Issue Reports

July 27, 2011
With less than a week until possible default, Speaker Boehner and House Republicans continue to advocate for a debt limit proposal that does not solve the problem; instead, it kicks the can down the road and does not give our economy the certainty it needs. Republicans often argue that we must give the business community certainty so that we can create jobs and grow the economy. But instead of working with Democrats on a long-term, balanced solution to pay our bills and reduce the deficit, Republicans are holding our economy hostage to their short-term proposal that will fail in the Senate.
July 22, 2011
When Republicans took the House majority, they pledged to focus on creating jobs and growing the economy. But after 200 days, Republicans have only passed one jobs bill—the patent reform bill, which is part of Democrats’ Make It In America agenda to support invention and innovation in our economy. But one jobs bill is not enough to help the millions of Americans still out of work. Republicans have still not put forward a comprehensive jobs agenda.
July 19, 2011
Today, Republicans are wasting time on their “Cut, Cap and End Medicare” bill, bringing it to the House Floor for a symbolic vote, despite the fact that it is expected to fail in the Senate and the President will veto it. While Democrats are calling on Republicans to act quickly to enact a large agreement to reduce the deficit and ensure America pays its bills, Republicans are pressing forward with an extreme proposal that increases our chances of default and is the Republican budget all over again: it ends Medicare and drastically cuts Medicaid, while preserving tax breaks for the wealthy.
July 15, 2011
As Republicans continue to walk away from an opportunity to seriously address the deficit and give businesses certainty, Democrats are calling on the GOP to take responsibility for the debt they helped create and work with us on a big, comprehensive agreement to ensure America pays its bills and restore America’s fiscal health. Democrats believe we must reduce the deficit with a balanced, comprehensive package that includes both revenues and spending cuts.
July 12, 2011
Yesterday, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor argued that the fact that they are considering an increase in the debt limit is a concession, as both parties try to negotiate a large, comprehensive agreement to reduce the deficit and ensure America pays its bills. Ensuring America pays its bills isn’t a concession—it’s their responsibility. After all, their own budget, which nearly every Republican voted for, raises the debt limit and it was their policies that created most of our debt.
July 12, 2011
This week, Republicans backed away from negotiating a larger, comprehensive agreement to reduce the deficit and ensure America pays its bills. Instead, Republicans are choosing less deficit reduction, despite the fact that they argue deficit reduction is critical to boosting the economy and creating jobs and identified it as a top priority in their Pledge to America.
July 5, 2011
Over the past six months, Republicans have held our economy hostage by suggesting America may not pay its bills. But before they were against it, Republicans strongly supported action to ensure we pay our nation’s bills.
June 30, 2011
Republicans took the House majority six months ago and have done little to live up to the promises in their Pledge to America.
June 30, 2011
Since launching the Medicare program on July 1, 1966, Democrats have fought to improve health care security for America’s seniors by ensuring reliable and affordable health care coverage. For forty-five years, Medicare’s guaranteed set of benefits and affordable premiums have improved health care coverage and quality of life for seniors substantially.
June 27, 2011
In their Pledge to America, Republicans promised they would focus on creating jobs and growing our economy. They claim the bills they have brought to the Floor this Congress address those priorities, but their bills are more focused on Republican ideology than actually creating jobs. Republicans do not have a comprehensive jobs agenda, but that hasn’t stopped them from using misleading bill titles to convince the American people that they do.
June 24, 2011
When Republicans took the House majority, they pledged to focus on creating jobs and growing the economy. But after six months, they still haven’t put forward a comprehensive jobs agenda. While Democrats are focused on the Make It In America agenda, a plan to support job creation and boost working families, Republicans are pursuing a partisan agenda that has the wrong priorities.
June 23, 2011
Despite Republican claims that they have been “laser-focused” on job creation, their actions have not lived up to their rhetoric. Republicans have been in the majority for six months and have not presented a comprehensive strategy to create jobs. Instead, the bills they have brought to the Floor are more focused on their partisan agenda than actually helping create jobs and grow the economy. These ideological bills have little chance of becoming law.
June 22, 2011
This week, Republicans are once again falsely accusing Congressional Democrats and the Obama administration of stifling domestic energy production. Democrats are committed to safe, responsible drilling as part of a comprehensive plan to ease the pain at the pump and have taken steps to do so; including proposing legislation to safely expand domestic production while investing in job-creating clean energy technologies and ending tax breaks for big oil companies.
June 21, 2011
Last week, leading economic officials joined business leaders, economists and Wall Street executives who have warned about the consequences of suggestions that America may not pay its bills.
June 20, 2011
House Republicans argue that they have been “laser focused” on jobs but after six months in the majority, Republicans have not brought a single jobs bill to the Floor. Here’s a look at what they have pursued since taking the majority—a divisive agenda that has not lived up to the Republican pledge that job creation would be a top priority.
June 16, 2011
It’s clear Republicans haven’t lived up to their pledge to focus on job creation in the past, but we hope, for the sake of the American people, that this summer is different. Democrats stand ready to work with Republicans so that we can create jobs, grow the economy and enact a plan to reduce the deficit.
June 14, 2011
Yesterday, Majority Leader Cantor acknowledged the consequences of failing to raise the debt limit—a statement Democrats welcome as we continue to call on Republicans to work with us to ensure America pays its bills and set a plan to reduce the deficit. Despite months of warnings from economists, business leaders and Wall Street executives, Republicans have held our economy hostage by suggesting we may not pay our nation’s bills.
June 13, 2011
Last week, House Majority Leader Cantor released a memo on the Floor schedule for the rest of the summer that claimed House Republicans have been “laser focused” on job creation. Unfortunately, the facts don’t back up that claim. Since taking the majority six months ago, Republicans have said over and over again that they are focused on jobs, and yet we have not seen a single jobs bills brought to the Floor:
June 2, 2011
Yesterday, House Republicans voted in lockstep to deem the Republican budget passed. Their budget makes the wrong choices—ending Medicare and raising costs for seniors while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.
May 31, 2011
Today, Republicans are wasting taxpayers’ time and money by bringing a debt limit extension to the Floor that they intend to defeat. Rather than working with Democrats to ensure America pays its bills and lay out a responsible plan to reduce the deficit, Republicans have put forward this political stunt.
May 26, 2011
After this week’s stunning electoral upset in Western New York, Republicans have gone into overdrive trying to defend their misguided budget plan to end Medicare as we know it and more than double costs for seniors.
May 24, 2011
This week, Senate Republicans vote on the Republican budget that makes the wrong choices for how to address our nation’s deficits: it ends Medicare as we know it, raises costs for seniors, and gives tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.
May 17, 2011
“With American families struggling under the burden of $4 per gallon gasoline, there is no justifiable reason taxpayers should be subsidizing oil companies currently making near-record profits,” said Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. “It is time for Republicans to make their priorities clear: Will they side with taxpayers or will they side with oil companies who don’t need the handout? Ending these subsidies is not just good policy, it is simple common sense.”
May 13, 2011
While Republicans took our eye off the real fight in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Democrats have stepped up the fight against terrorists and are getting real results that make Americans safer. The Obama administration has killed or captured hundreds of al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, including the world’s most notorious terrorist and mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden. We are disrupting their ability to attack and plot against the U.S. and the recent killing of bin Laden further limits the ability of al Qaeda to organize.
May 10, 2011
After four months, its clear Republicans don’t share the American people’s priorities by failing to focus on jobs and making the wrong choices on the deficit.