Capitol Hill Updates

  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches (15 per side) Begin Consideration of H.R. 3408 - Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security (PIONEERS) Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn / Natural Resources Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee) The rule provides for one hour of general debate and...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the release of President Obama’s annual budget proposal which includes $47 trillion in spending over the next decade along with $1.9 trillion in new taxes and trillions more in debt. “At a time of serious challenges – both economically and fiscally – for our nation, President Obama has submitted a budget that harms job creators and hard-working taxpayers,” said Chairman Price.  “With year after year of deficits in excess of $1 trillion and 36 straight...
  • Not only does the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 7) include NO earmarks, a sharp departure from past highway bills, but it also eliminates or consolidates nearly 70 federal transportation programs. Here’s a complete list below: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Border Enforcement Grants Performance and Registration Information System Management Grant Program Safety Data Improvement Grants Commercial Driver’s License Information System Modernization Chapter 55 of 49 USC, Intermodal Transportation Program Federal Transit Administration (...
  • Washington, DC – The budget proposed by President Obama today breaks his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his term, calls for more failed stimulus spending, and includes a nearly $1 trillion gimmick from “saving” money that was never requested and never going to be spent. Despite this gimmick and a $1.5 trillion tax hike on wealthy Americans, the president’s budget never balances. In response, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan offered the following statement: “President Obama isn’t just busting the budget. He has busted the liberal myth that huge tax...
  • Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Monday regarding the President’s unserious budget proposal: “Today, President Obama released a budget that isn’t really a budget at all. It’s a campaign document. “The President’s goal isn’t to solve our problems, but to ignore them for another year, which will only ensure they get even worse. Once again, the President is shirking his responsibility to lead by using this budget to divide.  “The game plan is clear: Rather than reach out to Congress to craft a...
  • Chairman Price’s Policy Points Tracking the legislative operations of the 112th Congress The Week of Monday, February 13, 2012   A View of the House Floor This week, the House of Representatives will consider: ·         A bill to authorize funding for surface transportation and highway programs (H.R. 7) ·         A bill to extend a number of expiring provisions related to unemployment insurance, a payroll tax cut and SGR (H.R. 3630)   A View of the Senate Floor This week, the Senate will...
  • LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell appeared on ‘Face the Nation’ Sunday morning. The following are excerpts from the interview: On the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget: “You know, last year I had to offer his budget for him. Senate Democrats haven't passed a budget in a thousand days even though the law requires it...I offered the House budget. They followed the law and had a vote on a budget. We voted on that in the Senate. I offered President Obama’s budget since the Democrats didn't seem to want to develop their own budget and didn't want to vote for...
  • Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) issued the following statement today on President Obama’s failure to provide an exception for religiously affiliated institutions to the new requirement that employers provide insurance coverage for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs. The rule is part of the 2010 health care law, which Rep. Lipinski voted against. “I am enormously disappointed by today’s announcement. All the facts indicate that the ‘new’ mandate is the same as the ‘old’ mandate. New words, same policy. “Our understanding of the new policy is now limited to a Fact Sheet put out by the...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULEWEEK OF FEBRUARY 13, 2012 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13THOn Monday, the House will meet at 1:00 p.m. in pro forma session. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14THOn Tuesday, 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. 2079 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10 Main Street in East Rockaway, New York, as the “John J. Cook Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy / Oversight and Government...
  • LOUISVILLE, KY. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the Obama administration’s attempt to retreat from its mandate in the health care law that would violate the First Amendment rights of religious institutions: “While the White House is trying to walk away from its original mandate, one thing this debate has made perfectly clear is that the administration believes the Constitution takes a back seat to its ideological goals.  They’re not sorry they violated the First Amendment, they’re sorry Americans didn’t agree with...