Capitol Hill Updates

  • Good Morning/Afternoon,   I want to draw your attention to an amendment RSC Chairman Mark Walker will introduce to H.R.1, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, that will eliminate Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty. Eliminating the mandate is good policy, will make passing tax reform easier, and also make it easier to repeal and replace Obamacare. Until enactment of Obamacare, the federal government had never required individuals to purchase a product from a private company. CBO has estimated that the individual mandate will force approximately 13 million people, who would not voluntarily...
  • ‘Alex brings a wealth of private and public sector knowledge that will prepare him well for this crucial role.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President Trump’s intention to nominate Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services:  “Alex brings a wealth of private and public sector knowledge that will prepare him well for this crucial role. The Secretary of HHS oversees some of the nation's most important programs, including Medicare and Medicaid in addition to safeguarding public health at...
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH  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: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee) H.R. 2874 - 21st Century Flood Reform Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Financial Services Committee...
  • THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT  “The House will vote this week to deliver a win for the American people.” -   Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy   Stuff you should know How does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) help communities across the country? Here is what an average family of four can expect in parts of the country whose representatives you probably haven’t heard much from on the bill.     District Tax Cut Under TCAJA District Tax Cut Under TCAJA Rep. Tom O’Halleran $   1,340.86 Rep. Collin Peterson $   ...
  • ‘Today, the Senate Finance Committee began its markup of the tax reform proposal released last week. Under the leadership of Chairman Hatch, the Committee will consider this plan that has really been many years and dozens of hearings in the making. The Finance Committee’s tax plan will help hardworking Americans keep more of their own money. It will help create more jobs here at home. And it will help increase opportunities for the middle class.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding...
  • ‘The Senate will continue its progress confirming the president’s nominees. Last week, we confirmed multiple nominees to a number of federal agencies. Soon, they’ll get on the job for our country.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president’s nominees: “The Senate will continue its progress confirming the president’s nominees. Last week, we confirmed multiple nominees to a number of federal agencies. Soon, they’ll get on the job for our country. “This week, we’ll...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends this weekend ahead of the House's vote this week on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and announced we will whip the bill on Monday night.   Click here or on the image above to watch the full interview.     On the House's plans to vote on the bill this week: "This is a really exciting week for the House and for the country. We passed our bill out of committee on Thursday, so Chairman Kevin Brady in the Ways and Means Committee did a great job of bringing a...
  • WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13TH  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH  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. 3973 - Market Data Protection Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Warren Davidson / Financial Services Committee) 2) H.R. 2331 - Connected Government Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly / Oversight and Government Reform Committee) 3) H.R. 3071 - Federal Acquisition Savings Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by...
  • Today is a special day. Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in our military – whether in wartime or in peace. The history of Veterans Day goes back nearly 100 years, but it was first recognized as a national holiday in the 1950s. It is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service. And so we ought to set aside some quiet moments of reflection today for those brave men and women – and their families – who are currently serving our country overseas. Today we also pause to remember the brave men, women, and their families, that have given...
  • The Weekly Dispatch   This month, Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers took the message of how tax reform will help everyday Americans to North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Watch a video about the Faces of Tax Reform Tour with Members who represent those districts.   House Passes the Save Local Businesses Act, Rolling Back the Obama Administration's Joint Employer Rule   This week, the House passed H.R. 3441, the Save...