Republicans to make big pushes on oversight legislation
July 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
5 years 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 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."

Filed under: Congress • Eric Cantor
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. emskadittle

    yeah more government regulations from the the Republicans?!?

    July 27, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. emskadittle

    once again republicans making government bigger

    July 27, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Nothing At All

    Keep electing the same bunch and this will continue. The voter is stupid by voting against their own interests.

    July 27, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. teaparty days are numbered

    GOP to introduce legislation to stop government abuse, this is the ultimate oxymoron

    July 27, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. g

    republicans killing the middle class one election at a time-bring back the manufacturing jobs to americans

    July 27, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Evergreen

    The worries Cantor identified have existed since the economy crashed. The GOP solution has been do nothing and hope the President fails (because they don't like him) and push for tax cuts for those who create jobs and stash the profits overseas.

    July 27, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Rats! I thought they were going to vote themselves out of existence. That would go a long way toward ending the abuse.

    July 27, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |

    Bonehead was right. Hateful and ignorant are all that the Guns Over People Shutdown Government tea potty have left. Steve King exposed them.

    July 27, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Oversight??! The Repos want to be overseers!

    July 27, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Ann Heaney

    I agree with the Democratic party. We need to get rid of every tea party member in the House of Representatives. I accept differences between the Democrats and Republicans. What I do not respect is the House of Representatives members are unwilling to compromise the way the United State Senate has. We are in this together. Let's get the immigration bill, the gun
    control bill done. If we keep our current House of Representatives we won't accomplish anything.

    July 27, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Jason

    Rudy Obamacare has nothing to do with Civil Right and quit listening to talking Points on the left 1957 all way up to 1968 Republicans not Democrats pushed through civil rights legistlation 2 repubs were Everett Dirksen and President Eisenhower know your History before you say something

    July 27, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Suemac in WA

    Let's toss a few facts into the mix, shall we?
    The portion of Obamacare that covered preexisting conditions was suspended by Obama in February due to lack of funding. The $5 billion earmarked for this was so vastly underfunded that only 1% of those needing this coverage actually got signed up.
    The Republicans introduced a bill (HR 1549) to transfer funds from other areas and cover the shortfall. Obama promised to veto the bill if it ever hit his desk. Not only that, he never included any funds to cover preexisting conditions in his newly released budget plan.
    Why would Obama do all this? Preexisting conditions was one of the bedrock foundations for the ACA program. He must have an alternate idea for funding, right? Anybody understand this? I don't.

    July 27, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. RF

    According to the GOP any type of social program is waste and abuse. But tax breaks and subsidies to business are just fine. WE the people, By the people, FOR THE PEOPLE!

    July 27, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Steve Eide

    What are these "greedy" colleges doing with all this tuition money?????? $10,000 per year 15 years ago and now we're looking at $100,000 per year??? MILLIONAIRES and BILLIONAIRES in the classroom????? I say FREEZE the wages of college workers!! NO, how about a "sequester" style CUT!

    July 27, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Faux Scandals

    The GOP will spend the last week doing the same as they have done all year, which is nothing.

    July 27, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I love the argument that government managers shouldn't be rewarded with bonuses and high salaries but if we clamp down on the bonuses and high salaries in the private industry we're struggling free market and that company will no longer be as competitive.

    Are the Republicans going to ever admit that they're intentionally trying to destroy the government so that they can keep making the claim that it doesn't work?

    July 27, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Name

    You are 100 percent correct....unfortunately we have an unintelligent voting block who believe Fox News and hate minorities. And vote against their own interests. Unreal!!!!!

    July 27, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. GOP = Greed Over People

    Suemac, a couple of facts you will not get from Fox bubble sound bites.

    President Obama did not suspend the pre-existing condition aspect of Obamacare(s), Selibus had to stop folks not currently insurable under the current standards, from joining an intermittent group of uninsurables due to the budgeted amount of $5 billion allotted under Obamacare(s) being exceeded. The neglected needs of the uninsureables under the current system, was woefully under estimated.

    The GOP House members are the ones that could have addressed this and therefore, saved an untold number of poor American lives, by adding more money to be used for funding the life saving bridge until Obamacare(s) officially kicks in and folks can buy insurance coverage regardless of prior illnesses.

    The "chri$tians" in the GOP decided to follow their true God, the almighty dollar, which is more important than poor, uninsured folks needing cancer treatments, kidney dialysis, etc.

    We now know WWJD? He would let the poor among us that are unfortunate enough to be sick, "to be called Home".

    If that is what the GOP calls "walking in the footsteps of Jesus", then I gladly proclaim myself a "heathen"!

    July 27, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. MaryM

    Will Americans please vote these teapublican obstructionist out of office now.

    July 27, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. sammy750

    Government Abuse: The only abuse we see is coming from the Republicans. The are abusing the American people hourly with the bill and laws they are passing either in the states or in DC. Rep. Issa has now put together a road map to close down the US postal service. The are bankrupting the USPS with the Republicans laws they set up. Issa wants big corporations to take over the mail service, thus taking it private. Republicans continue their destructive ways and laws trying to destroy this nation. Voters and Citizens of this nation, BEWARE of Republicans they are out to destroy us. Defeat them at the polls in the states and in Washington, DC.

    July 27, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. rich

    Government Abuse: The only abuse we see is coming from the Republicans. The are abusing the American people hourly with the bill and laws they are passing either in the states or in DC. Rep. Issa has now put together a road map to close down the US postal service. The are bankrupting the USPS with the Republicans laws they set up. Issa wants big corporations to take over the mail service, thus taking it private. Republicans continue their destructive ways and laws trying to destroy this nation. Voters and Citizens of this nation, BEWARE of Republicans they are out to destroy us. Defeat them at the polls in the states and in Washington, DC.

    July 27, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. Hooper

    All that's ever heard from these no account bums is what they intend to do, after the fact. How about going somewhere nice and quiet, and keeping your pie holes shut for once. Let the rest of us get along with the business of life. You, just go away and stay away. We'll be just fine without your input.

    July 27, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Hawk in Texas

    Suemac in WA you are so wrong that you are not even in the ball park. this will make 40 times that the house republicans have voted to repeal Obama care as they call it. they are the ones that voted not to fund it. the republicans and their bastard child the tea partyare a cancer on the american people. the sooner they are voted out of office the quicker the economy and jobs will pick up.

    July 27, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. Name Uche Agonsi

    Is there anything like the 'Right of Self Crucifiction' ? The unrepentant/unyielding GOPers shot themselves at the legs by declaring more uncollaborative stance despite outcries/strong appeals by Americans against the contrary. Just like the GWB govt the House desires were for the rich only. Its battle of the rich against govt who are for the middle class & poor. When you dont pay people based on just accusations(like the will ones made against IRS) is recipe for chaos...recording every interation is another. And how about going net with allowances of Congress too. Overall Cantor's speech has nothing for anybody than the rich & destruction of Middle Class/poor Americans .

    July 27, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  25. J.V.Hodgson

    When republicans can and have done bend rules but also arrogantly break the law by gerrymandering as in Texas especially. Or rush like a hurricane to bring in voter registration and identity laws that are clearly discriminatory and did other things as soon as the voting rights act was cast aside by the SCOTUS.
    And now the architect of smaller government wants more powers and oversight based on phony concerns re IRS and more indirect shots at PPACA and how Benghazi still gets into this defeats me.

    July 28, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
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