RSC Update: Everything but the Kitchen Sink This Week

Last night, the Republican-controlled United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed yet another bi-partisan job-creating bill.  The "Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act," H.R. 3630, was passed by a margin of 234 to 193.  The bill includes a Social Security tax cut extension for the year 2012 for all middle-class families amounting to an average of around $1,000. 
 
Also included in this legislation is a job-producing provision  -- opposed by most Democrats in Congress, but supported by their union supporters --  which will force the president to finally make a decision on constructing the Keystone oil pipeline which will create tens of thousands of jobs and help get America off its dependency on imported oil from tyrannical regimes such as Venezuela. 
 
Meanwhile, Barack Obama's Democrat-controlled United States Senate has not passed a budget for longer than the presidential term of John F. Kennedy, said television analyst/columnist Jonah Goldberg on Fox News last night. The highly-productive Republican-controlled House of Representatives has not only passed a budget on time in their first year of control of the House, but the House Republicans have also passed some 25 jobs-creating bills, none of which have even been allowed a vote on the Senate floor by the Democrat leadership. 
 
The Democrat-controlled Senate, on the other hand, has not passed a budget for years and neither did Nancy Pelosi when she and her Democrats had control of the House.  Indeed, the Democrats have passed no jobs-creating bills this year.  Undoubtedly, this Democrat-controlled "Do-Nothing Senate", led by a very weak leader, is the worst in American history. 
 
The chairman of the House of Representatives' Republican Study Committee, Representative Jim Jordan from Ohio, had this to say about the obstructionists in the Democrat-controlled Senate:   "For the last 11 months, liberals in the Senate and President Obama have blocked almost all the good reforms and spending cuts that Republicans have passed through the House. They backed things up so much that it seems everything but the kitchen sink is on the agenda this week."
 
The rest of RSC Chairman Jordan's Update is directly below:

RSC Update: Everything but the Kitchen Sink This Week

For the last 11 months, liberals in the Senate and President Obama have blocked almost all the good reforms and spending cuts that Republicans have passed through the House. They backed things up so much that it seems everything but the kitchen sink is on the agenda this week.

Tomorrow, the House will vote on a bill (H.R. 3630) extending through 2012 the reduction in the Social Security payroll tax that Congress approved last December. The bill also puts tighter constraints on the growth of future spending, gets the job-creating Keystone pipeline back on track, creates more taxpayer safeguards in the TANF welfare program, and reduces the maximum duration of unemployment payments from 99 to 79 weeks – which President Obama has also proposed – and then finally to 59 weeks. In fact, the President has at one time or another supported 90% of the reforms in this legislation.

There is, however, a major concern that liberals in the Senate will gut H.R. 3630 of its good reforms and insert major tax increases. Senate Democrats also continue to demand spending at levels we simply can’t afford. In their obstinance, they have rolled 9 different spending bills into 1 “megabus” package that they will attempt to pass this week as well.

From the RSC budget to Cut, Cap, and Balance, conservatives have fought all year to get spending down in a serious way. We’ve had some successes and are starting to make an impact, but, as the existence of this “megabus” shows, our work is far from over. With your help, we will continue to advance conservative solutions.

God Bless,

Congressman Jim Jordan

Chairman, Republican Study Committee

 

RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.

·         Rep. James Lankford (OK-05): A Common Sense Solution to the Budget Madness – The Government Shutdown Prevention Act; Fox News, December 6.

·         Rep. John Fleming (LA-04): Kagan’s Necessary Recusal; The Washington Times, December 6.

·         Rep. Sam Graves (MO-06): Small Businesses Want Washington to Rein in Regulations; CNBC, December 7.

·         Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS-04): EPA Must Stop Playing in the Dust; The Washington Examiner, December 7.

·         Rep James Lankford (OK-05) Video: A Market-Based Approach to Health Care, December 7.

·         Rep. Geoff Davis (KY-04): REINS Act Would Rein in Overzealous Regulators; Roll Call, December 7.

·         Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-04): New Austerity in Our Future; The Washington Times, December 8.

·         Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49): Holder Protecting Staff over ‘Fast and Furious’; USA Today, December 8.

·         Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) & Sen. Jim DeMint (SC): End the Bailouts: US Should Not Participate in $1.4 Trillion European Bailout Fund; Investor’s Business Daily, December 8.

·         Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-12): Economic Reality vs. Popcorn Populism; News Chief, December 11. 

·         Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04): Jobs Through Growth Act: Aspiration Replaces Envy; Human Events, December 11.

·         Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-06): Time to Kill Congressional Pensions and Cut Pay; Human Events, December 12.

·         Rep. Tom Price (GA-06) & Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-01): Getting America out of Deep Debt; The Chicago Tribune, December 12.

 

RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.

·         Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17) introduced H.R. 3565, the Reconnecting Congress with America Act (RCWA), which would tie Congressional salaries to the Federal budget deficit and repeal the automatic Congressional pay adjustment.

·         Rep. Jack Kingston (GA-01) introduced H.R. 3601, the Ensuring Quality in the Unemployment Insurance Program (EQUIP) Act, which would require applicants for unemployment compensation to complete a drug screening assessment as a condition for benefits.

·         Members of the House Budget Committee introduced a comprehensive package of ten legislative reforms designed to help repair the broken budget process.

·         Rep. James Lankford (OK-05) introduced H.R. 3609, the Taxpayers Right to Know Act, to provide the American people with a better understanding of how their tax dollars are spent.

·         Rep. Larry Bucshon (IN-08) introduced H.R. 3488, the Invest in America First Act of 2011, which would prohibit foreign aid from being given to countries with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over $1.5 trillion.

·         Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) introduced H.R. 3615, the Accountability in Unemployment Act, which would combat abuse of the federal unemployment compensation program and save taxpayers money by requiring recipients of unemployment benefits to pass a drug screen.

 

House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently. 

·         On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 10, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which is an element of the RSC’s Jobs Through Growth Act (H.R. 3400) as well.

·         On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act.

 

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon. 

·         On Tuesday, the House is expected to consider H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act.

·         On Wednesday, the House is expected to consider the “megabus” appropriations bill.

·         Sometime this week, the House may consider the Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act.

 

RSC Reports

·         Each week the House is in session, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.