Capitol Hill Updates

  • It is refreshing to find Members of Congress who are thinking outside the box  --  way outside the box  --  according to lots of people.  Republican Congressman Paul Broun, a medical doctor from Georgia, has a bill, H.R. 2409, to actually reduce the debt ceiling, as opposed to raising it yet again as Barack Obama wants to do.  The president wants to raise the debt ceiling to a whopping and economy-killing $18.6 trillion. Congressman Broun wrote in "The Washington Times" on July 13, 2011:  "As a wise person, would you invest in a business if its expenses...
  • Christian Coalition of America was one of the first organizations, this past May, to come out in favor of legislation, now called the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011, H.R. 2560, introduced by Congressmen Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Mick Mulvaney (R-SC).  Eight of the Republican presidential candidates have endorsed their bill.  The idea for such legislation was hatched earlier this year in the 180-member conservative House Republican Study Committee, chaired by Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH). The Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011 will be voted on the floor of the House of...
  • One of the biggest blunders in recent congressional history occurred on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. yesterday when the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, came up with a scheme to solve the debt ceiling crisis which is called the "last choice option" (which is now being called the "McConnell Contingency Plan.") The McConnell Contingency Plan infuriated conservatives all over America last night and today, including the Tea Party movement, which gave the Republicans control of the House of Representatives and a pick-up of 6 new Senators.  The Cap, Cut and Balance Coalition...
  • After rejecting two invitations by the Senate Republican Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, to come to Capitol Hill to work on the debt ceiling crisis  --  and probably because of the invitations  --  it appears that Barack Obama is finally getting serious about doing something about the crushing debt in this nation. Today, Obama  --  in his usual partisan manner  --   invited the congressional leaders to the White House on Thursday and effectively demanded that the Republicans accept his tax increase proposals. The nearly 200-strong conservative...
  • Christian Coalition of America was one of the first national grassroots organizations to get involved with the debt ceiling crisis debate and in the effort to pass legislation  --  initiated by the House of Representatives' Republican Study Committee and the leader of Let Freedom Ring, Colin Hanna  --  called Cut, Cap and Balance.   Representative David Schweikert wrote in yesterday's "The Washington Times" that there are 14 trillion reasons why to pass the "Cut, Cap, and Balance" legislation.  The national debt limit is currently at $14.294 trillion and the...
  • The momentum to ensure that there will be no debt limit increase without legislation mirroring the so-called "Cut, Cap and Balance" legislation is increasing on Capitol Hill.  Last week, 11 United States Senators had signed onto the Cut-Cap-Balance Pledge effort and many of them spoke at a press conference with a number of Congressmen from the House of Representatives.  Three Republican presidential candidates have also signed on:  Congressman Ron Paul from Texas; Herman Cain from Georgia, and Senator Rick Santorum from Pennsylvania.  The Chairman of the House of...
  • "The Hill" newspaper today reported that ten Republican Senators vowed to vote against the debt-ceiling increase demanded by Barack Obama without a balanced budget constitutional amendment.  In addition, before approving an increase in the debt ceiling, the Senators are demanding substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit and forcing spending caps upon the United States Congress.  The ten Senators and a growing number of Members in the United States House of Representatives, are also insisting that the balanced budget constitutional amendment "must include spending...
  • When someone important from the establishment media and a leader of the Republicans in the United States Senate and indeed, the American people, think the president is in trouble of losing his reelection bid, you would think Barack Obama would listen.   On Sunday, ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper on ABC's "This Week" show stated that "There's understanding [inside the White House] that there will be a formidable Republican opponent. The way they see it is President Obama, you know, he got every break he could possibly get in 2008 and still 47% of the country voted against...
  • The Majority Whip in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Republican from California blasted the Democrats today for crushing the American economy with their policies.  Majority Whip McCarthy said: "There is a fundamental difference between an entrepreneur and a government job. An entrepreneur does not take a job from anyone, they create jobs. Well this environment, these Democrat policies have crushed it to a new low. That’s why the Republicans have a plan that will unshackle America, reform the regulation, create a tax atmosphere that actually allows...
  • No president has been reelected since Franklin Roosevelt if he went into his reelection campaign with an unemployment rate of more than 7.2%.  Most economic analysts predict that the unemployment rate a year from now will be around 8%.  The current rate is a whopping 9.1% which is about the average of the entire Obama presidency and some 14 million people who want jobs are sitting at home without jobs. On Monday, the president went to North Carolina to meet with his Jobs Council and made a joke and an almost-admission that his $1 trillion "stimulus" bill was a failure.  In...