Capitol Hill Updates

  • ‘Look: the election is over. The President may enjoy these political rallies, but it’s time to get serious. The American people are gravely concerned about the nation’s future. They’re counting on us to prevent the kind of crisis here that we’ve seen unfolding across Europe. Republicans have engaged in these discussions in good faith. We’ve agreed to make tough choices. The question is, where’s the President? Where’s the only man in the country who can make it happen?’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate...
  • WASHINGTON D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) today released “Is the President Listening? Linda's Story,” a new video in which Linda Lizanich, an accountant at Willoughby, OH based Kennedy Group, breaks down how President Obama’s small businesses tax hike will hurt middle class employees working at small businesses.   CLICK HERE to watch “Is the President Listening? Linda’s Story” “A small business that makes slightly over $250,000 is going to be taxed at 39.6%,” said Linda Lizanich about the President’s proposed tax hike.  “I don’t think he realizes how...
  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 4:30-5:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Res. 827 - A resolution providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules (Special Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Rules Committee) Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 6190 - Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012 (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Energy and Commerce Committee)2) H.R. 5817 - Eliminate Privacy Notice...
  • ‘The President seems to think that if all he talks about are taxes, and that’s all reporters write about, somehow the rest of us will magically forget that government spending is completely out of control, and that he himself has been insisting on balance. A couple weeks ago, we saw his plan. After four straight trillion dollar deficits and two years of running around calling for a balanced approach to bring those deficits under control, we saw his idea of ‘balance’: a $1.6 trillion tax hike, new and totally unprecedented power to raise the federal debt limit at his whim, and $50...
  • Washington, DC is currently absorbed in the question of what to do about taxes and spending next year. House Republicans already approved a plan months ago to stop looming tax hikes and make sensible spending cuts. Then there’s President Obama’s latest proposal. Liberals laughably say it’s “balanced” with higher taxes and lower spending. The tax hikes are all-too-real. But if you cut away the smoke, mirrors and gimmicks as economist Keith Hennessey recently did, you’ll discover the Obama plan doesn’t reduce spending at all. It spends more! So where are the spending cuts the president...
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 4310 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 and Democratic Motion to Instruct Conferees Special Order Speeches COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAYForeign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights hearing on “The Devastating Crisis in Eastern Congo” (Tuesday, December 11th, at 3:00 p.m.)
  • White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today that Senate Democrats support the principles in the President’s cliff proposal that includes a $1.6 Trillion tax hike: White House Is “Very Confident” Democrats Support Priniciples Outlined In Obama’s (‘Geithner Plan’) “…the White House was “very confident” that Democrats support the principles outlined in Obama’s plan, which has met with derision among Republicans.” (Jim O’Sullivan, “White House Swats Away McConnell's Suggestion,” National Journal, 12/6/12) Uh…. Jay, they actually don’t: Dem Senators Alarmed By Size Of President’...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) responded to the release of the November 2012 jobs report, saying: “Today, millions of our fellow Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for work all-together. What little economic recovery we have seen has been slow, disappointing, and reflective of the tax-and-spend policies still championed by too many in Washington. Right now, the most important thing we can do to help those suffering in this weak economy is to create some certainty across the country that we will avoid...
  • While President Obama is demanding tax rate hikes on small businesses, former Clinton White House Chief of Staff and Democrat Erskine Bowles  told CBS Face the Nation, "We have to cut spending." Bowles, whose proposal to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction is the basis for the latest Republican plan to avert the fiscal cliff, said the president's plan "won't solve the problem." "Even if you raise the top rates back to the Clinton rates, that only creates about $400 billion over 10 years. That's $40 billion a year. We have a trillion dollar a...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULEWEEK OF DECEMBER 10TH MONDAY, DECEMBER 10THOn Monday, no votes are expected. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11THOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be posted until 6:30 p.m. Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 4310 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 and Democratic Motion to Instruct Conferees WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH, AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEKOn Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Thursday, the...