Capitol Hill Updates

  • In an effort to avert the “fiscal cliff” without hurting our economy, Republicans have offered to accept new revenue demanded by Democrats if it comes from tax reform and is tied to needed spending cuts. But an increasing number of Democrats seem uninterested in working together, resisting sensible spending cuts or threatening to drive us off the cliff altogether. And people are starting to notice: “Democrats, meanwhile, are sounding more and more maximalist in resisting spending cuts,” says the Washington Post. “Many insist that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and education —...
  • ‘So I encourage my friend the Majority Leader not to employ a heavy-handed procedure that, with the House of Representatives in control of Republicans, will do the Majority no good in the short-term.  But in the long term, it will establish a precedent for breaking the rules to change the rules that our Democratic colleagues will have to endure when they are next in the minority. Instead, we should work together on a bipartisan basis to resolve our respective differences. That is what the Standing Rules of the Senate anticipate. And that has been how changes to the Senate Rules...
  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29THOn Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. forlegislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Res. 821 - A resolution providing for the consideration of H.R. 6429 - STEM Jobs Act, Rules Committee Print (Special Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Nugent / Rules Committee) Special Order Speeches COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAYForeign Affairs hearing on “Israel’s Right to Defend Itself: Implications for Regional Security and U.S. Interests” (Thursday, November 29,...
  • After Again Being Ratified as Energy and Commerce Chairman, Upton Identifies Leadership Team and Key Priorities for 113th Congress WASHINGTON, DC – After once again being selected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) today announced the committee leadership he intends to appoint for the 113th Congress and commented on key priorities for the future. Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) will succeed Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) leading the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) will...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on Wednesday on the House Republican Steering Committee’s chairmanship recommendations for the 113th Congress.  The Steering Committee’s recommendations will be presented to the full House Republican Conference tomorrow for ratification.  “Our team will continue focusing on reforms that will grow our economy and create new jobs, and on holding the Obama administration accountable through aggressive oversight of the Executive Branch.  The House of Representatives is an outpost in...
  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28THOn Wednesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 6604 - To designate the federal building currently known as Federal Office Building 8, located at 200 C Street Southwest in the District of Columbia, as the “Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Federal Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Pelosi / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)2) H.R. 6374 - To designate the facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs located at 180...
  • A majority of the American people in a new survey supports the Republican approach to avoiding the fiscal cliff – reforming the tax code by eliminating special interest loopholes and cutting spending – over the Democratic plan to raise tax rates and hurt our economy.  According to the Washington Post: Republicans have offered to accept new revenue via economic growth, spurred “by rewriting the tax code to eliminate individual loopholes and deductions, an approach House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) argues would be less harmful to businesses and the economy.” The...
  • The annual post-Thanksgiving shopping spree has become an American tradition. It’s also proof that people respond to prices. We like to buy when things go on sale, and we often delay or reduce purchases when prices go up. The price of a day’s work is no exception. Every hour spent working is an hour not spent with the kids, going to school, relaxing, or pursuing other interests. We all consider these costs and choose how best to provide for ourselves and our families. But what happens when the government takes 40-50% of the next dollar you earn? For many, the reduced reward won’t be...
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27THOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business.Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 6025 - Mandatory Operational Control Reporting and Performance Measures Act of 2012, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Candice Miller / Homeland Security Committee)2) H.R. 5913 - DHS Accountability Act of 2012, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike McCaul / Homeland Security Committee)3) Senate Amendment to H.R. 915 - Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act (...
  • House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has proposed a framework for a bipartisan agreement that would avert the fiscal cliff through significant spending cuts and tax reform with lower tax rates.  The Speaker's proposed framework is consistent with the president's call for a "balanced" approach to averting the cliff and addressing our nation's debt problem. As a sign of seriousness about reaching an agreement with the president, Republicans have offered to accept some new revenues as part of an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff, provided the revenue comes from tax reform and is...