Capitol Hill Updates

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 19TH 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: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 2910 – Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Flores / Energy and Commerce Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Reps. Tsongas / McGovern / Beyer Amendment (10 minutes of...
  • TUESDAY, JULY 18TH  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: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2786 – To amend the Federal Power Act with respect to the criteria and process to qualify as a qualifying conduit hydropower facility (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 2828 – To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement regarding a vote to repeal Obamacare: “Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.“So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the continued obstruction by Senate Democrats of the President’s nominees, including Patrick Shanahan to serve as Deputy Secretary of Defense: “As we all know, the nomination before the Senate today is of particular concern to Senator McCain. Just a few days ago, he, as the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee — came to the floor to underline the importance of confirming the nominee before us. “’In order to rebuild the military,’ he said, ‘the...
  • MONDAY, JULY 17TH  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. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1)  H.R. 2210 – To designate the community living center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the Sergeant Joseph George Kusick VA Community Living Center (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Veterans Affairs Committee) 2) H.J.Res. 92 – Granting the consent and approval of...
  • BILL WILL PREVENT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM RECEIVING PROCEDURAL HEALTH CARE EXCEPTION IN SENATE BILL  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced his intention to introduce companion legislation to U.S. Rep. Martha McSally's (R-Ariz.) bill to eliminate a healthcare exemption for members of Congress that was required to be included in the Senate's health care bill due to procedural requirements under the reconciliation process. "While this exemption was included in the Senate health care bill out of procedural necessity, we must still be diligent in ensuring that...
  • The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act is important for many reasons. It takes steps to rebuild our military for the 21st century. It increases funding for missile defense research and development. And it reforms our acquisition process to make it leaner and more cost-efficient. One more thing: This bill fully funds a well-deserved pay raise for our troops—the largest in eight years. It also extends special pay and bonuses. More from Federal News Radio: "The House Armed Services’ Personnel Subcommittee is recommending a 2.4 percent pay raise for those in the military...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on Thursday's release of Senate Republican’s revised healthcare reform bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).  “The Affordable Care Act is driving up costs and driving out choices for Oklahomans. I believe we need healthcare reform that provides better healthcare choices and helps bring down costs for people in our state. I have started analyzing the revised draft bill to determine its benefits for Oklahomans. My goal is to vote on healthcare reform legislation that will be affordable and...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Better Care Reconciliation Act discussion draft that was released today: “The American people deserve better than Obamacare. Across the country, Americans are paying more for less under Obamacare. Already, Obamacare premiums have increased on average by more than 100% on the federal exchange. Next year, Obamacare premiums could rise by as much as 50% or more in states like Georgia and Maryland.“Across the country, Americans are losing choice and...
  • Last year, we made a promise. We promised to the American people that, if given the opportunity, we would rebuild our military. This week, we are taking action to make good on this promise. Later today, the House will begin consideration of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed out of committee by a bipartisan vote of 60-1. The point of this bill is simple: to keep Americans safe. Here are three key ways it does this: First, it boosts defense spending by 10 percent from last year’s level to $696.1 billion, including $621.5 billion for base spending. This...