Capitol Hill Updates

  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND 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 H.R. 7 - No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee / Judiciary Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) offered his reaction to the President’s State of the Union address: “True leadership isn’t demanding everything you want. The best leaders collaborate with others and unify people to accomplish great things. We all know President Obama can give a speech, but when it comes to actually working with Congress to solve our nation’s problems, so far he’s shown that he’d rather threaten a veto than work out a solution. I still believe that President Obama can work with Congress if he wants to. But that means abandoning economic...
  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 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: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:00-4:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 161 - Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo / Energy and Commerce Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement after the House passed H. Res. 37, a resolution condemning the recent terrorist attacks in France: “Today, the United States House of Representatives has condemned in the strongest terms the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.  Over those three days, 17 innocents lost their lives, and this resolution carries our condolences to their loved ones.  With this condemnation also comes a commitment to stand with France and our allies in confronting the grave threat radical Islam poses to our...
  • WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) was chosen today to serve as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies for the 114th Congress. The subcommittee oversees funding related to the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education and 14 Related Agencies. That jurisdiction includes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). To read more about the subcommittee’s specific areas of jurisdiction, click here.“I’m pleased...
  • ‘The new Congress has already started to take up smart, bipartisan ideas focused on jobs and reform. But when we’ve asked the White House for constructive engagement, what we’ve seen so far has been discouraging. We need to change this dynamic. Let's turn the page. The State of the Union offers that opportunity’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the President’s State of the Union tonight: “Tonight, we’ll welcome President Obama to the Capitol. “We look forward to hearing what he has to...
  • WEEK OF JANUARY 19TH MONDAY, JANUARY 19THOn Monday, the House is not in session. TUESDAY, JANUARY 20THOn Tuesday, the House will meet at meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House will recess no later than 5:30 p.m. to allow a security sweep of the House Chamber prior to the President's State of the Union address. The House will meet again at approximately 8:35 p.m. for the purpose of receiving, in a joint session with the Senate, the President of the United States. Members are requested to be on the Floor and seated no later than 8:25 p.m...
  • WASHINGTON D.C. – As Congress debates funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) reintroduced the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act to ensure the president upholds his constitutional obligation to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” The ENFORCE the Law Act puts a procedure in place to permit Congress to authorize a lawsuit against the executive branch for failure to faithfully execute the laws. The legislation also provides for expedited consideration...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. “Sen. Ernst brings a unique perspective to the Senate. She is a mother, a soldier, and an independent leader who serves in Washington because Americans voted for change in the last election, and Joni understands that middle-class Americans want Congress to get back to work and that they want Washington to get...
  • Washington, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today in support of the House’s efforts to counter President Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions. A transcript of McCarthy's remarks can be found below, or watch them online here. “I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, when the President was asked about his deportation policy early in 2013, President Obama said, quote, ‘I’m the President of the United States of America. I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.’“A few days earlier he said...