Office of the Speaker

Stories by Office of the Speaker

By Office of the Speaker | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today, the House will vote on legislation funding the nation’s military construction and veterans’ affairs, while holding the VA bureaucracy accountable.  Read the bill at

This plan – which starts the appropriations process at the earliest point since 1974 – increases VA spending by $4.6 billion, provides for the treatment of approximately 6.9 million patients, and 770 new staff to …

By Office of the Speaker | May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Nearly a year ago, President Obama announced he had negotiated with terrorists and released five top Taliban leaders from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for the return of a hostage, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and …

By Office of the Speaker | April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
religious freedom liberty

The global swell of radical Islamic terrorism led by the Islamic State (ISIL) has ushered in an exceptionally dangerous era for religious minorities, particularly Christians. On Sunday, a video surfaced depicting the execution of dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Libya, a country that has descended into terrorism-fueled chaos in recent years. This atrocity is only the latest in a string of mass-killings of Christians targeted because of …

By Office of the Speaker | April 21, 2015 | 4 Comments

While Tax Day has come and gone, our broken tax code is here to stay.   As millions of Americans sat down and filed their taxes this week, they were reminded of how confusing, complex, and unfair the U.S. tax code is for hardworking families and small businesses.   You don’t have to be a tax accountant to take a look at the numbers below and know that our tax code is a nightmare – making the U.S. uncompetitive, hurting job growth …

By Office of the Speaker | April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

When President Obama announced an agreement on a framework for a potential deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program, he attempted to characterize any opposition to it as partisan politics. This, of course, is nonsense.

Concerns in Congress – as well as support for a Senate bill that would require Congressional approval of any final deal – are both broad and bipartisan.

Indeed, numerous House Democrats have made it clear that war …

By Office of the Speaker | March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
budget tan

When President Obama unveiled his budget last month, CBS News’ Major Garrett characterized it as “the most methodically political of his presidency” (…and that’s not a low bar).  Chock full of billions in new spending, massive tax hikes and lacking any effort to address the long-term drivers of our debt, it’s impossible to argue the president’s budget is anything …

By Office of the Speaker | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

This morning, leaders of the House Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees introduced H.R. 2, bipartisan legislation to strengthen Medicare for seniors and permanently replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).  Read the bill here.

Here are 10 things you should know about this legislation:

1. H.R. 2 strengthens Medicare and provides stability for seniors and their doctors.  The legislation moves beyond the sustainable growth rate (SGR) to a better system that ensures seniors have access to their …

By Office of the Speaker | March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

President Obama said yesterday in Cleveland that his health care law is “working better than even I expected.” Really?

We do know President Obama failed to tell the truth about being able to keep your plan if you like your plan. So to be fair, the president did expect millions of Americans to get cancellation notices even …

By Office of the Speaker | March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Boehner Turns Up Pressure on Sec. Clinton to Turn Over Email Server

Last week, House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) called on Sec. Clinton to turn over her email server to a neutral third party to ensure congressional investigators and the American people have all of the information they’re entitled to regarding the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that took the lives of four Americans.  Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) echoed that call in the …

By Office of the Speaker | March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Despite the fact that the national debt has so far increased $7.5 trillion on his watch – to $18.1 trillion – President Obama has opted to ignore and even deny America’s long-term spending and debt problem.

He likes to say he’s proposed “balanced” solutions. But that doesn’t include a budget that actually balances. That’s …