Capitol Hill Updates

  • ‘Look: Our constituents didn’t send us here to watch the clock or to offer running commentary on the floor. They sent us here to make a difference. We’ve got jobs to do. It’s about time we did them.  In these very challenging times, Americans deserve leadership. Never before have a President and a Senate Majority Party done so little when our challenges have been so great.’   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Democrats’ failure to lead: “I understand there’s an election...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) faulted President Obama and Senate Democrats for their “failure to lead” on helping the private sector create jobs, and replacing the president’s sequester that threatens our economy and our security.  Following are excerpts of Speaker Boehner’s remarks: “You know, millions of Americans are out of work and continuing to ask the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’ “They’re looking at the president and you know what they see? They see a failure to lead.  “They see failed...
  • Remarks of the Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell U.S. Capitol Rotunda “Mrs. Bush, Speaker Boehner, Leader Reid, Reverend clergy, colleagues, distinguished guests, and friends. “Over the years, we’ve recognized many remarkable men and women in this place of honor — all of them extraordinary. It would be foolish to try to make comparisons among them.  “Yet for me at least, today’s ceremony is particularly meaningful.  “I first came to know of the woman we honor today more than two decades ago. I came across an article that told the story of her struggle, and from...
  • ‘This is a moment for Americans to show our closest allies in the Middle East that we unequivocally stand with them. No mixed signals. Neither Israel, nor any of our allies, should ever have any reason to doubt that resolve.’ Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the need for America to send a clear signal to the world that we stand with our allies in the Middle East: “Mister President, the attacks this week on our diplomats, installations, and diplomatic security personnel have reminded us...
  • President Obama and his top aides insist the recent wave of protests and attacks by radical Islamists, which began on the anniversary of 9/11, are spontaneous demonstrations sparked by a YouTube video. While preliminary news reports pointed in that direction, we have since learned that the initial attacks in Egypt and Libya were planned days ahead of time, “well before news circulated” of that ridiculous video. It’s not about the video. The Libyan government believes al Qaeda was responsible for the assault on our consulate in Benghazi, where our Ambassador and three other Americans...
  • Deep Uncertainty Abounds As Obama Administration Fails to Provide Guidance on Looming Mandates WASHINGTON, DC – In a mere two months, states will be required to submit an application detailing whether they plan to establish the insurance exchanges mandated in the president’s health care law; for those states that choose not to take on this regulatory burden, the alternative will be a federally run system. Similarly, states will soon be forced to decide whether to undertake a massive expansion of the Medicaid program that could increase state costs by at least...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement Friday after the White House released a report mandated by Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) Sequestration Transparency Act: “This report confirms that the president’s ‘sequester’ is a serious threat to our national security and must be replaced.  The House passed a bill in May that replaces the president’s dangerous defense sequester with common-sense spending cuts and reforms, protecting our troops and reducing our deficit by another $243 billion.  But with...
  •   Here’s what is going on under the dome... Next WeekStop the War on Coal: Next week, the House will consider the Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409. This legislation is comprised of a series of bills that aim to stop EPA's regulatory assault on America’s power sector, which threatens to destroy countless jobs and drive up the price of energy for American families and businesses. The five bills included in this package are: 1) H.R. 3409, the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act, 2) H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, 3) H.R. 2401,...
  • ‘The nation is at risk of an entirely avoidable economic calamity because the President of the United States and the Democrats who control the Senate would rather spend their time picking apart Paul Ryan and his budget plan — which the House has already passed — than producing one of their own. They’d rather sit on the sidelines and hope people focus on the other guy’s attempts to solve our most pressing domestic problems than bother to do anything about them themselves. This has been the Democrat M.O. for two years. And it’s a disgrace.’ Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives approved a six-month continuing resolution (CR) consistent with the spending cap level in the Budget Control Act: “Now it’s time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to work with Republicans to avert the ‘fiscal cliff’ by stopping the tax hikes that threaten our economy and replacing the ‘sequester’ that threatens our national security.” NOTE: Overall the CR (H.J.Res. 117) brings total regular and disaster discretionary spending to $52 million...