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This Week in Washington - Courtesy of the Office of Republican Whip Eric Cantor

April 16, 2010

Happy day after the worst day of the year...Tax Day. Are you taxed enough yet? No? Well you’re in luck, as Congress returned Tuesday from a two week recess. Although I don’t think there are any tax increases scheduled for this week, I’m sure you won’t have to wait very long.

The House had a very light schedule this week with not much more than a Clean Estuaries bill on the schedule, as well as a 2-month (and $18 billion) extension of expiring programs and benefits like unemployment benefits, COBRA, and a doctor payment reimbursement fix. Congress is in for 7 weeks, which should be the longest continuous session of the year. With healthcare out of the way, Democrats in the House are weary of any more tough votes as outlined in The Hill. The major issue in Washington currently lies in the Senate where they seem to be closing in on some action on their financial services regulatory reform bill. A bill has already passed the House so there won’t be any action in the House until something passes the Senate. I will provide some issue points on the legislation once it becomes more clear.

Speaking of healthcare, Rasmussen is out with a new poll showing 58% of Americans support repealing the government takeover of healthcare. One reason for the opposition is almost immediately following the bills signing, many businesses were forced to revaluate their projected earnings, some in the hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars. All this costs Americans more jobs. You can find a few articles on how the new health care law will negatively affect employment here. 

Just because the bill is signed doesn’t mean Republicans will stop fighting. Republicans have unified around a message of “Repeal and Replace”. Repealing the job-killing and damaging healthcare legislation and replacing it with real reform that lowers costs and gets to the root of the problem. More on healthcare here

House Republicans continue to focus getting Americans back to work. The only jobs that seem to be created right now are government jobs. The Joint Economic Committee reports in a new Chart that over the past year, the public sector economy lost 3.9 million jobs while government grew by 293,000. Just wait until everyone’s favorite government agency, the IRS, has to hire an estimated 18,000 new employees to enforce the healthcare mandate.

Finally, Democrats have indicated that passing a budget is not very important to them. Apparently having monthly deficits of over $221 billion (February) isn’t a reason to find a way to control spending, never mind the fact that American families and small businesses don’t have the luxury of side-stepping a budget.

Jeff

Items of Interest:

1. Cantor Launches Video News Release On Washington Spending: "Tick Tock" that puts the out of control spending by Democrats in Washington in perspective. Click Here To View

2. Polling Report – Alex Bratty with Public Opinion Strategies is out with a new blog post outlining the lack of a bump for the Democrats after they passed their unpopular health care legislation. You can read the blog post here.

3. Hispanics and the GOP - Resurgent Republic did a national survey of Hispanics a few weeks ago. The results were very interesting and shows a great deal of hope for the GOP. You can find a press release on the poll here a memo on the poll here and the full poll here.

4. Health Care Timeline by Subject - For your assistance, the Whip Office (link here) has compiled a preliminary timeline of when the healthcare provisions begin sorted by subject and the Ways and Means Republicans (link here) have compiled a timeline of major provisions for healthcare.  

Articles of Interest:

1. CBO chief says debt ‘unsustainable’ – Politico – By Jonathan Allen - The nation’s fiscal path is “unsustainable,” and the problem “cannot be solved through minor tinkering,” the head of the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday morning. Read the full article here.

2. Democratic lawmakers say midterms may obstruct budget resolution – Washington Post - By Lori Montgomery - Congressional Democrats say they may be unable to approve a budget plan this year because many lawmakers are unwilling in the run-up to the November midterm elections to ratify a spending blueprint that is certain to include large deficits. Read the full article here.

3. House Has Passed Budget Resolution Every Year Since Budget Act, According To Study – The Hill - By Walter Alarkon Skipping a budget resolution this year, a move House Democrats are considering, would be unprecedented. Read the full article here.

Jeff J. Burton Office of the Republican Whip Rep. Eric Cantor 202-225-0197 www.republicanwhip.house.gov