Capitol Hill Updates

  • ‘The only thing surprising about his resignation is the fact that the Obama administration has remained silent for more than a year after allegations of Jaczko’s offensive behavior surfaced.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today in which he welcomed the resignation of Dr. Gregory Jaczko as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: “Dr. Jaczko’s troubling behavior as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had clearly resulted in a hostile work environment for women that ran counter to acceptable norms...
  • Weekly Wrap Up Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization — On Wednesday, the House approved H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2012, by a vote of 222-205.  The bill reauthorizes funding for VAWA grant programs for five years, and would authorize $660 million in funding per year to help prevent domestic violence and protect victims of abuse.  In addition, the bill also streamlines and consolidates some grants for maximum benefit; increases resources for sexual assault investigations, prosecutions, and victim services; increases penalties for...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Friday morning demanding full cooperation with the ongoing investigation into the “Fast and Furious” operation and the death of Border Agent Brian Terry. The letter states that the Department of Justice has not sufficiently complied with a Congressional subpoena seeking answers on the operation, and questions whether false information that...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives adopted two amendments offered by Chairman Price to the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  One amendment ensures that without a treaty approved by the Senate or an authorization by an Act of Congress, the President is prohibited from unilaterally reducing our nuclear arsenal.  The other amendment requires the Department of Justice to order an investigation into the possible violation of U.S. law regarding...
  • “Our economy continues to struggle, and the president’s health care law is making things worse,” Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.. Whether the Supreme Court strikes down all or part, or upholds the law as it is, Boehner says Republicans are committed to “repealing ObamaCare in its entirety”: “Our economy continues to struggle, and the president’s health care law is making things worse -- raising health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.  The only way to change this is by repealing ObamaCare in its entirety.  We voted to fully repeal the...
  • ‘The problems we face are simply too serious and too urgent to avoid any longer. And yet Democrats continue to duck any responsibility for addressing them. We saw that yesterday. I would imagine there are some Democrats this morning who are having second thoughts about their party’s performance yesterday. And if I’m right about that, I invite them to stand up and work with us.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Thursday regarding the need for Senate Democrats to stop ducking responsibility on the serious and...
  • House earlier rejected the failed plan; not a single member of Congress, House or Senate, voted for the President’s budget. Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement Wednesday after the Senate voted 99 – 0 against President Obama’s budget proposal:   “Once again, the Senate spoke unanimously against the President’s unserious budget. For three years, Senate Democrats have refused to produce a budget, as required by law. And today, they soundly rejected the President’s budget proposal which spends too much, taxes too much...
  • While President Obama was telling Congressional leaders he wants to raise the debt limit without any spending cuts or reforms, Senate Democrats were preparing to reject his budget – unanimously. This is the second year in a row the Democratic-controlled Senate unanimously opposed the president’s unserious budget (0-99 this year). And it was almost two months ago that his budget failed to win a single vote in the House (0-414). Altogether, 513 elected lawmakers have opposed it. Of course – it’s been three years since Senate Democrats offered a budget of their own. In that time, we’...
  • It’s been three years since the Democrat-led Senate felt it needed to put a budget together, so the American people can see what their priorities are, and what they plan to do to fix this mess. Three years in which they’ve completely abdicated their responsibility as a majority party to show the American people what they stand for, to put their vision in black and white for all the world to see. The fact is, they don’t have one.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday regarding the need for Senate...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following release announcing his appointment of Elliott Abrams to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom: “Elliott Abrams is an honorable public servant who has served the American people with integrity and distinction.  I am pleased to announce his appointment to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where I am confident he will be a strong advocate for people throughout the world who are facing oppression and coercion for their faith.  The free exercise of religion is a...