Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) will host a press conference TOMORROW, September 26, 2017, at the House Triangle announcing when the House will vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). WHO: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Chairman Diane Black (TN-06), Representative Trent Franks (AZ-08), Representative Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Representative Chris Smith (NJ-04), President of Susan B. Anthony List Marjorie Dannenfelser, and a special guest. WHAT: Press conference announcing a vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection...
  • ‘If Obamacare’s failure has shown us anything, it’s that we need new ideas and a better approach. That’s what the Senate pursued this summer. That’s what Senators Graham and Cassidy are pursuing now. I’d like to thank them again for all their dedicated work.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the health care reform bill proposed by Senators Graham and Cassidy:   “By now, we all know the pain that Obamacare continues to inflict on our families, our communities, and our country. Skyrocketing prices....
  • Good morning. A strong economy for every American is our goal and tax reform is a big, big part of that picture. Also important, this year the House has taken a comprehensive and aggressive lead on regulatory reform and innovations to various parts of our economy, including education and family. Stronger also means safer. With that in mind, here is a quick look at how the House will continue to tackle this wholesale approach this week.     NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS   On Monday, the House will vote on the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R....
  • WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25TH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH On Monday, 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. 2061 - North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen / Foreign Affairs Committee) 2) H.Res. 311 - Recognizing that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joaquin...
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Cornyn (Texas), Ted Cruz (Texas), and James Lankford (Okla.) introduced the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act this week, which would make houses of worship eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program grants. “Houses of worship provide vital support services during natural disasters, including food, comfort, shelter and much more,” said Blunt. “It is imperative that they have the resources they need to recover and rebuild. I urge my colleagues to support this bill, and help ensure...
  • ‘We also have to prepare for the threats of both today and tomorrow by promoting defense innovation, enhancing cyber security, and — especially when you consider all the recent belligerence from North Korea — strengthening missile defense. For these reasons and many others, like authorizing a well-deserved raise for our servicemembers, it’s imperative that we join together today in passing the defense authorization legislation before us.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following remarks today regarding Senate completion of the National...
  • ‘Today Senators will keep working to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, the legislation that authorizes the resources, capabilities, pay, and benefits that our servicemembers rely on to be successful. The operational missions and tasks ahead for our men and women in uniform are as profuse as they are challenging. That’s why it’s essential that we meet our commitment to them by providing the equipment and the training they need to accomplish their missions.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor...
  • Taxpayer Advocate: ‘Simplify The Internal Revenue Code Now’  SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “It’s been more than 30 years since we last passed comprehensive tax reform legislation, and since then, the international economy has only grown more competitive. That’s why it’s imperative that we do what we can to modernize our tax structure as we also better-prepare America’s workforce for the many challenges and the global competition that face us in today’s economy.” (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 6/13/2017)   SEN. HATCH: ‘Our Tax Code Is A Huge Obstacle Standing Between Us And Continued...
  •     FLOOR HIGHLIGHTS    H.R. 3697 – Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock Passage Vote Count Rep: 222-1 Dem: 11-174 Final Vote: 233-175 Summary: Makes an alien inadmissible or deportable due to membership in a criminal gang. Under current law, membership in a criminal street gang does not make an alien inadmissible or deportable.  H.R. 3697 corrects this deficiency by importing language from the existing...
  • Tax Relief Means ‘Means Quality Jobs, Higher Wages, And Growth In Our Communities’   SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ORRIN HATCH (R-UT): “[W]e are focused squarely on helping the middle class, and recent proposals to reform the individual tax system reflect that… Tax reform, if it’s done right, can … provide much-needed relief and opportunity for millions of middle-class families.  That, once again, is our goal in tax reform – it is, in fact, a driving force behind our efforts.  ” (U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Press Release, 9/14/2017)    ·   ...