Capitol Hill Updates

  • The latest political ploy by the Democrats is to paint the Senate majority leader as obstructionist because he hasn’t moved to consider certain bills passed by the House. Well, they can hardly use that talking point anymore. Yesterday, the Senate majority leader moved to take up the House-passed appropriations package and the Senate Democrats blocked that motion.   The Senate isn’t obliged to consider every partisan bill from the House, or vice versa.   But, if there are any House bills the Senate has a responsibility to take up, debate and amend, it is the annual...
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 1423 - FAIR Act (Sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson / Judiciary Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Reps. Jordan / Collins (GA) / Lesko Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Lizzie Fletcher Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Special Order Speeches
  •   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH  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. – 2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 4378 – Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2020, and for other purposes (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey / Appropriations Committee) Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 3625 – PCAOB Whistleblower Protection Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sylvia Garcia /...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to fund the government: “Here’s what happened on the Senate floor yesterday afternoon: Senate Democrats blocked this year’s funding for our national defense. They voted it down. We can’t move the legislation forward. Democrats blocked the funding our commanders need to keep pace with Russia and China. Democrats blocked money for the tools and training that our men and women in uniform badly need, while our adversaries continually pour money into new weapons...
  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH  On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Res. 558 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 1423 – FAIR Act (Sponsored by Rep. Norma Torres / Rules Committee) Postponed Suspension Vote: 1) H.R. 4285 – Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Anthony Brindisi / Veterans’ Affairs Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • WASHINGTON - Representatives Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Doug Lamborn (R, CO-5) and Joe Wilson (R, SC-2), Co-Chairmen of the House Republican Israel Caucus, just released the following statement regarding the opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA):  “The United Nations has a responsibility to be a force for good, to promote freedom and peace throughout the world. Unfortunately, time and time again, as Co-Chairmen of the House Republican Israel Caucus, we’ve witnessed an inherent and dangerous anti-Israel bias seep from the UN that must be combatted. The UN must restore...
  • WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16TH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16THOn Monday, no votes are expected in the House. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17THOn Tuesday, 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. Possible Motion to Go to Conference and Republican Motion to Instruct Conferees on S. 1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.  Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2211 – STURDY Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 3170...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Fox News’ Mornings with Maria to discuss her legislation to require a DNA test to substantiate the familial relationship between an alien and an accompanying minor. The legislation will prevent drug traffickers and gang members from trafficking children. The Senator also discussed the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s report on alleged FISA abuse. On the End Child Trafficking Now Act “These children are being placed into sex trafficking, labor gangs, MS-13 gangs. This is a way for us to make certain that those...
  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH  On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 1146 – Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jared Huffman / Natural Resources Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Don Young Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Paul Gosar Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Paul Gosar Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate) Special Order Speeches
  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 1941 - Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Cunningham / Natural Resources Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Tom McClintock Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Paul Gosar Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Debbie Lesko Amendment (10 minutes of...