Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON – In advance of the first idea forum, Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, the chairman of the Task Force on Tax Reform, released a mission statement and broad policy goals. This marks the next step in the development of a bold, pro-growth agenda that Republicans will present to the country in the coming months. Republican leaders launched the development of this agenda in January, announcing that it will address five issue areas: national security; jobs and the economy; health care; poverty, opportunity, and upward mobility; and...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years, spoke at the inaugural hearing of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, focusing on bioethics and fetal tissue research. Witnesses for the first panel included Paige Comstock Cunningham J.D., Executive Director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, and Dr. Gerard Kevin Donovan MD, MA, a Senior Clinical Scholar at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics. A transcript of Congressman Black’s remarks and questioning of the witnesses is provided below. To watch a video of...
  • WASHINGTON – In advance of their first idea forum, the members of the Task Force on National Security released their mission statement and broad policy goals. This marks the next step in the development of a bold, pro-growth agenda that Republicans will present to the country in the coming months.Republican leaders launched the development of this agenda in January, announcing that it will address five issue areas: national security; jobs and the economy; health care; poverty, opportunity, and upward mobility; and restoring constitutional authority. Taking a bottom-up...
  • Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, Way & Means Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Peter J. Roskam, held a hearing on Protecting the Free Exchange of Ideas on College Campuses.  Chairman Roskam’s opening statement follows, as prepared for delivery: “Welcome to our first Oversight Subcommittee hearing of 2016.“Today, we are going to examine how tax-exempt colleges and universities are suppressing the free exchange of ideas on campus. Specifically, we’re going to focus on prohibitions on student use of campus resources for political activity, the adoption of restrictive speech...
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 3RD On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00-11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 10:45-11:45 a.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 4557 - Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act of 2016 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson / Energy and Commerce Committee) Postponed Suspension Vote on S. 1826 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 West 2nd Street in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as the Lieutenant Colonel James "Maggie" Megellas Post...
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2ND 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: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00-6:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 3716 - Ensuring Access to Quality Medicaid Providers Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon / Energy and Commerce Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Reps. Bucshon / Collins (NY) / Welch / Tonko Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee...
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 1ST On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 2:00-3:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2814 - To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Dannie A. Carr Veterans Outpatient Clinic (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans’ Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 2347 - Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lacy Clay /...
  • "The Law Is Really Clear, Mr. President  We are taking all legal preparations necessary. If President Obama proceeds with knowingly breaking the law and asking the military to break the law by bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to American soil, he will be met with fierce bipartisan opposition in Congress." Posted by Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday, February 25, 2016 We are taking all legal preparations necessary in the event President Obama tries to relocate Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainees to American soil.  Here's why: As top administration officials admit,...
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH 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. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 4238 - To amend the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 to modernize terms relating to minorities (Sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 4444 - EPS Improvement Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Renee Ellmers / Energy and...
  • WASHINGTON – In advance of their first idea forum on Thursday, the chairs of the Task Force on Restoring Constitutional Authority released their mission statement. This mission statement, laying out the goals of the task force, marks the next step in the development of a bold, pro-growth agenda that Republicans will present to the country in the coming months.Republican leaders launched the development of this agenda in January, announcing that it will address five issue areas: national security; jobs and the economy; health care; poverty, opportunity, and upward...