Monday, January 10, 2011
RSC Update: Pausing to Honor the Victims of a Horrible Tragedy
From the Chairman
A horrible tragedy occurred on Saturday when a gunman killed six people and wounded 14 others at a public event put on by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona. Although the investigation is still ongoing, murder charges were filed against Jared Lee Loughner today in federal court. The attack is believed to have been an assassination attempt targeting Rep. Giffords, who suffered a traumatic head wound. Her condition remains critical, and I pray she and the other wounded can make full recoveries.
In the wake of this tragedy, all legislation previously scheduled for debate in the House this week has been postponed. Instead, the House will take up only a single resolution honoring the victims of this shocking attack. These schedule changes will allow us to pay respect to the fallen while also evaluating whatever security changes may be necessary.
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. Joe Pitts (PA-16): Cooking the Books; The Daily Caller, January 7.
· Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4): New Congress Begins with Spending Cuts; Weekly Column, January 10.
RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) introduced H.Res. 23, declaring Congress’s opposition to federal bailouts of state and local government employee pension plans.
· Reps. Steve King (IA-05), Phil Gingrey (GA-11), Gary Miller (CA-41), and Rob Woodall (GA-07) introduced H.R. 140, “The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011,” a bill to end the practice of automatically granting American citizenship to “Anchor Babies” born in the United States to illegal alien parents.
· Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) this week reintroduced two bills to ensure that taxpayer dollars no longer subsidize NPR, ending all federal funding for both the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and NPR.
· Reps. Barton (TX-06), Michael Burgess (TX-26), and Blackburn (TN-07), and other RSC members reintroduced the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act or BULB Act, H.R. 91, to repeal the ban on the incandescent light bulb.
House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives last week.
· The House passed a Rules package for the 112th Congress, H.Res. 5, which contains changes long advocated by members of the RSC. The new rules require legislation to be publicly available for three days before a vote, impose term limits on Committee Chairmen, require all bills to cite their Constitutional authority, replace PAYGO with CUTGO, and more.
· The House also passed, H.Res. 22, a resolution streamlining the operations of the House and cutting its budget by 5% ($35 million).
Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· The RSC is currently putting together a major spending reduction bill, which will be unveiled later this month.
· Due to the tragic attack in Arizona, the previously scheduled vote on H.R. 2 to repeal ObamaCare has been postponed. Instead, the House on Wednesday will take up a resolution honoring the Rep. Giffords and the other victims.
· 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.
House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Staff
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach
Brian Straessle, Communications Director
Ben Miller, Deputy Communications Director
Cyrus Artz, Research Assistant
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