Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that Obamacare and the economy are the two biggest issues this election year. Some speculate that the GOP is focused too heavily on the health care law, which is what prompted the question and his response. Politico Pro reports (sub. req’d):
“There are two really big issues this year, it’s the economy and it’s Obamacare,” he said. “I think it’s important for Republicans to have better solutions — better solutions on Obamacare, better solutions for getting our economy moving again, and I think that’s where the focus should be.” But he didn’t commit to votes on specific legislation.
Boehner added that GOP members have introduced 126 pieces of legislation aimed at fixing or repealing Obamacare.
Americans have reason to be outraged and alarmed that the Internal Revenue Service has targeted conservative organizations in an effort to prevent their political expression and stifle their First Amendment rights. New IRS rules proposed in November of 2013 may lead to even more chilling and censoring of political speech.
Fortunately, these IRS abuses are being combated in Congress. Yesterday, the House passed the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014 (H.R. 3865), introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Dave CampHouse Republican Average57%.
But IRS abuses remain a serious issue, and, not surprisingly, the Obama Administration doesn’t seem to care.
Some influential, well connected, well compensated lobbyists are scurrying to rebrand themselves as their former bosses on Capitol Hill leave Congress. The truth is, even after members of Congress leave, many of their former staff-turned-lobbyists remain just as influential as ever. That’s why conservatives call on the Republican Party to be a party of the people, not of K Street lobbyists, whose influence is more often than not, not in America’s best interest.
Holly Yeager of the Washington Post writes:
The retirement of several powerful members of Congress is being felt across the lobbying industry, in which former staffers who used their ties to the lawmakers to help build businesses are being forced to rebrand themselves or risk becoming irrelevant. The impact is likely to be greatest among tax lobbyists, a K Street specialty that is rich with former aides to Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Max BaucusSenate Democrat Average13%, who this month gave up his post as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee to become the U.S. ambassador to China….
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Jim JordanHouse Republican Average93% shared inspiring ideas about how to cure poverty in America at Heritage Action’s Conservative Policy Summit earlier this month.
My National Review post this week focuses
on some of the true leaders of the House GOP conference, who will step in a fill a leadership void in the years to come:
Unfortunately, courage is in short supply in Washington. Republican leaders have no compelling vision for the future, which means their only strategy is to recede to the shadows and hope that Obama’s unpopularity produces a Republican Senate. Majorities are important. But majorities with ideas are essential if we are ever to dismantle the mess this administration has made. We owe it to the American people to show them how we would govern as conservatives. The best way to do that is to legislate in the House.