Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— A troubling new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed what we already know: Obamacare has caused massive, unaffordable premium increases for millions of Americans across our country.  Using data from President Obama's own administration, HHS found that in 2017 premiums on the Obamacare exchange had more than doubled by 105% from the average individual market premiums in 2013 before the law took effect. That's an average monthly premium increase of $244 a month from $232 in 2013 to a whopping $476 in 2017.  In Louisiana,...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) latest report on the American Health Care Act: “Obamacare has failed, and its epic collapse has left millions of Americans without health coverage and millions more with insurance they can’t afford. That’s why House Republicans worked to pass the American Health Care Act—to repeal Obamacare and replace it with reforms that lower health care premiums, protect people with pre-existing conditions, and put families back in charge of their health care...
  • THURSDAY, MAY 25TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 1973 - Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Judiciary Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Bob Goodlatte Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Jim Costa Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Reps. O'Halleran/Sinema/Biggs Amendment (10 minutes of debate) H.R. 1761...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement on President Trump's announced budget proposal: “I’m looking forward to reviewing the details of the President’s budget. As with any budget proposal, there are things to like as well as things I’d do differently. I appreciate the fact that President Trump has presented a budget that actually gets to a balance, and also focuses on growing our economy to put more money into the pockets of hardworking families. That’s a drastic change from the last eight years of President Obama’s fiscal...
  • ‘It’s hard to imagine the pain that the families of these victims must be feeling today. On behalf of the Senate, and our country, let me express our heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families, and to the British people, who have been our friends and allies through many challenges.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the terror attack that took place in Manchester on Monday: “What we saw in Manchester last night almost defies description. It was, in the words of Prime Minister...
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 24TH 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: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches Postponed Suspension Votes: 1) H.R. 2052 - PRIVATE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Armed Services Committee) 2) H.R. 467 - VA Scheduling Accountability Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski / Veterans Affairs Committee) Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:  1) H.R. 1293 - To amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Republican Leadership press conference today, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) discussed yesterday's attack in Manchester, the House's actions to combat human trafficking, standing up for our veterans as Memorial Day approaches, and the President's budget. Click the image above to view his full remarks.  On yesterday’s attack in Manchester… “Like the Speaker said, my prayers and support go out to the people of the United Kingdom who were the victims of this cowardly attack. Once again, we’ve seen the evil face of terrorism and it unites...
  • FLASHBACK -- SEN. SCHUMER: ‘Who In America Doesn't Think A President, Democrat Or Republican, Deserves His Or Her Picks For Who Should Run The Agencies? Nobody.’    ‘The Process Has Been Mired In Procedural Delays Forced By Democrats’ “The process has been mired in procedural delays forced by Democrats… Of the previous four administrations, the median wait time between official nomination and full Senate vote (or presidential withdrawal) was just one day. Trump’s median was 25 days.” (“Trump’s Wait For His Major Cabinet Picks Was Nearly The Longest In 30 Years,” The Washington Post...
  • TUESDAY, MAY 23RD 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. 1809 - Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Lewis / Education and the Workforce Committee) 2) H.R. 1808 - Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Brett Guthrie / Education and the Workforce Committee) 3) H.R. 2288 - Veterans Appeals...
  • ‘While I’m pleased that the Senate is working to fill these important positions, it’s been disappointing to see so much pointless obstruction by our friends across the aisle.  They’ve continuously forced procedural hurdles on nominees for no reason other than to stall confirmations, launching more filibusters against this president’s Cabinet than any other in history.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate’s action on executive nominees: “Last week, we confirmed two well-qualified...