Capitol Hill Updates

  • Friend - Last month, a Veterans Affairs hospital in Michigan was ordered to conceal all Christian symbols inside of its chapel due to a VA policy handbook published in 2008, which states, “When VA Chaplains are not providing or facilitating a religious service for a particular faith group, the chapel must be maintained as religiously neutral, reflecting no particular faith tradition.”In response, I joined 22 of my colleagues in sending a letter to the VA inquiring about the policy implementation in 2008 and urging the VA not to scrub its chapels of all religious symbols. We are a...
  • Americans are shelling out more for everyday essentials - from gas to groceries to utility bills – “further constraining family budgets…still reeling from a stagnant economy,” according a new Gallup survey.  And health care costs, already near the top of rising expenses, are going to get even worse for struggling families coast to coast:  ARIZONA: “Rate increase would apply to at least one in four Arizonans” (Arizona Republic) CONNECTICUT: “Higher prices also reflect taxes, fees and requirements of the Affordable Care Act” (Hartford Courant) HAWAII: “Average increase of...
  • THURSDAY, JULY 17TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 4719 - Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2014, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed / Ways and Means Committee) Postponed Vote on Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 3230 - Veterans’ Access to Care through Choices, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 (Offered by Rep. Pete Gallego) Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees on H....
  • The White House’s latest economic push continues to backfire, with The Washington Post’s fact-checker assessing the president Three Pinocchios for claiming Republicans were blocking ideas to strengthen the middle class.We called him out for it at the time, but there was really no need, because before long, our actions were overtaking the president’s words. The Post’s fact-check noted:  ·         “Here’s the odd thing: on the very day the president recorded his weekly address, the office of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)...
  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 16TH On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 5016 - Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015 (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ander Crenshaw / 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...
  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 am, Wednesday, July 16th. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #850, Ronnie L. White, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.   At 10:15 am, the Senate will proceed to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the White nomination. If cloture is invoked, at 12:20 pm, all post-cloture time will be expired, and the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the White nomination.   At 2:10 pm, the Senate will...
  • Tomorrow, the House Committee on Rules will conduct a hearing on the House’s lawsuit against President Obama’s executive overreach, specifically, his unilateral rewrites of the health care law’s employer mandate. As Speaker Boehner said, “this isn't about Republicans versus Democrats; it’s about the Legislative Branch versus the Executive Branch, and above all protecting the Constitution.” Among those scheduled to testify at the hearing are Jonathan Turley, Professor of Public Interest Law at The George Washington University Law School, and Elizabeth Price Foley, Professor of Law at...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement praising House passage of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086), yet another jobs bill that will be sent to the Senate for further action: “Banning Internet taxes would benefit American families and small businesses, encourage greater economic growth, and create more American jobs.  Senate Democrats now have an important choice to make as we near the expiration of the temporary Internet tax ban on November 1.  Will they allow a vote on this important bill, or will they open the...
  • The Senate convened at 10:00 am. Following the Leaders’ remarks, the Senate has been in Morning business until noon, with Democrats controlling the first hour and the Republicans controlling the second hour.   At noon today, the Senate will conduct up to two cloture votes on: 1. Executive Calendar #839, Norman C. Bay, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and 2. Executive Calendar #842, Cheryl A. LaFleur, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.   Following votes, the Senate will recess until 2:15 pm for the weekly caucus luncheons...
  • TUESDAY, JULY 15TH 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: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Last votes expected: late evening. One Minute Speeches H.R. 3086 - Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee) H.R. 5021 - Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Ways andMeans Committee / Science, Space, and Technology...