Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today released the following statement outlining numerous common-sense alternatives that House Republicans have put forward to responsibly replace the President’s sequester:  “President Obama is warning of the grave effects of the sequester he proposed in 2011. House Republicans agree this is not the best way to cut spending, which is why I sponsored and the House twice passed bills that responsibly replace the arbitrary, across-the-board cuts with common sense cuts and reforms that don’t threaten public safety,...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the president’s campaign-style event criticizing his own sequester. “Today the president advanced an argument Republicans have been making for a year: his sequester is the wrong way to cut spending. That’s why the House has twice passed legislation to replace it with common sense cuts and reforms that won’t threaten public safety, national security, or our economy. But once again, the president offered no credible plan that can pass Congress – only more calls for higher taxes. Just last month,...
  • Washington, D.C. – Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise released the following statement on the fourth anniversary of President Obama’s failed stimulus package. “Four years after President Obama signed his $821 billion taxpayer funded stimulus bill into law, American taxpayers are still paying the tab for the broken promises, and all we have to show for it are higher unemployment, higher debt, and higher taxes,” said Scalise.  “The president promised that unemployment would not rise above 8 percent with the passage of his spending bill, but in fact the unemployment...
  • At a press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner offered a clear challenge to President Obama: Before you blame Congress for holding up your liberal agenda, see if it can even pass the chamber controlled by your own party – the U.S. Senate. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday challenged Senate Democrats to pass the agenda President Obama laid out in his State of the Union address, suggesting the president’s progressive proposals lack support within his own party. (The Hill, Boehner challenges Senate Dems to pass Obama's agenda, 2/14/13) Boehner...
  •   WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner  challenged Senate Democrats to take up and pass President Obama’s agenda for more tax hikes and ‘stimulus’ spending.  He also called on them to pass a budget – which they have failed to do in nearly four years  – and a plan to replace the president’s sequester that is just weeks away. Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks: ON THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA BEING MORE OF THE SAME TAX HIKES & FAILED ‘STIMULUS’ SPENDING:  “On Tuesday the president laid out his agenda,...
  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15THOn Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Res. 65 - Condemning the Government of North Korea for its flagrant and repeated violations of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions, for its repeated provocations that threaten international peace and stability, and for its February 12, 2013, test of a nuclear device (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee) H.R. 273 - To eliminate the 2013 statutory...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republicans leaders today urged President Obama to work with the U.S. Senate to confirm four qualified individuals to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The letter is in response to a unanimous decision by a federal appeals court that ruled President Obama’s controversial recess appointments to the board unconstitutional. The Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing today on the NLRB appointments, during which witnesses described how the president’s action has tainted the board’s work...
  • Washington, D.C. — Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise released the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address. “It's fitting that President Obama gave his State of the Union on Mardi Gras Day, since he's spent the last four years throwing record levels of taxpayer money at failed federal programs like cheap beads at a parade,” Scalise said.  “If higher taxes and more government spending were the solution to our economic woes, our economy would be humming on all cylinders, but all the middle class has to show for the last four years is...
  • ‘The stakes for American families are too high to keep taking the easy way out with more taxes and more wasteful spending. Republicans believe that taking on this massive burden of debt should be more important in this town than winning the next election. That’s why we need common-sense reforms like a Balanced Budget Amendment. All Republicans support it, and Democrats should too. But we won’t get anywhere as a nation if the President refuses to lead.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor on Wednesday...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) submitted the following remarks into the Congressional Record on Tuesday to honor Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) – and all those Americans who have been held prisoner of war – on the 40th anniversary of  “Operation Homecoming”: “Mr. Speaker, our colleague from Texas, Sam Johnson, is an American hero.  And today I join other colleagues in observing the fortieth anniversary of his release from a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. “In seven years of captivity Sam endured physical and mental torture.  In fact, Sam was set...