Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Building on the demand for the House Homeland Security Committee’s Terror Threat Snapshot, a new European Terror Threat Snapshot was released today by Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX). This product is a periodic Committee assessment of the Islamist terror threat environment across Europe. It supplements the Committee’s monthly Terror Threat Snapshot, examining the broader terror threat the United States, the West, and the world face from Islamist extremists. Chairman McCaul: “The United States and our allies face an increasingly lethal Islamist...
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 12TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 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) S. 2512 - Adding Zika Virus to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act (Sponsored by Sen. Al Franken / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 2947 - Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott / Judiciary Committee) 3) H.R. 4676 - Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Rooney / Judiciary Committee...
  • ‘From Brussels to Egypt, events around the world underscore the need for stronger security measures for our nation’s air travel...This FAA reauthorization legislation will do more for security than any other in years.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act: “The Chair of the Commerce Committee, Senator Thune, says that keeping Americans safe from future attacks is a top priority. He’s right. From Brussels to Egypt...
  • OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has applauded the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to change its documentation to accurately reflect America’s First Amendment right of freedom of ‘religion’, and not just freedom of ‘worship’. Last year, Lankford urged the Department to make this change. On Thursday, DHS issued a notice to the public that they are currently in the process of updating all relevant internal and external publications, including test study materials, to reflect this ‘freedom of religion’ change in terminology. “I applaud the Department...
  • WEEK OF APRIL 11TH MONDAY, APRIL 11TH On Monday, the House will meet in pro forma session at 3:30 p.m. No votes are expected. TUESDAY, APRIL 12NDOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) S. 2512 - Adding Zika Virus to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act (Sponsored by Sen. Al Franken / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 2947 - Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott / Judiciary...
  • Earlier this year, I joined together with other members of the House to begin the Innovation Initiative because when we look around us, we see government-made obstacles are impeding people’s success and that government itself is stuck in the past. So we embarked on a mission to bring government into the 21st century, making Washington face today’s problems with new ideas to help the American people. And next week, we continue our progress. On Friday, the House will consider Representative Adam Kinzinger’s (IL-16) broadband access bill that stops the Federal Communications Commission...
  •  LIFE UPDATE FROM THE WHIP, 4-8-2016, #23  This Week Quiet week in Congress on life issues, with only the Senate was in session. States, however, continue to be active battlegrounds for pro-life efforts. ·         Indiana:  Planned Parenthood Sues State to Stop Law Protecting Unborn Babies With Disabilities ·         Idaho Bans Harvesting Body Parts From Aborted Babies Idaho Governor Otter signed pro-life bill SB1404 into law this week. The bill, known as the Idaho Unborn Infants...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced a Senate resolution to ensure President Obama follows through on his commitment to reimpose sanctions if Iran violates the nuclear deal. "National security remains on the mind of every American,” said Lankford. “The fact that Iran is still the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism is impossible to ignore. The Obama Administration caved to Iran’s demands to import arms, and Iran has continued to pursue a ballistic missile capability. It is imperative that we show we are determined to curb Iran’s hostile behavior. If...
  • This op-ed on Congress's response to the opioid epidemic appeared in Independent Journal Review on April 6, 2016:In my home of Kern County, California, over the past six years more than 160 people have been sent to the emergency room for opioid overdoses every year. Another 45 died from overdoses in 2012 alone. Addiction tears apart families, it uproots communities, but, most fundamentally, it deprives Americans of the individual liberty to grasp their dreams and opportunities. It’s also preventable. That is what makes the tragedy of addiction so hard—it is a slow-...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding terrorists released from the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: “Earlier this year I noted that the next Commander in Chief will assume office confronting a complex and varied array of threats. I observed that, after seven years of the Obama Administration delaying action in the War on Terror, the next administration would need to return to the fight and restore our role in the world. “Among many other things, that means we must return to capturing...