Capitol Hill Updates

  • WEEK OF JUNE 22ND  MONDAY, JUNE 22ND  On Monday, no votes are expected in the House. TUESDAY, JUNE 23RD  On Tuesday, no votes are expected in the House.  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24TH  On Wednesday, no votes are expected in the House.  THURSDAY, JUNE 25THOn Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected as early as 11:30 a.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 7259 - Patents for Humanity Program Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lucy McBath...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Whip and Ranking Member of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Steve Scalise (R-La.) opened Thursday's Select Subcommittee briefing on “The Unemployment Pandemic: Addressing America’s Jobs Crisis,” with remarks praising the American people's spirit and determination to get back to work. Whip Scalise detailed the successes of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which saved millions of jobs and small businesses. As of June 12, the program, which Congress has continually worked to improve, approved over 4.5 million loans, totaling...
  • WASHINGTON – This week, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), James Lankford (R-OK) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) announced the introduction of the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. The legislation provides long-term solutions focused on police reform, accountability and transparency, while also promoting efforts to find solutions to systemic issues affecting people of color such as education and health disparities.“Now is the time...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - At Thursday's virtual briefing of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Republican Whip and Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) emphasized the need to reopen and reinvigorate America's economy while protecting our most vulnerable populations.   During the briefing, which focused on the tragic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on America's nursing homes, Ranking Member Scalise also criticized Democratic governors of states like New York and Michigan, who forced nursing homes to readmit COVID-positive patients in apparent disregard of federal guidelines to...
  • ‘The rights of free speech, free assembly, and the free exercise of religion are all First Amendment rights. They have the same constitutional pedigree. But apparently while protests are now permissible, prayer is still too dangerous. Politicians are now picking and choosing within the First Amendment itself.’      WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding religious liberty:   “Several times now, I have praised the peaceful demonstrations protesting racial injustice and the...
  • “By far nonprofits are more efficient in getting assistance to local communities than government is.”   WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) provided testimony before the Joint Economic Committee during a hearing entitled “Supporting Charitable Giving during the COVID-19 Crisis.” In 2017, Lankford introduced the Universal Charitable Giving Act, which creates a universal charitable deduction in addition to the standard deduction for individuals and married couples that do not itemize. Lankford offered an amendment to the Coronavirus Aid,...
  • ‘This weekend saw millions of Americans once again take to streets and town squares to protest the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. But unlike what our nation faced about a week ago, this weekend’s demonstrations seem to have been almost entirely peaceful… I’m proud that Americans across our country can protest in safety and peace. I’m proud that their neighbors continue to answer the call to protect and serve.’       WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the...
  •   It’s no longer business as usual in America. Let’s end business as usual in Washington.   We’re experiencing a deadly pandemic.   The United States is firing on all cylinders to fight it and find a vaccine.   But it does us no good if most American’s can’t even afford the vaccine or related treatments.   Even before the coronavirus outbreak reached our shores, President Trump called upon Congress to deliver a bill to his desk that lowers drug prices for Americans.   The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act does just that.   It’s time to for...
  • ‘…As the entire free world stands united today to remember Tiananmen Square, so we will need to stand together to prevent the world’s public square from heading toward similar domination by China. We will need to keep our friends and partners close.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing:   “Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.   “Because of China’s...
  • ‘These demonstrations began with the notion that basic physical safety and legal protections must be non-negotiable for every single American, bar none. That American liberty and the rule of law must be universal truths for all, not special privileges for some. That point is absolutely right. That is a righteous and important mission. And it is exactly why these senseless and destructive riots need to end. Not next week. Not tomorrow night. Right now.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor...