Capitol Hill Updates

  • Finding his own record unpopular, President Obama has decided his time is best spent suggesting “To-Do” lists for Congress. Strangely, he has not asked Senate Democrats to pass a budget for the first time in 3 years or to approve any of the 30-odd jobs bills already passed by the House. Maybe we would have better luck if the president made a “To-Don’t” list: 1.    Don’t obstruct common-sense energy production or job-creating projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. 2.    Don’t drop a complicated, costly, and unconstitutional health care law on already...
  • Good afternoon and welcome to the Leader’s Lineup. The Leader's Lineup outlines Leader Cantor's activities under the dome and around the country. Here’s what is going on under the dome... Next WeekViolence Against Women Act: Next week, the House will consider The Violence Against Women Act, HR 4970. This legislation reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act grant programs for five years at an amount equal to the Senate bill, streamlining the grant application process and consolidating several similar programs. It also contains additional protections for victims of domestic violence...
  • Yesterday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and 47 pro-life Members of Congress introduced the Telemedicine Safety Act, H.R. 5731, which will set safeguards in place to ensure no federal funds are used to pay for “telemed abortions” and prohibit telemedicine abortions across state lines. More information is available below and in the attached from Mr. King. A copy of the bill text is also attached for your reference. Background Planned Parenthood Clinics in Iowa are now offering RU-486 (chemical) abortions to patients without a doctor present.  Instead, the woman talks to a doctor over the...
  • This Week FY2013 Appropriations — On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 5326, the Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, by a vote of 247-163.  The bill would provide $51.131 billion in discretionary appropriations for agencies and programs funding through the Commerce/Justice/Science appropriations bill for FY 2013. Funding provided under the legislation would be $1.61 billion or 3 percent below the amount of funding provided for FY 2012. The amount of funding provided is $731 million or 1.4 percent below the amount requested by the...
  • On Tuesday, the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to move forward on a small business tax hike bill masquerading as a student loan fix, proving that Democrats are more focused on political posturing than offering a plan that can actually pass.  The House has done its work by passing a bipartisan bill to freeze student loan rates, fully paid for by cutting a wasteful ObamaCare slush fund that Democrats have already supported cutting.   As several news reports noted Tuesday, the pressure is now on Senate Democrats to find a bipartisan solution that can pass, or shoulder...
  • Washington, DC – Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan released the following statement after President Obama staked out a new position on same-sex marriage: “President Obama claimed today that while he personally supports same-sex marriage, he also believes every state should be able to make its own decision on this issue. In other words, he claims to agree with the Defense of Marriage Act even though his own Justice Department refuses to defend the law in court. His hypocrisy on this issue evidently knows no bounds.” “North Carolina’s vote yesterday means 32 states have voted to...
  • The American people are stuck.  Their incomes are flat, home prices continue to fall, and job prospects are weak.  At the same time, they’re paying more for everything from gas to groceries.  Right now, they expect the president to lead, put forth serious solutions, and work with both parties to tackle the big issues that affect their lives.  Instead, the president’s advisors have taken the power of the White House and turned it into a gimmick factory of late. First, it was the Buffett tax – a solution in search of a problem that would neither create jobs nor...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement on the reconciliation process in the House Budget Committee to reprioritize the savings of the sequester in the Budget Control Act. “Eliminating the threat of our massive national debt is a top priority of Republicans in the House of Representatives.  It is essential, however, that we do this in a responsible manner while not threatening our national security,” said Chairman Price.  “This is why the House Budget Committee has worked with six other committees...
  • Tuesday: The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. We will consider: H.R. 5326 - Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013   Wednesday: The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. We will consider: H.R. 5326 - Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013 Under suspension of the rules: H.R. 2072...