Issue Reports

February 4, 2014
The debt limit was suspended until February 7th, at which point the Treasury Department will have to take extraordinary measures to ensure America can pay its bills. 
January 28, 2014
Just weeks after the two-year bipartisan budget agreement was passed, Republicans are once again threatening to play games with our economy and create another manufactured crisis by holding the debt limit hostage to unrelated demands.
January 14, 2014
While House Republicans claim they want to create jobs and improve our economy, they have ignored critical legislation that would strengthen the economy.
January 7, 2014
The first priority for the 2nd session of Congress should be an extension of federal emergency unemployment insurance for people still searching for work. 
December 20, 2013
As 2013 comes to a close, the Office of the Democratic Whip has created a new digital calendar year-in-review website feature, where you can find a detailed, visual display of how the House Republican Leadership chose to spend time, and which issues they chose to focus on, over the past year.
December 11, 2013
House Republicans want Americans to believe they are interested in adequately funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but their record tells a different story.
December 3, 2013
A look at the first session of the 113th Congress shows that the Republican-led House of Representatives has not made progress on issues important to the American people. With 8 legislative days remaining in this year, the Republican leadership is poised to leave a long to-do list of critical legislation unfinished. 
November 19, 2013
With the House scheduled to be in session for just 11 days through the end of the year, time is running out to reach an agreement on the budget that replaces the reckless sequester, avoids another harmful and expensive government shutdown, and gives our economy and the American people the certainty they deserve.  
October 30, 2013
With less than 20 legislative days scheduled for the remainder of the year, there are a number of critical issues that Congress should take action on immediately.
October 30, 2013
With less than 20 legislative days scheduled for the remainder of the year, there are a number of critical issues that Congress should take action on immediately. 
October 15, 2013
After failing to undermine the Affordable Care Act more than 40 times, Republicans continue to hold the economy hostage with their political gimmicks.  Because House Republicans have refused to bring the Senate’s clean bill to the Floor for a vote to reopen the entire government, the Republican government shutdown has continued into its third week.
September 25, 2013
With time running out to keep the government funded past October 1, House Republicans continue to threaten a government shutdown over their attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act. 
September 20, 2013
In response to last week’s continuing resolution that was pulled from the legislative agenda after the Republican leadership failed to gain enough votes from their most conservative faction, GOP leaders decided to move further to the right in pursuit of an even more reckless and partisan bill. 
August 1, 2013
Today, House Democrats announced eight new bills that have been added to the Make It In America jobs plan, which is focused on four key priorities to strengthen American manufacturing and help businesses grow and create jobs here.  
August 1, 2013
When more products are made in America, there will be greater opportunity for our people to Make It In America. House Democrats’ Make It In America plan focuses on creating the best conditions for American businesses to manufacture their products, innovate, and create jobs right here in the U.S. President Obama has already signed ten Make It In America bills into law, many of which passed Congress with bipartisan support. 
July 30, 2013
As Republicans head home for the August district work period, they leave behind a disappointing record of unfinished business and partisan message bills.  So far, House Republicans have not taken action on crucial legislation, including finishing a budget, stopping the sequester, completing the appropriations process, addressing the debt ceiling to give certainty to our economy, creating jobs, or passing comprehensive immigration reform. 
July 23, 2013
Over the weekend, Speaker John Boehner tried to defend the House Republican leadership’s lack of legislative accomplishments.  When asked on Face the Nation about the 113th Congress’ record as the least productive in history and its low approval rating, Speaker Boehner attempted to redefine how to judge success:
July 18, 2013
House Republicans’ proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has garnered a wide range of opposition.  Instead of working toward a bipartisan solution to reauthorize ESEA, the Republican bill includes extreme policies that undermine our ability to ensure all students receive a world-class education.
July 10, 2013
Beginning this week, civilian employees in the Department of Defense will be furloughed for a total of 11 days from now through the end of the fiscal year as a result of sequestration.  Because of House Republicans’ refusal to work towards a big and balanced deficit reduction agreement that ends the sequester and puts us on a long-term, fiscally sustainable path, middle-class workers across the country will see their pay reduced, face job insecurity, and will contribute less to local economies.
June 25, 2013
After House Republicans’ deep divisions led to the failure of the Farm bill last week, Congress has less than one week remaining before the July 4th district work period to address several crucial issues. Here’s a look at legislation that the Republican leadership should bring to the House Floor for consideration, but instead continues to ignore:
June 4, 2013
It has been 75 days since the House passed a budget, and 73 days since the Senate completed their budget, yet House Republicans still have not appointed conferees to work towards a compromise budget.
May 21, 2013
Two months have passed since the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget resolution, yet the House Republican leadership refuses to complete the budget process.
May 14, 2013
House Republicans continue to waste time on political messaging bills that will not become law and do not help the American people.  This week, House Republicans are taking a page out of the 112th Congress’ playbook and are voting for the 37th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a vote that would take away important patient protections from millions of Americans.
May 7, 2013
This week, House Republicans are once again putting the U.S. at risk of defaulting on its obligations, and another downgrade of our credit rating. The “Pay China First” bill that Republicans are bringing to the House Floor this week is not a real solution to our nation’s fiscal situation.