Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), and Pro-Life Caucus Chair Chris Smith (R-N.J.) announced a hearing on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, featuring expert witnesses on abortion procedures and abortion statistics. Republicans have spent months asking House Democrats to take up legislation protecting babies born alive during an abortion. Since Democrats have consistently refused to acknowledge or address the dangers faced by abortion survivors, Republicans are holding a hearing to discern the facts and educate...
  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2852 - Homebuyer Assistance Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Sherman / Financial Services Committee) 2) H.R. 3620 - Strategy and Investment in Rural Housing Preservation Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. William Lacy Clay / Financial Services Committee) 3) H.R. 1690...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Senate’s agenda for the month of September: “I’d like to welcome all my colleagues back to the Senate. I hope all of us took advantage of the past weeks that we spent in our home states, with our constituents. Washington D.C. is where we come to work, but we come here to fight for our neighbors, for the places we love and are proud to hail from. “The American people know this is a highly-charged political moment. But they haven’t sent us here to stage pitched...
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH On Monday, the House will meet at 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. 2114 - Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 1760 - Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Flores / Energy and Commerce Committee) 3) H.R. 1768 - Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2019 (Sponsored...
  • LAYS OUT SOLUTIONS TO COMBAT GREATEST NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS FACING U.S. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Tuesday delivered remarks and participated in a conversation focused on ‘Interventionism vs. Isolationism' with Hudson Senior Fellow Mike Doran at the Hudson Institute. There, Sen. Cruz discussed his approach to national security, the new generation of threats the United States faces, and how to get past the false choice between interventionism and isolationism. On the European lobbying campaign to preserve the...
  •   The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is announcing that, after a thorough investigation and prolonged attempts to resolve the matter, OCR has issued a Notice of Violation letter finding that the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) violated the Church Amendments (42 U.S.C. 300a-7) by forcing a nurse to assist in an elective abortion procedure over the nurse’s conscience-based objections. OCR also found that UVMMC has discriminatory policies that assign or require employees to assist abortion procedures even after they have...
  • LOUISVILLE, KY- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding this morning’s announcement from Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) that he will be retiring at the end of this year: “Today, the Senate learned with regret that one of our hardest-working friends and colleagues, Senator Johnny Isakson, has chosen to retire at the end of this year. It’s been an honor to serve alongside Johnny. I could not be more grateful for his principled leadership and wise counsel. “Johnny’s deep and abiding love for Georgia and this nation have animated his years of...
  • Myth: USMCA doesn’t improve protections for working Americans or curb companies from offshoring jobs.   Facts: Unlike NAFTA, USMCA has an enforceable chapter specifically dedicated to ensuring that all parties maintain high labor standards. In particular, USMCA commits all parties to: protect the right of workers to collectively bargain; prohibit forced labor and employment discrimination; protect workers exercising their labor rights from violence; enforce their respective labor laws effectively – and not undermine them in order to encourage investment or trade;...
  • OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued a statement after the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced plans to clarify the civil rights protections for religious organizations that contract with the federal government. “This is an important clarification that is needed for Americans and faith-based organizations who exercise their constitutional right to live their faith when contracting with the federal government,” said Lankford. “Faith based-entities provide vital work in our communities and much of their...
  • Washington, DC - The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced the next steps in the process of imposing an additional tariff of 10 percent on approximately $300 billion of Chinese imports.  On May 17, 2019, USTR published a list of products imported from China that would be potentially subject to an additional 10 percent tariff.  This new tariff will go into effect on September 1 as announced by President Trump on August 1.  Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face...