Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, ruling that it is unlawful to deny a church an otherwise available public benefit on account of its religious status: “This is an important ruling for religious liberty with profound significance for America’s civil society. Religious liberty is a fundamental right; it means much more than the ability to worship freely. Our religious institutions must be able to contribute to education and the public good—that is part of their core mission....
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the Supreme Court 7-2 ruling, in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church and religious freedom, that the state of Missouri was wrong to exclude Trinity Lutheran Church from a program intended to help nonprofits improve the playground at its preschool and daycare center. In April 2016, Senator Lankford joined colleagues in the House and Senate to submit an amicus brief in this case in support of Trinity Lutheran Church. “I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision today in the Trinity Lutheran case to ensure that all...
  • WEEK OF JUNE 26TH MONDAY, JUNE 26TH On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2547 - Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Woodall / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2) H.R. 1684 - Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 3) H.R. 2258 - ADVANCE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Pete...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has introduced two bills to strengthen public safety by combating dangerous sanctuary policies that permit criminals to go free and by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the United States. Chairman Goodlatte issued the statement below on the introduction of these bills.   Chairman Goodlatte:  “For years, the lack of immigration enforcement and the spread of dangerous sanctuary policies have failed the American people and cost too many lives. The deaths of innocent Americans, such as Kate...
  • ‘This fundamental right is one of our most cherished. It forms the beating heart of our democracy. It sits at the core of our civic identity. Yet, these days it seems to be coming under increasing threat across the country.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the importance of free speech and the threats it faces in our nation today: “Today I want to touch on a topic, as I announced recently, that I will continue to address regularly here on the Senate floor: the right of free speech. This...
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 2842 - Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo / Ways and Means Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Virginia Foxx Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Mike Bost Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Reps. Bonamici / Davis (CA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Reps....
  • ‘Through dozens of meetings, open to each and every member of the Conference, we had the opportunity to offer and consider many ideas for confronting the Obamacare status quo. We debated many policy proposals. We considered many different viewpoints. In the end, we found that we share many ideas about what needs to be achieved and how we can achieve it. These shared policy objectives and the solutions to help achieve them are what make up the health care discussion draft that we talked through this morning.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch...
  • ICYMI: #bettercare Also, earlier today President Trump tweeted about the Senate health care discussion draft: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/878019881353871360 I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill. Look forward to making it really special! Remember, ObamaCare is dead.    Better Care ‘If It Passes, It’ll Be The Greatest Policy Achievement By A GOP Congress In My Lifetime’   PRESIDENT TRUMP: ‘Plan… very meaningful’ “…we have a thing called healthcare that you may hear is percolating in the outside, as we've discussed.  And I think it's going to...
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 22ND On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2353 - Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Sponsored by Rep. Glenn Thompson / Education and the Workforce Committee) H.R. 1654 - Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom McClintock / Natural Resources Committee) The Rule...
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21ST On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2131 - DHS FIRM Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Clay Higgins / Homeland Security Committee) 2) H.R. 1282 - DHS Acquisition Review Board Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Garrett / Homeland Security Committee) H.R. 1873 - Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act (Structured...