Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after the Department of Labor released their finalized rule regulating overtime pay: “Our economy continues to be stuck in the worst recovery since World War II and the only solution the Obama Administration can come up with is more red tape that will hurt our nation’s working middle class. Just like Obamacare’s 30 hour work week, this regulation will once again incentivize employers to cut worker hours, provide fewer benefits, and hinder flexible work arrangements for hardworking Americans...
  • ‘The Democratic Leader recently said that Americans just need to “get over it”…Maybe Democrats think the Middle Class should just ‘get over’ double-digit premium increases. Maybe Democrats think it’s funny that millions of Americans lost their plans because of Obamacare.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Obamacare’s continued attack on the Middle Class: “A video recently surfaced that should concern all of us. It was three of President Obama’s former speechwriters laughing it up. They...
  • Washington, D.C.  – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) have pressed Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) efforts to make New Orleans a sanctuary city. In 2010, the mayor of the City of New Orleans requested DOJ to “reform” the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).  In 2011, officials at DOJ’s Civil Division threatened NOPD with a civil rights lawsuit, which led to a consent decree in 2012.  As part of the consent decree, NOPD officers were...
  • THURSDAY, MAY 19TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30-11:30 a.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 4974 - Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Charlie Dent / Appropriations Committee) The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order any amendment offered that complies with the House rules. Additionally, the Rule provides for 10 minutes of debate per amendment equally divided...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s new overtime rules:  “Saying a policy will raise wages doesn’t make it happen. Far from helping workers, the Obama Administration’s new overtime rule will most likely reduce salaried positions and flexibility for workers. The rule will force employers to waste time and resources logging hours. It will also require workers to fit their lives into a mold that bureaucrats impose, not what works best for them. Washington can’t impose higher wages without...
  • ‘By returning to regular order, we are better able to make careful decisions about how taxpayer dollars are spent through the appropriations bills.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor on Tuesday regarding the Senate’s record progress on appropriations bills in 40 years: “Last week, the Republican-led Senate passed by an overwhelming majority the first appropriations bill of the year — the energy security and water infrastructure funding bill. “The Republican-led Senate did so in record early time. We began...
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 18TH 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: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: TBD. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 4909 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee) The Rule provides for no further general debate, makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc. A list of the...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today in favor of H.R. 4909, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will provide our military the resources it needs. Full remarks are below or watch online here. “I want to take one moment. Very seldom do we see a bill of this significance to come to the floor in such a bipartisan manner. That takes leadership, it takes experience, and I want to thank the chairman for that. He knows that I trust his judgment, but more importantly whenever we’re talking about national...
  • ‘The First Time The Senate Has Approved A Stand-Alone Bill To Fund Energy And Water Programs Since 2009’ SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “The Energy and Water Appropriations bill is important for American energy, for American waterways and ports, and for American commerce and safety… This is a good bill for Kentuckians and for our country. By returning to regular order, we’ve opened up the process and empowered all Senators to have more of a say in the appropriations process. The progress we’ve seen already is encouraging. It shows what’s possible when the Senate under a new majority...
  • TUESDAY, MAY 17TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 8:00-9:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 897 - Zika Vector Control Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gibbs / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Agriculture Committee) Postponed Vote on Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees on S. 524 - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 Begin Consideration of H.R. 4909 - National...