Capitol Hill Updates

  • The Senate convened at 9:30 am today and is in a period of Morning business until 2:00 pm.  At 2:00 pm the Senate will proceed to a series of up to 5 roll call votes on the following: Confirmation of Executive Calendar #928, Pamela Pepper, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #930, Brenda K. Sannes, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1032, Madeline Cox Arleo, of New Jersey, to be United States District...
  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30-11:30 a.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 4795 - Promoting New Manufacturing Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise / Energy and Commerce Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Jerry McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Ed Whitfield Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • WASHINGTON, DC – The House Republican Steering Committee today recommended the following lawmakers to serve as committee chairs in the 114th Congress:Agriculture – Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)Appropriations – Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)Armed Services – Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)Budget – Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)Education & the Workforce – Rep. John Kline (R-MN)Energy & Commerce – Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)Financial Services – Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)Foreign Affairs – Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)Homeland Security – Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)Judiciary – Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)Natural Resources...
  • The Senate convened at 10:00 am today and proceeded to up to 6 hours of debate on S. 2280, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline (two hours of debate were under the control of Senator Hoeven; one hour of debate was under the control of Senator Landrieu.) At approximately 5:50/6 pm, or upon the use or yielding back of time, there will be up to 5 roll call votes on the following: Passage of S. 2280, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline (60 affirmative vote threshold).  Confirmation of Executive Calendar #856, Leslie Joyce Abrams, of Georgia, to be United States...
  • Remember how the new HealthCare.gov wasn’t going to display premiums until the second week of November?  At the time, federal officials “downplayed” the possibility of more sticker shock.Well lo and behold, the information has come out – in “a Friday data dump,” naturally – and what do you know? ·         “ObamaCare costs to increase for many. A trove of data released Friday by the Obama administration shows premiums on the exchanges will tick up by mostly single digits next year, though changes vary widely by geography and plan.” (The...
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH 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: 1:00-1:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00-6:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  H.R. 1422 - EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Stewart / Science, Space, and Technology Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment: Rep. Chris Stewart Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Special Order Speeches   COMMITTEE ACTIVITY...
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH   On Monday, 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. 5441 - To amend the Federal charter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States to reflect the service of women in the Armed Forces of the United States (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Judiciary Committee) 2) H.R. 5162 - To amend the Act entitled "An Act to allow a certain parcel of land in Rockingham County, Virginia, to be...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, House Republicans – including newly elected and returning lawmakers – elected members of their leadership team for the 114th Congress.   House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement:“Americans have entrusted Republicans with the responsibility of leading both the House and Senate.  We are humbled by this opportunity and take it seriously.  Together, our focus will continue to be listening to the people and making their priorities our priorities.  We have an opportunity to do some important things in the months...
  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 12:00-1:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 5682 - To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee) Special Order Speeches COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAY Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on “The Future of Energy in Africa”(Friday, November...
  • Washington, D.C. - Representatives J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) and Doug Lamborn (CO-05) issued the following statement in response to an announcement from the United States Air Force that they have revised Air Force Instruction 1-1:“The Air Force’s new policy more clearly reflects the priority of religious freedom in our Constitution and in the conscience protections for servicemembers and chaplains that Congress passed in the National Defense Authorization Act. Whereas the old language was misleading and confusing for Commanders to apply, these revisions point to well-established...