Capitol Hill Updates

  • WEEK OF OCTOBER 19TH MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH On Monday, the House is not in session.  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH On Tuesday, 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. 1428 - Judicial Redress Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee) 2) H.R. 3572 - DHS Headquarters Reform and Improvement Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Homeland Security Committee) 3) H.R. 3350 - Know the...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders this week sent letters to 17 state health exchanges as the committee continues its investigation of the federal government’s oversight of state health exchanges established under Obamacare. The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee recently held a hearing to review how the federal government spent more than 5 billion taxpayer dollars on failed or failing exchanges. Full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), and Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement about the President’s announcement that troops will remain in Afghanistan: “The President made the right decision by keeping troops in Afghanistan through the end of his Presidency. This announcement demonstrates that President Obama doesn’t want to repeat his mistakes in Iraq by withdrawing prematurely and leaving a power vacuum open to extremists.  “However, the President should not continue his arbitrary troop drawdown from 9,800 troops to 5,500 in 2016 until conditions on the...
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to hide her emails about Benghazi and Libya for years, including long after she left the Obama administration. In fact, she or her team may have even instructed tech companies involved with managing and storing her emails to delete some records last year, after she was told to turn them over to the State Department. She also deleted thousands and thousands of emails she did not want to turn over, and the State Department confirmed in June that she withheld at least 15 emails related to Libya. Those public records would have never...
  • Washington, DC– Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and author of the House-passed Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, released the following statement after Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards’ announcement that the organization would no longer accept federal reimbursement for the harvesting of aborted babies’ tissue and organs: “It is curious that, while Planned Parenthood officials maintain there has been no wrongdoing, they still find it necessary to change their policy following the recent undercover videos. Clearly, this was a decision motivated...
  • Cruz and Gohmert lead letter sent to the director of the National Portrait Gallery   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), along with 24 House Republicans, sent a letter to the Director of the National Portrait Gallery Kim Sajet, calling for the immediate removal of Margaret Sanger’s bust from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The bust is on display in the Gallery’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit. Sanger, a founder of Planned Parenthood, believed in using contraceptives to control the population of...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement in response to Planned Parenthood’s intention to end its acceptance of reimbursements for fetal tissue donations: “While Planned Parenthood has stated its intention to end its practice of accepting reimbursements for fetal tissue donation, it has not stated its commitment to end its horrific practice of harvesting fetal tissue. This announcement by Planned Parenthood does not change the focus of the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practice of...
  • WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) released the following statement after reports that Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was convicted of espionage charges in Iran: "The tyrannical regime in Tehran has once again shown the world its true colors with the sham conviction of an innocent American. Jason Rezaian was detained, arrested, tried, and now convicted for doing what journalists the world over do freely every day—researching and reporting on the facts. We urge the Obama Administration not to lift...
  • I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Today, these 31 words make up one of the most widely known sentences in America. It is used in courtrooms, classrooms, on coins, and in government buildings across the country.The phrase may be common, but there is nothing ordinary about it. Those 31 words are rich with meaning. Most importantly, the Pledge gives us a succinct definition of the fundamental principles of American democracy, and there is much we can...
  • The president’s healthcare law is unworkable, and he knows it.  That’s why, on Wednesday, he was forced to sign the PACE Act to protect millions of small business workers from higher costs and coverage disruptions under ObamaCare.  Our goal remains to repeal and defund all of ObamaCare – as we’ve voted a number of times to do – and until then we will continue to do everything in our power to protect Americans from the law’s disastrous impact on jobs, the economy, and hard-working families.  Since 2011, the president has now signed at least 10 House bills that dismantle...