Capitol Hill Updates

  • FRIDAY, MAY 30TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Last votes expected: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 4681 - Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers / Permanent Select Intelligence Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate, makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc. Rep. Mike Rogers (MI) Manager’s Amendment (10...
  • On the Thursday evening before Memorial Day, every available soldier in the U.S. Army’s Old Guard comes together to walk the rows of more than 260,000 gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery. With careful precision, they place an American flag one foot in front of each grave marker. For the duration of the weekend, the Old Guard stays in the cemetery, ensuring a flag remains in front of each grave marker.This tradition called “Flags In” has been conducted every year since 1948. The flags add color and a sort of hope to the otherwise subdued white grave markers. But it’s more than a...
  • Some veterans group were not satisfied and even dismayed by President Obama’s delayed response yesterday regarding the scandal unfolding at Veterans Administration hospitals nationwide. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say: American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger: “The question is this: if the administration has known about these issues for at least four years, why is it just now taking action?... So now America’s veterans are told, in effect, wait a while longer and things will get better. Meanwhile, care is delayed or denied and veterans and their families...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act, to provide our intelligence community with the authorities to keep America and Americans safe.  Shortly before the bill’s passage, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took to the House floor to thank the lawmakers who worked together to craft these reforms, and the members of the nation’s intelligence community: “Mr. Speaker, my colleagues: today we’ll take up the NSA reform bill, and I rise today to thank Chairman Rogers, Chairman Goodlatte, Mr. Conyers, and all, in a bipartisan way, who...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today praising House passage of H.R. 4435, the Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act: “Our military men and women shoulder an enormous responsibility defending our nation against the threats we face at home and across the globe.  Congress owes it to them to ensure they have the tools, resources, and authorities they need to carry out their mission, and this bill honors that obligation.   The bill recognizes the constrained fiscal environment the Department of...
  • ‘The disability claims backlog is a national disgrace, which is why I called the Obama Administration to task for mishandling these claims last year, and have raised the issue with Secretary Shinseki for years. A crisis of the magnitude facing the VA on providing care to our veterans demands clear leadership from President Obama’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding the scandal at the VA: “While the President finally spoke out on this scandal (on Wednesday), it’s time for serious action and accountability. When...
  • Not only has ObamaCare increased health care costs, cut workers’ paychecks, and failed to let Americans keep their plans and doctors if they like them, but it’s managed to waste a lot of taxpayers’ money along the way. Problems with Healthcare.gov still plague the Obama administration, and the website continues to be a black hole into which millions of dollars are disappearing by the day. “The government may be paying incorrect subsidies to more than 1 million Americans for their health plans in the new federal insurance marketplace and has been unable so far to fix the errors…. The...
  • THURSDAY, MAY 22ND On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.  First and last votes expected: 10:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 3361 - USA FREEDOM Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee / Intelligence Committee / Financial Services Committee) Complete Consideration of H.R. 4435 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Buck McKeon / Armed Services Committee) The Rule provides for no further general...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) sent a follow-up letter to John Kerry, Secretary of the U.S. Department of State, and Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), calling on the Obama Administration to help the pregnant wife of an American citizen who is facing a death sentence in Sudan. Meriam Ibrahim has been imprisoned along with her 20-month-old son since February. Blunt and Ayotte previously sent a letter to Kerry on May 16, 2014.“Due to the nature of this case, it is critical that there is clarity between...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on the President’s remarks on the ongoing Veterans Administration scandal: “We all share the American people’s outrage about the horrors at the VA – outrage the President belatedly echoed today.  But what about accountability for treating our veterans like second- and third-rate citizens?  For deceiving them while their lives hang in the balance?  Today, the House will take action by passing the VA Management Accountability Act.  I urge the president to call on his party’s...