Monday, November 17, 2008

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman


On October 3, 2008, the House adjourned subject to the call of the Chair. The House is scheduled to return to session on November 19, 2008.


“The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.”
William F. Buckley



Contents—November 17, 2008


New RSC Website!
Medicaid Bailout?
Conservative Activity
The Money Monitor

New RSC Website!


The RSC website has a fresh, bold new look with easier navigation. Check it out here and change your bookmarks: http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/.

And the RSC Blog can now be found here: http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/Blog/.


Medicaid Bailout?


In advance of a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on various ways to “stimulate” the economy, and possible legislative action during a lame-duck session on the same issues, the RSC has prepared this one-pager listing ten possible conservative concerns associated with a temporary increase in the Medicaid FMAP matching rate:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/PB_111208_Top_Ten_Medicaid_Bailout.pdf


Conservative Activity


--Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent this letter to Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, urging him to take additional steps to prevent “bailout” funds from being used for foreign acquisitions:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CA_111708_issaforeignacquisitions.pdf.

--Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) sent this letter to Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, urging him to use “look-back” procedures to ensure that recipients of “bailout” funds didn’t pay executives large compensation packages immediately before applying for bailout funds:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CA_111708_inglislookback.pdf.

--Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) wrote this op-ed touting the benefits of American oil shale:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CA_111708_lambornoilshale.pdf.


--Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and 110 other House Republicans sent this letter to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, expressing concerns over the actions of the Thai Government to expropriate U.S. pharmaceutical products “without meaningful prior consultation with the patent holder”:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CA_111708_bradyThaiIP.pdf.


To view other activities of House conservatives, visit this webpage: http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/MemberActivity/.


The Money Monitor


Each week in "The Money Monitor," the RSC tracks how the bills passed by the House would affect authorizations, mandatory spending, appropriations, and federal government revenue. Because the House was out of session last week, no new spending was authorized. To view "The Money Monitor" for the week of November 10-14, 2008, which includes year-to-date totals, click here:

http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/UploadedFiles/MM_111008.pdf.


To access earlier editions of "The Money Monitor," click here: http://rsc.hensarling.house.gov/PolicyAnalysis/money_monitor.htm.

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