Capitol Hill Updates

  • ‘We reached an agreement to cut $2.1 trillion in government spending over 10 years, and we intend to keep our word. Should these cuts be implemented in a smarter way? Absolutely. But the President and his cabinet secretaries had a year and a half to think about that. They can’t just show up now at the last minute and expect the American people to bail them out of their own lack of responsibility. We can either secure those reductions more intelligently, or we can do it the President’s way with across-the board cuts. But one thing Americans simply will not accept is another tax...
  • Washington, D.C. - Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise released the following statement after President Obama’s speech in Newport News, Virginia.  “President Obama has reached a new low by using our military, first responders, food inspectors, and school teachers as shields to hide his continued wasteful government spending that has exploded over the last four years,” Scalise said.  “The president needs to park Air Force One, abandon his sequester fear-mongering tour, and return to his job in Washington to actually work with us to cut the waste and finally get...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urged President Obama to stop campaigning on the effects of his sequester and start calling on his Democratic-led Senate to actually pass a credible plan to avert it.  Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks: “You know, the president proposed the sequester, yet he’s far more interested in holding campaign rallies than he is in urging his Senate Democrats to actually pass a plan.  “Listen, we know there are smarter ways to cut spending and to continue to grow our economy...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) has introduced H.R. 805, the Quality Improvement Organization Program Restoration Act, to improve Medicare quality and efficiency by undoing the restructuring of the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) imposed in 2011 as a part of a trade reform bill. This legislation – co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) – was previously introduced in the 112th Congress. “As a physician, I understand how absolutely vital it is to maintain patient and doctor control over health care decisions. The actions that have been taken to...
  • WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25TH  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH On Monday, the House will meet a 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 pm. H.R. 667 - To redesignate the Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Science Committee) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26THOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. H.Res. __ - Academic...
  • From the Speaker of the House John Boehner's Office of Digital Communications: “Too often with this White House, the solution to any challenge is ramping up campaign-style events,” says National Journal’s Charlie Cook. “To a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” We’re seeing that again as the president’s sequester inches closer: lots of campaign rallies and rhetoric, no solutions. You see, the House of Representatives passed legislation – twice (last May and again in December) – to replace President Obama’s sequester with smarter, responsible spending cuts and reforms. Senate...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) responded to President Obama’s ‘false-choice’ media campaign on sequestration, that the White House proposed in August 2011, saying: “The main hallmark of the Obama Administration has been their repeated insistence on raising taxes on the American people. Instead of advancing pro-growth economic policies to get America moving again, the White House favors tax hikes, tax hikes, and more tax hikes. Real spending reductions are exactly what the overwhelming majority of the American people demand. Sadly, President Obama is...
  •     We’re now less than a week away from unveiling a statue of Rosa Parks in the U.S. Capitol, and Speaker Boehner is out with a new video previewing this historic event.  Speaking from the balcony of the chamber where the ceremony will take place, Boehner says: “Next week, we’re going to do something special here in the Capitol.  We’re going to dedicate a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who changed the world one December evening in 1955 without getting up from her seat.  The ceremony will happen right here in National Statuary Hall, where visitors...
  • The White House staff responded on its blog to Speaker Boehner’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal and, well, it’s clear they’re unhappy about being held accountable for President Obama’s sequester. While we agree with them that the president’s sequester threatens “hundreds of thousands of jobs, our national security and our economic recovery,” here are a few things the White House isn’t telling you: REPUBLICANS FIRST VOTED TO REPLACE THE OBAMA SEQUESTER LAST MAY: Republicans are “unwilling to compromise to avoid these devastating cuts,” claims the White House. “Where is the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to a letter notifying Congress about the consequences of President Obama’s sequester: “I agree with the Secretary of Defense that the impact of the president’s sequester would be devastating to our military.  That’s why the House has acted twice to replace the president’s sequester with common-sense cuts and reforms that protect our national security, and it’s why I’ve been calling on the president for more than a year to press his Democratic-controlled Senate to do the same. ...