Capitol Hill Updates

  • The annual post-Thanksgiving shopping spree has become an American tradition. It’s also proof that people respond to prices. We like to buy when things go on sale, and we often delay or reduce purchases when prices go up. The price of a day’s work is no exception. Every hour spent working is an hour not spent with the kids, going to school, relaxing, or pursuing other interests. We all consider these costs and choose how best to provide for ourselves and our families. But what happens when the government takes 40-50% of the next dollar you earn? For many, the reduced reward won’t be...
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27THOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business.Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 6025 - Mandatory Operational Control Reporting and Performance Measures Act of 2012, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Candice Miller / Homeland Security Committee)2) H.R. 5913 - DHS Accountability Act of 2012, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike McCaul / Homeland Security Committee)3) Senate Amendment to H.R. 915 - Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act (...
  • House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has proposed a framework for a bipartisan agreement that would avert the fiscal cliff through significant spending cuts and tax reform with lower tax rates.  The Speaker's proposed framework is consistent with the president's call for a "balanced" approach to averting the cliff and addressing our nation's debt problem. As a sign of seriousness about reaching an agreement with the president, Republicans have offered to accept some new revenues as part of an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff, provided the revenue comes from tax reform and is...
  • Dear Friend, This Thanksgiving, I hope you are gathering with family and friends over some turkey to celebrate the blessings in our lives. I am particularly grateful this year for the health and safety of my loved ones and the brave men and women of our armed services overseas protecting our freedoms and our nation.    I wanted to share this Thanksgiving Prayer by Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, delivered on the Senate floor on November 26, 1947. Despite national challenge and discord and the personal struggles that many Americans face this Thanksgiving,...
  • Meningitis Outbreak Investigation Last week, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on “The Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Could It Have Been Prevented?” Members first heard from Mrs. Joyce Lovelace, who lost her husband Eddie after he received a contaminated injection. The second panel featured Barry Cadden, President, Co-Owner, and Director of Pharmacy at the New England Compounding Center, the facility linked to the outbreak. Mr. Cadden chose to invoke his fifth amendment rights and refused to answer questions posed by the subcommittee. The panel also...
  • The outcome of the presidential race was certainly disappointing, but I remain thankful that I live in a country where we have the right to choose our leaders and to speak our minds. This is still the country founded on the belief that every man and woman has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Government does not create our rights. They are given to us by God. And it is government’s job to protect and secure them. So, don’t be discouraged, be thankful we live in the greatest country in the world. God Bless, Congressman Jim Jordan Chairman, Republican...
  • President Obama has called for a “balanced” approach to avoiding the fiscal cliff – one that combines revenue (demanded by Democrats) with spending cuts and reforms (demanded by Republicans).  In an effort to find common ground, Republicans have outlined a plan that meets the president’s test without hurting our economy or destroying jobs – now we need Democrats to do the same. Republicans have offered to accept new revenue if it comes from tax reform (not tax rate hikes) and is accompanied by real spending cuts and entitlement reforms.  Reforming our tax code...
  •   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following column discussing Governor John Kasich’s decision to not implement a government-run “exchange” under the president’s health care law and resisting a federal takeover of health insurance regulations in Ohio:  “President Obama has won re-election, but his health care law is still driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.  As was the case before the election, ObamaCare has to go.  “As I told Diane Sawyer of ABC News in an interview following the election,...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) applauded the bipartisan passage of H.R. 6156, which would grant “Permanent Normal Trade Relations” (PNTR) status for Russia and Moldova, saying: “As one of the top 10 economies in the world, Russia presents opportunities for American businesses. Increasing our exports to this nation will help boost our economy and create jobs right here at home. This is a boon for our homegrown companies right now as we work through prolonged economic challenges. “This bill, which should rightly be called the...
  • The House Republican majority in the House of Representatives has renewed the landmark ban on earmarks for the 113th Congress. Speaker John Boehner “has been a longtime proponent of the earmark ban,” reports The Hill, “having never requested any so-called ‘pork barrel’ spending during his tenure in the House.” When House Republicans first adopted the earmark ban proposed by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) two years ago, Speaker Boehner said earmarks had “become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith with the people.” Boehner described banning earmarks – which had grown in number...