Capitol Hill Updates

  • MONDAY, MARCH 14TH 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. 2984 - Fair RATES Act (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Kennedy / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 1268 - Energy Efficient Government Technology Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Anna Eshoo / Energy and Commerce Committee) 3) H.R. 4427 - To amend section 203 of the Federal Power Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo / Energy and...
  • WEEK OF MARCH 14TH MONDAY, MARCH 14TH 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. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2984 - Fair RATES Act (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Kennedy / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 1268 - Energy Efficient Government Technology Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Anna Eshoo / Energy and Commerce Committee) 3) H.R. 4427 - To amend section 203 of the Federal Power Act, as amended (...
  • This Week  The House has been in recess this week, so not much to report on our end.  Instead, I thought we would highlight some state action on abortion, as this is the state legislatures busy time of the year. State Activity on Abortion South Dakota on Track to Become the 13th State to Ban Late-Term Abortions: The South Dakota House passed a bill that would prohibit abortions from the 20 week mark on, when pain can be felt by unborn babies. The SD Senate is likely to pass this bill, as they have passed similar legislation in the past.  The state has a pro-life...
  •   On this week and month when we celebrate women, one cause is at the top of the list: protecting the health of mothers at all stages of their pregnancies. In a timely fashion, last week, the Supreme Court heard the landmark case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt—a case challenging a pro-life Texas law that is credited with “saving more than 10,000 lives.” As the law currently stands, abortion clinics are required to meet statewide health and safety standards like other medical facilities. In layman’s terms: Should a state raise its health and safety standards...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor about Justice Antonin Scalia’s death and the current Supreme Court vacancy. He made the case that the American people should have a say in the process of replacing Justice Scalia, and that it is completely appropriate for the Senate to wait on the confirmation process until after the presidential election. In addition to sharing historical precedence, Lankford read the contradicting past statements regarding justice confirmations during presidential election years from then-Senator Joe Biden...
  • Washington, D.C.—Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate floor today to stress the importance of waiting until after the presidential election to confirm Justice Scalia’s replacement to the Supreme Court. The Constitution does not dictate how the Senate must exercise its power of advice and consent.  The Constitution leaves that up to us in each situation.  The Senate has never allowed a term-limited President to fill a Supreme Court vacancy that opened up this late in his term....
  • WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday welcomed the support of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and a majority of the city council for legislation renewing the DC school choice program.“We urge you to ensure that the SOAR Reauthorization Act becomes law before the end of this Congress,” the mayor and eight of the council’s 13 members write in a letter to congressional leaders.Introduced last fall by former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), the SOAR Act (H.R. 10) reauthorizes the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides low-income students—many of whom attend...
  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine commented, “Members of Congress represent their constituents most directly when they work through the process of appropriating funds for government programs.  I have long objected to ‘Continuing Resolutions’ and ‘Omnibus’ spending bills that sidestep this important representational process.”  The ‘Do Your Job Act’, sponsored by Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH) and cosponsored by Congressmen Jim Bridenstine (OK), Jim Jordan (OH), and Thomas Massie (KY), requires Congress to engage in the appropriation process.  If either the House or the Senate...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on Iran’s most recent missile tests: “While international sanctions against Iran are being lifted, Iran fired ballistic missiles in violation of international resolutions yet again. Time and again, Iran has violated international agreements only to have the Obama Administration bat its eyes and look the other way. “Far from pushing Iran to a more moderate engagement with its neighbors, this nuclear deal is enabling Iran’s aggression and terrorist activities. Sanctions relief is fueling...
  • Chairman McCaul Announces ISIS Has Reached 75 Plots Against the West New Report Details Scope and Analysis of ISIS’s External Operations Against Western Countries  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul released a report, Terror Gone Viral. This report examines the 75 (to date) ISIS-linked terrorist plots against the West—and plainly shows that the United States is overwhelmingly the group’s main target. Chairman McCaul:  “ISIS has reached an unprecedented level of terror plotting against the United States and our allies....