Republicans to make big pushes on oversight legislation
July 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
12 months ago

Republicans to make big pushes on oversight legislation

(CNN) – Before the House breaks for August recess, Republicans plan to pass legislation next week designed to "stop government abuse," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reiterated Saturday.

The legislation includes 10 measures for floor votes, largely pegged to this year's IRS controversy in which political groups seeking tax-exempt status received extra scrutiny. Republicans especially want to roll back the agency's role in overseeing key parts of Obamacare.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized the effort, saying Friday, "It is only fitting that Republicans would waste the last week at work this summer voting for the 40th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act and continue their record of no jobs bills, no budget agreement, and no solutions for the middle class."

Read a transcript of Cantor's full remarks in the GOP weekly address:

"Tonight, millions of middle class Americans will go to sleep worried – worried about a job, worried about health care, worried about whether they can ever get ahead. While the bills stack up, many middle class families wonder whether there's ever going to be enough money left over at the end of the month to save for retirement or college tuition.

"All the while, an out-of-touch government in Washington continues to abuse its power and put special interests first while hard working Americans are left to pay the bill.

"Many in Washington have forgotten the most important principle – that the federal government works for you – and not the other way around.

"Each week, House Republicans are working to fix this problem. This week, we will address government abuse that is threatening your hard-earned paycheck, as well as your sacred liberties.

"We will cut government waste by passing legislation that prevents Washington bureaucrats from recklessly spending your tax dollars. We will ensure senior government officials accused of serious offenses and unethical conduct won't be paid while under investigation; we will put an end to lavish conferences and employee retreats by requiring online disclosures and prior approval by senior officials; and we will stop the excessive granting of hefty bonuses to government employees.

"Squandering other people's money is one of the easiest ways to lose their trust.

"These measures are a step in the right direction toward restoring trust with you, the taxpayers.

"We also will focus on restoring faith in our economy. Intrusive government regulations continue to hurt job growth and make your paycheck smaller. The REINS Act requires Congress to approve any new regulation proposed by bureaucrats that threatens to impact and add costs to our businesses and working families. Cutting red tape makes sense – it creates jobs and puts more money in your wallet.

"We will also remove the IRS from having anything to do with your health care. A few weeks ago, the White House announced it would delay the employer mandate under Obamacare. The evidence is clear, this law is threatening job growth and turning full-time jobs into part-time jobs. On top of the negative economic and health consequences of Obamacare, the law requires an unholy union between the IRS and your protected health information.

"Recently all of us have been finding out more about the IRS, its activities, and its databases. The doctor's office is the last place anyone would want to find the IRS. Your health care information is private and should remain so.

"And finally, House Republicans will give you more power to hold Washington accountable. We will move legislation guaranteeing a citizen's right to record conversations with federal regulators. We will also act to require government agencies to adopt customer service standards. How a government employee interacts with you the taxpayer must be considered when it comes time to evaluate how well they do their job.

"We look forward to passing this agenda, but we need your help.

"Please visit CoSponsor.gov to learn more about these reforms and voice your opinion by becoming a citizen co-sponsor of any or all of these bills.

"You can also go to Twitter and support these measures by tweeting #StopGovtAbuse. This legislation should receive bipartisan support because these are not just reforms we want, these are reforms our nation needs.

"You deserve a government that works for you, not against you. Enacting these reforms is one step towards rebuilding the trust in our government and faith in our economy. Thank you and have a great weekend."


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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. AEJ

    It is a shame – shame, shame, shame, since the Repubs took over the house two years ago they have NOT done anything to help the American people. As John Boehner said, 'JUDGE US BY HOW MANY LAWS WE REPEAL" eh? Is this what the American people sent these Repubs to do? Shame on you Repubs!!!! Absolutely no legislation to help the American people – REPEAL, REPEAL REPEAL!!!!! eh?

    July 27, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    The first stages of the ACA have kicked in, and we have had more job growth, and this is without a single republican vote. The house is a joke with the only concern of eliminating women's legal reproductive rights 38 times and repealing ACA 40 times. Eric seems to be selling a crap sandwich without the bread.

    July 27, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  3. gord

    still paying for the abuse that started in 2000

    July 27, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Government abuse from one of the worst members in congress? That's rich (pun intended)
    Isn't this va toothman the one who wanted to backmail the same government he is a part of regarding sending federal money to areas affected by natural disasters then changed his tune when his district was hit by a minor earthquake (yes, it was felt sll the way to Canada because of the fault line but as far as real big earthquakes go ths was a small rumble) in August of 2011?
    The same rethug whose yearbook greatness (his own, of course) was "I want what I want when I want it" was a bit sidetracked by his mother in law at home?

    July 27, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  5. timvervba

    "All the while, an out-of-touch government in Washington continues to abuse its power and put special interests first while hard working Americans are left to pay the bill.
    - – - – -
    Mr Cantor is so out-of-touch that he still thinks of himself as not being of the Washington government. With sub 20% approval ratings of Congress, the Majority Leader must be the one leading the abusive power. I believe Pogo said it best: "We have met the enemy and he is us."

    July 27, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. Colorado

    What planet are these guys from? Stop government waste and abuse? They are the government. They are the ones who write budgets. Do these guys really think we are that stupid?

    July 27, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. Alan S.

    Every 6 out of 10 Americans in a recent poll say they would like to vote out every member of Congress in 2014. Congress has an approval rate at about 9 %. Republican lawmakers state they want to cut Government waste while at they at the same time spend tax payer dollars up to a Hundred Thousand each on Breakfast! Ya Right.

    July 27, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  8. Scott

    Very well said, its about time the Republicans start to fix this mess the Obama Adminstration, Democrats, and liberals got us into. I have all ready sent letters to Werner and Kaine of Virginia to support the Republicans. We need to reign in the destructive work of Obama. Time to get a goverment back that is for the people by the people, not for the Goverment, by the goverment.

    July 27, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. Jules

    Eric Cantor is, as usual, a hypocrite. The millions of people going to bed worried about health care, their jobs, etc. are exactly the same people that the GOP sets out to hurt time and time again with their shortsighted policies. Does anyone ever ask themselves why they are pushing so hard to repeal Obamacare? Because it is going to be very successful down the line with the kinks are worked out of it and it will forever be known as Obamacare – after a Democratic president and they can't afford national election after national election with the fact that they have opposed it every step of the way being thrown in their faces.

    July 27, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. don in albuquerque

    They cannot do what they have to do with oversight..........and they want more? Millions upon millions wasted by the GOTP on hearings that go no where and do nothing. Purely playing politics. Get rid of the GOTP and a whole lot of the problems in Washington will go away with them.

    July 27, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. xavier

    Republicans are what is wrong with our country today. Gone are the days of Lincoln republicans... what we have today is a bunch of crazies.

    July 27, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Norma Vessels

    Everything you said you want to do, is filled with the usual hot air. All you want to do is hurt our President by messing with the IRS (who's doing the job they were put there to do, by the way) .. not like you, sir, who has done nothing but put out Bills that hurt people, and do not help anyone but yourself and your rich friends. We know this .. why are you blustering now. I think we all know. You and your buddies are getting closer and closer to election time. You can try to cover your past obstructions to pass any good legeslation in Congress, that would help all of us .. but, we won't let it take away the memories we have .. and many Republicans will NOT take up any more wasted time in Congress, next year!

    July 27, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. jboh

    What a crock! More give away to corporate America. No taxes, no regulations, no central govt. They want to fall back into Boss Hogg style local strongman rule. Let the Afghans have warlords(company town). We don't want any.

    July 27, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Reid will trash can any and everything from the House, just as he has done for the past 3 years.

    You looking for the problem in Congress???? Reid is the entire problem with Congress. He is allowing Obama to control the Senate, and indeed the entire Congress.........from the WH!

    July 27, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Donkey Party

    The only ones in Washington "abusing their power", are the treasonous GOP. They think America is stupid, when in fact it's only their base that lacks intelligence. If the GOP continues to abuse their power, we the people can, and will usurp their power, be it at the voting booth, or by armed insurrection. Time's almost up, this game has got to end, and it ain't going to be pretty.

    July 27, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. CAWinMD

    The usual garbage from the usual suspects. Wouldn't it be nice if the House Republicans actually tried to solve some of the problems they listed, rather than wasting their time on legislation that has zero chance of getting to Obama's desk?

    Divided government can work, but both sides have to want it. Still waiting for any indication, any clue whatsoever, that Republicans get that.

    July 27, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. MaryM

    Will Americans Please vote these teapublicans out of office in 2014. They are obstructionist and all of America knows it.

    July 27, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. LoLo

    The GOP/TP Klan is getting restless again. It is election time and now they are tryiing to play nice to get elected. America they are hoping and even praying that we do not vote in the mid-terms, Everyone, I beg you please go vote and stand in line just like you did for the presidential election. We the people will have a final say in how America is ran and we must cast our votes. We can stop all this BS the GOP is trying to sell us. If you are rich I know you will ignore this message and laugh, but if you are truly a hard working middle class American lets get it done right this time. We the middle-class are paying,

    July 27, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. wendel

    Nancy is right. Repos are just wasting the publics time and money as usual. Vote these people out.

    July 27, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Tony

    The last thing we should do is to give Republican more power to investigate spurious scandals. Republicans are total failures at everything, including investigations. When was the last time their investigations led to anything? The Clinton Administration?

    July 27, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. sonkarlay

    That's why this nation is in so much debt, how can congress get pay for doing nothing for this country and at the end of the month they get pay and the ppl that elected then have no heath care and theirs is pay for by them but they want to repeal the president help to the same ppl that got then office, what a bunch of clowns

    July 27, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. saywhat

    The most important piece of legislation currently for us 'the Amash amendment to curtail NSA spying' was defeated by a narrow margin.
    According to WIRED a study conducted by MapLight a Berkeley based non-profit " those lawmakers who voted against the amendment got twice the cash from defense industry donors".

    July 27, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. PJ

    I heard that the phony, corrupt, incompetent, union corporate toadies are afraid of the Health Care plan, and want
    to destroy it before people learn the good it will do them. After it kicks in, they won't be able to take away the
    gains made.
    So, Mr. Congressional Calendar Can'tor is throwing spit balls just before they take another month plus off, and
    before the go on Thanksgiving break, followed by another month off in December.

    July 27, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    So, these do nothing bums are pushing do nothing legislation before ANOTHER break? Nice work if you can get it!

    July 27, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. texasnotea

    Same old "it's not us it's them" from the republicans when all the while it is them obstructing progress. It's the gop perpetrating phony scandals and making up untruths about the President. It's the gop who refuses to compromise on anything no matter who's idea it is. Their agenda? No way, no how, not ever!

    July 27, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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