Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

RSC Update: House Republicans Embrace Path to Prosperity

From the Chairman
It has been said a million times, but it bears repeating still: America’s enormous borrowing is catching up with us. The costs of doing nothing are very real. Medicare is going bankrupt. Future Social Security beneficiaries face an abrupt 22% benefit cut. Americans of all ages face massive tax increases, skyrocketing interest payments, and fewer job opportunities. We cannot tax and borrow ourselves out of this problem. We have to save Medicare and Social Security, cut wasteful spending, and get Washington out of the way of job creation. And we need to start today.

The Budget Committee proposal that House Republicans approved last week begins this important work. Called The Path to Prosperity, this budget cuts $6.2 trillion from President Obama’s spending plan – without raising taxes by a penny. During the budget debate, RSC members presented  a plan that would have built on the Budget Committee’s proposal and balanced in just nine years. Although I was disappointed that our balanced budget proposal did not get the votes required for passage, I fully supported the Path to Prosperity.

This is a critical time in American history. The choices we make over the next two years will determine what kind of country our children will inherit. I will continue fighting to ensure the American Dream isn’t taken away from our children and grandchildren by those who seek to solve our problems at their expense.

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. Steve King (IA-05): It’s Time to Shut Down the IRS; The Washington Times, April 15.

· Rep. James Lankford (OK-05): The Time for Spending Cuts is Now; The Daily Caller, April 15.

· Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05): U.S. Taxpayers on the Hook for Portugal Bailout; The Daily Caller, April 18.

RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· Rep. Diane Black (TN-06) and Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02) introduced H.Con.Res. 36, which would defund Planned Parenthood in the Continuing Resolution, which cuts $38 billion for the remaining six months of the Fiscal Year 2011.

· Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) introduced H.R. 1454, the Congressional Pay Accountability Act, which would require Congress to pass a budget and all appropriations bills – ensuring that the government is fully funded for a given fiscal year – by the beginning of that fiscal year.

· Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) introduced H.R. 1505, National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, which would remedy current security gaps that exist on federal lands along our nation’s borders by preventing the Department of Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using environmental policies to restrict the U.S. Border patrol from obtaining routine access.

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

· On Wednesday, the House passed  H.R. 1217, which would repeal a $17.75 billion slush fund in ObamaCare and reasserts Congressional authority to weigh the value of different public health service programs.

· On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 1473, a continuing resolution (CR) for the last 6 months of the current budget year.

· Following the CR, the House passed two enrollment correction resolutions. H.Con.Res. 35 would ban any funds from being used to carry out the provisions of ObamaCare, and H.Con.Res. 36 would prevent Planned Parenthood – the country’s largest abortion provider – from receiving taxpayer subsidies.

· On Friday, the House approved its 2012 budget plan, known as the Path to Prosperity.

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· The House is not in session this week.

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.


House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman

Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Policy Staff
Joe Murray, Professional Policy Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Policy Staff
Ja’Ron Smith, Professional Policy Staff
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach
Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services
Brian Straessle, Communications Director
Ben Miller, Deputy Communications Director
Cyrus Artz, Research Assistant
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