Capitol Hill Updates

  • President Obama Once Again Pays Lip Service to Medical Malpractice Reform, Still No Action Despite Two Years of Promises WASHINGTON, DC – In the New England Journal of Medicine this week, President Obama expressed sympathy for physicians overburdened with filling out insurance forms and stated, “I support medical malpractice reform to prevent needless lawsuits without placing arbitrary caps that do nothing to lower the cost of care.” On the surface, this sounds like positive news for physicians, patients, and taxpayers who bear the financial burden of frivolous lawsuits. But, the...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) cited the disappointing report on GDP as further evidence of President Obama’s failure to lead and the need for presidential leadership that will lead Washington towards solutions that get our economy moving again:“Weak economic growth is the result of weak leadership from President Obama, whose failed policies have hurt small businesses and driven jobs overseas while Americans are left asking ‘where are the jobs?’  Experts and leaders in both parties know we won’t have economic growth until we address the cloud of...
  • the president’s failed policies result in the slowest recovery in 70 years  ·         Today, the Bureau of Economic Data (BEA) released its updated estimates for gross domestic product (GDP) which showed that the economy grew by an anemic 1.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012, down from 2 percent in the year’s first quarter.  ·         Economic growth was significantly lower than previously estimated for the second quarter (1.7 percent) and 1.3 percent growth matches the slowest economic...
  • ‘The President’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency while the Senate was continuing to hold sessions, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab,” Sen. McConnell said. “We will demonstrate to the Court how the President’s unconstitutional actions fundamentally endanger the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday that he and 41 of his Senate...
  • The welfare reforms of 1996 achieved great success thanks to a two-part strategy. Strong work requirements were the first half of the equation. Second, Congress replaced the open-ended entitlement formula for cash welfare with something known as a block grant. In the old system, states got a blank check from the federal government. More people on welfare meant more federal money for the state to pass out. Block grants, on the other hand, provide states with predetermined funding. In return, the states get flexibility to design programs around the needs of their own citizens. Despite...
  • Washington, DC – Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and other members of the Republican Study Committee introduced legislation today to combine the six food welfare programs in the Farm Bill into a single block grant to states. The lead sponsors of the legislation – Rep. Huelskamp, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), and RSC Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) – offered the following statement. “Given the nation’s $16 trillion of debt, four years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits, and a 297-percent explosion over the last decade in SNAP (food stamp) spending alone, Washington has to get...
  • Next WeekThe House is not in session next week; Members will be home working in their districts during the constituent work period. The House will come back into session on Tuesday, November 13th.Last WeekStop the War on Coal: This past week, the House passed the Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409 by a vote of 233-175. This legislation is comprised of a series of bills that aim to stop EPA's regulatory assault on America’s power sector, which threatens to destroy countless jobs and drive up the price of energy for American families and businesses. The five bills included in this...
  • The fact that we have an election coming up is not an excuse for not tackling the tough problems. So no matter what the American people decide this November, no matter what they decide, the problems are there. And our commitment to the American people is, if we’re in the majority, we'll do the basic work of government and our hand will be out to our colleagues on the other side.’  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the do-nothing approach by Senate Democrats and President’s refusal to...
  • 'The fact that we have an election coming up is not an excuse for not tackling the tough problems. So no matter what the American people decide this November, no matter what they decide, the problems are there. And our commitment to the American people is, if we’re in the majority, we'll do the basic work of government and our hand will be out to our colleagues on the other side.’  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the do-nothing approach by Senate Democrats and President’s refusal to...
  • ‘Look: Our constituents didn’t send us here to watch the clock or to offer running commentary on the floor. They sent us here to make a difference. We’ve got jobs to do. It’s about time we did them.  In these very challenging times, Americans deserve leadership. Never before have a President and a Senate Majority Party done so little when our challenges have been so great.’   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Democrats’ failure to lead: “I understand there’s an election...