Issue Reports

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.
February 16, 2011
We need to cut spending but make critical investments that allow our nation to out-innovate and out-build our competitors throughout the world, and Republicans fail that test.
February 15, 2011
This week, the House is considering the Republican Spending Bill, a short-sighted and irresponsible proposal that arbitrarily cuts critical investments that grow the economy and create. Democrats agree with Republicans that spending cuts are necessary, but their plan does not make the tough and careful choices needed to cut spending while investing in our future.
February 14, 2011
Today, President Obama unveiled a budget that makes tough choices to reduce spending and cut the deficit by $1.1 trillion while protecting investments that strengthen the economy and create jobs. His budget priorities stand in strong contrast to the Republican Spending Bill, a short-sighted proposal that arbitrarily cuts critical investments and does not put forward a real plan to address the deficit – even after they proposed policies that would add $5 trillion to the deficit.
February 9, 2011
Democrats are committed to restoring fiscal responsibility and cutting spending is one part of the effort to reduce the deficit. While Democrats agree that we must reduce spending, House Republicans have introduced a short-sighted plan that does not distinguish between necessary cuts, and cuts to investments that are critical to our continued economic recovery. While Speaker Boehner has dismissed investment in long-term economic growth as “ineffective stimulus,” Democrats are focused on cutting spending without cutting smart investments in our future that create jobs, expand private sector employment and will continue growing the economy.  
January 25, 2011
The correct answer is D! Despite promises that they would govern differently than they did in the past and start cutting the deficit immediately, the “new” Republicans have returned to the same fiscally irresponsible policies as the old Republicans by breaking their promise to cut spending by $100 billion and more importantly by not putting forward a real plan to reduce the deficit.  
January 19, 2011
As a result of changes in direct spending and revenues, CBO expects that enacting H.R. 2 would probably increase federal budget deficits over the 2012–2019 period by a total of roughly $145 billion (on the basis of the original estimate), plus or minus the effects of technical and economic changes that CBO and JCT will include in the forthcoming estimate. Adding two more years (through 2021) brings the projected increase in deficits to something in the vicinity of $230 billion, plus or minus the effects of technical and economic changes.
January 19, 2011
The health reform law included key consumer protections to help keep insurance companies from getting between patients and the care they need. It expands the number of people with access to a physician by: (1) making affordable, quality insurance available to all Americans; (2) increasing the numbers of doctors and other medical providers, especially primary care providers, in the workforce; and (3) expanding funding available to community health centers.
January 19, 2011
While Americans are still facing tough times, employment is not in decline. Since the health reform law passed, the private sector has added jobs every month and the economy has grown. The Republican Patient’s Rights Repeal Bill would not only raise costs for individuals and businesses, but it would hurt our economy as well. The health reform law will also lower the deficit by over $230 billion this decade and by over $1.2 trillion in the following decade, according to a recent CBO analysis.
January 18, 2011
The health reform law is helping small businesses make employee coverage more affordable. The law provides $40 billion in tax credits for small businesses to help them offer coverage to their employees and exempts 96 percent of all businesses from the shared responsibility requirement. The law will allow small businesses to band together to help them get the same rates on health insurance that bigger corporations get.
January 18, 2011
PolitiFact, the independent, Pulitzer Prize-winning website, declared that “government takeover” was their 2010 “Lie of the Year.”
January 4, 2011
As the 112th Congress begins, the “new” House Republicans are starting off by returning to their old ways. Their Rules Package shows that while they made promises to the American people that they would govern differently and cut the deficit, they are already failing to live up to their pledge.
December 14, 2010
Today Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) introduced a standalone bill that allows for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer as the lead co-sponsor. Top military leaders, Republican Senators, and former opponents continue to express that it is critical that Congress pass legislation empowering the Defense Department to implement a repeal itself, rather than have a repeal imposed by the Courts.