Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands case. “I applaud the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to restore reasonable limits on where patent lawsuits can be brought.  This decision will help rein in abusive forum shopping, and restores our nation’s patent venue laws to ensure that cases are brought in judicial districts that have a reasonable connection to the dispute.   “Following today’s decision, I look forward to continuing...
  • WEEK OF MAY 22ND MONDAY, MAY 22ND 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. 1862 - Global Child Protection Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby / Judiciary Committee) 2) H.R. 1842 - Strengthening Children’s Safety Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe / Judiciary Committee) 3) H.R. 1188 - Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee) 4) H.R. 883 - Targeting Child...
  • When President Donald Trump met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House, Trump requested that Abbas halt the PA’s overt incitement to violence and terrorism against Israel, and its $137.8 million in annual payouts to jailed terrorists and suicide bombers’ families. Abbas insisted, “We are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.” This double-speak not only denies well-documented evidence; it’s consistent with Islamic ideology which condones deceiving non-Muslims to advance Islam’s political interests. But a highly ranked—and rankled—...
  • ‘This year, we finally have the perfect opportunity to achieve that goal.  So, rather than engage in blind opposition for its own sake on yet another issue, I hope Democrats will instead take the kind of constructive approach we saw the last time our country enacted comprehensive tax reform.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks this week on the Senate floor regarding tax reform: “As I outlined last week, during the Obama years the American people struggled with an economy that failed to meet its potential.  The...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Republican Leadership press conference this week, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) discussed Police Week and the Steve Gleason Act.     On Police Week… "I think it’s important this week that we are recognizing police officer’s week. [Last year] in Louisiana, we lost ten officers in the line of duty, and three of those were officers killed in Baton Rouge on one day in July. One officer still battling from that tragic day is East Baton Rouge Deputy Nick Tullier. I visited with him and his family last year as he was battling in...
  • ‘This year, there are 26 states with at least one county where residents have only a single insurance option under Obamacare. That means millions of Americans, living in more than 1,000 counties across the country, really have no choice at all when it comes to Obamacare.  Those families didn’t get the increased choices they were promised under Obamacare. They’ve been left to shoulder the burden nonetheless.  And things have only gotten worse with time.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor...
  • After ‘Slowest U.S. Recovery Since WWII,’ Reform Would ‘Increase Capital Spending…Increase Hiring…Accelerate Economic Growth’   SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader: “…this Republican Congress has been working to get our economy moving again and to spur job creation. … Passing tax reform legislation would mark a major achievement in bringing us closer to that goal. This Republican Congress and administration have made it a priority from the start.” (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 5/17/2017) SEN. ORRIN HATCH (R-UT), Finance Committee Chairman: “The last major tax overhaul...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement regarding the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel: “The decision by the Deputy Attorney General to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel confirms that the investigation into Russian intervention into our election will continue, as stated last week by Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will also continue its investigation into this matter.”
  • THURSDAY, MAY 18TH 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: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 115 - Thin Blue Line Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan / Judiciary Committee) Postponed Suspension Vote: 1) H.R. 1892 - Honoring Hometown Heroes Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Larson / Judiciary Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the announcement that Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named as special counsel to oversee the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence the U.S. election.   “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the right decision by appointing a special counsel to oversee the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence our nation’s 2016 presidential election. Former Director Mueller is a well-respected law enforcement professional who served the FBI...