Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter sent to President Obama today, House Republican leaders made a new offer to avert the fiscal cliff centered around a middle ground approach first presented to Congress last year by President Clinton’s former White House chief of staff, Erskine Bowles.  The Bowles plan, presented in 2011 to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, is consistent with the framework House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) proposed the day after the election: a balanced approach of significant spending cuts and new revenues from tax reform with fewer...
  • The House of Representatives voted months ago to avoid the fiscal cliff by making sensible spending cuts and stopping big tax increases scheduled to take effect in January. This already-passed plan would simultaneously help our economy and serve as a down payment on the big reforms needed to truly defeat the debt. President Obama finally made his opening proposal last week – and it’s a joke. He wants: Unlimited power to raise the debt ceiling A $1.6 trillion tax hike on top of the $1 trillion ObamaCare tax hike already in place $4.71 in higher taxes for every $1 in spending cuts...
  • So, Mr. President, it’s not just the right to amend that has taken a hit under the Democratic Majority, but the right to debate as well.  And all Senators, and all Americans, are disserved when these rights are systemically marginalized. This is not the Golden Rule we were promised, Mr. President, when the Senate Democrats assumed the majority in 2007.  Far from it. Rather than continuing to diminish the great traditions of the Senate, rather than breaking the rules to change the rules, we need to strengthen those rights and traditions.  Because, as Senator Byrd noted,...
  • ‘According to the Congressional Research Service, this year the Majority in the House has given the Minority in the House 214 occasions to effect legislation on the House floor through amendments and motions to commit or recommit. By contrast, the Majority in the Senate has only allowed the Minority in the Senate 67 occasions to effect legislation on the Senate floor in the same way.  So the Minority in the House has had more than three times the opportunity to express its views and to represent its constituents than has the Minority in the Senate.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S....
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning and hour and 12:00 p.m. forlegislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:45-2:45 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 6582 - To allow for innovations and alternative technologies that meet or exceed desired energy efficiency goals, and to make technical corrections to existing Federal energy efficiency laws to allow American manufacturers to remain competitive, as amended (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Robert Aderholt / Energy and Commerce Committee) Postponed Vote on H.R....
  • In a contrast with the unserious proposal put forward by the White House last week, House Republican leaders today made a bold new offer that would focus talks around a middle ground proposal that was submitted to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction ("supercommittee") last year by President Clinton's former White House chief of staff, Erskine Bowles.  The GOP offer was formally extended to President Obama today via a letter signed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Conference Chairman Cathy...
  • According to CBS News, Treasury Secretary Geithner “insisted” that the unserious fiscal cliff offer outlined President Obama – which includes more new spending than spending cuts, and a $1.6 trillion tax hike that punishes small businesses – “will ‘absolutely’ earn more than enough Democratic support.” But Democrats – even those openly talking about driving off the fiscal cliff – are already on the record against much of the White House plan: “Administration officials said the [White House fiscal cliff] offer constituted much of what Obama has suggested in budget proposals” – and...
  • On Fox News Sunday, Speaker John Boehner said Republicans have offered a balanced approach to averting the fiscal cliff but the president is "not being serious about coming to an agreement." Boehner says the White House is holding tax increases over the heads of the middle class while demanding more spending and tax rate hikes that will hurt small businesses. Here are some of the highlights: Boehner: President Obama' s Fiscal Cliff Offer is "Nonsense," a "Non-Serious Proposal": "A non-serious proposal.  The president was asking for $1.6 trillion worth of, uh, new revenue...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after introducing legislation opposing the establishment of a financial transaction tax on American financial markets. Price’s legislation prohibits the Secretary of the Treasury from assisting any foreign government with respect to the collection of a tax on securities transactions occurring on a United States financial exchange. Furthermore, it protects securities transactions in the United States from enforcement of any excise taxes imposed by the government of France. At the most recent G20...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULEWEEK OF DECEMBER 3RD MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RDOn Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House. H.R. 5817 - Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer / Financial Services Committee) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEKOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business...