NRCC Announces Another Round of Patriot Program Members


This morning, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) announced the third round of Patriot Program Members for 2012. The program - a rigorous, goal-oriented initiative that enables Members to stay on offense as they build winning re-election campaigns - empowers House Republicans to build strong campaigns through measured benchmarks and accountability, including for fundraising, communications and grassroots organization. 

The following Members were announced today as participants in the Patriot Program:

  • Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01)
  • Congressman Dan Lungren (CA-07)
  • Congressman Gary Miller (CA-31)
  • Congressman Brian Bilbray (CA-52)
  • Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03)
  • Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-06)
  • Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-08)
  • Congressman Tim Johnson (IL-13)
  • Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (MD-06)
  • Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01)

As NRCC Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions noted, “The Patriot Program is about staying on offense by building strong and winning campaigns against Democrats and their agenda that bankrupts our nation.” 


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5 keys to jobs

Jobs & the Economy

Tonight, I’ll join my colleagues in the House and Senate in welcoming President Obama to the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union Address.

Here are the things on job creation Americans need to hear from this president tonight, but almost certainly won't hear, because by his aides' own admission, he is completely focused on his re-election campaign:

1. We need a budget. The Republican-led House passed a budget last year that made tough decisions and outlined a path to pay down our job-crushing debt.  We'll do so again this year.  But the Senate last produced a budget 1,000 days ago -- on this exact date.  Tonight, President Obama should call on the Democrat-controlled Senate to join the House in passing a budget in 2012. Likewise, the President must put forward a serious budget proposal this year, unlike last year when his budget failed to receive a single vote in the Senate.

2. We need the Keystone XL Pipeline. With unemployment still unacceptably high, President Obama cannot stand by his decision to deny tens of thousands of Americans new jobs. The American people also deserve the energy security afforded by reliable, domestic sources of energy. Tonight, President Obama should admit his mistake and reverse his decision to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline.

3. We need to cut excessive red tape. The House has passed nearly 30 bills that would help get millions of Americans back to work. The simple fact is that the Obama Administration needs to get out of the way and get rid of the unnecessary red tape and over-regulation. Tonight, President Obama should call on the Democrat-led Senate to take immediate action on the House-passed jobs bills, which, at a minimum, deserve an up-or-down vote.

4. We need to repeal Obamacare. With one third of business owners citing Obamacare as a reason they’re not hiring, it’s clear that President Obama’s health care law must be repealed. Tonight, President Obama should announce his commitment to dismantling Obamacare before it can impose more job-crushing regulations on American job creators.

5. We need to stop the spending binge. With the national debt topping $15 trillion, it’s time for President Obama’s spending binge to stop. Each year he has been in office, the US has racked up record budget deficits. Under President Obama’s leadership, the US now borrows $1 for every $1 of economic activity it produces. It’s a recipe for disaster. Tonight, President Obama should announce his commitment to balancing our nation’s budget by making significant cuts to government spending.

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Democratic Tax Hike Scheme Would Slam Small Business Job Creators

Fiscal ResponsibilityJobs & the Economy

Last evening, Senate Republicans led the charge to defeat a Democratic scheme to raise taxes on small business job creators.  But that isn’t stopping the Democrats who run the Senate from continuing to push for permanently higher taxes on job creators.  

To the surprise of no one, today’s New York Times reports that Democrats are putting politics before governing: 

“After struggling all year for an economic message that resonates broadly with Americans in hard times, President Obama and Congressional Democrats have settled on one they believe can carry through next year’s election as they use a fight over payroll taxes to portray Republicans as defenders of the wealthy at the expense of the middle class....

“But politically, Democrats believe that they have already won this latest skirmish in the message wars....So they have reprised an old message — that Democrats fight for the middle class, Republicans for the rich — and are likely to sound it through 2012, in hopes of blunting the headwinds they face as unemployment remains high.”

Of course, Democrats won’t let facts stand in the way of their partisan ploy. Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial unmasks the real victims of the Democrats’ tax hike scheme – small business job creators: 

“Mr. Reid's surcharge—which would hit incomes of $1 million and above—would slam small business job creators. Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that taxpayers will declare about $1.2 trillion of business income in 2013….Joint Tax finds that 34% of that $1.2 trillion is on tax returns with ‘modified AGI [adjusted gross income] in excess of $1 million.’ This means about $400 billion of business income would be subject to Mr. Reid's profits surtax.

Mr. Obama's own Treasury Department examined 2007 IRS data and found 392,000 returns with incomes above $1 million. Some 311,00, or more than three out of four, were classified by Treasury as ‘business owners.’ Perhaps Democrats can explain how taking money from employers is going to lead them to hire more workers.

“By the way, Mr. Reid's surcharge comes on top of the tax increase that will hit when the Bush tax rates expire at the end of 2012. So if Mr. Reid has his way, the top income tax rate will climb to 44.5% in 2013. And because dividend income will again be taxed as ordinary income starting in 2013, the dividend tax goes to 44.5% from 15% today. And don't forget that the ObamaCare investment income tax surcharge of 3.8% also begins in 2013, so stock owners are going to be happy to hear that the new dividend tax rate could be 48% in the name of tax fairness. This will only deter business investment, which is critical to job creation and higher wages.”

Speaker Boehner has said that House Republicans are willing to work with the President and Washington Democrats to pass an extension of the payroll tax cut in a fiscally responsible way.  Washington Democrats should abandon their demand to impose a job-crushing tax hike on small businesses and work with Republicans to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance temporarily.  



Reality Check: President Obama’s Troubling Stance Toward Israel is Alienating Jewish Americans

Last night at an event in New York City, President Obama reportedly claimed he’s done more for Israel “than any previous administration.”  He may have prefaced his comment with the caveat that he was trying “not to pat myself too much on the back,” but it’s safe to say that many in the Jewish community strongly disagree with President Obama on his record of support for Israel. 

Here’s some background:

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CALL FOR ISRAEL TO RETURN TO 1967 BORDERS PROMPTS FEAR, BACKLASH IN ISRAEL: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama's vision of a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967 could leave the Jewish state ‘indefensible’… ’The viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of Israel's existence,’ the Israeli leader said in a statement….” (Reuters, 5/19/11)

>> JEWISH DEMOCRATS RUN FROM PRESIDENT’S “INDEFENSIBLE” POSITION: “…it is important to remember that a full return to the 1967 borders will be indefensible for Israel and that talking with terrorists who want to destroy Israel is a non-starter,” Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) said… And Rep. Steve Israel, the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called the reference to the 1967 borders “gratuitous” in an interview with his hometown paper, Long Island’s Newsday.  (Politico, 5/20/11)

>> SPEAKER BOEHNER SAYS WHITE HOUSE IS “WAY OVER THE LINE”: “Asked if the administration has been adequately supporting Israel, Boehner responds: ‘I think the president could have been stronger in his support of Israel… I think they’ve put far too much pressure on the Israelis to come to an agreement with the Palestinians even though they’re supported by Hamas. I just think we’ve gone way over the line. Israel is our ally. They’ve been our friends for 60 years… Frankly I think they should be treated better.” (Newsmax, 11/9/11)

Frustration is not isolated to the president’s handling of the Palestinian conflict.  The President Obama’s silence on OWS anti-Semitism and a recent gaffe has added to concerns about the White House’s stance towards Israel:

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA RENEWS SUPPORT FOR OCCUPY WALL STREET, REMAINS SILENT ON MOVEMENT’S DISTURBING ANTI-SEMITISM:  Last week President Obama again embraced the Occupy Wall Street movement, telling protestors “you are the reason I ran for office” (Weekly Standard, 11/22/11) while his silence on the movement’s disturbing anti-Semitic elements has a “growing number of Israelis and Jews on edge.” (Israel Today, 10/16/11)

>> HOT MIC CATCHES PRESIDENT OBAMA, FRENCH PRESIDENT SARKOZY DISSING ISRAELI LEADER:  “After the two leaders appeared together at a news conference during a G20 summit meeting in Cannes last Thursday, they retired to a room for what they thought was a private conversation. ‘I cannot stand him,’ Mr. Sarkozy was quoted as saying. ‘He is a liar.’  Mr. Obama is reported to have replied, ‘You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!’” (New York Times, 11/7/11)

Jewish voters, who backed President Obama by a wide majority in 2008, have been taking note:   

>> NEW YORK SPECIAL ELECTION BILLED AS “REFERENDUM ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ISRAEL POLICY” DEALS STUNNING REBUKE TO WHITE HOUSE:  “In a 58 percent Democratic congressional district, the most Jewish congressional district in the country and one that has not voted for a Republican representative since 1922, Republican political newcomer Bob Turner creamed Democrat David Weprin 54 percent to 46 percent in the special election in New York’s 9th Congressional District. Former New York mayor Ed Koch had called the election a referendum on President Obama’s Israel policy. Democratic assemblyman Dov Hikind crossed party lines to endorse Turner and make a point of his dissatisfaction with Obama.” (Washington Post, 9/14/11)

>> JUST 30 PERCENT OF VOTERS SURVEYED BEFORE THE SPECIAL ELECTION APPROVED OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S HANDLING OF ISRAEL:  “Turner is in fact winning the Jewish vote by a 56-39 margin, very unusual for a Republican candidate.  This seems to be rooted in deep unhappiness with Obama on this issue- only 30% of voters overall approve of how he's handling Israel to 54% who disapprove and with Jewish voters his approval on Israel is 22% with 68 of voters disapproving.” (Public Policy Polling, 9/8 – 9/11/11) 

As one Jewish Democratic Member of Congress recently noted, the President’s Israel problems could spell trouble in 2012.

>> DEMOCRATIC MEMBER OF CONGRESS SAYS OBAMA’S JEWISH SUPPORT COULD DROP “10 TO 20 POINTS” IN NEXT YEAR’S ELECTION: “’For a while now, I’ve been hearing from my constituents a lot of dissatisfaction with the statements on Israel that have been coming from the president and the administration,’ Rep. Eliot Engel, (D-N.Y.) told the New York Times this week. ’He’ll still get a majority of Jewish votes, but I would not be surprised to see that drop 10 to 20 points.’” (Politico, 9/16/11)