Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in the case King v. Burwell: “The only thing that is more disappointingly flawed than today’s decision on what Obamacare actually meant is Obamacare itself.  Obamacare remains a failed law that was forced through Congress on a partisan vote, and its consequences are being felt today. The law is increasing health care costs, reducing choice, and has led to fewer jobs, and today’s ruling doesn’t change that. “Throughout the country, the American people...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today responded to reports that the White House is prepared to extend Iran nuclear negotiations yet again, saying “giving Iran more flexibility will not lead to a good deal.” Here are his remarks from a press conference this morning: “On Iran: Tuesday marks the White House’s own deadline for a final nuclear agreement.  And after two years of talks – and multiple extensions – French, Russian, and British negotiators have expressed concern that the negotiations are stalling.  Of course that’s not for lack of effort on the...
  • WASHINGTON—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) jointly issued the following statements regarding the chairmanship of the Government Operations Subcommittee. "Last week I announced a change in the Government Operations sub-committee chairmanship.  A number of people have asked me to reconsider that decision.  Having spoken with Mark Meadows several times during the past week, I think we both better understand each other.  I respect Mark and his approach.  The discussions and candor have been...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a speech on the U.S. Senate floor on Thursday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) raised concerns over the lack of U.S. influence in the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations. Blunt also reiterated his calls for the Obama Administration to cease all negotiations until the American hostages detained in Iran are released, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, and Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, and until Iran cooperates with the U.S. in locating former FBI official Robert Levinson.  
  • President Obama still doesn’t have a broad, overarching strategy to defeat ISIL, but he does have a plan to import terrorists to U.S. soil.   Sounds hard to believe, right?  Yet it’s true.  In an exclusive interview with CBS News yesterday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced he’s preparing a plan to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay and transfer the remaining terrorists to U.S. soil: "I think it would be nice to do that before the end of President Obama's administration so that the next President doesn't have to deal with this situation.” Nice? ...
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 25TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:15-11:15 a.m. Last votes expected: 12:15-1:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1295 - Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Ways and Means Committee) Postponed Suspension Votes: 1) H.R. 1615 - DHS FOIA Efficiency Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Buddy Carter / Homeland Security Committee) 2) H.R. 2200 - CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act, as amended (...
  • ‘The OPM Director will testify tomorrow before Chairman Johnson's Homeland Security committee too. I hope she'll take that opportunity to articulate a credible plan of action. I hope she'll better address the legitimate concerns of the American people.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the OPM cyber attack: “Here's a headline from an Associated Press article that ran yesterday: ‘Federal Agencies Are Wide Open To Hackers, Cyberspies’ “That headline is scary enough....
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today commending House passage of the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042), introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY): “The Obama administration’s EPA is handing down a slew of new rules with absolutely no regard for the hardworking families who will be footing the bill.  New regulations on power producers alone could drive electricity bills up by double digits in some areas, compromise grid reliability, and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs.  The low and middle-income families who will be...
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 24TH 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: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30-5:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 2042 - Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield / Energy and Commerce Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Frank Pallone Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Bobby Rush Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Reps. Huizenga / Kildee /...
  • Once again, new information about the Obama administration’s handling of the deadly September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, has been revealed thanks to the investigative work of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. A month ago, after The New York Times reported that longtime Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal – “who had been barred from a State Department job by aides to President Obama” – had sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton memos about Libya and the attack in Benghazi, she explained (emphasis added): “I have many, many old friends … And [Blumenthal...