Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON—Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) was among 140 members of the U.S. House of Representatives that sent a letter today to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar expressing strong support for the Department’s proposed new guidelines called the Protect Life Rule regarding the Title X Family Planning Program. Rep. Estes led efforts on securing the letter and sending it to Secretary Azar. “This proposed rule restores to the Title X program a bright line of separation between family planning and abortion that is consistent with Congressional intent,” said the...
  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 11TH  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: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2075 - Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Natural Resources Committee) H.R. 200 - Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)...
  • TUESDAY, JULY 10TH  On 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.  One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 5729 - Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2) H.R. 6139 - Improving Investment Research for Small and Emerging Issuers Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga / Financial Services Committee) 3) H.R. 1861 - The Larry Doby...
  • The House is entering a three-week run where we will consider many pieces of important legislation. But before we look ahead lets recap what was done in June.  Went to conference with the Senate on NDAA  Passed Department of Defense appropriations Went to conference with the Senate on Energy & Water/MilCon-VA/Leg Branch appropriations package Passed historic legislation to combat the opioid epidemic  Strengthened the House’s oversight authority Passed CFIUS reforms to protect American innovation and IP    And oh by the way, the...
  • WEEK OF JULY 9TH  MONDAY, JULY 9TH  On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.  TUESDAY, JULY 10TH On 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. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 5729 - Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2) H.R. 6139 - Improving Investment Research for Small and Emerging Issuers Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga...
  •   Last week the House wrapped 4 weeks of session.  The House passed DOD Approps and sent the bill to the Senate.  The House will consider additional appropriations bills in July.  After additional consideration, the House voted on Goodlatte #2 (also known as the compromise bill) after being postponed from the previous week.  The bill did not pass.  In addition, the Speaker appointed conferees for NDAA and CFIUS (SEE BELOW). NDAA ConferenceLast week the House voted to go to Conference on NDAA.  The...
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 28TH  On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Last votes expected: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019 H.Res. 970 - Insisting that the Department of Justice fully comply with the requests, including subpoenas, of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the subpoena issued by the Committee on the Judiciary relating to potential violations of...
  • ‘The Senate will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding today’s announcement from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy that he will retire on July 31, 2018: “Just a few moments ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he is retiring as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and taking senior status, effective July 31st. First and foremost, I want to pause and express our gratitude for the extraordinary service...
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH  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: 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 5345 - ALSTAR Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mo Brooks / Science, Space, and Technology Committee) 2) H.R. 5346 - Commercial Space Support Vehicle Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Posey / Science, Space, and Technology Committee) 3) H.R. 5905 - Department of Energy Science and Innovation Act of 2018...
  • WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) released the following statement on Tuesday on the Supreme Court’s decision in NIFLA v. Becerra: “In NIFLA v. Becerra today, the Court ruled against a California law that requires medically licensed pregnancy centers to tell clients where to get free and low-cost abortions. “This law was a blatant, egregious violation of the freedom of speech protected in the First Amendment. The government cannot coerce or compel the speech of its citizens. Period. “Pregnancy centers were created to affirm life and to love both mother and baby.  They want no part of...