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    Speaker of the House: Speaking Up

    Recently, The Washington Post reported that Representative Eric Cantor (R–VA) seems to be taking steps that would position him to become the next Speaker of the House. In any event, the next Speaker—whether it’s Cantor, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, or someone else—will join a tradition that stretches back exactly 225 … More

    A Temporary Medicare SGR “Patch” Is Better Than Permanent Deficits

    House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) have just reached an agreement on a temporary, 12-month Medicare “doc fix” that would block a 24 percent cut in Medicare physician payment, which was scheduled to go into effect on April 1. It would also keep Medicare … More

    Boehner Warned the Reset with Russia Would Fail

    During a speech at The Heritage Foundation in October 2011, House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) warned that the Obama Administration’s much trumpeted “reset” policy with Russia was likely to fail. Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea vindicates the Speaker’s skepticism. Boehner explained how an utter lack of … More

    Boehner Is Right to Call for Allowing Natural Gas Exports to Ukraine

    House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) rightly called for the immediate easing of restrictions against the export of U.S. natural gas to Ukraine this week. Currently, exporting natural gas to most countries requires a lengthy and arduous Department of Energy approval. In a statement the Speaker said: Ending this de facto … More

    Plan to Suspend Debt Limit Means Debt Would Rise to $17.8 Trillion

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced a new debt ceiling deadline today, urging congressional lawmakers and the President to come to an agreement concerning the nation’s borrowing authority by October 17. Republicans are proposing a $1.1 trillion increase in the debt limit by suspending the cap through December 2014. The big … More

    CBO Report's Facts Speak Louder Than Obama's Spending and Debt Crisis Denial

    The release of today’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the long-term budget outlook sends one message loud and clear: The U.S. spending and debt crisis is only getting worse. U.S. public debt doubled since before the recession and stands at a 50-year high today. The American public has not … More

    Buyer Beware: White House Sells Amnesty with Dubious Keynesian Economics

    The White House last week released a report claiming that granting amnesty and citizenship to illegal immigrants would increase the income of Americans by $791 billion over the next decade. Most of this bump in income would go to the former illegal immigrants themselves, but the White House also claimed … More

    Cantor and Goodlatte: Please Show America Your Immigration Bill

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R–VA) and House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA), reportedly continue work “on a bill to provide a legal status to those who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children by their parents.” Although Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH) spoke favorably about … More

    Speaker Boehner: What’s “Free Market” About the Farm Bill?

    The latest House action on the $1 trillion farm bill comes straight from the playbook “Do as I Say, Not as I Do.” House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) says: “I am a proud advocate for free markets and fair trade.” Representative Frank Lucas (R–OK), chairman of the House Committee on … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief: Washington's Latest Spending Spree (VIDEO)

    The U.S. House returns Tuesday to consider the latest installment of Hurricane Sandy disaster aid. The $17 billion base bill (H.R. 152) could grow by an extra $33 billion of pork-laden spending — without offsets. Heritage’s Patrick Louis Knudsen outlined what’s at stake with the spending package this morning. The Senate’s version of the … More