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.”
WASHINGTON – Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) today announced issue-specific Republican Study Committee (RSC) task forces that will be made up of members experienced in the groups’ various issue areas. The task forces will generate conservative policy solutions for our nation’s most pressing challenges.
REP. JOHNSON RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:
“As the largest caucus of conservatives in Congress, the RSC is fully prepared to confront the House Democrats’ liberal agenda over the next two years. A key part of our strategy will be the utilization of specific task forces to ensure we are focused on the issues that matter most to the American people and have the resources we need to combat ill-advised policies with real, actionable solutions.”
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.)
- EFFICIENT & MODERN GOVERNMENT TASK FORCE
- The Efficient and Modern Government Task Force will work to make government more efficient by offering measures to reform, streamline and modernize federal government.
- Chairman to be determined
- HOUSE FLOOR TASK FORCE
- The House Floor Task Force will advise RSC members on best practices and strategic tactics to ensure the conservative voice is heard on the House floor and the agenda of the American people is advanced despite liberal control of the House.
- Chairman to be determined
WASHINGTON – Today, newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put H.R. 21 (Making Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2019) on the House floor for a vote. The bill increases discretionary spending levels from the last fiscal year and repeals President Trump’s “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” policy.
Additionally, Democrats also brought H.J. Res. 1 (Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019) to the House floor. This bill does not provide the requested $5 billion in funding for a wall along the Southern border.
U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (R-La.) voted against the measures and released the following statement:
“The bills put before us today by Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats have never been considered by the House Appropriations Committee, but they make drastic changes to our spending habits. Not only is there an increase in discretionary spending, but if passed into law, taxpayer dollars will be allowed to support foreign abortions. Furthermore, neither bill addresses the crisis we face at our Southern border.
“President Trump has signaled he will veto these bills. This is not an attempt to end the shutdown as Speaker Pelosi has claimed she would like to do, but a political stunt to hamper the president’s agenda. Current proceedings are shameful, and the American people deserve better.”
WASHINGTON - Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement urging inclusion of work requirements in the Farm Bill:
“Americans and President Trump overwhelmingly support work requirements. Leading on this issue might seem tough, but so is being trapped in poverty. It’s time to show we truly care, and that means keeping the strong House-passed work requirements that bring hope and opportunity in the Farm Bill.”
Background: Last July, RSC Chairman Mark Walker and Republican Main Street Caucus Chairman Rodney Davis wrote together in the Washington Examiner of the need to include work requirements in the Farm Bill. In a poll, 87% of RSC members said they would oppose any conferenced Farm Bill that did not include strong work requirements.
WASHINGTON- Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement congratulating Rep. Mike Johnson on his election as chairman of the Republican Study Committee:
“With Democrats in control of the House in the next Congress, a strong conservative voice is more important than ever. To regain the majority, Republicans need to be the party of ideas and conservatives at the RSC have always been the nexus of those ideas. Mike has my complete confidence to lead that effort and oppose the worst that Democrats throw at us. I’m excited to see Mike’s leadership over the next two years of his term.”