Capitol Hill Updates

  • Next week, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (DEJA) will be reported out of Rules as H.R. 4480.  We expect floor consideration to take place on Wednesday and Thursday.  DEJA is a package of domestic energy production bills that are aimed reducing reducing energy prices, while at the same time spurring economic growth and job creation.  Here is a link to a summary of the bill, which is also pasted below.  Click here to watch the video from House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, “TESERO: Made in the U.S.A.” which highlights the economic boom story of North Dakota oil...
  • ‘My own view has always been that if you can’t convince people of the wisdom of your policies, then you should come up with some better arguments. But for all its vaunted tolerance, the political Left has consistently demonstrated a militant intolerance for dissent. Sadly, a growing number of people on the Left, and now within government itself, appear to have concluded that they can’t win on the merits. So they’ve resorted to bullying and intimidation instead. And the potential consequences are grave.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will speak Friday at the...
  • Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing of the Department of Justice.  Unfortunately, Mr. Holder continues to withhold information and refuses to fully cooperate with the Committee.  Following the hearing, Congressman Forbes appeared on CNN and Fox News Channel to discuss the ongoing concerns surrounding the Department of Justice and its handling of Operation Fast & Furious.  The Justice Department should operate in a neutral, apolitical manner; however, the Department’s...
  • Senate Republican Leader says that ‘any comprehensive policy that seeks to end Iran’s effort to acquire a nuclear weapon needs to convince the rulers in Tehran that their survival is in question.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after the Senate passed the Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Human Rights Act (S. 2101) by a voice vote: “Any comprehensive policy that seeks to end Iran’s effort to acquire a nuclear weapon needs to convince the rulers in Tehran that their survival is in question. While sanctions are one...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Ranking Member Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) issued the following statement on Monday regarding a GAO report they requested, which shows the ineffectiveness of the health care tax credit for small businesses:  “As we honor America’s small firms during National Small Business Week, it is discouraging that so many small companies are still burdened by compliance with the health care law,” said Congressman Graves and Senator Snowe. “The...
  • ‘The only thing surprising about his resignation is the fact that the Obama administration has remained silent for more than a year after allegations of Jaczko’s offensive behavior surfaced.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today in which he welcomed the resignation of Dr. Gregory Jaczko as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: “Dr. Jaczko’s troubling behavior as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had clearly resulted in a hostile work environment for women that ran counter to acceptable norms...
  • Weekly Wrap Up Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization — On Wednesday, the House approved H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2012, by a vote of 222-205.  The bill reauthorizes funding for VAWA grant programs for five years, and would authorize $660 million in funding per year to help prevent domestic violence and protect victims of abuse.  In addition, the bill also streamlines and consolidates some grants for maximum benefit; increases resources for sexual assault investigations, prosecutions, and victim services; increases penalties for...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Friday morning demanding full cooperation with the ongoing investigation into the “Fast and Furious” operation and the death of Border Agent Brian Terry. The letter states that the Department of Justice has not sufficiently complied with a Congressional subpoena seeking answers on the operation, and questions whether false information that...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives adopted two amendments offered by Chairman Price to the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  One amendment ensures that without a treaty approved by the Senate or an authorization by an Act of Congress, the President is prohibited from unilaterally reducing our nuclear arsenal.  The other amendment requires the Department of Justice to order an investigation into the possible violation of U.S. law regarding...
  • “Our economy continues to struggle, and the president’s health care law is making things worse,” Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.. Whether the Supreme Court strikes down all or part, or upholds the law as it is, Boehner says Republicans are committed to “repealing ObamaCare in its entirety”: “Our economy continues to struggle, and the president’s health care law is making things worse -- raising health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.  The only way to change this is by repealing ObamaCare in its entirety.  We voted to fully repeal the...