Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, DC – As part of their ongoing effort to protect jobs and economic growth from job-killing regulations, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a letter Wednesday called on President Obama to live up to his “pledge to transparency, openness, and accountability by committing to withhold from issuing any economically significant or controversial ‘midnight regulations’ after the current fiscal year ends on September 30, 2012.” “Midnight regulations” refers to the practice of finalizing rules, guidance, findings or other...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement upon the release of the March unemployment report. “Today’s report represents good news for those Americans who were able to secure employment last month.  It also reminds us that after three years, President Obama’s economic policies have produced slow growth and continued high unemployment,” said Chairman Price.  “America’s economic recovery ought to be better, and it can be if the weight of government and impediments to job creation like ObamaCare and...
  • After decades of overspending, we owe trillions of dollars to foreign countries. It's unfair & immoral to pass this debt to our kids. Do the right thing: cut, cap & balance the budget.   The figures in this chart are the most recent available as of April 3, 2012.
  • Tracking the legislative operations of the 112th Congress  The Week of Monday, April 2, 2012   A View of the House Floor This week, the House of Representatives will not consider any legislation.   A View of the Senate Floor This week, the Senate will not consider any legislation.    Notes & Happenings What every House Republican needs to know looking ahead:  President Obama to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon for the North American Leaders’ Summit (Monday) Monthly employment data for March...
  • FCC Reform — On Tuesday, the House approved H.R. 3309, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Process Reform Act, by a vote of 247-174.  Among other reforms, the bill establishes procedural requirements for the FCC concerning: (1) the issuance of proposed rulemaking notices, including the time periods for comments and replies and any necessary findings, background information, or performance measures that must be contained in such notices; (2) the circumstances under which the FCC is authorized to adopt or amend a rule; and (3) the disclosure of closed meetings held by a...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today sent a letter to President Obama requesting answers about his comments to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev concerning America’s missile defense program. In October, Speaker Boehner delivered an address on the president’s “reset” policy with the Russian government in which he urged the administration not to make any unilateral concessions to the Russians that would diminish America’s missile defense capabilities. A PDF of the letter sent today can be found here. Dear Mr. President: I was alarmed to learn of the message you...
  • According to CBS News, President Obama told lawmakers an individual mandate “was an essential part of improving the nation's health care system.” The mandate became central to the health care law rushed through the Democratic-controlled Congress. And now, in front of the Supreme Court, “the administration is arguing that without the mandate” other provisions of the law simply “won't work.” Unfortunately for the president, ObamaCare and the individual mandate at its core are both wildly unpopular with the American people who fear the law will increase costs and destroy jobs: “Two-...
  • RSC Chairman Jim Jordan, RSC Budget & Spending Taskforce Chairman Scott Garrett, and the entire RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce have introduced “Cut, Cap, and Balance—A Budget for Fiscal Year 2013” and urge all conservatives to support our plan. The RSC’s FY 2013 budget proposal balances the budget in 5 years. It’s noteworthy that the RSC plan is the only proposal in the House that meets the requirements of the Balanced Budget Amendment that almost every single House Republican voted for last year. What you can do to help: Publically endorse the RSC Cut, Cap, and Balance Budget in a...
  • 72%
    72% Of Americans See The Individual Mandate As Unconstitutional 72% Believe Obamacare Will Make Things Worse Or Won’t Help 72% Say It’s Unconstitutional GALLUP: “Americans overwhelmingly believe the ‘individual mandate,’ as it is often called, is unconstitutional, by a margin of 72% to 20%.” (USA Today / Gallup Poll, 2/20-21/12) “Even a majority of Democrats… believe that provision is unconstitutional.” (USA Today / Gallup Poll, 2/20-21/12)    “As you may know, the Supreme Court will hear arguments next month concerning a requirement in the healthcare law that every...
  • Today marks the two-year anniversary of when President Obama signed the Democrats’ health care bill into law.  Because the law was drafted in secret behind closed doors, it wasn’t entirely clear how the American people would fare under the new law.  However, now that we’ve had two years to “find out what’s in it,” the picture isn’t pretty.  As the list below shows, by almost any measure, Americans are worse off under the Democrats’ health care law.  That is why more than half of all Americans now favor its repeal. HIGHER COSTS: According to the non-partisan...