Capitol Hill Updates

  • Although President Obama has talked lately about an “all of the above” energy strategy, he doesn’t actually have one. Right now, his energy policy can be summed up as: cash for cronies at Solyndra; restricting access to America’s abundant energy resources; and preventing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which could bring our economy thousands of new jobs and transport 830,000 barrels of oil a day. Oil production on private and state-owned land – land beyond the federal government’s grip – grew 14% last year. At the exact same time, production on federal land fell 11%. Gas...
  • Gas prices are spiking across the country – earlier and higher than ever before – as President Obama blocks new energy production and Senate Democrats delay action on House-passed bills that would help create jobs and address high prices. Here’s a look at some of the headlines … Alabama: Gas could hit $4.05 a gallon by Memorial Day: “…gas prices around the state have increased 23 cents a gallon in the last month and 'are on an upward trend.'“ Arizona: High gas prices hitting local pockets: “‘This is the earliest we’ve ever hit the $3.50 mark, and that tells us motorists can...
  • Looking at the week ahead  Transportation – There is a possibility that the transportation bill could be on the floor during the upcoming two-week work period.  As you may remember, the energy portion of the legislation—as well as the pension reform pay-for—was split from the initial H.R. 7 legislation and passed separately.  The remaining portion of the bill contains the reauthorization of federal highway and transportation programs.  While we don’t have any details yet, media reports indicate that a scaled-back version of the bill may be unveiled, with an...
  • Believe it or not, the stimulus turned 3 years old last week. In exchange for $1.2 trillion (including interest), liberals said their plan would reduce unemployment to about 6% today. It hasn’t fallen below 8% at any point in the last 36 months. And as more and more people are becoming aware, the official unemployment rate actually excludes unemployed people who have not looked for work in the last month. The above chart presents another view of the economy, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The “labor force participation rate” represents the share of working-age Americans...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the U.S. Trade Representative and the government of South Korea that the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement will officially be implemented on March 15: “There is a bipartisan jobs achievement worthy of a White House celebration today, but it isn’t the extension of the payroll tax holiday or unemployment benefits – it’s the announcement by the U.S. and South Korea that the free trade agreement between our two countries will be put into effect next month.  The...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement on the third anniversary of President Obama signing the failed so-called “stimulus” bill into law. “By his own measures and based on his own promises, President Obama’s ‘stimulus’ bill has failed the American people,” said Chairman Price.  “The Obama Administration took a trillion dollars and told the country that Washington spending would keep unemployment below eight percent.  Unemployment has not dropped below eight percent for nearly thirty-six...
  • 5 Million Jobs Short Of White House Stimulus Claim WHITE HOUSE REPORT: “Aggregate Effect of the Recovery Package on GDP and Jobs in 2010Q4 … With Stimulus … Payroll Employment: 137,550,000.” (Christina Romer & Jared Bernstein, “The Job Impact Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Plan,” P.4, 1/9/09) ·         In Jan. 2012 payroll employment was 132,409,000. (U.S. Dept. Of Labor, “Employment, Hour, And Earnings From The Current Employment Statistics Survey (National),” Accessed 11/28/11) 428,000 jobs have been lost since the stimulus...
  •   WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner issued the following statement after the House passed the payroll tax cut conference agreement: “I support this measure and thank Chairman Camp and our conferees for all their efforts to resolve this issue in a constructive fashion.  There are a number of positive aspects to this agreement, including preventing a tax increase on hardworking Americans and the spectrum initiative, which will help create jobs, spur innovation and economic investment, and support public safety.  But let’s keep in mind that aside from the...
  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.  First and last votes expected: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches (5 per side) Conference Report on H.R. 3630 - Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 (Conference Report Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp / Ways and Means Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee / Financial Services Committee / Foreign Affairs Committee / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Agriculture Committee / Oversight and Government Reform Committee / House...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jeff Fortenberry will hold a press conference today with supporters of the bipartisan, bicameral Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which would protect the religious liberty and conscience rights of every American who objects to being forced by the strong-arm of government to pay for drugs and procedures recently mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  This piece of legislation currently has the support of approximately 220 Members of Congress and Senators, the most strongly-supported legislative remedy to the...