Capitol Hill Updates

  • Watch House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin preview next week’s release of a budget for the federal government:    What if your President, your Senator and your Congressman knew a crisis was coming?  What if they knew why it was happening?  What if they knew what they needed to do to stop it from happening?  What if they had the time to stop it?  And what if they chose to do nothing about it…because they thought it wasn’t good politics? What would you think of that person?
  • Now we read that they’re trying to figure out ways to make this overwhelmingly bipartisan bill controversial. They want to pick a fight, rather than get this bill to the President’s desk.  And then they’re going to use the same strategy on a number of other bills. Their plan isn’t to work together to make it easier create jobs, but to look for ways to make it easier to keep their own.’  Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Thursday regarding efforts to slow the bipartisan JOBS Act: “I’d like to just...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) updated cost estimate of the president’s health care law. The new CBO projection estimates that the law will cost $1.76 trillion over 10 years – well above the $940 billion Democrats originally claimed. “The longer the president’s health care law remains on the books, the greater the threat it poses to our nation’s health care and our fiscal wellbeing,” said Chairman Price.  “The CBO’s revised cost estimate...
  • Democrats Face Tough Questions As They Push Jobs To The Back Burner In The Senate ‘Are Jobs More Important Than Getting Federal Judges Confirmed?’ “Jobs bill hung up on judicial fight… a fight Senate Democrats have picked…  Reid has moved to hold cloture votes on 17 judge nominations starting tomorrow. Each judge vote could tie up the Senate floor for weeks…” (“Senate Vote On Jobs Bill Hung Up On Judicial Fight,” NBC News, 3/13/12) “McConnell… argued the Senate should move right away to the JOBS bill that passed the House with 390 votes.” (“Senate Vote On Jobs Bill Hung Up On...
  • Every state runs its own Medicaid program, but the federal government provides more than half the money and a one-size-fits-all set of rules. It can take months or years for states to get approval for their own changes and reforms. Costs rising at warp speed put enormous strain on state and federal budgets, and countless fraudulent claims are paid out every year. Those who truly need help often struggle to find a doctor and get inadequate care. President Obama talks a lot about fairness these days. Well, is it fair to the poor when Medicaid promises care but doesn’t deliver? Is it...
  • ‘If the Democrat-controlled Senate turns to something contentious instead, then they’ll be saying two things to the American people: First, that they’re just not serious when they say they’re focused on jobs. And second, that they’d rather spend their time manufacturing gridlock to create the illusion of conflict. Because they think it benefits them somehow for Congress to appear dysfunctional.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding the need for the Senate to take up the bipartisan JOBS Act...
  • At a hearing of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power today, experts and small business owners cited excessive government regulations and Obama administration roadblocks to American energy production as principle factors behind their struggle to cope with rising energy costs. The hearing was part of the coordinated Republican effort to hold the Obama administration to account for skyrocketing gas prices.  Here are some of the highlights: Despite ‘All-of-the-Above’ Rhetoric, Obama Administration Policies “Hinder” More American Energy Production “...
  • ‘The President likes to talk about fairness. But when it comes to rising gas prices, the American people don’t think it’s particularly fair that at a time when they’re struggling to fill up the tank, their own tax dollars are being used to subsidize failing solar companies of the President’s choosing, not to mention the bonuses that executives at these companies keep getting. I think most Americans are tired of reading about all the goodies this administration’s allies are getting on their dime even as the President goes around lecturing them about fairness. I’ll tell you what’s not...
  • The Medicare Decisions Accountability Act (H.R. 452), legislation repealing ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee today by voice vote with the support of several Democrats on the panel.  The measure, which will prevent the IPAB’s 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats from rationing health care for millions of Americans, will be considered by the House Ways & Means Committee Thursday.  In advance of Thursday’s vote, the Ways & Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing today to examine the impact...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement as the House Committee on Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – an unelected board of 15 individuals created and empowered by the president’s health care reform law. “The new health care law gives a board of fifteen unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats an incredible and disturbing level of decision-making authority over the quality and accessibility of health care for America’s seniors,” said Chairman...