Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) responded to the 40th anniversary of the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, saying: “It is an honor to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the tens of thousands of pro-life patriots visiting our nation’s capital this week to make their voices heard in the annual ‘March for Life.’ They are doing the very important work of informing their fellow citizens and lawmakers about the sanctity of life and our high calling to defend it. “Every human life is precious in the eyes of God and should be protected under...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today responded to Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s announcement that he has approved a route for the Keystone XL pipeline by calling on President Obama to immediately approve the project: “Nebraska’s approval of a new Keystone XL pipeline route means there is no bureaucratic excuse, hurdle, or catch President Obama can use to delay this project any further.  He and he alone stands in the way of tens of thousands of new jobs and energy security.  Every state along the proposed route supports this project, as does a...
  • House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and looked ahead to the annual March for Life, which will take place on Friday: “The first of our God-given rights is life, and no court, no matter how activist, can discourage us from proclaiming and defending that truth.  Consider how this has become a day when Americans gather in prayer and fellowship, not recrimination, for the culture of life and the protection of the unborn.  We will see this devotion and goodwill on display in our capital city on Friday with the March for Life. ...
  • ‘The participants in this year’s annual March for Life know that any just society is measured by the manner in which it treats the most defenseless of its citizens at every stage of life. I applaud them for their enthusiastic witness to this timeless truth, and I share their commitment to the cause of life.’ WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the 40th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade and March for Life: “The 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade is a time to affirm the principle that all human life has inherent...
  • Will Senate Democrats ever pass a budget? The last time they tackled “the most basic responsibility of governing” was on April 29, 2009. With the House set to vote on a “no budget, no pay” bill this week, the Speaker’s office has a new graphic showing just some of the things that could have be done in a similar four-year span. For example: The Keystone XL energy project would create thousands of jobs – and you could construct the whole thing, all 1,179 miles of it … twice (if the president stopped blocking it, of course). Need a vacation? How about a cross-country trip from Key...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULEWEEK OF JANUARY 21ST MONDAY, JANUARY 21STOn Monday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. No votes are expected in the House. TUESDAY, JANUARY 22NDOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. H.R. 307 - Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (MI) / Energy and Commerce Committee) WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23RDOn Wednesday, the House...
  • Williamsburg, VA – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement regarding the President’s request to raise the debt limit: “During a press conference last week President Obama outlined his plan to deal with the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt and annual deficits topping $1 trillion; it is to simply do nothing. Unfortunately, this is the same approach that Senate Democrats have taken over the last four years in their refusal to offer, let alone pass, a budget. Only the House has met this basic function of governing by passing a budget that tackles the debt...
  • WILLIAMSBURG, VA - Following are excerpts of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) closing remarks as at the House Republican members retreat on Friday, as prepared: “Before there is any long-term debt limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending. The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years.  That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year. “We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem.  The principle is simple: no budget, no pay...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) offered the following perspective after President Obama’s recommendations for executive action: “All Americans want our communities to be safe places to live, learn, work and play.  As we review how best to prevent mass shootings and the loss of innocent lives we should make a robust analysis of America’s mental health system a priority.  A proper diagnosis and comprehensive treatment are critical to ensure we are identifying indicators of violent behavior that may lead to horrific crimes.  To do otherwise...
  • President Obama says “America cannot afford another debate” over the debt limit. In one respect he’s right, the debate is over – we need to cut spending. Fitch Ratings made it clear on Wednesday that America’s national debt is undermining our economy, and that raising the debt limit without making serious spending cuts and reforms could result in another credit downgrade for the United States: “The United States risks losing its AAA credit rating from Fitch if any deal to raise the legal borrowing limit does not include a plan to put public finances on a more sustainable footing...