Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement responding to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s recently released Q3 Small Business Survey. In the survey, small businesses cited the ongoing damage caused by prolonged economic uncertainty, exacerbated by the pending “fiscal cliff,” and pointed to the president’s health care law, regulations in general and energy prices as threats to growth and job creation. “For four years, the president has created an atmosphere undeniably hostile to America’s job creators, and he’s...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the Obama administration’s decision to ignore Congress and purchase Thomson Prison in Illinois, a backdoor move that may pave the way for the administration’s controversial attempts to import the terrorists housed at Guantanamo Bay to the United States: “A majority of the American people and a bipartisan majority in Congress oppose bringing the terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay into the United States, yet the White House continues to take steps to move forward with its dangerous plan....
  • In less than three months, taxpayers and healthcare providers will be hit with an onslaught of new tax increases and cuts implemented under the president’s health care takeover. The following is an overview of some of the most notable and destructive tax increases and limitations set to occur on or after January 1, 2013. Medical Device Tax (Effective January 1, 2013) An excise tax of 2.3% will be imposed on the sale of any taxable medical device. The House passed H.R. 436, to repeal the medical device tax on June 7, 2012. The medical device excise tax is expected to result in...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) has introduced legislation to make significant improvements to the Medicare bidding process. “The Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2012” (H.R. 6490) would replace the current Medicare DMEPOS, or “Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies,” competitive bidding system with a sustainable market pricing program (MPP) that is based upon sound economic principles that are embraced universally by auction experts across the U.S. Modifying pricing for DMEPOS would help...
  • “Oops” -- at an event today, Vice President Joe Biden said the middle class has “been buried the last four years” under President Obama.  Watch him here. Most Americans seem to agree with the Vice President.  A majority told a recent survey they’re not better off under the Obama administration.  And while Senate Democrats block House-passed jobs bills, and the White House refuses to work with Congress to avert the fiscal cliff (by stopping all of the tax hikes and replacing its defense sequester), middle class...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today marking 90 days until the implementation of the dangerous ‘sequester,’ which was proposed by President Obama in 2011 in an effort to ensure he would not have to deal with the debt limit again before the presidential election: “As the challenges facing our men and women in uniform continue to escalate around the globe, their resources are increasingly being jeopardized by President Obama’s sequester, which takes effect just three months from today.  The president’s approach to this matter has...
  • Data Points If you feel like the last four years have been tough, the data backs you up. While plenty of things have gone up in price (gasoline perhaps most notably), incomes have actually fallen.     A few points about the chart above, which visualizes these trends all too well. According to analysts at Sentier Research, median household income has dropped $4,520, or about one month’s average wages, since President Obama took office. The average price for a gallon of gas has more than doubled since January 2009, from under $2 to now almost $4. Numerous economists are...
  • Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) released the following statement regarding the President’s looming tax hikes and devastating defense cuts: “In just three short months, our economy faces the serious risk of falling back into recession as the direct result of the President’s looming massive tax hikes and devastating automatic defense cuts. The Congressional Budget Office has warned that if we do nothing to stop these tax hikes and automatic cuts, our economy will spiral downward into another recession. “The House has taken bipartisan action to prevent our...
  • House Republicans have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with them whenever he's in Washington. The invitation sent Wednesday evening by the 165-member Republican Study Committee (RSC) comes after reports that President Obama will not meet with Netanyahu when both leaders are in New York for the opening of the United Nations' 67th session next week. Israeli officials told Reuters that Netanyahu had asked for a one-on-one meeting with Obama to talk about Iran's nuclear weapons program, only to be rebuffed by the White House, which said the schedules of the two...
  • Leaders Concerned With Reports of Taxpayer Dollars Paying for the Inclusion of Health Law Promotion in Network TV Shows WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today asked the Department of Health and Human Services to explain waste and what appears to be inadequate or non-existent oversight of the open-ended federal checks awarded to states to establish health care exchanges through the president's health care law. More than $1 billion has been awarded to date and revelations of questionable expenses, such as a public relations contract in...