Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor against the IRS’s ineptitude and culture of corruption, calling for representatives to pass four bills to bring much-needed accountability to the nation's tax-collecting agency. Full remarks are below or watch online here. “I thank the gentleman for yielding and [for] his work. “Mr. Speaker, every year the American people pay their taxes, and every year to do that, they have to deal with an agency that is inept and increasingly unethical. “You can’t make this stuff up. The IRS failed to...
  • Congressmen Doug Lamborn and Jim Langevin (RI-02) have partnered to introduce a House companion bill to legislation introduced in the Senate by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and James Inhofe (R-OK) designed to allow the military an accelerated process to acquire Directed Energy weapons. “In a world where dangerous actors frequently test the resolve and strength of America, maintaining our asymmetric technological advantages is critically important to the safety of our nation. That’s why I’ve partnered with Congressman Langevin and Senators Heinrich and Inhofe, to introduce a...
  • Earlier this month, I announced that House committees would craft legislation to fight the opioid epidemic in April so we could vote in May—and I’m happy to announce we’re right on track.Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee are marking up over a dozen bills to address the growing problem of opioids in America. This is on top of other bills, one of which has already been marked up by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and others that will be marked up by the Education and Workforce Committee next week.Markup is one of the last steps committees take before...
  • Welcome to all the witnesses who are here today.  I will be introducing each of you in a moment and I look forward to hearing your testimony on The Pricing of Fetal Tissue.  As part of my opening statement, I will present a narrative about the exhibits that today’s hearing will discuss.  I have said many times, my hope is that both parties can work together on some things and today’s subject matter should be a perfect opportunity to do so for two reasons: First, at our initial hearing on Bioethics and Fetal Tissue, all witnesses from both sides agreed that no one should...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 4885, the IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending Act, and H.R. 1206, the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act: “The IRS needs a heavy dose of accountability, and Representatives Jason Smith (MO-08) and David Rouzer (NC-07) have legislation to deliver it. “Right now the IRS has a slush fund, filled with fees it rakes in from the taxpayers while the taxpayers have no voice over how the money is spent. That’s not how representative government is supposed to work. To put an...
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 3724 - Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem / Ways and Means Committee)   H.R. 4890 - To impose a ban on the payment of bonuses to employees of the Internal Revenue Service until the Secretary of the Treasury develops and implements a comprehensive customer service strategy, Rules Committee Print (...
  • Washington, DC – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on passage  of the House Appropriations Committee fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which includes legislative provisions pushed by McCarthy, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert, Appropriations Committee Member Rep. David Valadao, and the California Republican delegation to deliver water to the Central Valley and southern Californian communities while protecting water rights: “The House is one step closer to passing yet...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 4992, the United States Financial System Protection Act of 2016: “We cannot grant Iran access to the U.S. dollar in any form. Iran supports terrorism around the globe, continues to test ballistic missiles, and commits egregious human rights abuses against the Iranian people. Iran shouldn’t get relief simply because they agreed in word to a flawed nuclear deal. House Republicans are concerned with Iran’s destabilizing behavior and any potential access to the U.S....
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20TH 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: 2:30-3:30 p.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 4885 - IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act of 2016, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Smith / Ways and Means Committee) H.R. 1206 - No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. David Rouzer / Ways and Means Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate...
  • Washington, D.C.  – The Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee today held a hearing on “The Real Victims of a Reckless and Lawless Immigration Policy: Families and Survivors Speak Out on the Real Cost of This Administration’s Policies.” At the hearing, members of the subcommittee examined the significant public safety threat posed by criminal aliens and heard from some of the victims they have left in their wake as a result of the Obama Administration’s abandonment of immigration enforcement and its failure to secure the border.  Background: ·   ...