Issue Reports

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.
October 8, 2010
This Fall, corporate special interests are trying to drown out the voices of the American people with a flood of negative advertising funded by shadowy front groups. These groups are taking advantage of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that has enabled them to collect unlimited and undisclosed money from powerful, wealthy and sometimes foreign corporations – all without telling anyone where the money is coming from.
September 30, 2010
Today Minority Leader Boehner is giving a speech on Congressional reform, but it's not clear how he will answer a major question – why should voters trust that Republicans would do things differently this time? Today's Republican Leaders are not fresh faces and they plan a return to the exact same agenda as before. During their time in power, Republicans did not make government more open and transparent, and in fact allowed a culture of corruption to flourish.
September 28, 2010
The Republicans unveiled their "Pledge to America" last week and, just as we thought, it contained no new ideas and was a return to the "exact same" failed agenda as President Bush. Their agenda to return to their previous policies makes it clear who they stand with—big corporations and special interests, instead of middle class families.
September 23, 2010
Today Republicans unveiled their agenda to go back to the failed economic policies that led to the deepest recession in generations. Just as we expected, the focus is on help for the wealthy over the middle class and big corporations over small businesses.
September 23, 2010
Today, Republicans unveiled their agenda that will take us back to the exact same deficit busting policies that helped lead us into the recession. When they were in charge, Republicans dramatically increased spending and put us on a path to the record breaking deficit we face today.
September 23, 2010
Today Republicans unveiled an agenda that talks about the importance of open and transparent government, but a look at their record on those issues shows a very different story. While Republicans may talk a big game, they certainly haven't lived up to it. A return to power won't change that.
September 23, 2010
Today Republicans unveiled their agenda calling for the exact same failed policies of the past. The national security agenda presented, once again, does not focus on the real fight against terrorism and the places that give them sanctuary and put our nation at risk.
September 23, 2010
Today, Republicans unveiled their agenda to give insurance companies control over Americans' health care. They have no real reform plan to rein in costs and protect patients. In fact, Republicans would take us back to the status quo of skyrocketing health care costs and unfair insurance practices.
September 21, 2010
This week, the contrast is clear: Republicans unveil their agenda for the wealthy, while Democrats bring to the Floor legislation that will advance our Make It In America agenda and help businesses grow and create jobs by providing tax cuts and increased lending.
September 20, 2010
While Democrats fight to strengthen Social Security for retiring Americans, Republicans, who have opposed Social Security from its beginning, continue to push for its privatization. Republicans want to give big bankers on Wall Street control over Americans' retirement security instead of hardworking, middle class Americans.
September 16, 2010
Republicans claim to care about our deficit, but just like President Bush and the previous Republican Congress, they clearly care much more about tax cuts for the wealthy.
September 8, 2010
This morning House Minority Leader John Boehner appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, touting the exact same failed Bush policies that drove our economy into a recession and doubled the deficit.
September 2, 2010
This week House Democrats salute the troops and veterans who have endured great sacrifice to keep our nation safe. Democrats have stood up for our men and women in uniform time and again, making sure we not only protect our homeland, but take care of those who sacrifice so much defending it.
August 26, 2010
When Republicans put in place their tax plan in 2001 and 2003, they set tax cuts to expire at the end of 2010. Democrats are working to prevent this Republican tax increase from hitting middle-class families and small business, and only letting tax cuts for the very wealthy expire. Republicans falsely claim that this will harm small businesses, which is not the case.
August 25, 2010
Small businesses will see real benefits under the Democrats' health care reform law. The health care reform law provides employers a tax credit for employee health insurance starting this year. Through these tax credits, the security of access to quality, affordable health care becomes attainable for small businesses and their employees.
August 23, 2010
Today Republicans unveiled their agenda calling for the exact same failed policies of the past.  The national security agenda presented, once again, does not focus on the real fight against terrorism and the places that give them sanctuary and put our nation at risk.  A review of the Real Republican Agenda:  
August 17, 2010
The Republican Party has made it clear where they stand: obstructing measures that help the middle class. If they had their way, Republicans would take us back to the “exact same agenda,” as NRCC Chair Rep. Pete Sessions said, that put Big Banks, big oil companies and health insurance companies before the middle class [7/18/10].
August 11, 2010
Today, President Obama is signing into law the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act, a key piece of Democrats’ “Make it in America” agenda that supports increased manufacturing in the U.S. and creating more manufacturing jobs right here at home.  Yesterday, he signed two other Make it in America bills into law, meaning three components of the manufacturing agenda have now been enacted:
July 20, 2010
This past weekend, Republicans defended the policies of President Bush and stated that they would return to that exact agenda - an agenda that drove our economy into a recession, exploded the deficit, gave free rein to Big Oil, and gave control of health care to big insurance companies.