Capitol Hill Updates

  • House earlier rejected the failed plan; not a single member of Congress, House or Senate, voted for the President’s budget. Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement Wednesday after the Senate voted 99 – 0 against President Obama’s budget proposal:   “Once again, the Senate spoke unanimously against the President’s unserious budget. For three years, Senate Democrats have refused to produce a budget, as required by law. And today, they soundly rejected the President’s budget proposal which spends too much, taxes too much...
  • While President Obama was telling Congressional leaders he wants to raise the debt limit without any spending cuts or reforms, Senate Democrats were preparing to reject his budget – unanimously. This is the second year in a row the Democratic-controlled Senate unanimously opposed the president’s unserious budget (0-99 this year). And it was almost two months ago that his budget failed to win a single vote in the House (0-414). Altogether, 513 elected lawmakers have opposed it. Of course – it’s been three years since Senate Democrats offered a budget of their own. In that time, we’...
  • It’s been three years since the Democrat-led Senate felt it needed to put a budget together, so the American people can see what their priorities are, and what they plan to do to fix this mess. Three years in which they’ve completely abdicated their responsibility as a majority party to show the American people what they stand for, to put their vision in black and white for all the world to see. The fact is, they don’t have one.’ Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday regarding the need for Senate...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following release announcing his appointment of Elliott Abrams to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom: “Elliott Abrams is an honorable public servant who has served the American people with integrity and distinction.  I am pleased to announce his appointment to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where I am confident he will be a strong advocate for people throughout the world who are facing oppression and coercion for their faith.  The free exercise of religion is a...
  • Finding his own record unpopular, President Obama has decided his time is best spent suggesting “To-Do” lists for Congress. Strangely, he has not asked Senate Democrats to pass a budget for the first time in 3 years or to approve any of the 30-odd jobs bills already passed by the House. Maybe we would have better luck if the president made a “To-Don’t” list: 1.    Don’t obstruct common-sense energy production or job-creating projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. 2.    Don’t drop a complicated, costly, and unconstitutional health care law on already...
  • Good afternoon and welcome to the Leader’s Lineup. The Leader's Lineup outlines Leader Cantor's activities under the dome and around the country. Here’s what is going on under the dome... Next WeekViolence Against Women Act: Next week, the House will consider The Violence Against Women Act, HR 4970. This legislation reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act grant programs for five years at an amount equal to the Senate bill, streamlining the grant application process and consolidating several similar programs. It also contains additional protections for victims of domestic violence...
  • Yesterday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and 47 pro-life Members of Congress introduced the Telemedicine Safety Act, H.R. 5731, which will set safeguards in place to ensure no federal funds are used to pay for “telemed abortions” and prohibit telemedicine abortions across state lines. More information is available below and in the attached from Mr. King. A copy of the bill text is also attached for your reference. Background Planned Parenthood Clinics in Iowa are now offering RU-486 (chemical) abortions to patients without a doctor present.  Instead, the woman talks to a doctor over the...
  • This Week FY2013 Appropriations — On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 5326, the Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, by a vote of 247-163.  The bill would provide $51.131 billion in discretionary appropriations for agencies and programs funding through the Commerce/Justice/Science appropriations bill for FY 2013. Funding provided under the legislation would be $1.61 billion or 3 percent below the amount of funding provided for FY 2012. The amount of funding provided is $731 million or 1.4 percent below the amount requested by the...
  • On Tuesday, the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to move forward on a small business tax hike bill masquerading as a student loan fix, proving that Democrats are more focused on political posturing than offering a plan that can actually pass.  The House has done its work by passing a bipartisan bill to freeze student loan rates, fully paid for by cutting a wasteful ObamaCare slush fund that Democrats have already supported cutting.   As several news reports noted Tuesday, the pressure is now on Senate Democrats to find a bipartisan solution that can pass, or shoulder...