Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D., (GA-06) responded to the January 2013 jobs report on Friday, saying: “Today’s jobs report comes at the end of a week of disappointing economic news for American families. With a contracting economy, plummeting consumer confidence and rising unemployment claims, this is not what a real recovery looks like and the White House has to at some point stop making excuses and start producing real solutions. House Republicans have time and again put pro-growth policies on the table, and we will continue to do so. We hope the Democrat-majority...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Scalise released the following statement on Friday after the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the January jobs report.  “Following Wednesday's negative growth report, the January unemployment rate increase confirms that President Obama's economic policies have been a disaster for middle class families who want this Administration to focus on jobs and economic recovery,” Scalise said.  “In response to Wednesday’s negative economic report, President Obama’s tone-deaf answer was to give pink slips to his hand-picked jobs council...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – In a letter to President Obama, 43 Republican U.S. Senators today said they will continue to oppose the confirmation of any nominee, regardless of party affiliation, to be the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until key changes are made to ensure accountability and transparency at the bureau. “As supporters of strong and effective consumer protections, we write to you to reaffirm our concerns over the transparency and accountability of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As outlined in our letter of May 2, 2011, we have serious...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement regarding the Department of Labor's unemployment report for January 2013: “This is the wrong time for President Obama to scrap his jobs council and delay his budget. Month after month we see the same thing: high unemployment and even more debt. More than 12 million Americans are still unemployed, and it’s been that way for far too long. If government spending were what causes economic growth, as the president believes, then the economy today should be booming, and the unemployment rate in America should...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement today after introducing the Require a PLAN Act (H.R. 444), legislation requiring the White House to either produce a balanced budget within the 10-year budget window or provide a supplemental budget plan by April 1, 2013 that identifies in what fiscal year their plan would achieve balance. “Over the past two years, House Republicans have done our job and passed sensible budget proposals that would address the nation’s fiscal challenges, balance the federal budget, and get our economy moving. We...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation forcing the Democrats who run the chamber to finally pass a budget after nearly four years of inaction: “Every hardworking family and small business in America puts together a budget, and our elected leaders have a responsibility to do the same. It shouldn't have taken legislative action by the House to force the Democratic majority in the Senate to do its job -- but after nearly four years of inaction on a budget by Senate Democrats, that's what it came to. Because of...
  • ‘As I’ve explained repeatedly on the floor over the past two weeks, government spending is completely out of control – and it’s projected to get much worse in years to come. Even if the President got the additional tax increases he’s asked for, we still wouldn’t even come close to solving the problem. And we certainly won’t get there by wasting time on poll-tested P.R. gimmicks that will hardly bring in any revenue. Every minute the administration spends talking about corporate jets is one less minute we have to discuss serious ways to confront the challenges we face. Clearly, it’s...
  • Bakersfield, CA – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement regarding a report by the Department of Commerce showing the U.S. economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the last three months of 2012: “Unless Washington responsibly addresses its fiscal challenges, our economy will continue to suffer. Today’s report by the Commerce Department showing that the economy contracted at a rate of 0.1 percent is a stark example of how political games in Washington have real consequences on the lives of American families. The House has...
  • Washington, D.C. – Current and former Chairmen of the Republican Study Committee Reps. Scalise, Jordan, Price, and Hensarling, today issued the following statement on the path to a balanced budget and controlled Washington spending. “Preserving the American Dream for future generations is dependent on controlling Washington spending and ending Washington budget gimmicks.  Out of control Washington spending is killing American jobs, while placing an unbearable mountain of debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren.  The old way of doing things has to end.  It is...
  • In recent months, top Senate Democrats said they couldn’t guarantee they’d pass a budget, suggesting they’d ignore “the most basic responsibility of governing” for the fourth year in a row. “There was no indication they were ever going to do a budget,” said Speaker John Boehner, “until we announced last week that we were going to move this bill that said pass a budget or no pay.” Instead of simply doing what every American does – and what is required by law – Roll Call says Democrats had to “explore the pros and cons of actually crafting a budget.” One Democratic aide finally...