Capitol Hill Updates

  • 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...
  • As the president’s health care law continues making it harder for small businesses to hire,Speaker Boehner this week is urging colleagues to recognize the critical role congressional oversight will play in repealing ObamaCare going forward.    “I’ve long maintained,” Boehner wrote in a letter to House Republicans, that “there are three possible routes to repeal of ObamaCare: the courts, the presidential election, and our constitutional responsibility for oversight.  With two of them having come up short, the third and final of these becomes more...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) responded to the mounting violence directed toward America’s ally, Israel, saying: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel and all who yearn for peace in the Middle East. This latest round of terrorist attacks will not be tolerated, and the United States must remain unequivocally committed to our greatest ally in the region, Israel. The Israeli people have every right to defend themselves, and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in our shared efforts to eliminate terrorism...
  • A new Gallup survey out today shows a strong majority of Americans favor simplifying the tax code by lowering rates and closing loopholes (70%), saving our biggest entitlement programs (88%), and making needed spending cuts (72%). This is the framework for averting the fiscal cliff outlined by Speaker John Boehner and supported by a growing number of people on both sides of the aisle. Less than half (47%) view the president’s call for raising tax rates – which will hurt small businesses and destroy jobs – as a top priority. That’s likely because the economy remains Americans’ top...
  • You may not have heard, but President Obama was not the only person reelected last Tuesday. House Republicans, running on a conservative message and conservative ideas, received a strong endorsement from the voters. Many great conservatives were also elected to the House and Senate for the first time. We were not elected to raise taxes. When considering the debate over taxes and spending, I am reminded of the Parable of the Two Builders. The wise man built his house on a foundation of rock, and no rain, wind, or flood could knock it down. The fool, who built on a foundation of sand,...
  • While President Obama was meeting with big business CEOs on Wednesday, the Washington Post says small businesses – the ones facing the fiscal cliff’s tax rate hikes – are concerned the administration is pushing “policies that protect big companies while leaving small ones exposed to a major tax increase.” In fact, American small businesses have a lot to fear from the fiscal cliff tax rate increases: According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the study by Ernst & Young discovered that the fiscal cliff tax rate hikes “would greatly impact small businesses.”...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said averting the fiscal cliff without raising tax rates is the responsible path forward, and that 2013 should be the year Washington begins “to solve our debt through tax reform and entitlement reform.”  You can watch Boehner and read several key excerpts of his remarks below:   Boehner: We Need to Avert Fiscal Cliff Without Raising Tax Rates: “On Wednesday, I outlined a responsible path forward to avert the fiscal cliff without raising tax rates. About 24 hours after I spoke, the...
  • Washington, D.C. – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) was elected by her House Republican colleagues today to serve as Conference Chairman, the fourth-highest-ranking position among House Republicans.  “I want to thank my colleagues for showing their trust and confidence in me and what we can do together as a Conference to advance positive, constructive solutions for the American people,” said Chairman McMorris Rodgers.  “We are united by our conservative principles, a spirit of reform to return America to prosperity, and a recognition that we must do better as a Conference...
  • ‘While I appreciate and share the President’s desire to put the election behind us, the fact is we still have yet to hear an actual plan from the President for addressing the great economic challenges we face. What’s needed now is a realistic and specific proposal from the President that can actually pass the Congress.’ LOUISVILLE – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding America’s looming fiscal cliff and the need for a specific proposal from the President to resolve it: “I was glad to hear the President’s focus on jobs and...
  • On October 25, Speaker John Boehner sent a letter to President Obama asking him to answer several key questions and concerns about his administration’s response to the terrorist attack in Libya. The president still hasn’t responded. “Americans remain concerned and frustrated about how your Administration has handled the response to the attack,” wrote Boehner. For example, “The American public is increasingly reading information contradicting early accounts by your Administration of the causes of the events of the day.” The administration itself has been a source for much of the...