RSC Update: It’s Not About the Video
President Obama and his top aides insist the recent wave of protests and attacks by radical Islamists, which began on the anniversary of 9/11, are spontaneous demonstrations sparked by a YouTube video. While preliminary news reports pointed in that direction, we have since learned that the initial attacks in Egypt and Libya were planned days ahead of time, “well before news circulated” of that ridiculous video.
It’s not about the video. The Libyan government believes al Qaeda was responsible for the assault on our consulate in Benghazi, where our Ambassador and three other Americans were murdered during an intense battle with well-armed and well-organized attackers.
When mobs all over the world shout "Death to America" as they storm American embassies and burn American flags, they do it because they do not like America. They do it because we are a convenient bogeyman to blame for their own domestic problems. They do it because they think we will not or cannot defend ourselves. The video is just an excuse.
Turning a blind eye to reality does not make reality any less dangerous.
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. Steve King (IA-05): The President Intrudes on Us from Farm to the Lunch Tray; Des Moines Register, September 9.
· Rep. John Kline (MN-02): Speaks on Fox-9 TV about how ObamaCare is Killing Jobs; Fox-9 TV, September 10.
· Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS-04): FISA Amendments Should Be Extended; Washington Times, September 12.
· Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08): QE3: Unwise and Unnecessary; National Review, September 12.
· Rep. Allen West (FL-22): Rep. West Speaks on Fox News about Libya and Obama's Foreign Policy; Fox News, September 14.
· Rep. Dave Camp (MI-04) with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT): Welfare Work Requirements Are a Success -- Obama's Plans to Change Them Must Be Stopped; FoxNews.com, September 17.
· The RSC released a new graphic about Solyndra and similar “green energy” companies given subsidies by the Obama administration.
RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· RSC members, led by Reps. Steve Southerland (FL-02), Tim Scott (SC-01), and Allen West (FL-22), officially launched a new Anti-Poverty Initiative in a summit with community and grassroots leaders brought together from across the country by the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.
· Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-04) introduced the Voter Registration Integrity Act to direct states to implement a voter registration check and verification when individuals move.
· Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-08) re-introduced the Federal Election Integrity Act, which would require citizens to present a government-issued photo ID to vote in federal elections and provide money to states (from a pre-existing federal subsidy) to provide IDs for those who cannot afford them.
· 128 members of Congress, led by Rep. Jack Kingston (GA-01), called on President Barack Obama to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu during the Israeli leader’s upcoming visit to the United States.
· Reps. Steve King (IA-05) and Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) introduced the No Hungry Kids Act, which would repeal the USDA’s recently released school lunch standards, prohibit the USDA's upper caloric limits, and protect rights of parents to send their children to school with the foods of their choice.
House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.
· On September 12, the House passed H.R. 5949, FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization, which extends amendments to FISA enacted in 2008.
· On September 13, the House passed H. J. Res. 117, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013. This legislation extends funding for federal agencies and the TANF welfare program until the end of March 2013.
· Also on September 13, the House passed H.R. 6365, the National Security & Jobs Protection Act, which would replace the sequester with common sense spending reductions and reforms that protect our troops and help avoid a new recession.
· On September 14, the House passed H.R. 6213, the No More Solyndras Act. The bill prevents the Department of Energy from issuing any new loan guarantees under the program that subsidized Solyndra and other companies for applications submitted after December 31, 2011.
Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· Monday was Constitution Day, marking the 225th anniversary of the signing of that document at the Constitutional Convention.
· Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year, began Sunday at sundown and ends Tuesday at sunset. The House will not be in session Monday and Tuesday, in observance of the holiday.
· On Thursday the House is expected to vote on H.J.Res. 118, legislation co-authored by RSC Chairman Jordan which would prevent the Obama administration from ignoring the clear language of the 1996 law that implemented work requirements for the TANF welfare program.
· On Thursday, the House is also expected to vote on the STEM Jobs Act of 2012, which would prioritize visas for foreign graduates of American universities in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
· On Friday, the House is expected to vote on the Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409, which would rein in the EPA’s costly job-killing regulations on that industry.
· Saturday is the first day of autumn.
· The RSC published a Policy Brief in August discussing the continued high poverty rate despite nearly 50 years and more than $15 trillion spent in a federal “War on Poverty.”
· Stay up to date on budget and spending news with reports from the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force.
· House rules now require sponsors of legislation to provide a Constitutional Authority Statement that explains how Congress has the constitutionally-derived authority to enact their proposals. Click here to see liberals’ highly questionable attempts.
· Read the RSC Money Monitor to track how bills passed by the House affect budget authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.