Capitol Hill Updates

  • Iran’s supreme leader said yesterday he and President Obama “are of the same opinion” that “no deal is better than a bad deal.” But does President Obama really believe that? With just weeks remaining until a key negotiating deadline, it’s becoming more and more clear that the concessions President Obama is offering to Iran – and the concessions he may yet offer to reach a final nuclear deal – would undermine American security and the security of our allies.  Here at home there is growing bipartisan alarm as the White House pushes forward, seemingly desperate...
  • ‘Republicans believe a worker has the right to make her own, informed choices about joining a union. We don’t think powerful political bosses should attempt to make that decision for her. But that’s just what this rule aims to achieve. These bosses think they can enrich their own coffers if they can deny workers real opportunities to weigh the pros and cons of joining a union.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the NLRB ‘Ambush’ Rule: “Recently, the Senate has had a lot of discussion about...
  • Before the end of April, the House Select Committee on Benghazi established by Speaker Boehner is planning to interview 20 current and former Obama administration officials, Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has announced.  Those slated to be questioned include “former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former CIA director David Petraeus, as well as White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and national security adviser Susan Rice,” the Associated Press reported: The list also includes former White House press secretary Jay Carney; Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint...
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 810 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Steven Palazzo / Science, Space, and Technology Committee) 2) H.R. 719 - TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee) 3) H.R. 720 - Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act of...
  • Today, the Senate will vote on the nomination of Michael Botticelli to be the next Director of National Drug Control Policy. I look forward to working with our nation’s next Drug Czar, just as I’ve worked with previous Drug Czars.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the nomination of Michael Botticelli to be the Director of National Drug Control Policy: “Today, the Senate will vote on the nomination of Michael Botticelli to be the next Director of National Drug Control Policy. I look...
  • WEEK OF FEBRUARY 9TH MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH On Monday, the House will meet at 1:00 p.m. in pro forma session. No votes are expected. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10THOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. __ - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Steven Palazzo / Science, Space, and Technology Committee) 2) H.R. 719 - TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2015 (...
  • House Committee on the Judiciary Wrap Up for the Week of February 2, 2015 **Tune in Sunday, 10 am, Chairman Goodlatte will discuss ISIS and the War on Terror on “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” Fox News**   Chairman Goodlatte’s Weekly Column It’s Time for Congress to End the Ethanol Mandate   Judiciary Member Spotlight Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-8)   Statements and Press Releases Goodlatte, DeFazio, Issa, Nadler, Smith, Lofgren, Eshoo Introduce Patent Litigation Reform Bill House Passes Bill to Help Small Businesses Chairman Goodlatte Statement on FCC...
  • Dear Friend, Unfortunately, 2014 was not a great year for government accountability. From the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups, uncovering a dysfunctional Veterans Administration, and the truth about Obamacare coming from one of the law’s chief architects  - there is no doubt we have a lot of work to do. House Republicans and the committee that I chair, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, have made government accountability a top priority. We need to ensure that the government works for the people – not for Washington, D.C. Through public hearings...
  • From the gadgets we use in our homes to the music we enjoy on our phones, a lot has changed in the last six years.  Unfortunately, President Obama’s ideas have not.  His recent budget proposal is chock-full of the same top-down, tax-and-spend tactics that he’s been pushing for the last six years.  You would think that the $7.5 trillion increase in the national debt that’s occurred on his watch would be enough to retire some of those outdated policies.   In fact, here is a list of 11 things that are #NewerThanObamasIdeas. 1. iPad...
  •  WASHINGTON D.C.  – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today released a video to honor President Ronald Reagan on what would have been his 104th birthday. The video opens with this quotation: "From time to time, a generational leader emerges" and takes the audience through some of The Gipper's most famous public moments.   View on YouTube