Despite a Democratic agenda focusing on political items, Republican senators continue to focus on the economy during the lame-duck session. Republicans are working to freeze spending, fund the government, and ensure that nobody's taxes are raised during these difficult economic times.
Americans are begging Congress to use the lame-duck session to focus on jobs and the economy. Unfortunately, Democrats would rather play politics and consider special-interest legislation than take action to prevent tax hikes, lower the deficit, and spur job growth.
Senate Republicans have spent the past two years fighting for the American people's priorities. As we look toward the new Congress, newly elected and current Senate Republicans will continue to oppose Democrats' tax hikes, fight for policies that will promote job creation and economic growth, and work to repeal the Democrats' health care bill and replace it with real health care reform.
Newly elected Republican senators are joining current Republican senators in their efforts to change Washington by cutting spending, promoting private-sector job creation, protecting families and small businesses from Democrats' tax hikes, and repealing Democrats' health care bill and replacing it with reforms that will actually lower costs.
The newly-elected leadership of the Senate Republicans commit to cutting spending, decreasing the national debt and supporting job creation in the private sector. Republicans will continue to work to create jobs and focus on the issues that are most important to the American people.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed the freshman Republican senators this morning to his office in the US Capitol. McConnell said he was excited to be visiting with 13 new Republican senators. The newly elected members are: • Senator-elect Kelly Ayotte(NH) • Senator-elect Roy Blunt(Mo.) • Senator-elect John Boozman(Ark.) • Senator-elect Dan Coats(Ind.) • Senator-elect John Hoeven(ND) • Senator-elect Ron Johnson(Wis.) • Senator-elect Mark Kirk(Ill.) • Senator-elect Mike Lee(Utah) • Senator-elect Jerry Moran(Kan.) • Senator-elect Rand Paul(Ky.) • Senator-elect Rob Portman(Ohio) • Senator-elect Marco Rubio(Fla.) • Senator-elect Pat Toomey(Pa.)
Senate Democrats still have not taken any action to stop massive tax hikes from hitting American families and small businesses in the new year. Republicans believe it is irresponsible to raise taxes on anyone during a recession and are working to protect all Americans from tax increases.
More and more Democrats are turning their backs on their party's leadership and joining Republicans in opposing any tax hikes during a recession. Senate Republicans agree with the American people that raising taxes during a recession would further damage our economy.
Senate Republicans urge Democrats to address our nation's ballooning debt by adopting the Sessions-McCaskill amendment that cuts $296 billion from the budget over the next ten years. Republicans are committed to addressing our national debt.