Capitol Hill Updates

  • Dear Friend, This Thanksgiving, I hope you are gathering with family and friends over some turkey to celebrate the blessings in our lives. I am particularly grateful this year for the health and safety of my loved ones and the brave men and women of our armed services overseas protecting our freedoms and our nation.    I wanted to share this Thanksgiving Prayer by Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, delivered on the Senate floor on November 26, 1947. Despite national challenge and discord and the personal struggles that many Americans face this Thanksgiving,...
  • Meningitis Outbreak Investigation Last week, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on “The Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Could It Have Been Prevented?” Members first heard from Mrs. Joyce Lovelace, who lost her husband Eddie after he received a contaminated injection. The second panel featured Barry Cadden, President, Co-Owner, and Director of Pharmacy at the New England Compounding Center, the facility linked to the outbreak. Mr. Cadden chose to invoke his fifth amendment rights and refused to answer questions posed by the subcommittee. The panel also...
  • The outcome of the presidential race was certainly disappointing, but I remain thankful that I live in a country where we have the right to choose our leaders and to speak our minds. This is still the country founded on the belief that every man and woman has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Government does not create our rights. They are given to us by God. And it is government’s job to protect and secure them. So, don’t be discouraged, be thankful we live in the greatest country in the world. God Bless, Congressman Jim Jordan Chairman, Republican...
  • President Obama has called for a “balanced” approach to avoiding the fiscal cliff – one that combines revenue (demanded by Democrats) with spending cuts and reforms (demanded by Republicans).  In an effort to find common ground, Republicans have outlined a plan that meets the president’s test without hurting our economy or destroying jobs – now we need Democrats to do the same. Republicans have offered to accept new revenue if it comes from tax reform (not tax rate hikes) and is accompanied by real spending cuts and entitlement reforms.  Reforming our tax code...
  •   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following column discussing Governor John Kasich’s decision to not implement a government-run “exchange” under the president’s health care law and resisting a federal takeover of health insurance regulations in Ohio:  “President Obama has won re-election, but his health care law is still driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.  As was the case before the election, ObamaCare has to go.  “As I told Diane Sawyer of ABC News in an interview following the election,...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) applauded the bipartisan passage of H.R. 6156, which would grant “Permanent Normal Trade Relations” (PNTR) status for Russia and Moldova, saying: “As one of the top 10 economies in the world, Russia presents opportunities for American businesses. Increasing our exports to this nation will help boost our economy and create jobs right here at home. This is a boon for our homegrown companies right now as we work through prolonged economic challenges. “This bill, which should rightly be called the...
  • The House Republican majority in the House of Representatives has renewed the landmark ban on earmarks for the 113th Congress. Speaker John Boehner “has been a longtime proponent of the earmark ban,” reports The Hill, “having never requested any so-called ‘pork barrel’ spending during his tenure in the House.” When House Republicans first adopted the earmark ban proposed by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) two years ago, Speaker Boehner said earmarks had “become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith with the people.” Boehner described banning earmarks – which had grown in number...
  • As the president’s health care law continues making it harder for small businesses to hire,Speaker Boehner this week is urging colleagues to recognize the critical role congressional oversight will play in repealing ObamaCare going forward.    “I’ve long maintained,” Boehner wrote in a letter to House Republicans, that “there are three possible routes to repeal of ObamaCare: the courts, the presidential election, and our constitutional responsibility for oversight.  With two of them having come up short, the third and final of these becomes more...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) responded to the mounting violence directed toward America’s ally, Israel, saying: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel and all who yearn for peace in the Middle East. This latest round of terrorist attacks will not be tolerated, and the United States must remain unequivocally committed to our greatest ally in the region, Israel. The Israeli people have every right to defend themselves, and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in our shared efforts to eliminate terrorism...
  • A new Gallup survey out today shows a strong majority of Americans favor simplifying the tax code by lowering rates and closing loopholes (70%), saving our biggest entitlement programs (88%), and making needed spending cuts (72%). This is the framework for averting the fiscal cliff outlined by Speaker John Boehner and supported by a growing number of people on both sides of the aisle. Less than half (47%) view the president’s call for raising tax rates – which will hurt small businesses and destroy jobs – as a top priority. That’s likely because the economy remains Americans’ top...