Capitol Hill Updates

  • With gas prices rising for the 27th straight day and state agencies already facing cutbacks, Roll Call reports that “congressional Republicans are likely to continue their coordinated attack of the Obama administration over rising gas prices.”  The paper notes that “Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) talked about the issue in the weekly Republican address, while Senate Republicans this past week continued to push for votes on the Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy-related amendments...”  Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday, House Majority...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE WEEK OF MARCH 5TH MONDAY, MARCH 5On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 3637 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 401 Old Dixie Highway in Jupiter, Florida, as the "Roy Schallern Rood Post Office Building" (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Rooney / Oversight and Government Committee) 2) H.R. 3413 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service...
  • House Republicans are keeping pressure on the Obama administration to reverse its unconstitutional mandate that “would force some Americans to violate their religious beliefs” – the most egregious government encroachment on Americans’ First Amendment rights in 220 years, Speaker Boehner said yesterday.  Here’s more from CNS News: “‘I think it’s important for us to win this issue,’ Boehner said at a Capitol press briefing. ‘The government, our government, for 220 years has respected the religious views of the American people.  And for all of this time there’s been an...
  • The Jobs Through Growth Act (H.R. 3400), the composite economic growth bill introduced by the RSC, has 59 co-sponsors and includes numerous provisions aimed at alleviating high gas prices, such as: Consumer Relief for Pain at the Pump Act: Enacts the RSC’s energy bill to lessen regulatory burdens, mandates, and prohibitions that artificially increase the price of gasoline. The plan removes unnecessary delays in the Gulf of Mexico OCS permitting process, creating thousands of jobs immediately, and opens up ANWR, the OCS, and waters in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico for energy exploration...
  • Washington, DC – Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan offered the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its second annual report on waste and duplication in federal programs. The GAO found 51 areas of government spending where taxpayers could potentially save tens of billions of dollars every year. The GAO also found little progress in reducing the waste identified in last year’s report. “Washington wastes more money in a year than most Americans see in a lifetime, but Senate Democrats refuse to pass a budget. 11 different agencies run...
  • Christian Coalition of America will be scoring in its 2012 Congressional Scorecard the most important vote in the United States Senate this year in the Second Session of the Do-Nothing Democrat-controlled Senate in the 112th Congress.  The co-chairman of the Senate Values Acton Team, Senator Roy Blunt, Republican from Missouri, will have his Blunt Amendment to Senate bill, S. 1318, voted on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.  The Blunt Amendment will override Barack Obama’s attack on religious freedom; a provision in his socialized medicine scheme called ObamaCare. The...
  • “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” –First Amendment The First Amendment ensures that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the exercise of religion. These protections have been reaffirmed by Congress and upheld by the courts throughout the history of our nation. However, a recent regulation imposed by the Obama administration turns that history on its head by requiring organizations, including religious organizations, to procure and pay for services that violate their religious and moral beliefs....
  • The JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act is a legislative a package designed to jumpstart our economy and restore opportunities for America’s primary job creators: our small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. These bipartisan measures will increase capital formation, spur the growth of startups and small businesses and pave the way for more small-scale businesses to go public and create more jobs. The JOBS Act represents an opportunity for both parties to work together and deliver results on areas of common ground that boost small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. These...
  • ‘That’s this President’s notion of fairness: that struggling Americans pay more at the pump while their tax dollars go to prop up solar companies like Solyndra and the executives who run them into the ground. Well, I don’t think it’s particularly fair for people who are out there trying to scrape a living together to subsidize bonuses for folks who wouldn’t even have a business card without a taxpayer hand-out. But that’s the economy this President wants. That’s what his policies lead to. That’s his vision.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the...
  • Although President Obama has talked lately about an “all of the above” energy strategy, he doesn’t actually have one. Right now, his energy policy can be summed up as: cash for cronies at Solyndra; restricting access to America’s abundant energy resources; and preventing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which could bring our economy thousands of new jobs and transport 830,000 barrels of oil a day. Oil production on private and state-owned land – land beyond the federal government’s grip – grew 14% last year. At the exact same time, production on federal land fell 11%. Gas...