WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020:
“For decades, Congress has consistently increased federal spending with little regard for the long-term effects. As elected representatives of the American people, all of us have a moral obligation to create a future where our children and grandchildren can thrive without the looming threat of an insurmountable debt. As conservatives, we must commit to making the tough decisions to get our fiscal house in order.
“The president’s budget prioritizes our military and border security while cutting wasteful spending to ensure fiscal responsibility. I commend President Trump for recognizing the need to address the nation’s spending crisis, and I look forward to continuing our work with the administration as the Republican Study Committee drafts its own annual budget proposal.”
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) asked for unanimous consent to consider the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Democrats refused to bring the measure to the floor.
JOHNSON RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:
“It is a shocking reality that the majority party in the people’s House refuses to allow a vote to protect the lives of newborn babies. For the 17th time, House Democrats denied our request to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the floor. This bill simply affords infants born alive during a failed abortion attempt the same care any other newborn would receive. I cannot comprehend how any person could justify standing in the way of these children and the lifesaving care of a physician--but that is the position of today's Democratic party. My conservative colleagues and I will not give up on this issue, and we will continue to be a voice for the voiceless.”
A list of members who have asked that the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act be considered under unanimous consent and a video of each request can be found below. Additionally, on February 26, House Republicans offered a motion to recommit asking that if the previous question fail, the House be allowed to consider the bill. Again, all requests have been denied by Democrats.
WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Task Force Chairmen Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Andy Barr (R-Ky.), Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office to discuss pertinent issues before the Congress and the conservative agenda moving forward.
THEY RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:
“As the largest caucus of conservatives in the Congress, the Republican Study Committee plays a critical role in shaping the conservative agenda for our party and for the nation. The RSC remains a stalwart for our most fundamental ideals – pushing back against the liberal agenda and preparing an array of meaningful legislative items to implement when Republicans regain control of the House in 2020.
“Today, President Trump offered his support for our efforts and reaffirmed his commitment to the conservative agenda. Our priorities are one in the same – liberty, opportunity, security. We look forward to working closely with the president to ensure the American people receive the solutions they so rightfully deserve and to preserve our ideals for generations to come."
Chairman Johnson unveiled the six task forces and their chairmen in January.
THE TASK FORCES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- BUDGET & SPENDING TASK FORCE
- The Budget and Spending Task Force will be in charge of producing the annual RSC budget and spearheading RSC strategy related to spending caps, the debt limit and appropriations.
- Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.)
- HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE
- The Health Care Task Force will develop proposals to restore patient control of health care decisions, lower premiums and ensure more choices for coverage. It will address the failures of Obamacare by providing alternative solutions that benefit, not burden, the American people.
- Chairman Roger Marshall (R-Kan.)
- AMERICAN WORKER TASK FORCE
- The American Worker Task Force will address the challenges related to building a strong and vibrant workforce that can compete in our 21st century global economy, which will have benefits for families, communities and our country.
- Chairman Andy Barr (R-Ky.)
- NATIONAL SECURITY & FOREIGN AFFAIRS TASK FORCE
- The National Security and Foreign Affairs Task Force will assist in keeping RSC members abreast of important events around the world and provide engagement opportunities and legislative ideas to ensure national security and secure international relations.
- Chairman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)
- GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND REFORM (GEAR) TASK FORCE
- The GEAR Task Force will work to make government more efficient and accountable by offering measures to reform, streamline and modernize federal government.
- Chairman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.)
- RSC ACTION TEAM TASK FORCE
- The RSC Action Team Task Force will advise RSC members on best practices and strategic tactics to ensure the conservative voice is heard and the agenda of the American people is advanced despite liberal control of the House.
- Chairman Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.)
WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked S. 130, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:
“Every single person should easily acknowledge that killing a living, breathing baby is murder. Shockingly, most of our Democrat colleagues in Congress would rather allow this heinous practice than oppose their far-left political base. This evening, we stood in the Senate chamber and watched more than 40 liberal senators block a measure that would afford babies who have survived abortion the same care any other newborn would receive. In the House, Democrats have already denied bringing this proposal to the floor seven separate times. This show of partisan politics is disgusting. We are better than this, and I will continue my fight to give a voice to the voiceless.”
WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) released the following statement regarding the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019:
“We have many concerns about this legislation, beginning with the process. The conference committee members were given just one hour to approve nearly 1,200 pages of text, the final bill was filed after 1 a.m., and members are expected to vote on it tonight. This legislation encompasses about a quarter of federal discretionary spending and will directly affect all Americans. Yet, I dare say not a single lawmaker voting for it today will have even read the bill. We know how that turned out with Obamacare, and now we are basing the security of our nation on the same failed, 'pass it to see what is in it,' system. This is unacceptable.
“Additionally, key provisions of the bill fail to provide the necessary resources to secure our border and protect the American people. Border funding is well below the president’s requests, and the number of illegal immigrants ICE can detain is being reduced, which will undoubtedly lead to more ‘catch and release’ policies. We made a promise to the American people that we would secure our border, and this bill falls far short of that goal.”
WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) released the following statement after Democrats blocked a measure that would have kept federal employees who have been disciplined for sexual misconduct from receiving a 2.6 percent pay increase:
"Today, House Democrats voted to reward individuals who have engaged in sexual misconduct with a pay raise. Thanks to their votes, those who have been disciplined for these behaviors will be given the same, across-the-board pay increase that their victims receive. By any objective measure, this is just wrong.
“Unfortunately, this legislation passed the House for no other reason than that the majority party could not stomach a commonsense solution offered by the minority. We are appalled that this is what ‘governing’ has come to in our country. The American people deserve much better than this.”
WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (LA-04) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s proposal to end the government shutdown:
"The situation at the southern border is a legitimate crisis, and Congress must act. Unfortunately, throughout the course of this shutdown, Democrats have refused to negotiate. At the same time, they also voted down measures that would have paid federal workers during the stalemate.
"The American people are not bargaining chips. The president has offered to reopen the government and ensure federal workers receive their pay while continuing his fight for adequate border security. It is my hope that Democrats have a change of heart, end their obstruction and come to the table to provide real solutions. The stakes could not be any higher."
WASHINGTON – Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) released the following statement regarding the prospect of declaring a national emergency to initiate construction of a southern border barrier:
“By any objective measure, the United States has a legitimate humanitarian and national security crisis at our southern border, and the president is correct and fully justified in demanding Congressional action to help resolve it. I fully support President Trump in making this a top priority. At the same time, while the president may have broad statutory powers under the National Emergencies Act to break this impasse, I believe he is wise to proceed very cautiously with the use of that power.
“As a constitutional conservative, I have concerns about the implications of such a decision and the precedent it could set for future administrations. One can imagine the same statute being abused in years ahead by a liberal president who believes his or her position on climate change justifies the imposition of a radical ‘Green New Deal’ or any number of other leftist proposals. This should be the proper role of Congress, and it is unacceptable that the Democrats' political strategy continues to ignore our responsibility.”