RSC Update: Monday, November 8, 2010
From the Chairman
All across the country last week, voters spoke loudly and clearly. Americans want checks and balances in Washington, and a House Republican majority in the next Congress will be a firm check on those who wish to continue borrowing, taxing, spending, and interfering in the economy far too much. Democrats, however, will remain in control of the House until early next January. And despite the obvious need to rein in spending, they may attempt to push through a massive, trillion dollar omnibus spending bill during the lame duck session set to begin next week.
The lame duck session should not be used to enact the last ditch dreams of an out-of-touch majority that was resoundingly rejected by the voters last week. With the national debt quickly approaching $14 trillion and unemployment still stagnant at 9.6%, Washington must focus on cutting spending and removing barriers to job creation.
Congressman Tom Price
Chairman, Republican Study Committee
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· Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-01): How the Republicans Can Fulfill Their Pledge; Financial Times, November 3.
· Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA-06) discusses the priorities of the new Republican House.
· Rep. Dave Camp (MI-04): Repeal and Replace ObamaCare; USA Today, November 7.
· Rep. Todd Akin (MO-02): Now Is the Time to Reform the House; The Daily Caller, November 8.
Outlook – Here is a preview of upcoming Democrat proposals to advance their liberal agenda.
· While Nancy Pelosi will lose the title of Speaker of the House next year, House Democrats appear poised to retain her as their leader in the minority.
· The current Congress, including many members who were not reelected last Tuesday, will return to Washington next week to begin a lame duck session. Over the last year, Democrats have openly discussed using a lame duck session to pass card check, major new spending bills, a national energy tax, and repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It is possible that none of these items will be considered during the lame duck, but it remains too soon to tell for certain.
· It is also still unclear whether Democrats will take any action to prevent the job-killing tax hikes set to take effect on January 1, 2011. Click here to learn which taxes will be going up unless Congress fails to stop them.
· Each week, 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.
House Republican Study Committee
Rep Tom Price, M.D., Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Natalie Farr, Professional Staff
Emily Henehan Murry, Professional Staff
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff
Jonathan Day, Director of Member Services and Business Outreach
Alex Shively, Director of Conservative Coalitions
Ryan Murphy, Communications Director
Brian Straessle, Deputy Communications Director
Curtis Rhyne, Research Assistant
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