draconian spending cuts” which would jeopardize our national defense “originated in the White...
  • President Obama talks the talk when it comes to dealing with our national debt. But talk is cheap. Unfortunately, the president’s failed policies are not. On September 4, 2012, the national debt eclipsed $16 trillion for the first time in the history of our nation. According to the Department of Treasury, our nations’ debt was $16,015,769,788,215.80 on September 4. The national debt has increased by $5.38 trillion or 51 percent since President Obama took office. The national debt did not reach $5.3 trillion until 1997, during President Clinton’s second term. It took...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today after the United States Treasury Department announced the national debt has now surpassed $16 trillion, having increased more than $5 trillion during President Obama’s term despite promises to cut the deficit in half: “Today’s news is another sad reminder of President Obama’s broken promise to cut the deficit in half.  Instead of working in a bipartisan way to fulfill his promise, the president went on a ‘stimulus’-fueled spending binge that stuck every American man, woman, and child with a...
  •   Democrats may think the American people are “absolutely” “better off” under their policies – but according to The Hill, “a majority of voters believe the country is worse off today” under President Obama. The unemployment rate has been higher than eight percent for 42 straight months – the longest stretch since the Great Depression. And if Democrats get their way, we’d get more of the same: Fewer Jobs: Democrats say they’re willing to tank our economy if they don’t get a small business tax hike that economists fear and Ernst & Young...
  • As millions of American families hit the road this Labor Day weekend, they were met with another stark reminder of President Obama’s failed policies: record high gas prices.   For the past three years, the Obama administration has thwarted common-sense GOP efforts to expand American energy at every turn, creating regulatory roadblocks to increased production and blocking off resource-rich areas for new exploration and development.  As a result, gas prices have doubled on the president’s watch, making it harder for American families and small businesses to make ends...
  • On Wednesday, the CBO released its updated budget and economic forecast. The report shows that pending tax increases and arbitrary spending cuts would send the U.S. economy into another economic recession and drive the unemployment rate above 9 percent by the end of 2013. Only House Republicans have passed legislation to avoid this recession by stopping the tax hike and replacing the sequestration with common-sense spending reductions. Unfortunately, President Obama and Senate Democrats have not brought forth a credible plan to avoid the next recession. House Republicans have urged...