Capitol Hill Updates

  • 101 Members of Congress join Smith in petition to Azar   WASHINGTON— On Monday Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and 101 other Members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting new regulations to enforce the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that insurers participating in the ACA marketplace must collect a separate payment, or “abortion surcharge” if the plan covers elective abortion.  Current regulations permit insurance companies to essentially hide the abortion surcharge from consumers.    In 2009, President Obama...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has introduced a bill to protect churches, charities, and other non-profit organizations from a provision in the new tax law that would tax some employee benefits for the first time. The Lessening Impediments from Taxes (LIFT) for Charities Act, would repeal a section in the tax code that would require some tax-exempt organizations to pay federal taxes on employee benefits, like parking, meals, or transportation benefits for the first time. “Tax reform was designed to simplify tax filing, not make it more complicated or burdensome,” said...
  •   Thursday, July 26: Vice President Mike Pence: "To President Erdogan and the Turkish government: Release Pastor Andrew Brunson now or be prepared to face the consequences." Vice President Mike Pence announced at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Liberty on Thursday that if Turkey does not take immediate action to free Pastor Andrew Brunson and send him home to America, the United States will impose significant sanctions on Turkey until this innocent man of faith is free.  READ: Pence: "US will sanction Turkey unless American pastor freed" (Associated Press...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) is leading the effort in the Senate to cut government waste and ensure the highest performing federal employees are serving the American people. Senator Perdue’s Modern Employment Reform, Improvement and Transformation (MERIT) Act, offers an alternative dismissal protocol for all government agencies and gives managers the option to expedite the dismissal process of bad employees. Companion legislation was introduced by Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11) in the House of Representatives on January 13, 2017. “The United...
  • THURSDAY, JULY 26TH  On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Last votes expected: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5515 - John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • The House passes H.R. 3500, the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act, to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from rehiring any individual, previously employed by the agency, who was removed for misconduct or was involuntarily separated for cause.   WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) released the following statement after the House unanimously passed H.R. 3500, the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act: “Replacing John...
  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 25TH 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: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Postponed Suspension Votes: 1) House Amendment to S. 1182 – National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Tom MacArthur / Financial Services Committee) 2) H.R. 5864 – VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost / Veterans Affairs Committee)...
  •   WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) announced the conference report for the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes his provision that directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress reviewing the Turkish government's participation in the F-35 program:  “I am thankful for the efforts of Senator Tillis to add language into the National...
  • TUESDAY, JULY 24TH  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: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 1201 - EACH Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Ways and Means Committee) 2) H.R. 1476 - Native American Health Savings Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Moolenaar / Ways and Means Committee) 3) H.R. 519 - Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by...
  • BETTERING AMERICA’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM   This Congress has a record of working to increase the quality of health coverage and care.   HOUSE REPUBLICAN FLASHBACK:   Passed repeal and replace of Obamacare Passed a 10-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Provided nearly $4 billion in the FY 2018 omnibus to fight the opioid epidemic Passed over 50 opioid-related bills to encourage prevention, support treatment and recovery, protect communities and families, and fight fentanyl Made Right-To-Try law Repealed the...