Last year, when it was revealed to Congress that the IRS was responsible for the targeting of conservative groups, President Obama said his administration would "work hand-in-hand with Congress to get this thing fixed."This week, that promise was broken when the IRS claimed it could not produce two years of emails from Lois Lerner and from six other IRS employees involved in the targeting. Specifically, the IRS lost the e-mails for Nicole Flax, former Chief of Staff to Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, who was a frequent visitor to the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This only raises more questions. Worse, the IRS has been keeping the fact that the agency lost these critical records a secret for months.While President Obama said his administration would fully cooperate with Congress, the American people are still waiting for answers.
Fixing the problems at the VA will be the focus as Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) delivers this weeks Republican Address. As chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Miller has been a leader of the House's efforts to get to the bottom of and address the VA's appointment manipulation schemes and delays in care that have been linked to the deaths of at least 23 veterans.
House Republican leadership, including Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), and Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), discuss the importance of passing laws that will help create jobs - like the SKILLS Act. Many jobs bills have been passed by House Republicans, yet remain stuck in the Senate. Meanwhile, Americans are struggling with everyday costs of living, dismal job reports, and long-term costs, like college. House Republicans have a plan for jobs - the only thing standing in the way is a stagnant Senate.
A new interim report from the VA Inspector General confirms what House Republicans have long warned about the systemic nature of the problems plaguing the VA across the country.The House has taken the first step towards bringing real accountability to the VA, passing the VA Management Accountability Act that would make it easier to fire and demote the senior leaders who are failing our veterans. The Democratic-run Senate blocked the bill, despite the fact that more than 160 House Democrats voted for the measure.It's time to hold the VA accountable - our veterans deserve better.
House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) reviews this week's Committee hearing examining the programmatic changes made to the Small business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.
This week's one minute of the week was delivered by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA). Gingrey spoke about the importance of focusing on jobs and the economy - and what House Republicans are doing to alleviate Americans' concerns."Americans are concerned. They're concerned about their jobs, they're concerned about health, and they're concerned about the economy. Last week, 37% of Americans ranked these as the most important issues facing our country. House Republicans have a plan to replace Obamacare, to create jobs, to grow the economy, and help hardworking Americans take home more of their paychecks."