Capitol Hill Updates

  •         AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT   Watch Speaker Ryan's presentation on the American Health Care Act here.     To view the Speaker's slide show, click here.   AHCA Resources Round Up: Legislative Text - American Health Care Act  Two-Pager  Section by Section Summary  Committee Legislative Recommendations  Legislative Text - American Health Care Act...
  • Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Judiciary Committee Member Ken Buck (R-Colo.) released the following statements following House passage of the Innocent Party Protection Act (H.R. 725) by a vote of 224-194. Chairman Goodlatte: “Hardworking Americans and small businesses should not have to worry that they could be dragged into lawsuits they have no connection to as part of some lawyer’s forum shopping strategy. Irresponsible attorneys bring claims against innocent parties in order to find a favorable ruling in a local court, and this tactic...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement on the news that illegal border crossings at the Southwest border dropped 40% in January and February:   “Enforcing the law works. President Trump has sent the strong message that our immigration laws will be enforced and unlawful immigration will not be tolerated. Through his policies, President Trump has empowered Border Patrol and immigration enforcement agents to do their jobs. Because of the President's actions, we are already seeing results. Illegal border crossings are down...
  • Washington, D.C. - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement upon House passage of the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act (FICALA) of 2017 (H.R. 985) by a vote of 220-201. Chairman Goodlatte: “Class action lawsuits were created so Americans could have strength in numbers when they took their legitimate disputes to court. These suits were supposed to provide a level playing field for both consumers and businesses, so their issues could be settled in a just and fair system. “Sadly, because of abuses by unscrupulous trial lawyers, many...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke this morning on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, CBS This Morning, and the Hugh Hewitt show about Republican’s three-phase plan to repeal and replace Obamacare and why the President is on board with the House’s legislation. “If you want to see Obamacare replaced, this is the best opportunity to do it.” Fox and Friends On the three phases to repeal and replace Obamacare: “This is phase one of the process. Because of the senate rules, and because we have to go through what is called reconciliation through a budget...
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH  On Friday, 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 H.R. 720 - Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Judiciary Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Darren Soto Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. John Conyers Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Amendment (10 minutes of...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1301, the FY 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations: “Defense is and remains our government’s highest priority. If we don’t defend our nation, we can’t do anything else. Our nation faces an increasing number of threats abroad and we must be sure our military has everything necessary to overwhelm any challenge. This legislation funds a pay raise for our military personnel, supports readiness programs, and ensures our military has the resources it needs now and the...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) delivered the following remarks during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s Proposed Regulations Reforming the Investor Visa Program.   Chairman Goodlatte: In 1990, Congress created the Investor Visa Program in order to bring entrepreneurial talent to the United States, create new jobs, and infuse new capital into our economy, especially in hard-hit rural and depressed areas.   Unfortunately, over the years the program has strayed further and further from Congress’...
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH  On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 725 - Innocent Party Protection Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Buck / Judiciary Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Darren Soto Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Matt Cartwright Amendment (10 minutes of debate) H.R. 985 - Fairness in Class Action...
  • Our health-care system is broken. It was inefficient before Obamacare, and Obamacare’s Washington-knows-best-mandates made it many times worse. The American people have suffered as a result. We can’t return to the pre-Obamacare status quo, because Americans need more access to health care. But we also can’t leave the American people tied to a sinking Obamacare ship, forced to face higher annual premiums and fewer provider choices. We need relief based on clear principles: Government shouldn’t dictate our health-care choices, health care should be driven by market principles, and we must...