Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday released a list of 88 American economists who warn that the looming January 1 tax hike supported by President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders – which independent accounting firm Ernst & Young says will hit thousands of small businesses and cost the U.S. more than 700,000 jobs – will hurt the economy and must be stopped before it goes into effect.  “President Obama was wrong when he told small business owners ‘you didn’t build that’,” said Speaker Boehner. “Entrepreneurs and innovators are responsible...
  • ‘Well, the President can’t have it both ways. He can’t be responsible for the economy when he thinks it’s going well, then disavow responsibility when it clearly isn’t. He’s either responsible for it or not. The Treasury Secretary had it right two years ago: the President’s policies have had a big impact on the economy. What he got wrong was the fact that the impact was negative. If we were to ask ourselves whether Americans are better off now than they were two years ago, the answer would be obvious. The President’s policies have clearly made it harder for Americans to find a job and...
  • WASHINGTON, DC -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s implementation of a mandate, taking effect today, that requires Americans to violate their religious beliefs to implement the president’s health care law: “On this day, let us renew our determination to reverse the mandate and restore the religious liberty that has been demolished by the Obama Administration’s actions.  “The administration's mandate stands today not because it is sound policy; not because it reflects the will of the people; not because...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Wednesday issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 8, legislation to stop President Obama’s tax hike on small businesses: “Today, the House voted on a bipartisan basis to stop the president’s tax hike on small businesses, which according to Ernst & Young, would destroy more than 700,000 jobs.  At a time when the American people are asking ‘where are the jobs?,’ the last thing we should be doing is raising taxes on the people who create them.  A bipartisan majority of the House also rejected the...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday seized on an announcement that health insurance premiums in Ohio will increase by an average of 41 percent over last year as a result of disruptions in the state’s competitive insurance market caused by President Obama’s health care law, challenging President Obama’s assertion that the law is “working fine.”  Yesterday, Boehner announced the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a series of votes this fall aimed at ending the president’s health care law through a series of targeted legislative votes building on...
  • Despite warning after warning about the consequences of doing so, President Obama and Congressional Democrats continue to call for raising taxes on America’s families, small businesses and job creators.  To make matters worse, they seem more than willing to hold low- and middle-income households hostage in exchange for tax hikes on the “wealthy,” while threatening to let taxes increase for all taxpayers if they don’t get their way.  The numbers below provide much-needed context to this debate and show just what’s at stake if Democrats continue to refuse to join Republicans and...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement announcing that House and Senate leaders had reached an agreement to consider a six-month continuing resolution (CR) in September consistent with the spending cap level in the Budget Control Act: “Leader Reid and I have reached an agreement by which the House and Senate will approve a six-month continuing resolution in September to keep the government operating into next year.  During the August district work period, committee members and their staff will write legislation that can be passed by...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) made the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge John Kane issued an injunction on the Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate on Hercules Industries to provide drugs or services that violate their religious or moral conviction: Upton said, “The Obama administration tried to use the unprecedented and unchecked power of the health care law to justify this attack on religious freedom. This case is just the latest chapter of how Obamacare can and will change the daily lives of every...
  • After 41 months with unemployment above eight percent, President Obama proudly told supporters at another campaign event this week that “we tried our plan — and it worked.” It worked? Was the president’s economic plan supposed to include “the longest streak … of unemployment of 8% or higher since the Great Depression?” The 30 “worst months for employment in the past 25 years?” Were people under 30 to be “desperately trying to find full time jobs?” Was small business optimism supposed to tank? Were millions of Americans supposed to be out of work for more than six months? Was his...