Capitol Hill Updates

  • One nation, under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.  These words have long echoed throughout America’s history. Students rise, face the flag, and with hands over hearts, recognize the values that have historically united our nation and made the United States of America exceptional: faith, freedom, justice, and unity.  In Massachusetts, the law requires that the Pledge be recited in public schools every day, although no child is required to recite it and may abstain without providing a reason. However, the atheist and Humanist parents of three...
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 21ST 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: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 4031 - The Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee) Continue Consideration of H.R. 4435 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Buck McKeon / Armed Services...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today applauding House passage of the bipartisan, bicameral agreement on the Water Resources Reform & Development Act – a one-time vehicle for hundreds of earmarks that passed the House with zero:   “When the American people entrusted us with the majority in the House, we pledged to make their priorities our priorities and to do things differently.  The Water Resources Reform & Development Act keeps that promise, putting jobs first by cutting red tape and advancing initiatives...
  • TUESDAY, MAY 20TH 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: 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) Conference Report to H.R. 3080 - Water Resources Reform and Development Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Budget Committee / Ways and Means Committee / Natural Resources Committee)2) H.R. 3530 - Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2013, as amended (...
  • “As long as I’m here, no earmarks.”  With those words, Speaker Boehner threw a bucket of cold water on an “earmark revival” that saw top Senate Democrats pining for a return to business as usual.   “I have been a fan of earmarks,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) declared the other day, while his #2, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) revealed that he has been pushing the White House to bring them back “as a way of greasing the legislative wheels.” Enter Speaker Boehner, who couldn’t have been clearer in his interview with Fox News’...
  • Friend – Like many parents, I cherish the memories I have of tucking my children into bed at night when they were young. Switching on the night light. Reading that favorite bed time story. Giving that one last good night kiss.As a father, nothing pulls at my heartstrings more than to think of the approximately 400,000 American children who don’t get tucked in by a parent every night – children who are growing up without a permanent, loving family or home. Recently, I cosponsored the Children in Families First Act, H.R. 4143, which will streamline the international adoption process for...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced he has appointed Dr. Daniel I. Mark of Villanova University and re-appointed Dr. Robert P. George to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom.  Dr. Mark will assume the commission seat being vacated by Elliott Abrams, whose term on the commission expires May 14.  Dr. George, of Princeton University, was appointed by Speaker Boehner in 2012.  Speaker Boehner issued the following statement: “America has been a beacon of freedom and religious tolerance since declaring our independence 238...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took to the House floor this afternoon to seek his colleagues’ support for the formation of a select committee to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that cost four Americans their lives.  Boehner said that the House is compelled to respond as one institution in light of new evidence that the Obama administration is continuing to deny the House, and the American people, the full truth.  Following are Boehner’s remarks: “I believe the whole House – and the American people – deserve to know how I came...
  • FRIDAY, MAY 9TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 4438 - American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014 (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee) Complete Consideration of H.R. 10 - Success and Opportunity through Quality Schools Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Kline / Education and the Workforce Committee) The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in...
  • ‘But the larger point is this: as Washington Democrats seek to preserve their hold on power, they’ve become increasingly untethered from the daily concerns of average Americans. That’s why you’re seeing the Senate lose its sense of purpose. And that’s why you’re not seeing any real debates. Instead of listening to the needs of the Middle Class, they dance to the tune of the Left.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on the Majority Leader to allow the Senate to function again through real debate and...