Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee will hold its first hearing of the 115th Congress to examine the need for immigration enforcement.   Over 30 years ago, Congress passed and President Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, assuring the American people that it would fix the U.S. immigration system. Americans were promised tougher enforcement in exchange for the legalization of roughly three million people, but these promises were never kept. Under the Obama...
  • WEEK OF MARCH 27TH MONDAY, MARCH 27TH 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. 1117 - To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster (Sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2) H.R. 1214 - Disaster SAVE Act, as amended (Sponsored...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act: “This legislation is the first step to allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines, and for small businesses, the benefits are huge. The Small Business Health Fairness Act gives small businesses the opportunity to join together across state lines, enhancing their negotiating power with health insurance companies to get the best deals for their employees. Big businesses have long had the size and clout to negotiate...
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 24TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Diane Black / Budget Committee) Postponed Suspension Votes: 1) H.R. 1302 - Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee) 2) H.R. 1365 - Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. J. Luis...
  • Washington, D.C. -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) today introduced the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, which is the product of months of bicameral, bipartisan discussions led by Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Senate Judiciary Committee Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act makes important changes to the...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act: “Under Obamacare, the health insurance marketplace has consolidated to a great degree. As competition has declined, consumers have been left with fewer options and rising costs. By eliminating anti-trust protection for insurance providers, this legislation will help create the groundwork for competition that was decimated by Obamacare, paving the way for more choice and more affordable health insurance. As part of phase...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 372 - Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 with 416 votes, and H.R. 1101 - Small Business Health Fairness Act, the first two pieces of legislation in the third prong of the House's health care reform plan. "Today's passage of these two bills demonstrates beyond a doubt the House is already moving forward on the third prong of our plan to deliver on our promise of providing real health reform to the the American people. "For too long,...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at a House leadership press conference yesterday on how Republicans are keeping their word to repeal and replace Obamacare with multiple pieces of legislation this week. Full remarks are below, or watch online here. “We’re just coming out of a conference with the President. It was enthusiastic. I thought he made a very passionate discussion of why to keep your word. I thought he laid out a very clear, concise agenda of what he’s actually been doing to keep his word. “And as I announced last week, the House will vote on...
  • What the Bill is The Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101) is the first step toward allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines. Big businesses already have the numbers and power to do this, but how can a small business with ten or 20 employees be expected to negotiate with large insurers like Aetna or Humana and get the best deal? By allowing small businesses to band together across state lines and negotiate with health insurance providers, small businesses can get on equal footing to large employers. As a result, small businesses and workers can receive better health...
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22ND  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: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 1302 - Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee) 2) H.R. 1238 - Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (Sponsored by Rep. David Young / Homeland Security Committee) 3) H.R. 1365 - Department of Homeland...