Capitol Hill Updates

  • This week, the House will consider a balanced budget as part of Republicans’ long-term plan for jobs and economic growth.  With this budget, we stop spending money we don’t have, root out waste, and begin to pay down our debt.  Of course, it isn’t enough for a budget to be good on the numbers.  It has to be good for the people at the heart of our economy – the workers and the builders.  Our budget does this by: Establishing a real all-of-the-above energy policy to support more jobs and lower energy bills; Overhauling the tax code to ...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on Thursday commending House passage of the Save American Workers Act (H.R. 2575), legislation sponsored by Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) that will help increase wages by repealing the 30-hour rule in the president’s health care law and restoring the traditional 40-hour work week: “The president’s Rose Garden ‘victory lap’ this week showed just how out of touch his administration is with hard-working families.  On top of higher costs and less access, as many as 2.6 million Americans could see their hours...
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 4TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 1874 - Pro-Growth Budgeting Act of 2013 (Structured Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Price / Budget Committee / Rules Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Gerry Connolly Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Steve Israel Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. David Cicilline Amendment (10 minutes of debate)...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today was joined by Republican leaders and American veterans for a press event to tout the VA Management Accountability Act, legislation introduced by Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) that gives the VA Secretary the ability to demote or remove senior officials who fail our veterans.  Following are Boehner’s remarks: “The House today joins the nation in mourning the loss of life at Fort Hood.  And we join the president in sending our condolences to the loved ones for those who were lost.  And I...
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 3RD On Thursday, 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: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 2575 - Save American Workers Act of 2014 (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Todd Young / Ways and Means Committee) The Rule provides for one hour and forty-six minutes of remaining general debate. Special Order Speeches COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAY Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs hearing on...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced legislation, S. 2195, to prevent known terrorists from obtaining visas to enter the United States as ambassadors to the United Nations. “It is unconscionable that, in the name of international diplomatic protocol, the United States would be forced to host a foreign national who showed a brutal disregard for the status of our diplomats when they were stationed in his country,” Sen. Cruz said.  Iranian President Hasan Rouhani recently named Hamid Aboutalebi as the nation’s new ambassador to the U.N., which is...
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 1ST On Tuesday, the House will meet at noon 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) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4152 - To provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine (Sponsored by Rep. Harold Rogers / Appropriations Committee / Foreign Affairs Committee)2) S. 2183 - United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions(Sponsored by Sen. Mitch McConnell / Foreign Affairs Committee)3) H.R. 2413...
  • WASHINGTON, DC -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on the retirement announcement of Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee: “Dave Camp and I were elected to the House the same year.  From the beginning, I have been impressed by his wisdom and thoughtfulness, and grateful for his friendship.  He has been a leader in the fight to increase economic growth and help create more American jobs by reforming our tax code, pushing for more effective free trade agreements, and saving Social Security and...
  • THE LEADER'S SCHEDULE WEEK OF MARCH 31ST MONDAY, MARCH 31ST On Monday, the House is not in session. TUESDAY, APRIL 1ST 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) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4152 - To provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine (Sponsored by Rep. Harold Rogers / Appropriations Committee / Foreign Affairs Committee)2) S. 2183 - United States International Programming to Ukraine and...
  • ‘And there’s a broader point here: If Washington Democrats think Obamacare is so bad that they need to exempt that many people from its mandates, then why shouldn’t we just remove that hardship for everyone? Doesn’t the Middle Class deserve a break too?’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Washington Democrats to eliminate job-destroying Obamacare mandates and focus instead on job-creating legislation: “I’d like to start by acknowledging the Majority Leader’s decision to remove extraneous IMF...