Capitol Hill Updates

  • Recent remarks by Senator Richard Lugar to the Alliance to Save Energy   I appreciate the opportunity to address this gathering of leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and advocates who are concerned about our energy future.  I want to thank Kateri Callahan and the staff of the Alliance to Save Energy for their ongoing partnership in helping to spread the message that saving energy means saving money. I also want to thank Bruce Ray from Johns Manville for his kind introduction.  In Washington, we often hear about jobs in the new energy economy.  Johns Manville in Richmond...
  • In one of Barack Obama's most cynical policy position changes since he became president  --  and there have been many  --  the decision made by Barack Obama today that he would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman is the most abominable.  Christian Coalition of America supporters fought hard to get that DOMA passed in 1996. The bill was passed by a vote of 85–14 in the United States Senate and a vote of 342–67 in the House of Representatives and was signed into law by a Democrat president, Bill...
  • Two years ago, Christian Coalition of America supporters encouraged their Members of Congress to vote against President Obama's so-called stimulus bill, which cost the American taxpayer almost one trillion dollars (including interest). The president and his supporters claimed that Congress needed to pass the stimulus bill or otherwise the unemployment rate would go above 8%.  Incredibly, after the stimulus bill was passed by an overwhelming Democrat-controlled Senate and House of Representatives, the unemployment rate has hovered between 9% and 10% most of the time. Obviously Obama's...
  • Note this from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's office yesterday.  It is astounding that after the historic 2010 election which swept the Democrats from control of the United States House of Representatives, that they still have not learned what the American people are trying to tell them:  REPEAL OBAMACARE!  Yet, every single Democrat and socialist in the United States Senate last evening voted against the Republicans' Repeal ObamaCare amendment, including the 23 Democrats up for reelection next year.   Meanwhile, every single Republican Senator voted to...
  • "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," said Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu. Contrary to what the Democrats and their counterparts in the left-wing media are claiming  --  that yesterday's repeal of ObamaCare by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is an exercise in futility  --  the Republicans took their first major step in abolishing the most oppressive law in American history. The Democrat-controlled 111th Congress, against the will of the large majority of the American people, rammed through the most oppressive laws in the history of...
  • "The basketball arena at the University of Minnesota holds 20,000 people. Tonight it's jam-packed. Not for the Gophers, whose Big 10 championship banners hang from the rafters, but for Paul Wellstone, the liberal senator who died Friday in a plane crash while campaigning for re-election."   That was how the left-wing media outlet "Slate" described the "memorial" service on October 30, 2002 for Paul Wellstone, the socialist Minnesota senator who died in a plane crash during the last days of his reelection campaign.  Instead of honoring Senator Wellstone with a memorial...
  • Pro-family and conservative organizations around America are touting their roles in gaining a 2-year extension of President George W. Bush's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, which provide great benefits for American families.  The tax cut extensions were passed during the infamous "lame-duck" session of the expiring Democrat-controlled 111th Congress Christian Coalition of America is also touting late-year pre-Christmas victories in the field of communications including a "net neutrality" victory and a victory for low-power community radio stations across the country which will allow...
  • Contrary to what the left-wing thinks about its leaders, outgoing Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, are very effective fighters for their party's left-wing agenda such as the passage of Obamacare earlier this year.  On the other hand, just weeks after the most historic election rejecting this left-wing agenda of the Democrats, the effectiveness of the Republican congressional leadership is being strongly questioned.   What Americans saw yesterday in the United States Senate, with the passage of the repeal of "Don'...
  • The two leaders of the Republicans in the United States Congress together wrote a column entitled "Where we and Democrats can work together" in Tuesday's "The Washington Post."   Speaker of the House-elect John Boehner and the Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell urged President Barack Obama to listen to what the American people had to say in the resounding defeat for Obama's party earlier this month.    Here is a key quote in their column:  "Despite what some Democrats in Congress have suggested, voters did not signal they wanted more cooperation on the...
  • In today's "The Wall Street Journal," Tea Party-supported Senator-elect Rand Paul is reported to being on the warpath against the pork-barrel spending rampant in both Republican and Democrat Congresses the past few decades.  He and other newly elected Senators such as Florida's Marco Rubio, Utah's Mike Lee and Illinois' Mark Kirk are determined to end the practice. Rand Paul's father, Congressman Ron Paul, a medical doctor like his son, has been on a similar campaign in the U.S. House of Representatives for a couple decades.  And Representative Paul just got many reinforcements...