Capitol Hill Updates

  • ‘As I’ve explained repeatedly on the floor over the past two weeks, government spending is completely out of control – and it’s projected to get much worse in years to come. Even if the President got the additional tax increases he’s asked for, we still wouldn’t even come close to solving the problem. And we certainly won’t get there by wasting time on poll-tested P.R. gimmicks that will hardly bring in any revenue. Every minute the administration spends talking about corporate jets is one less minute we have to discuss serious ways to confront the challenges we face. Clearly, it’s...
  • Bakersfield, CA – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement regarding a report by the Department of Commerce showing the U.S. economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the last three months of 2012: “Unless Washington responsibly addresses its fiscal challenges, our economy will continue to suffer. Today’s report by the Commerce Department showing that the economy contracted at a rate of 0.1 percent is a stark example of how political games in Washington have real consequences on the lives of American families. The House has...
  • Washington, D.C. – Current and former Chairmen of the Republican Study Committee Reps. Scalise, Jordan, Price, and Hensarling, today issued the following statement on the path to a balanced budget and controlled Washington spending. “Preserving the American Dream for future generations is dependent on controlling Washington spending and ending Washington budget gimmicks.  Out of control Washington spending is killing American jobs, while placing an unbearable mountain of debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren.  The old way of doing things has to end.  It is...
  • In recent months, top Senate Democrats said they couldn’t guarantee they’d pass a budget, suggesting they’d ignore “the most basic responsibility of governing” for the fourth year in a row. “There was no indication they were ever going to do a budget,” said Speaker John Boehner, “until we announced last week that we were going to move this bill that said pass a budget or no pay.” Instead of simply doing what every American does – and what is required by law – Roll Call says Democrats had to “explore the pros and cons of actually crafting a budget.” One Democratic aide finally...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s ruling that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional:“We welcome today’s ruling as a victory for accountability in government and hope it will ultimately help employers and workers overcome excessive regulations.  The Obama administration has consistently used the NLRB to impose regulations that hurt our economy by fostering uncertainty in the workplace and telling...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Scalise on Friday released the following statement in support of the March for Life. “The right to life is one of the most basic and fundamental human rights, and I commend the thousands of citizens from Louisiana and all around the country who marched in Washington today to draw attention to the 55 million lives lost due to abortion - equal to the population of Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, Michigan, and Nevada combined,” Scalise said.  "The fact that the killing of innocent life is still legal is one of the greatest injustices...
  • Today, Speaker Boehner delivered a brief video message to participants in the 40th annual March for Life, which is taking place on the National Mall. Boehner, who last year became the first Speaker to address the March, talked about how defending life is a generational commitment that we should encourage young people to join:    “Defending life, of course, is about much more than voting the right way or saying the right things.  It’s about promoting a culture of life.  It’s about understanding that abortion is a defining human rights issue of our time. ...
  • “Two freshman Senate Democrats have jumped into the fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining seven other Democrats and dozens of Republicans in pressuring President Obama to approve the project,” The Hill reports.  A bipartisan group of 53 Senators sent a letter to President Obama yesterday urging him “to finish expeditiously the review process and approve the pipeline,” following this week’s announcement that a revised route for the pipeline has been approved, putting the fate of “the long-delayed project squarely in the president’s hands.”  As one Democratic...
  • Every family and business operates on a budget and is expected to live within its means, but it has been nearly four years – 1,366 days to date – since the Senate has passed a budget. That is simply unacceptable. Passing a budget is the most basic function of governing and is something the Senate is required to do every year by law. I am pleased to report that the House of Representatives voted yesterday to pass “No Budget, No Pay” legislation (H.R. 325) that requires both the House and the Senate to pass a budget. Failure to do so would result in pay being withheld for Members of that...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) responded to the passage of H.R. 325, or the “No Budget, No Pay Act,” saying:  “It has been 1,365 days since the U.S. Senate last passed a budget. If families and businesses must adhere to a budget, why shouldn’t the U.S. government? House Republicans have done our job year after year – putting forth a bold, responsible plan to correct the nation’s fiscal course. We will do so again this year with a plan that will come to balance within 10 years. “By passing ‘No Budget, No Pay’ today we underscore the utter urgency...