Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the finalized HHS rule, “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority:” “The Trump Administration has taken an important step to protect the civil rights of all Americans. Congress has long supported effective, vigorous protection for rights of conscience through the legislation it has passed. This new rule gives HHS’s Office for Civil Rights the tools it needs to investigate discrimination and enforce the law as written. “We live in an era of rising...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) applauds the issuance of a final rule by the Trump Administration to ensure that healthcare professionals are free from discrimination on the basis of religious belief or moral conviction and not forced to act contrary to their beliefs. The rule provides much needed enforcement of laws passed by Congress to ensure the protection of conscience rights for those in the healthcare fields. "The final rule issued by the Administration today will ensure that healthcare providers are able to serve people and still live out their religious...
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today the issuance of the final conscience rule that protects individuals and health care entities from discrimination on the basis of their exercise of conscience in HHS-funded programs. Just as OCR enforces other civil rights, the rule implements full and robust enforcement of approximately 25 provisions passed by Congress protecting longstanding conscience rights in healthcare.   The final rule fulfills President Trump’s promise to promote and protect the fundamental and unalienable...
  •   WASHINGTON—Each year, our nation pauses on the first Thursday of May to observe the National Day of Prayer. To celebrate this year's day of prayer, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) shared a special message.    The National Day of Prayer was first created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.
  •       GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) co-sponsored a resolution to recognize the National Day of Prayer. May 2, 2019, marks the 31st anniversary of the National Day of Prayer.  “I cling to the promise that we find in the book of Jeremiah declaring that God listens when we pray. My hope is that we would seek His divine wisdom for guidance and protection,” Walker said. “Prayer is a source of strength and hope for so many Americans – a source we must recognize and protect. Though politics can be...
  • Lankford: “It’s not a terrible thing to do as a nation to be able to love and to be able to pray for each other.”     CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s floor speech.   WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to pray for the nation ahead of the National Day of Prayer, which is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the US Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law...
  • THURSDAY, MAY 2ND  On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 9 - Climate Action Now Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kathy Castor / Foreign Affairs Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee) Postponed Amendment Votes: Rep. Espaillat AmendmentRep. Gosar Amendment #1Rep. Gosar Amendment #2Rep. Porter Amendment The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments: A list of the remaining ten...
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 1ST  On Wednesday, 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: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Begin Consideration of H.R. 9 - Climate Action Now Act (Structured Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Kathy Castor / Foreign Affairs Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee) The Rule provides for 90 minutes of general debate, with 60 minutes equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and 30 minutes of debate equally...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. 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 well-qualified nominees: “The Senate is in the midst of considering several more well-qualified nominees for service in the executive branch and on our nation’s federal courts. And we’re doing so in a more reasonable, efficient manner -- more in line with this body’s tradition -- thanks to the modest reform the Senate passed just a few weeks ago. “Until recently, our colleagues across the aisle had succeeded in subjecting...
  • Trade with Mexico and Canada is vital to the U.S. economy. In 2017 alone, trade with Canada and Mexico reached nearly $1.3 trillion. Since the 2007-2009 recession, U.S. goods exports to Canada and Mexico have expanded more than with any other country in the world, accounting for about 40 percent of the growth in overall U.S. goods exports. Today, the two countries buy more than one-third of U.S. merchandise exports and 49 states count Canada and Mexico as one of their top three merchandise export markets. Taken together, these exports in goods and services support upwards of 11 million...