Do you have a question for House conservatives?

posted at 11:21 am on July 19, 2012 by Rob Bluey

House conservatives gather this morning to take your questions about taxes, sequestration and a range of other issues facing Congress in the coming weeks and months. It’s your opportunity to be heard on Capitol Hill. Submit a question in the comments below.

Conversations with Conservatives runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET today. You can watch it below and also follow the action on Twitter (hashtag #CWC112) or Facebook. I’ll have the privilege of moderating.

Today’s gathering comes as lawmakers grapple with the major challenges heading into the upcoming August recess and beyond. With the Bush-era tax cuts expiring, Medicare payments to doctors ending, sequestration looming and the debt-ceiling possibly rising, there’s a lot at stake in the next six months. Add to that unfinished appropriations bills, which might not be done by Election Day or later.

Lawmakers also face a Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government. A trio of Republican senators called on the House GOP to remove the threat of a government shutdown during the lame-duck session of Congress. Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) want action before the August recess to fund the government through early next year. Otherwise, they warn of Democrat mischief during the lame-duck session:

During that time, under the gloomy cloud of yet another government shutdown, members of Congress who lose in the 2012 elections can freely vote to raise taxes, increase spending, pass international treaties, increase the debt limit and gut national defense. They will never have to answer to voters again.

These important issues should not be decided in panicked moments. And it would be a complete disservice to the public if we chose to let an old Congress, completely unaccountable to voters, determine the major issues of our day.

We cannot give Reid this chance. Let us repeat: House Republicans need to pass the plan to keep the government funded through 2013 before the August recess.

Conversations with Conservatives is chaired by Reps. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and Jeff Landry (R-LA). Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Steve King (R-IA) and Ted Poe (R-TX) are also expected to attend.

The monthly event launched in March with the goal of giving free-market and liberty-minded members of Congress a greater voice on Capitol Hill. Members field questions from journalists and bloggers on Capitol Hill as well as an online audience.

Rob Bluey directs the Center for Media and Public Policy, an investigative journalism operation at The Heritage Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @RobertBluey

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In retrospect, how much did you cost?

Axe on July 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Why is your leadership so feckless and and lacking in conviction? Not to mention clueless. I’m looking at you, Speaker Crybaby. Oh, Cantor, too.

pdigaudio on July 19, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Maybe people would be less hostile and could come up with well thought out questions if this request was done 24, 12,7,4,2 or even 1 hour in advance. Unless there’s a time zone in between, a request 9 minutes before an event starts just doesn’t cut it. Very poor planning IMHO.

celt on July 19, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Maybe people would be less hostile

celt on July 19, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Yes. Sorry.

Axe on July 19, 2012 at 8:29 PM

How high will you have to raise taxes to buy down 0bama’s Six TRILLION Dollar spending spree? Clinton admitted he had to raise taxes on those making as little as $17,700.00 a year. Will Mitt be ‘forced’ to do the same?

DannoJyd on July 20, 2012 at 5:58 AM

My question: when will you initiate impeachment proceedings against the demagogue occupying the White House?

zoyclem on July 20, 2012 at 6:48 AM

The scheduled budget sequestration seems insignificant when compared to the size of our debt. How will we ever deal with our debt when even this weak start is the subject of breathless, arm-waving fear-mongering?

smoe on July 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I didn’t have a question because I didn’t know of any House conservatives.

Klem Kadiddlehopper on July 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

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