Capitol Hill Updates

  • Every state runs its own Medicaid program, but the federal government provides more than half the money and a one-size-fits-all set of rules. It can take months or years for states to get approval for their own changes and reforms. Costs rising at warp speed put enormous strain on state and federal budgets, and countless fraudulent claims are paid out every year. Those who truly need help often struggle to find a doctor and get inadequate care. President Obama talks a lot about fairness these days. Well, is it fair to the poor when Medicaid promises care but doesn’t deliver? Is it...
  • ‘If the Democrat-controlled Senate turns to something contentious instead, then they’ll be saying two things to the American people: First, that they’re just not serious when they say they’re focused on jobs. And second, that they’d rather spend their time manufacturing gridlock to create the illusion of conflict. Because they think it benefits them somehow for Congress to appear dysfunctional.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding the need for the Senate to take up the bipartisan JOBS Act...
  • At a hearing of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power today, experts and small business owners cited excessive government regulations and Obama administration roadblocks to American energy production as principle factors behind their struggle to cope with rising energy costs. The hearing was part of the coordinated Republican effort to hold the Obama administration to account for skyrocketing gas prices.  Here are some of the highlights: Despite ‘All-of-the-Above’ Rhetoric, Obama Administration Policies “Hinder” More American Energy Production “...
  • ‘The President likes to talk about fairness. But when it comes to rising gas prices, the American people don’t think it’s particularly fair that at a time when they’re struggling to fill up the tank, their own tax dollars are being used to subsidize failing solar companies of the President’s choosing, not to mention the bonuses that executives at these companies keep getting. I think most Americans are tired of reading about all the goodies this administration’s allies are getting on their dime even as the President goes around lecturing them about fairness. I’ll tell you what’s not...
  • The Medicare Decisions Accountability Act (H.R. 452), legislation repealing ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee today by voice vote with the support of several Democrats on the panel.  The measure, which will prevent the IPAB’s 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats from rationing health care for millions of Americans, will be considered by the House Ways & Means Committee Thursday.  In advance of Thursday’s vote, the Ways & Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing today to examine the impact...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement as the House Committee on Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – an unelected board of 15 individuals created and empowered by the president’s health care reform law. “The new health care law gives a board of fifteen unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats an incredible and disturbing level of decision-making authority over the quality and accessibility of health care for America’s seniors,” said Chairman...
  • With gas prices rising for the 27th straight day and state agencies already facing cutbacks, Roll Call reports that “congressional Republicans are likely to continue their coordinated attack of the Obama administration over rising gas prices.”  The paper notes that “Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) talked about the issue in the weekly Republican address, while Senate Republicans this past week continued to push for votes on the Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy-related amendments...”  Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday, House Majority...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE WEEK OF MARCH 5TH MONDAY, MARCH 5On Monday, 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. 3637 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 401 Old Dixie Highway in Jupiter, Florida, as the "Roy Schallern Rood Post Office Building" (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Rooney / Oversight and Government Committee) 2) H.R. 3413 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service...
  • House Republicans are keeping pressure on the Obama administration to reverse its unconstitutional mandate that “would force some Americans to violate their religious beliefs” – the most egregious government encroachment on Americans’ First Amendment rights in 220 years, Speaker Boehner said yesterday.  Here’s more from CNS News: “‘I think it’s important for us to win this issue,’ Boehner said at a Capitol press briefing. ‘The government, our government, for 220 years has respected the religious views of the American people.  And for all of this time there’s been an...
  • The Jobs Through Growth Act (H.R. 3400), the composite economic growth bill introduced by the RSC, has 59 co-sponsors and includes numerous provisions aimed at alleviating high gas prices, such as: Consumer Relief for Pain at the Pump Act: Enacts the RSC’s energy bill to lessen regulatory burdens, mandates, and prohibitions that artificially increase the price of gasoline. The plan removes unnecessary delays in the Gulf of Mexico OCS permitting process, creating thousands of jobs immediately, and opens up ANWR, the OCS, and waters in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico for energy exploration...