Capitol Hill Updates

  •  LIFE UPDATE FROM THE WHIP, 4-8-2016, #23  This Week Quiet week in Congress on life issues, with only the Senate was in session. States, however, continue to be active battlegrounds for pro-life efforts. ·         Indiana:  Planned Parenthood Sues State to Stop Law Protecting Unborn Babies With Disabilities ·         Idaho Bans Harvesting Body Parts From Aborted Babies Idaho Governor Otter signed pro-life bill SB1404 into law this week. The bill, known as the Idaho Unborn Infants...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced a Senate resolution to ensure President Obama follows through on his commitment to reimpose sanctions if Iran violates the nuclear deal. "National security remains on the mind of every American,” said Lankford. “The fact that Iran is still the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism is impossible to ignore. The Obama Administration caved to Iran’s demands to import arms, and Iran has continued to pursue a ballistic missile capability. It is imperative that we show we are determined to curb Iran’s hostile behavior. If...
  • This op-ed on Congress's response to the opioid epidemic appeared in Independent Journal Review on April 6, 2016:In my home of Kern County, California, over the past six years more than 160 people have been sent to the emergency room for opioid overdoses every year. Another 45 died from overdoses in 2012 alone. Addiction tears apart families, it uproots communities, but, most fundamentally, it deprives Americans of the individual liberty to grasp their dreams and opportunities. It’s also preventable. That is what makes the tragedy of addiction so hard—it is a slow-...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding terrorists released from the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: “Earlier this year I noted that the next Commander in Chief will assume office confronting a complex and varied array of threats. I observed that, after seven years of the Obama Administration delaying action in the War on Terror, the next administration would need to return to the fight and restore our role in the world. “Among many other things, that means we must return to capturing...
  •   Leader McCarthy Statement on the Obama Administration's Fiduciary Rule WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s fiduciary rule:  “When Washington bureaucracies regulate, they have a tendency to hurt more than they help. This new fiduciary rule from the Department of Labor would raise barriers on investment advice to unreasonable heights, stopping people with smaller bank accounts from getting the financial counseling they need to get ahead. The Obama Administration shouldn’t put more...
  • Israel faces threats on multiple fronts and from many sources, including under the ground and through the air. While terror tunnels are a growing concern, the threat of rocket fire has long plagued the Israeli people. But the United States and Israel are working together to combat it. One of the greatest successes of the U.S.-Israel security relationship has been the Iron Dome missile defense system. Iron Dome is capable of intercepting rockets and ballistic missiles launched from Gaza. The United States has played a critical role in the development of the system, which has saved...
  • ICANN Is Stonewalling the U.S. Congress Senators send follow-up letter after failing to get answers about ICANN’s relationship with the Chinese government WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) today sent a follow-up letter to Dr. Stephen Crocker, chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), demanding a response to a series of unanswered questions that remain from previous congressional oversight letters concerning ICANN’s relationship with the Chinese government and the...
  • Washington, DC – Chairman Marsha Blackburn has announced the issuance of 12 new subpoenas to organizations who have failed to fully cooperate with both requests for information and previous subpoenas from the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. The subpoenas were issued to StemExpress and related persons; individuals with relationships to the University of New Mexico; BioMed IRB – an online Institutional Review Board service that purports to provide IRB clearance for research on human subjects and for the transfer of fetal tissue; and Ganogen – a company that is involved in...
  • This week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced the USA Act, which she notes is“… just one of the many ideas being promoted as we build an agenda in the People’s House – an agenda to restore a confident America.” The USA Act is McMorris Rodgers’s latest effort to help restore the voice of, “We, the People,” and we don’t want you to miss the headlines: The Weekly Standard: House Legislation Would Corral Government ‘Zombies’ “It’s been the night of the living debt in Washington for decades now. Government programs that Congress hasn’t expressly...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - The abortion president, Barack Obama, has made use of his last months in office to give yet another gift to the abortion industry, a leading pro-life Congressman said today. “Today, Obama’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed the label of the abortion pill (mifepristone) to enable the expanded use of this baby-killing drug,” said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-life Caucus. “At the behest of the abortion industry, the Obama Administration has extended the use of the drug to 10 weeks of pregnancy. Additionally the new...