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Free trade could help lift us out of current economic mire

June 25, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

As lawmakers continue to debate solutions to revive our ailing economy, a pillar of recovery that must not be forgotten is the vital role free trade plays in growing our economy and creating jobs.  With unemployment numbers continuing to rise, there is no better time than now to affirm our nation’s commitment to stimulating our economy by opening ...

Opening Statement of Ranking Member Dave Camp: Hearing on Health Reform in the 21st Century: Proposals to Reform the Health System

June 24, 2009 — Opening Statements

Mr. Chairman, I am not sure what to focus on this morning: all that we do know about this bill or all that we don’t know about it.  Both are fairly disturbing. Let me begin with what we don’t know: how much CBO says it will cost or how you will pay for it.  Hopefully, everyone can see page 162 of the bill on the TV screens.  Now, I know a picture is worth a thousand ...

Camp Reacts to President’s Press Conference

June 23, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) today issues the following reaction to President Obama’s press conference:“It is very disturbing that the ...

Why the “Good News” about Unemployment Insurance (UI) Is Misleading: Instead of “Plunging,” Total UI Recipients Rose to Record High

June 23, 2009 — The Jobs Search

Last week’s initial UI benefit claims data [1] from the U.S. Department of Labor set off a common refrain in the media that the number of individuals collecting UI benefits supposedly “plunged,” which is touted as “evidence the job market is starting to thaw.” [2] Headlines included “Continuing Claims Fall for Jobless Benefits” (Washington Post), ...

Never Have So Few Words Cost So Many So Much

June 23, 2009 — The Prescription Pad

While House Democrats have not revealed the cost of their health care reform “discussion draft,” CBO has already said the Senate HELP Committee Democrats' draft would cost $1 trillion (before adding the massive Medicaid expansion) and the Senate Finance Committee's draft would cost $1.6 trillion.  The House Democrat bill is, on many fronts, more liberal ...

CBO Analysis: Energy Taxes To Be Paid By All Americans

June 22, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Late Friday night, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an analysis of the national energy taxes imposed on American families under the Waxman-Markey “cap-and-trade” scheme.  This analysis shows average American households would pay $770 more per year, with costs reaching as high as $1,380 per year. 

Beware of Democratic health care ‘reform’

June 21, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

Health coverage today is out of reach for too many Americanfamilies. Approximately 182 million Americans currently receive some form ofemployer-sponsored health coverage. With so many people's health care at stake,Congress should ensure that any changes to our health care system do not jeopardizecoverage for those who already have medical coverage. 

Camp Statement on Democrat Health Care Plan

June 19, 2009 — Press Releases

Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the limited portions of the health care plan unveiled by House Democrats today:“The Democrats are refusing to reveal the price tag of this bill or how they will pay for it, but it is obvious it will cost well over a trillion dollars.  We will certainly need to examine the ...