Capitol Hill Updates

  • The leader of the Republicans in the United States Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY  --  who Dick Morris predicts may have as many as 60 plus Republicans when the 113th Congress convenes on January 3, 2013, assuming Senator McConnell is elected Majority Leader  --  was on NBC's "Meet the Press" yesterday.  One of Senator McConnell's answers regarding possible tax increases being proposed by the president  --  which were actually announced today by Barack Obama  --  was, "Well, you know, we had that vote, David, [last year] when the Democrats...
  • The United States Constitution was signed at the Constitional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 224 years ago tomorrow on September 17, 1787.  Christian Coalition of America has, during the month of September, been urging Americans to celebrate Constitution Day in homes and other locations all across America tomorrow. In honor of Constitution Day being celebrated all over America tomorrow, the nearly 180-member Republican Study Committee (RSC) in the United States House of Representatives looked back at how House Republicans have placed a renewed focus on the United States...
  • American workers and businesses won a huge victory this afternoon in the United States House of Representatives  which is controlled by the Republicans since Tea Party supporters turned out in massive numbers last November and gave control of the House to the Republican Party.  The "Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act" passed by a margin of 238-186 with overwhelming Republican support and with the support of 8 Democrats. The legislation was introduced after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)  --  controlled by anti-business left-wingers appointed by the...
  • Consistently, by wide margins  --  over 70% of those polled  --  the American people want the United States Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment.  It was so important, that even the big-spenders in the Democrat Party leadership agreed that there must be a vote on a balanced budget amendment as part of the debt ceiling deal agreed to this past summer. The last time a serious effort was made to get a Balanced Budget Amendment passed was 14 years ago. It failed by one vote in the Senate and the Democrat Party was responsible for its failure on March 3, 1997....
  • One of Bill O'Reilly's favorite vocabulary words at the end of his Fox News show each night is "bloviate," as in "Do not bloviate" or do not run off at the mouth or do not spin.  The president has set himself up to "give a big speech" tonight.  However, it wasn't so big that he could not give it one month ago when he was vacationing for a third time in the playground of left-wing millionaires and billionaires:  Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.  Unfortunately, the president is going to bloviate about yet another stimulus bill, which no Democrat is allowed to say after...
  • The leader of the Republicans in the United States Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky, took to the Senate floor the first day back from summer recess and blasted the Obama administration's "failed approach to job creation."  Indeed, for the first time in decades, a president of the United States had zero job creation during the month of August.  During his almost embarassing appearance before a joint session of Congress this coming Thursday  --  a forum in the past used by Franklin D. Roosevelt to declare war on Japan and by George W. Bush to declare war on...
  • The chutzpah of it is galling.  For the past several weeks Barack Obama has been telling the country that he has yet another jobs plan and the Republicans must work with the Democrats in Congress  --  in the spirit of comity  --  to get a jobs bill passed.  If it was so important to him  --  and the country has suffered greatly under Obama's average unemployment rate of some 9%  --  he could have called Congress back into session several weeks ago to pass a jobs bill. This afternoon, the president gave 15 minutes notice to Speaker of the...
  • Most Tea Party supporters are disappointed with Congress as are most Americans.  Congress has only a 13% approval rating.  However, the Tea Party supporters should give themselves a pat on the back because they are indeed affecting policy in Washington D.C.. As the Chairman of the House of Representatives' Republican Study Committee (RSC), Congressman Jim Jordan from Ohio said yesterday:  "... the projected deficits for the next decade are now $3.2 trillion lower than they were at the start of this year."   Congressman Jordan properly gives credit to the Republicans...
  • In his first year as president, Barack Obama appointed Cass Sunstein, a radical leftist, to be his Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA.)  Appointing a bureaucrat like Sunstein to a position such as this is like having a fox guard the proverbial hen house. Indeed, the president of the United States Chamber of Congress, Thomas Donohue, has called the Obama administration's growth of costly regulations on health care, banking and the environment a "tsunami" of regulations.   The Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives,...
  • Today, from his wildly expensive tax-paid campaign bus tour of the Midwest, Barack Obama gravely announced that as soon as his 10-day Martha's Vineyard luxurious vacation was over  --  his third such vacation in this wealthy liberal enclave  --  he was going to introduce another job-producing scheme, and he threatened the Republicans that they better pass it. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives have already passed two jobs-producing bills including the Ryan budget, legislation which would have resulted in $6 trillion in government spending,...