Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C.— House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.), House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), House Judiciary Committee member Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) released the following statement following the House passage of the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 5) by a vote of 238-183. “All regulations come with a price tag and hardworking Americans, as well as businesses large and small, must cover those costs....
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor in favor of H.R. 39, the TALENT Act, which he sponsored to improve the way government uses technology. Full remarks are below: “I thank the gentleman for yielding and for his work. “Mr. Speaker, the government is many things. It is large. It is complicated. And it is ineffective. I don’t think anyone would call it ‘modern.’ While the world is rushing forward with things like voiced-based interfaces, autonomous vehicles, online retail, or data analytics, government is stubbornly years or even decades...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 79, the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, as well as other suspensions from the Innovation Initiative:   “Our goal in government should never be to stop the next Uber, Apple, or Amazon from coming into existence. We should enable it. One of the goals of the Innovation Initiative is to tear down government-made barriers to success and embrace the ideas that will keep America as the global leader in innovation. The HALOS Act will directly help startups who...
  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11TH  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 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  H.R. 5 - Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Bob Goodlatte Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Jason Chaffetz Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Steve Chabot...
  • Washington, D.C.— House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, requesting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) preserve all documents related to the Department’s controversial settlement practices. Chairman Goodlatte’s letter notes that of particular interest are “civil settlements that provide for or direct payments to non-victim third-parties, DOJ’s policies and practices relating to the settlement and administrative processing of class actions, and, more generally, cases in which payment was sought from the Judgment Fund...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.), U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), U.S. Representative Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.), U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-N.C.), U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.),  U.S. Representative George Holding (R-N.C.), U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), U.S. Representative Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), and U.S. Representative David Rouzer (R-N.C.) sent a letter to the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging him to reject Governor Roy Cooper’s (D-N.C.) illegal proposal to expand...
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 10TH  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: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  H.R. 79 - HALOS Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Financial Services Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Nydia Velazquez Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Maxine Waters Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Legislation Considered Under Suspension of...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement to honor and recognize our nation’s law enforcement officers on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day: “On National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, I want to extend my deepest gratitude and support to the law enforcement officers across the country who serve and protect our communities. Our nation was founded on the rule of law and law enforcement officers continually carry out this core principle of our Republic. “Every day, law enforcement officers across the United States...
  •   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Prayer Caucus co-chairman Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and former Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) today announced that Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) will serve as the new House co-chair of the Caucus. Walker will assume the leadership role previously held by Forbes, who founded the Caucus in 2005 to protect the right of individuals to pray and practice their faith freely. You can read more about the Caucus here.    "Our nation was founded on the solid conviction that all men...
  • WEEK OF JANUARY 9TH  MONDAY, JANUARY 9TH  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. 309 - National Clinical Care Commission Act (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 315 - Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Energy and Commerce Committee) 3) H.R. 302 - Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Brett...