Issue Reports

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.
May 4, 2011
This Congress, Democrats continue to advance the “Make It In America” agenda, a plan to support job creation today and in the future by encouraging businesses to innovate and make products in the US and sell them to the world through strengthening our infrastructure and prioritizing investments in key areas like education and energy innovation. This effort builds on House Democrats' actions to create jobs and continue growing the economy and focuses on investing in key priorities while cutting wasteful spending.
May 3, 2011
Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Geithner informed Congress that, unless Congress takes action to increase the debt limit, our country will approach the debt ceiling in two weeks. But rather than working together to meet our responsibilities, Republicans continue to hold the economy hostage to their divisive agenda by threatening to default on our debt, even though it was their policies that created most of our debt.
April 19, 2011
Democrats aren’t the only ones telling House Republicans they cannot hold the debt limit hostage for a partisan, divisive agenda. Wall Street executives and the business community, economists, and Republicans and conservative commentators agree that failing to raise the debt ceiling and defaulting on our debt, or even coming close to defaulting on our debt, would put our economic recovery at great risk.
April 12, 2011
This week, the House will consider the Republican budget proposal for fiscal year 2012. Budgets are about choices, and the Republican budget makes the wrong ones. Democrats believe we can reduce the deficit while also protecting investments that grow the economy and create jobs. It’s not a question of whether we should reduce the deficit, but how we reduce it. The Republican budget proposes we balance the budget on the backs of the working families and seniors by cutting important investments in our future, ending Medicare as we know it and dismantling Medicaid.
April 8, 2011
Democrats have offered on the House Floor five times a clean continuing resolution to keep the government open as negotiations on a full year continuing resolution continue. So far, even though Democrats have gone 70 percent of the way to Republicans’ position, Republicans refuse to compromise over their divisive social agenda. As a result, Republicans are risking a shutdown that will harm the economy and negatively impact Americans.
April 5, 2011
Today, House Republicans are releasing their budget for fiscal year 2012. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes all the wrong choices. Democrats believe we must reduce spending, while protecting investments that create jobs, grow the economy and strengthen American competitiveness. Just like the Republican Spending Bill, the Republican budget rejects America’s top priorities and fundamental values by cutting investments that allow us to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build our competitors.
March 31, 2011
Democrats agree that we must reduce spending, but we must do so without costing jobs and undermining our economic recovery. But Speaker Boehner said today that Republicans “are going to fight for H.R. 1,” a bill that non-partisan experts say threatens jobs and American competitiveness.
March 29, 2011
Continuing to fund the government in week by week increments is inefficient, costly to taxpayers and creates uncertainty in the public and private sector. Democrats stand ready to make smart, targeted cuts that will not undermine economic growth and American competitiveness. With conservative Republicans refusing to negotiate, it’s clear that Republican leadership should work with Democrats to pass a compromise measure – without extreme social policy riders that do not belong in this funding measure – so that we can reduce spending while protecting investments that will grow the economy and create jobs.
March 22, 2011
One year ago this week, President Obama signed the landmark health care reform bill into law. And now, American families are benefitting from new patient protections and greater freedoms. It is freeing children with pre-existing conditions and pregnant woman from discrimination by insurers. Young people have the freedom to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until the age of 26. And seniors have more freedom to get the prescription drugs and preventative care they need.
March 15, 2011
Today the House will consider a short term continuing resolution to fund the government for the next three weeks. Democrats continue to call on Republicans to cut and compromise on a measure that funds the government for the full year so that we prevent a shutdown and stop funding the government in week-by-week increments, which is inefficient and disruptive to the private and public sector.
March 9, 2011
According to a Bloomberg poll released today, 8 in 10 Americans want Republicans and Democrats to reach a compromise on spending cuts. Democrats agree that we need to cut and compromise on spending so that we can reduce the deficit while protecting investments that grow the economy and create jobs. That’s why Democrats have moved halfway to Republicans’ $100 billion demand. But Republicans have ignored the message Americans are sending, and have not moved an inch from their one and only proposal.
March 8, 2011
While Democrats have put forward a compromise measure cutting $51 billion of the $100 billion in cuts proposed by Republicans, House Republicans seem to have taken “March Madness” to heart and have so far refused to offer anything other than their irresponsible “So Be It” Spending Bill. Rather than move toward a compromise with Democrats, Republicans have not moved an inch from their arbitrary spending proposal that cuts investments in our future, harming economic growth and costing at least 200,000 jobs according to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and up to 700,000 jobs according to Moody Analytics’ Mark Zandi.
March 3, 2011
Democrats agree with Republicans that we must cut spending and are committed to working with them to reach a compromise so that we can reduce spending while protecting investments that create jobs and grow the economy. Republicans have asked for $100 billion in cuts and Democrats have nearly met them halfway: $45 billion has been cut so far, with $41 billion in the Continuing Resolution passed in December and $4 billion in the short-term Continuing Resolution signed into law yesterday. It’s now up to Republicans to stop punting on a compromise and work together.
March 1, 2011
While the House considers a two-week continuing resolution this week, Americans remain focused on how Congress will cut spending while investing in our nation’s future over the remainder of the fiscal year. Democrats agree that we need to cut spending, and are willing to work together to reach a compromise plan for the remainder of the fiscal year. Republicans will have to abandon their extreme and arbitrary cuts which will harm our economic recovery and job creation, while not seriously reducing the deficit.
February 24, 2011
When Republicans took the House majority, they pledged to create jobs and immediately start cutting the deficit. But they still haven’t put forward a real agenda to create jobs or to address the deficit in a serious way. A look at the past two months shows Republicans have failed to address Americans’ top priorities:
February 17, 2011
The Affordable Care Act is giving the American people more freedom and control in their health care choices. This week, rather than putting forward an actual plan to create jobs, House Republicans are continuing their efforts to take away these freedoms in a misguided attempt to repeal the health reform law.