Capitol Hill Updates

  • The United States House has passed House Resolution 706, finding Attorney General Eric Holder in civil contempt of Congress. This vote comes on the heels of an earlier, unprecedented finding of contempt for Eric Holder on criminal grounds by a vote of 255-67, which marked the first time a sitting attorney general and presidential Cabinet member has been cited for contempt by the full House. On the civil charges, the House voted 258-95 with 75 Did Not Votes and 5 voted Not Present.  There were 75 Democrats and 5 Republican House members who opted out of voting on the resolution.  No...
  • House Resolution 711 passed 255-67 to find United States Attorney General in Contempt of Congress. There were 110 "Did Not Votes", and 1 ‘Present’ vote, 108 of the Did Not Votes were Democrats. The 17 Democrats who voted Yes – Altmire, Barrow, Boren, Boswell, Chandler, Critz, Donnelly (IN), Hochul, Kind, Kissell, Matheson, McIntyre, Owen, Peterson, Rahall, Ross (AR), Walz (MN).2 GOP House members voted against the measure - Ridgell and LaTourette.There will be another vote on the resolution for civil contempt shortly in the United States House.
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today released the following statements on the Supreme Court’s decision in FCC vs. FOX: “It has long been a priority of ours to protect family values, which is why we have fought to ensure that the rules on the books are properly enforced,” said Walden. “The Supreme Court ruled today that the FCC’s indecency regulations were too vague at the time of the 2002 and 2003 Billboard Awards and NYPD Blue incidents to give FOX...
  • ‘The only reason this issue isn’t already resolved — the only reason — is that the President wants to keep it alive. He thinks it benefits him politically for college students to believe we’re the problem. It’s time to stop the games. It’s time for the President to act.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Thursday regarding the need for the President to respond to bipartisan solutions proposed by Congressional Republicans to prevent the increase in student loan rates: “Three weeks ago today, Republican...
  • WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley is leading a group of senators in questioning the directive announced last week by President Obama to grant deferred action to illegal immigrants and asking for a full accounting from the President of his legal authority to issue such a directive, how the executive action will be implemented and administered, and the cost to taxpayers.In a letter sent to the President this afternoon, the senators asked for written responses to a list of detailed questions and a briefing from the administration officials who will be responsible for the program....
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) issued the following statement after the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee approved a resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for his refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Fast & Furious operation: “Despite being given multiple opportunities to provide the documents necessary for Congress’ investigation into Fast and Furious, Attorney General Holder continues to stonewall.  Today, the Administration took the extraordinary step of...
  • “A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy,” The Hill reports today, adding that they “do not want to have to explain an across-the-board tax hike to constituents when economic growth is sluggish and unemployment is high.”  According to the report, at least seven Democrats oppose President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on small business job creators, and are signaling support for the bipartisan plan to stop all of the tax hikes. Here’s more: “At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) today announced that an agreement had been reached with the Department of Education to ensure that the highly-successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) is fully implemented in accordance with the law signed last year to renew and expand the program.   “For eight years, this scholarship program has empowered low-income parents to choose the best learning environment for their children,” Speaker Boehner said.  “Thousands of families have taken advantage of this scholarship...
  • Here is a sampling of abortion-related issues that will likely remain unless the entire “Affordable Care Act” (ObamaCare) law is struck down.  Note: This list is not exhaustive.  New pro-life concerns continue to arise as the regulatory details of the law continue to unfold.  Taxpayer funding for abortion coverage through the exchange premium assistance credits—complete with an abortion surcharge and secrecy clause. This problem would only be addressed if the premium assistance credits are struck down.  The abortion surcharge and secrecy clause established in...
  • Good afternoon and welcome to the Leader’s Lineup. The Leader's Lineup outlines Leader Cantor's activities under the dome and around the country. Here’s what is going on under the dome... Next WeekEnergy Production: Next week, the House will consider the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. This is a package of 6 domestic energy production bills that will not only reduce energy costs that hard-working families and small businesses currently face, but also spur badly-needed economic growth and job creation. As part of a Republican energy agenda that embraces a true all-of-the-above approach,...