Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced the appointment of Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) as chairman of the House Administration Committee for the 113th Congress: “From ensuring the House runs efficiently and smoothly, to making Congress more open and accessible, Candice has a big job ahead as chairman of the House Administration Committee. In her new post, Candice will provide the leadership needed to keep operating costs down, save taxpayer dollars, and help lawmakers use new technology to better engage with their constituents. And her experience as...
  • Washington, DC – Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan issued the following statement highlighting the $1.058 trillion in higher taxes coming from ObamaCare over the next ten years. Many of the tax increases take effect on January 1, 2013. “ObamaCare raises taxes on middle-income families, employers and investors. It hikes taxes on people with no health insurance, people with too little insurance and people with too much. Taxes are even going up on pacemakers, prosthetics, and other vital medical equipment.” “The ObamaCare tax hikes are a big part of the fiscal cliff....
  • Three weeks after Republicans outlined a balanced, popular framework for averting the fiscal cliff by cutting spending and reforming our tax code, the White House finally made its offer: a spectacularly unserious grab bag of tax rate hikes, ‘stimulus’-style spending, and other Democratic pipe dreams. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what people are saying about the White House proposal: “loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts” (New York Times) “a particularly expansive version of the White House's wish list, with a heavy focus on tax...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press conference on Friday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called on Democrats to outline their plan for serious spending cuts that are needed as part of any truly “balanced” plan to avert the fiscal cliff and help get the economy moving again.  As Speaker Boehner noted, Republicans have put forth a balanced plan that includes significant spending cuts and entitlement reforms to protect American families and small businesses from the fiscal cliff, and it is incumbent upon President Obama and Democrats to do the same.  Following are Speaker...
  • ‘To date, the administration has remained focused on raising taxes and attending campaign-style events, with no specific plans to protect Medicare and Social Security or reduce our national debt in a meaningful way.  And today, they took a step backward, moving away from consensus and significantly closer to the cliff, delaying again the real, balanced solution that this crisis requires. This is a real problem—every day they delay brings us one step closer to the fiscal cliff that we simply must avoid.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced the release of the 2013 calendar for the U.S. House of Representatives. The calendar is publicly available in printable month-by-month and one-page formats, as well as through a downloadable Google calendar, at MajorityLeader.gov. The 113th Congress will commence on January 3, 2013 with the swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Members of Congress. In a letter sent to Members of Congress regarding the 2013 House calendar, Leader Cantor wrote: “Part of our goal in scheduling the House is to ensure that we...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement regarding Senate Democrats’ attempt to alter Senate rules:“Senate Democrats’ attempt to break Senate rules in order to change Senate rules is clearly designed to marginalize Senate Republicans and their constituents while greasing the skids for controversial partisan measures.  I question the wisdom of this maneuver, especially at a time when cooperation on Capitol Hill is critical, and fully support Leader McConnell’s efforts to protect minority rights, which are an essential part of our...
  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 6429 - STEM Jobs Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, 90 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Judiciary Committee) Special Order Speeches COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAYScience, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing on“Tapping America’s Energy Potential Through Research and Development” (Friday, November 30, at 9:30 a.m.)
  • WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discussed the balanced approach Republicans have put forth to avert the fiscal cliff through significant spending cuts and pro-growth tax reform.  Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks:  “You know, going over the fiscal cliff will hurt our economy and will hurt job creation in our country.  Republicans are committed to continuing to work with the president to come to an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.    “It’s one reason why we believe...
  • ‘The only reason Democrats are insisting on raising rates is because raising rates on the so-called ‘rich’ is the holy grail of liberalism. Their aim isn’t job creation. They’re interested in wealth destruction. But the President needs to realize he wasn’t elected President of the hard-left wing of the Democratic Party. He was elected President of the United States. He’s the steward of the nation’s finances. He’s got a responsibility to everybody to work out an agreement. And that means he’s got to come up with something that can get through a Republican House. So, we’re still...