Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s ruling that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional:“We welcome today’s ruling as a victory for accountability in government and hope it will ultimately help employers and workers overcome excessive regulations.  The Obama administration has consistently used the NLRB to impose regulations that hurt our economy by fostering uncertainty in the workplace and telling...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Scalise on Friday released the following statement in support of the March for Life. “The right to life is one of the most basic and fundamental human rights, and I commend the thousands of citizens from Louisiana and all around the country who marched in Washington today to draw attention to the 55 million lives lost due to abortion - equal to the population of Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, Michigan, and Nevada combined,” Scalise said.  "The fact that the killing of innocent life is still legal is one of the greatest injustices...
  • Today, Speaker Boehner delivered a brief video message to participants in the 40th annual March for Life, which is taking place on the National Mall. Boehner, who last year became the first Speaker to address the March, talked about how defending life is a generational commitment that we should encourage young people to join:    “Defending life, of course, is about much more than voting the right way or saying the right things.  It’s about promoting a culture of life.  It’s about understanding that abortion is a defining human rights issue of our time. ...
  • “Two freshman Senate Democrats have jumped into the fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining seven other Democrats and dozens of Republicans in pressuring President Obama to approve the project,” The Hill reports.  A bipartisan group of 53 Senators sent a letter to President Obama yesterday urging him “to finish expeditiously the review process and approve the pipeline,” following this week’s announcement that a revised route for the pipeline has been approved, putting the fate of “the long-delayed project squarely in the president’s hands.”  As one Democratic...
  • Every family and business operates on a budget and is expected to live within its means, but it has been nearly four years – 1,366 days to date – since the Senate has passed a budget. That is simply unacceptable. Passing a budget is the most basic function of governing and is something the Senate is required to do every year by law. I am pleased to report that the House of Representatives voted yesterday to pass “No Budget, No Pay” legislation (H.R. 325) that requires both the House and the Senate to pass a budget. Failure to do so would result in pay being withheld for Members of that...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) responded to the passage of H.R. 325, or the “No Budget, No Pay Act,” saying:  “It has been 1,365 days since the U.S. Senate last passed a budget. If families and businesses must adhere to a budget, why shouldn’t the U.S. government? House Republicans have done our job year after year – putting forth a bold, responsible plan to correct the nation’s fiscal course. We will do so again this year with a plan that will come to balance within 10 years. “By passing ‘No Budget, No Pay’ today we underscore the utter urgency...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) delivered the following remarks at a press conference with Republican leaders after the House passed the No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 325):  “With the passage of this bill today, it’s pretty clear that we’re sending a message to the Democrat-controlled Senate that it’s time to do your job. … The principal I think is pretty simple: no budget, no pay.  “Listen, American families have to do a budget.  They understand you can’t continue to spend money that you don’t have.  We’re committed to doing a budget on the House...
  • The 113th Congress brought new faces to Washington, but also brought back many of the same challenges – a skyrocketing $16.4 trillion national debt, an unemployment rate hovering near eight percent, liberal bureaucrats proposing radical regulations, and wasteful spending fueling runaway trillion-dollar yearly deficits.  As the blessed father of a five year old daughter and a three year old son, I understand how vital it is to keep the American Dream alive for future generations, and will fight each and every day to protect and defend those principles that were handed down to us....
  •   WASHINGTON, DC – Delivering remarks on the House floor today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urged support for the No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 325) that will force Senate Democrats to finally pass a budget, which they have refused to do in almost four years.  In his remarks, Speaker Boehner reiterated that the No Budget, No Pay Act is just a first step toward a long-term plan that balances the budget over the next 10 years, and addresses the fiscal crisis that threatens our economy and future generations.  Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks, as delivered: “...
  • Washington, D.C. – Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise today released the following statement after the House passed the No Budget, No Pay Act. “American families and businesses live by a budget each and every year, but for the last three years the Senate has refused to live by those same standards.  It’s not only unacceptable, it’s immoral,” Scalise said.  “The time for Washington budget gimmicks is over.  Today’s vote is the first step towards getting Washington back on the path to responsible and balanced budgets that will produce economic growth and...