Capitol Hill Updates

  •   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...
  • The only honest conclusion one can draw from President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget is that this administration refuses to recognize the seriousness of America’s fiscal crisis and is recklessly unwilling to address the challenges we face. There’s no other explanation, short of sheer political calculation, for proposing a budget that simply increases spending, taxing and borrowing. The White House claims $4 trillion in deficit reduction over a 10-year period without any feasible path to paying off the debt over time. This supposed $4 trillion does not even cover the debt accumulated...
  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH On Wednesday, 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: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches (15 per side) Begin Consideration of H.R. 3408 - Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security (PIONEERS) Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn / Natural Resources Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee) The rule provides for one hour of general debate and...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the release of President Obama’s annual budget proposal which includes $47 trillion in spending over the next decade along with $1.9 trillion in new taxes and trillions more in debt. “At a time of serious challenges – both economically and fiscally – for our nation, President Obama has submitted a budget that harms job creators and hard-working taxpayers,” said Chairman Price.  “With year after year of deficits in excess of $1 trillion and 36 straight...
  • Not only does the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 7) include NO earmarks, a sharp departure from past highway bills, but it also eliminates or consolidates nearly 70 federal transportation programs. Here’s a complete list below: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Border Enforcement Grants Performance and Registration Information System Management Grant Program Safety Data Improvement Grants Commercial Driver’s License Information System Modernization Chapter 55 of 49 USC, Intermodal Transportation Program Federal Transit Administration (...
  • Washington, DC – The budget proposed by President Obama today breaks his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his term, calls for more failed stimulus spending, and includes a nearly $1 trillion gimmick from “saving” money that was never requested and never going to be spent. Despite this gimmick and a $1.5 trillion tax hike on wealthy Americans, the president’s budget never balances. In response, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan offered the following statement: “President Obama isn’t just busting the budget. He has busted the liberal myth that huge tax...
  • Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Monday regarding the President’s unserious budget proposal: “Today, President Obama released a budget that isn’t really a budget at all. It’s a campaign document. “The President’s goal isn’t to solve our problems, but to ignore them for another year, which will only ensure they get even worse. Once again, the President is shirking his responsibility to lead by using this budget to divide.  “The game plan is clear: Rather than reach out to Congress to craft a...
  • Chairman Price’s Policy Points Tracking the legislative operations of the 112th Congress The Week of Monday, February 13, 2012   A View of the House Floor This week, the House of Representatives will consider: ·         A bill to authorize funding for surface transportation and highway programs (H.R. 7) ·         A bill to extend a number of expiring provisions related to unemployment insurance, a payroll tax cut and SGR (H.R. 3630)   A View of the Senate Floor This week, the Senate will...