Capitol Hill Updates

  • Over the years, President Obama has not exactly been the model of consistency when it comes to his willingness – or unwillingness – to do tax reform that generates revenue without raising rates.  Republicans have proposed a middle ground approach to deficit reduction that pairs serious spending cuts with tax reform that raises revenue while protecting American small businesses – and jobs – from higher tax rates. Unfortunately, the President’s shifting positions on the matter is only adding to the danger of America’s economy falling off the fiscal cliff. President Obama every...
  • ‘If the President’s proposal was made in good faith, Democrats should be eager to vote for it. So I’m surprised the Majority Leader just declined the chance for them to support it with their votes. I guess we’re left to conclude that it couldn’t even pass by a bare majority of votes, and that they’d rather take the country off the cliff than actually work out a good-faith agreement that reflects tough choices on both sides.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding his proposal to give Democrats an...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement on the status of fiscal cliff negotiations.“If the President really wants to avoid sending the economy over the fiscal cliff, he has done nothing to demonstrate it. Instead, he has offered a plan that could not pass either house of Congress – not the House of Representatives and not the Democratic-controlled Senate. The day after the election, I said that Republicans are willing to make concessions, but the President must be willing to lead. With our latest offer we have demonstrated there is a middle...
  • With a new offer yesterday, Republicans have made a good faith effort to find common ground and avoid the fiscal cliff.  In its initial response, the White House made clear it has no intention of finding middle ground. In fact, a statement from White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer was breathtaking in its insincerity.  Let’s dive into it. “The Republican letter released today does not meet the test of balance.” – Amazing. By any measure, the Republican offer is more balanced than the President’s proposal. The GOP offer includes $800 billion in new revenue...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter sent to President Obama today, House Republican leaders made a new offer to avert the fiscal cliff centered around a middle ground approach first presented to Congress last year by President Clinton’s former White House chief of staff, Erskine Bowles.  The Bowles plan, presented in 2011 to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, is consistent with the framework House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) proposed the day after the election: a balanced approach of significant spending cuts and new revenues from tax reform with fewer...
  • The House of Representatives voted months ago to avoid the fiscal cliff by making sensible spending cuts and stopping big tax increases scheduled to take effect in January. This already-passed plan would simultaneously help our economy and serve as a down payment on the big reforms needed to truly defeat the debt. President Obama finally made his opening proposal last week – and it’s a joke. He wants: Unlimited power to raise the debt ceiling A $1.6 trillion tax hike on top of the $1 trillion ObamaCare tax hike already in place $4.71 in higher taxes for every $1 in spending cuts...
  • So, Mr. President, it’s not just the right to amend that has taken a hit under the Democratic Majority, but the right to debate as well.  And all Senators, and all Americans, are disserved when these rights are systemically marginalized. This is not the Golden Rule we were promised, Mr. President, when the Senate Democrats assumed the majority in 2007.  Far from it. Rather than continuing to diminish the great traditions of the Senate, rather than breaking the rules to change the rules, we need to strengthen those rights and traditions.  Because, as Senator Byrd noted,...
  • ‘According to the Congressional Research Service, this year the Majority in the House has given the Minority in the House 214 occasions to effect legislation on the House floor through amendments and motions to commit or recommit. By contrast, the Majority in the Senate has only allowed the Minority in the Senate 67 occasions to effect legislation on the Senate floor in the same way.  So the Minority in the House has had more than three times the opportunity to express its views and to represent its constituents than has the Minority in the Senate.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S....
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning and hour and 12:00 p.m. forlegislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:45-2:45 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 6582 - To allow for innovations and alternative technologies that meet or exceed desired energy efficiency goals, and to make technical corrections to existing Federal energy efficiency laws to allow American manufacturers to remain competitive, as amended (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Robert Aderholt / Energy and Commerce Committee) Postponed Vote on H.R....
  • In a contrast with the unserious proposal put forward by the White House last week, House Republican leaders today made a bold new offer that would focus talks around a middle ground proposal that was submitted to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction ("supercommittee") last year by President Clinton's former White House chief of staff, Erskine Bowles.  The GOP offer was formally extended to President Obama today via a letter signed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Conference Chairman Cathy...