Republicans to make big pushes on oversight legislation
July 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 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."

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    .We need to put a TIGHT regulator on HIS Insider Trading.

    Martha Stewart went to prison, he got re-elected in his district and gets increases in pay every year plus whatever Lobbyists and Trading bring into his personal pockets.

    VA - Vote the scum out in 2014.

    July 28, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Mr Insider Trading is at it again. Vote the repubs out in 2014.

    July 28, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Screw the GOP , they have 0 credibility on everything and will lose the house and senate in 2014 because of their incompetents and obstruction , GOP out!!!!!

    July 28, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. don in albuquerque

    Too funny to be true. Sadly though, it is.

    July 28, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. rs

    The only oversight I am interested in is one that would make Congress WORK, or dispel the membership, or the party that so flagrantly gums up the works- you know- people like Boehner, or Cantor, who run their little anti-American campaign without fear of reprisal.

    July 28, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Evan

    The GOP lives an America that doesn't exist anymore. There is no more need for a group of elderly white racist men to try to legislate as if we still live in the 50s. It is time for them to go and let progressives do the job that only they can accomplish in a transformational
    Time in our nations history. It's ok GOP, you did your best, time to go now.

    July 28, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Tony

    Republicans are for new oversight laws because they could not find anything that Obama or Democrats did wrong under existing laws, even though Republicans spend all their waking hours trying to find some Democratic wrongdoings. Say, Republicans, why don't you work on something that voters actually care about, like "jobs, jobs, jobs"?

    July 28, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Joan

    People living in civilized, industrial countries like Canada, Britain, etc. cannot understand the views of many Americans who do not want to provide basic health care for all residents of the country. The whole thing seems very heartless, greedy and undemocratic. The US is the only large, rich country who does not provide this basic right for its citizens. Why? Americans spend more per capita for health care yet have a lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality rate and more citizens going bankrupt because of health crises than Canadians. Isn't it better for everyone to pay a little bit that barely is noticeable each month and have everyone looked after? The answer is a no brainer if you have a heart.

    July 28, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. NameZ

    These guys... what a waste of oxygen.

    July 28, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. gerry luimes

    It's gratifying to read that this time so many see right through the smokescreen the GOp is creating ! they are saying exactly what Obama is proposing. How hypocritical !

    July 28, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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