Capitol Hill Updates

  • Williamsburg, VA – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement regarding the President’s request to raise the debt limit: “During a press conference last week President Obama outlined his plan to deal with the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt and annual deficits topping $1 trillion; it is to simply do nothing. Unfortunately, this is the same approach that Senate Democrats have taken over the last four years in their refusal to offer, let alone pass, a budget. Only the House has met this basic function of governing by passing a budget that tackles the debt...
  • WILLIAMSBURG, VA - Following are excerpts of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) closing remarks as at the House Republican members retreat on Friday, as prepared: “Before there is any long-term debt limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending. The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years.  That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year. “We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem.  The principle is simple: no budget, no pay...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) offered the following perspective after President Obama’s recommendations for executive action: “All Americans want our communities to be safe places to live, learn, work and play.  As we review how best to prevent mass shootings and the loss of innocent lives we should make a robust analysis of America’s mental health system a priority.  A proper diagnosis and comprehensive treatment are critical to ensure we are identifying indicators of violent behavior that may lead to horrific crimes.  To do otherwise...
  • President Obama says “America cannot afford another debate” over the debt limit. In one respect he’s right, the debate is over – we need to cut spending. Fitch Ratings made it clear on Wednesday that America’s national debt is undermining our economy, and that raising the debt limit without making serious spending cuts and reforms could result in another credit downgrade for the United States: “The United States risks losing its AAA credit rating from Fitch if any deal to raise the legal borrowing limit does not include a plan to put public finances on a more sustainable footing...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) today announced that the oversight subcommittee would spearhead the committee’s examination of a range of programs and issues within its jurisdiction, including mental health, that have been raised in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy. The subcommittee expects to hear from the nation’s leading experts on mental health and illness including those leading research efforts in federal agencies as part of the ongoing national...
  • Obamacare Premium Shock May Lead Administration to Reach Beyond Legal Authority  WASHINGTON, DC – We are all familiar with the age-old saying, “if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Surely, the notion of more health care spending for a lower cost sounds a little too good, so it’s no surprise that this central premise of Obamcare is being proven not to be true – not even close. In fact, many health care experts and insurers are concerned that, far from reducing costs, the law will lead to huge premium increases across the country. On Monday, Politico reported...
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 15TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Reading of the Constitution of the United States by Members of the House of Representatives  (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte) One Minute Speeches H.R. 152 - Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Appropriations Committee) The rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Hal Rogers Amendment in the...
  • Washington, D.C. – Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise today released the following statement after President Obama’s press conference. “President Obama seems to be the only person in Washington who threatens default on America's debt obligations,” Scalise said.   “The President has an obligation to preserve the credit rating of the United States, and hitting the debt ceiling does not immediately trigger a default unless his administration fails to do its job and prioritize our debt payments.  Default is not an option unless President Obama and his...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, January 15, 2013 the U.S. Constitution will be read aloud from the floor of the House of Representatives. The House Rules Package (H. Res. 5) sponsored by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was adopted by the House on January 3, 2013, and included the reading at the urging of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).Chairman Goodlatte will lead the reading of the Constitution beginning at 10:00 a.m. The reading is open to all Members who are interested in participating and expected to take between one and two hours. Members will...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s comments today regarding the debt limit.“The American people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same time. The consequences of failing to increase the debt ceiling are real, but so too are the consequences of allowing our spending problem to go unresolved. Without meaningful action, the debt will continue to act as an anchor on our economy, costing American jobs and endangering our children’s future. The House will do its...