Capitol Hill Updates

  • Prepared Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court March 20, 2017 One of Justice Scalia’s best opinions begins with this declaration: it is the “proud boast of our democracy that we have a government of laws and not of men.”  The phrase comes from the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780. This infant state constitution linked the government of laws, and not of men, directly to the separation of powers.   Justice Scalia said the founders “viewed the...
  • WEEK OF MARCH 20TH  MONDAY, MARCH 20TH  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. 1029 - Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Agriculture Committee) 2) H.R. 382 - 100 Years of Women in Congress Act (Sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng / Agriculture Committee) 3) H.R. 1309 - TSA Administrator Modernization Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security...
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH  On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 1367 - To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup / Veterans Affairs Committee) The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Brad...
  •     THIS WEEK IN CONFERENCE   Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the Conference on Wednesday evening about the historic moment we have right now to repeal and replace Obamacare. HHS Secretary Tom Price met with House Republican Members on Thursday morning to discuss his plans for administrative reforms.   "Americans deserve a health care system. One that’s going to work for them -- and we’re not going to stop until they...
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH  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 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 1181 - Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee) H.R. 1259 - VA Accountability First Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement announcing further legislation to reform America’s health care system. This legislation is part of the third phase of Congress’s health care reform efforts. Phase One begins with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and Phase Two is underway with administrative review and action from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price: “Though reconciliation is a powerful legislative tool, we have always acknowledged that we must move separate legislation to fully repeal and replace Obamacare with a...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) joined Sean Hannity's radio show today to talk about the many conservative wins in the House's American Health Care Act and the importance of living up to the promise President Trump and Congressional Republicans made to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare.  Check out the key moments below: On the unanimous Republican support AHCA has received in the committees: "If you look at what we had last week, we had a committee meeting, two committee meetings frankly, with members of all of those conferences--we had...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report for the American Health Care Act (AHCA): “Obamacare continues to collapse under its own weight. Premiums are skyrocketing. Insurers are pulling out of the marketplace, leaving some counties with no providers at all and others with only one choice. This report by the CBO confirms that this first phase of health care reform, the American Health Care Act, uses conservative and free-market principles that will empower Americans with access, choice, and...
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH  On Wednesday, the House will meet at 4:30 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. 132 - Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office Conveyance Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Natural Resources Committee) 2) H.R. 648 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to amend the Definite Plan Report for the Seedskadee Project to enable the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir (Sponsored by Rep. Liz Cheney /...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) made the following statement after the release of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate on the American Health Care Act: "Today's CBO estimate confirms what Republicans have been saying all along: repealing Obamacare and replacing it with patient-centered reforms lowers health care premiums, lowers taxes, and dramatically reduces the deficit.  "Under our American Health Care Act, American families will finally be rescued from the skyrocketing premiums they are facing under Obamacare. This report confirms that once our...