Capitol Hill Updates

  • FCC Reform — On Tuesday, the House approved H.R. 3309, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Process Reform Act, by a vote of 247-174.  Among other reforms, the bill establishes procedural requirements for the FCC concerning: (1) the issuance of proposed rulemaking notices, including the time periods for comments and replies and any necessary findings, background information, or performance measures that must be contained in such notices; (2) the circumstances under which the FCC is authorized to adopt or amend a rule; and (3) the disclosure of closed meetings held by a...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today sent a letter to President Obama requesting answers about his comments to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev concerning America’s missile defense program. In October, Speaker Boehner delivered an address on the president’s “reset” policy with the Russian government in which he urged the administration not to make any unilateral concessions to the Russians that would diminish America’s missile defense capabilities. A PDF of the letter sent today can be found here. Dear Mr. President: I was alarmed to learn of the message you...
  • According to CBS News, President Obama told lawmakers an individual mandate “was an essential part of improving the nation's health care system.” The mandate became central to the health care law rushed through the Democratic-controlled Congress. And now, in front of the Supreme Court, “the administration is arguing that without the mandate” other provisions of the law simply “won't work.” Unfortunately for the president, ObamaCare and the individual mandate at its core are both wildly unpopular with the American people who fear the law will increase costs and destroy jobs: “Two-...
  • RSC Chairman Jim Jordan, RSC Budget & Spending Taskforce Chairman Scott Garrett, and the entire RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce have introduced “Cut, Cap, and Balance—A Budget for Fiscal Year 2013” and urge all conservatives to support our plan. The RSC’s FY 2013 budget proposal balances the budget in 5 years. It’s noteworthy that the RSC plan is the only proposal in the House that meets the requirements of the Balanced Budget Amendment that almost every single House Republican voted for last year. What you can do to help: Publically endorse the RSC Cut, Cap, and Balance Budget in a...
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    72% Of Americans See The Individual Mandate As Unconstitutional 72% Believe Obamacare Will Make Things Worse Or Won’t Help 72% Say It’s Unconstitutional GALLUP: “Americans overwhelmingly believe the ‘individual mandate,’ as it is often called, is unconstitutional, by a margin of 72% to 20%.” (USA Today / Gallup Poll, 2/20-21/12) “Even a majority of Democrats… believe that provision is unconstitutional.” (USA Today / Gallup Poll, 2/20-21/12)    “As you may know, the Supreme Court will hear arguments next month concerning a requirement in the healthcare law that every...
  • Today marks the two-year anniversary of when President Obama signed the Democrats’ health care bill into law.  Because the law was drafted in secret behind closed doors, it wasn’t entirely clear how the American people would fare under the new law.  However, now that we’ve had two years to “find out what’s in it,” the picture isn’t pretty.  As the list below shows, by almost any measure, Americans are worse off under the Democrats’ health care law.  That is why more than half of all Americans now favor its repeal. HIGHER COSTS: According to the non-partisan...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday praised the House for passing the Protecting Access to Health Care (PATH) Act (H.R. 5), legislation that repeals ObamaCare’s health care rationing board: “(Thursday’s) vote scraps the president’s unelected health care rationing board which would hurt seniors by restricting their treatment options and denying access to care. The bill also keeps our pledge to curb junk lawsuits and defensive medicine that drive up health care costs.  It marks the 26th vote we’ve taken to fully repeal, defund, or dismantle portions of...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the introduction of the House Republican Fiscal Year 2013 budget resolution – The Path to Prosperity.  Chairman Price serves on the House Budget Committee. “America is facing a fiscal crisis; families continue to struggle in a weak economy; and the vital health and retirement programs seniors rely upon, won’t be there for long.  Which is precisely why House Republicans are putting forth a bold plan for America’s future that addresses these challenges...
  • The average American family uses 1,100 gallons of gasoline each year. President Obama will use “roughly 25,000 gallons of jet fuel” this week alone on a “5,000-mile trip” as he desperately explains why his anti-energy policies are somehow not to blame for gas prices doubling on his watch. The taxpayer-funded expedition will take President Obama to Cushing, OK – a key point along the popular Keystone XL pipeline, which he rejected and personally lobbied against – where he will make a show of his support for … the part of the pipeline that didn’t need his approval and is moving...
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 20THOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches (15 per side) H.R. 665 - Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act, as amended (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Committee) H.R. 2087 - To remove restrictions from a parcel of land situated in the Atlantic District, Accomack County, Virginia (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Rigell /...