Capitol Hill Updates

  • WALKER: "INSTEAD OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ISSUING UNCONSTITUTIONAL PAYMENTS TO BAIL OUT INSURANCE COMPANIES, THE SENATE SHOULD CONTINUE WORKING UNTIL THEY HAVE PASSED A BILL TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE." "We cannot dig our hands into a hole $20 trillion deep to bail out insurance companies."   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today issued the following statement in response to the administration's announcement that they plan to continue issuing unconstitutional payments under the Obamacare cost-sharing reduction (CSR) program: "We cannot...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today commented on an amicus brief they spearheaded in the case of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Family Planning and Preventative Health Services, Inc. v. Smith, filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, defending Texas’ decision to defund Planned Parenthood by removing the organization from its list of qualified Medicaid providers. A copy of the amicus brief can be found here.  “Planned Parenthood has been...
  • Eastern Europe Vice President Pence delivered President Trump’s message that “America First does not mean America alone” to nations of Eastern Europe last week.  Meeting with the leaders of the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Georgia, and the Western Balkans, the Vice President reiterated President Trump’s message that the United States stands behind our NATO allies, while expecting NATO members to pay their fair share for common defense.   For more on the Vice President’s trip abroad, watch the following brief videos from each stop:   American Heroes Week The...
  • THURSDAY, JULY 27TH 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: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 3219 - Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018, Rule Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee) The Rule provides for no further general debate, makes in order only those following amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— MedStar Washington Hospital Center provided the following update on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on behalf of the Scalise family: "Congressman Steve Scalise has made excellent progress in his recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound six weeks ago. Yesterday, he was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is now beginning a period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation. He is in good spirits and is looking forward to his return to work once he completes rehabilitation. He and his family are grateful for the care he received from the trauma team...
  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 26TH  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: 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 3210 - SECRET Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Oversight and Government Reform Committee) 2) H.R. 2370 - Escambia County Land Conveyance Act (Sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz / Natural Resources Committee) 3) H.R. 1927 - African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017, as amended...
  • TUESDAY, JULY 25TH  On Tuesday, 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: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 3178 - Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 2182 - Plum Island Preservation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin / Homeland Security Committee) 3) H.R. 3364 - Russia, Iran, and North...
  • WEEK OF JULY 24TH  MONDAY, JULY 24TH 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) S. 114 - A bill to authorize appropriations for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Dean Heller / Veterans Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 3218 - Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee) 3) H.R. 282 - Military Residency...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) on Wednesday challenged a panel of witnesses during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on violations of the Hatch Act by the United States Postal Service during the 2016 campaign. The hearing entitled, “The Postal Service’s Actions During the 2016 Campaign Season: Implications for the Hatch Act,” focused on an investigation by the Postal Service Inspector General and the Office of Special Counsel in regards to concerns from a letter carrier about practices he witnessed during 2016 election year.  Excerpts from...
  • THURSDAY, JULY 20TH  On Thursday, 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 Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2825 - DHS Authorization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Homeland Security Committee) H.R. 218 - King Cove Road Land Exchange Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Niki Tsongas...