Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act: “The American people need to have confidence that when they buy something online or swipe their credit card at a store that their identity and personal information is safe. Right now, it’s not. Most government regulations dealing with cyberthreats were crafted decades ago in an age before computers and the Internet became what they are today. To bring cybersecurity into the 21st century, we have to make some changes, and...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today applauded House passage of H.R. 1195, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act, which would establish a small business committee to advise regulators throughout the rule-making process: “One reason small businesses are still struggling is that they don’t have a seat at the table where regulators are making the decisions.  This bipartisan plan ends regulation without representation and gives small business owners a real say in the process.  We shouldn't just be listening to the...
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected 12:30-1:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 1731 - National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Homeland Security Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Reps. McCaul / Ratcliffe Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Reps. Katko / Lofgren / Eshoo / McClintock Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Jim Langevin...
  • Legislation provides for essential operations of the Capitol, holds the line on spending  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The bill provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.   The total included for the House and joint operations, excluding Senate-only items, is $3.3 billion. This...
  • There is plenty we could say about the huge benefits of opening more markets to U.S. goods by expediting new trade agreements through Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), but a whole slew of recent editorials has already beat us to it.  Here’s what they have to say about TPA, and why Democrats in Congress should quit standing in the way: ·         “Would Boost Growth, Wages & Job Opportunities” “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its Pacific Rim cousin would boost growth, wages and job opportunities and create...
  • For years, we’ve known that so much of our digital world is unsecure and new policies are needed to help defend against cyberattacks. Hacks of Anthem, Sony Pictures, and Target are only the most recent and high profile examples of this growing threat.There have been calls for action on cybersecurity across the country:   “A torrent of cyberattacks—disruption, espionage, theft—is costing U.S. business and government billions of dollars. … For several years, it has been clear to many in government and the private sector that the nation needs to vastly improve protection of...
  • Shortly after becoming Speaker of the House in 2011, John Boehner established a new Cybersecurity Task Force in Congress to examine the issues and recommend solutions. Since that time, Republicans have led efforts to bolster America’s cybersecurity while protecting citizens’ privacy. This work resulted in the Republican-controlled House passing four cybersecurity bills in the 112th Congress. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats did nothing. House Republicans acted again in the 113th Congress, passing a series of common-sense cybersecurity reforms that earned bipartisan support. While...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Last night, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) appeared on FOX Business News’ The Willis Report with Gerri Willis to discuss House efforts to rein in the IRS and preview today’s Subcommittee hearing on the 2015 tax filing season. “We’re going to point out a number of areas where we think the IRS ought to be able to improve. So, for example, why in the world was the IRS paying $60 million in bonuses to people in a sequestration situation? It makes no sense. Or why does the IRS use hundreds of thousands of man hours—literally hundreds of...
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22ND 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 1:30-2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30-5:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 1195 - Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Robert Pittenger / Financial Services Committee) The Rule provides for no further general debate. Postponed Amendment Vote on Rep. Ann Kuster Amendment #1 H.R. 1560 - Protecting Cyber Networks Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by...
  • ‘And now, I’m glad we can say there is a bipartisan proposal that will allow us to complete action on this important legislation so we can provide help to the victims who desperately need it.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today announcing a bipartisan path forward on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act: “President Obama recently proclaimed this to be National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. “It’s a stark reminder of the countless victims of modern slavery who continue to suffer horrifying...