Capitol Hill Updates

  • The Senate convened at 10:00 am today. Following the Leaders’ remarks, the Senate is in a period of Morning business until noon, equally divided. At 10:30 am, all first-degree amendments to S. 2363, the Sportsmens’ bill, are due. At 11:30 am, all second-degree amendments to S. 2363 are due. Note: Reid has filled the amendment tree to S. 2363, Sportsmen, and has filed cloture on the bill (yesterday).   At noon, the Senate will begin two hours of debate on: 1. Executive Calendar #903, Shaun L. S. Donovan, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 2. Executive Calendar...
  • One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from people today is, “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of America?” I normally answer that I choose to be optimistic, and here is the reason why.Four and a half years ago, my father-in-law (called Spur by his family and friends) walked out of a Washington Nationals baseball game with my two grown sons, Justin and Jamie. As they walked away from the stadium, Spur felt a strong pain in his side. He perspired. He struggled to keep up.  They were just walking to get a cab, and Spur couldn’t comprehend why suddenly he...
  • THURSDAY, JULY 10TH 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: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Last votes expected: late evening. One Minute Speeches H.Res. 661 - Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5016) Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015, and the bill (H.R. 4718) To Amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation (Special Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Rules Committee) Complete Consideration of H.R. 4923 -...
  • President Barack Obama may be fond of distracting from his own failures by complaining about Congress, but his allies in the Senate can’t be very happy with the added scrutiny. Democrats control the Senate, and their leaders have brought “the world's greatest deliberative body” to a near standstill. Thanks to Democrats’ obstruction, true consideration of legislation is now a thing of the past, and they’re making history for all the wrong reasons. While Senate Democratic leaders have cracked down on anything that even remotely resembles real progress, the House has done just the...
  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 9TH On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Last votes expected: evening. One Minute Speeches H.R. 803 - SKILLS Act (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Education and the Workforce Committee) Begin Consideration of H.R. 4923 - Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Simpson / Appropriations Committee) The rule provides for one hour of general...
  • On Tuesday, the government reported that there were 4.6 million job openings at the end of May.  That sounds promising, but the problem is, hiring continues to lag.  Over the last year, in fact, while openings have risen 16 percent, hiring has gone up by just 6 percent.  It’s another bad trend for the Obama Economy. “Some economists,” USA TODAY reports, “have attributed the disparity to a mismatch between the skills of unemployed Americans and those required by employers.” This is particularly an issue with in-demand jobs in...
  • TUESDAY, JULY 8TH 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. 1528 - Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Schrader / Energy and Commerce Committee)2) H.R. 4653 - To reauthorize the United States Commissions on International Religious Freedom, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Wolf / Foreign Affairs Committee)3) H.Res. 588 - Concerning the suspension of exit permit issuance by the...
  • Today, President Obama lamented “the fact that typically the least experienced teachers…often end up in the poorest schools. So we have a problem in which the kids who need the most skilled teachers are the least likely to get them.” He is right on one thing. Too many disadvantaged kids are stuck in a poor education system simply because they don’t have any choice. This is one reason why House Republicans have so strongly supported expanding education opportunities for everyone. Kids shouldn’t be trapped in underperforming schools, and parents should be able to choose where they send...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE WEEK OF JULY 7TH MONDAY, JULY 7TH On Monday, the House is not in session. TUESDAY, JULY 8TH 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. 1528 - Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Schrader / Energy and Commerce Committee)2) H.R. 4653 - To reauthorize the United States Commissions on International Religious Freedom, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Frank...
  • Remember earmarks?  The ‘bridge to nowhere’?  The days when politicians couldn’t spend your money fast enough on pet projects?Well, we could see a return of all that, if Senator Harry Reid and his allies have their way. This is what it’s come to for Senate Democrats.  They’ve shut down the Senate to good ideas – especially ones that will help create jobs – and now they’re trying to revive a bad one.We’ve been there, we’ve seen that, and we’re not going back to that nonsense.  As long as I’m Speaker, there will be no earmarks. This new video ...