Capitol Hill Updates

  • Here is a sampling of abortion-related issues that will likely remain unless the entire “Affordable Care Act” (ObamaCare) law is struck down.  Note: This list is not exhaustive.  New pro-life concerns continue to arise as the regulatory details of the law continue to unfold.  Taxpayer funding for abortion coverage through the exchange premium assistance credits—complete with an abortion surcharge and secrecy clause. This problem would only be addressed if the premium assistance credits are struck down.  The abortion surcharge and secrecy clause established in...
  • Good afternoon and welcome to the Leader’s Lineup. The Leader's Lineup outlines Leader Cantor's activities under the dome and around the country. Here’s what is going on under the dome... Next WeekEnergy Production: Next week, the House will consider the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. This is a package of 6 domestic energy production bills that will not only reduce energy costs that hard-working families and small businesses currently face, but also spur badly-needed economic growth and job creation. As part of a Republican energy agenda that embraces a true all-of-the-above approach,...
  • From the Chairman Our staff  recently filmed several members of the Republican Study Committee explaining who we are and why the RSC and its conservative mission are so important. You can see what we told them in the video below. Please take one minute to share our message with your friends and family. The more Americans are familiar with the conservatives working for them in Washington, D.C., the more we can achieve together.   You can also visit our website to learn more about the Republican Study Committee, what we do, and who we are. God Bless, Congressman Jim...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) will deliver the weekly Republican address Saturday. “Gov. Walker’s outstanding record of fiscal responsibility clearly demonstrates his commitment to public service and the people of Wisconsin,” said Sen. McConnell. “Gov. Walker’s account of his life as an ordinary citizen who went on to achieve something quite extraordinary is an inspiration to us all.” "I appreciate the opportunity to talk about how we are transforming Wisconsin from the job loss in the past to the...
  • Next week, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (DEJA) will be reported out of Rules as H.R. 4480.  We expect floor consideration to take place on Wednesday and Thursday.  DEJA is a package of domestic energy production bills that are aimed reducing reducing energy prices, while at the same time spurring economic growth and job creation.  Here is a link to a summary of the bill, which is also pasted below.  Click here to watch the video from House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, “TESERO: Made in the U.S.A.” which highlights the economic boom story of North Dakota oil...
  • ‘My own view has always been that if you can’t convince people of the wisdom of your policies, then you should come up with some better arguments. But for all its vaunted tolerance, the political Left has consistently demonstrated a militant intolerance for dissent. Sadly, a growing number of people on the Left, and now within government itself, appear to have concluded that they can’t win on the merits. So they’ve resorted to bullying and intimidation instead. And the potential consequences are grave.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will speak Friday at the...
  • Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing of the Department of Justice.  Unfortunately, Mr. Holder continues to withhold information and refuses to fully cooperate with the Committee.  Following the hearing, Congressman Forbes appeared on CNN and Fox News Channel to discuss the ongoing concerns surrounding the Department of Justice and its handling of Operation Fast & Furious.  The Justice Department should operate in a neutral, apolitical manner; however, the Department’s...
  • Senate Republican Leader says that ‘any comprehensive policy that seeks to end Iran’s effort to acquire a nuclear weapon needs to convince the rulers in Tehran that their survival is in question.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after the Senate passed the Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Human Rights Act (S. 2101) by a voice vote: “Any comprehensive policy that seeks to end Iran’s effort to acquire a nuclear weapon needs to convince the rulers in Tehran that their survival is in question. While sanctions are one...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Ranking Member Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) issued the following statement on Monday regarding a GAO report they requested, which shows the ineffectiveness of the health care tax credit for small businesses:  “As we honor America’s small firms during National Small Business Week, it is discouraging that so many small companies are still burdened by compliance with the health care law,” said Congressman Graves and Senator Snowe. “The...
  • ‘The only thing surprising about his resignation is the fact that the Obama administration has remained silent for more than a year after allegations of Jaczko’s offensive behavior surfaced.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today in which he welcomed the resignation of Dr. Gregory Jaczko as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: “Dr. Jaczko’s troubling behavior as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had clearly resulted in a hostile work environment for women that ran counter to acceptable norms...