Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took to the House floor this afternoon to seek his colleagues’ support for the formation of a select committee to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that cost four Americans their lives.  Boehner said that the House is compelled to respond as one institution in light of new evidence that the Obama administration is continuing to deny the House, and the American people, the full truth.  Following are Boehner’s remarks: “I believe the whole House – and the American people – deserve to know how I came...
  • FRIDAY, MAY 9TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 4438 - American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014 (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee) Complete Consideration of H.R. 10 - Success and Opportunity through Quality Schools Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Kline / Education and the Workforce Committee) The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in...
  • ‘But the larger point is this: as Washington Democrats seek to preserve their hold on power, they’ve become increasingly untethered from the daily concerns of average Americans. That’s why you’re seeing the Senate lose its sense of purpose. And that’s why you’re not seeing any real debates. Instead of listening to the needs of the Middle Class, they dance to the tune of the Left.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on the Majority Leader to allow the Senate to function again through real debate and...
  • Today, the House will consider a resolution creating a special committee to investigate the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya that took the lives of four Americans in 2012.  In an op-ed in today’s USA Today, Rep. Trey Gowdy, who has been selected to lead the committee, lays out the questions that remain regarding the attack, and underscores the need for a serious, non-partisan process to get the truth.  Here are a few excerpts: “Why was security for our facility in Libya inadequate, and why were repeated calls for additional security unheeded and, indeed, explicitly...
  • THURSDAY, MAY 8TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Res. 567 - Providing for the Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Rules Committee) Begin Consideration of H.R. 4438 - American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin...
  • Actually, the 27th Amendment to our Constitution is about to turn 225, depending on how you look at it.  See, the First Congress originally submitted 12 amendments to the Constitution.  Two failed to garner approval, including one that would prevent lawmakers from voting to increase their pay before the next election.  According to the House historian, this “fulfilled Madison’s belief that Congress should not be permitted to vote itself pay raises arbitrarily without constituents being able to register their approval or disapproval.”  Sure...
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH 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: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Res. __ - Resolution Recommending that the House of Representatives find Lois G. Lerner, Former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa / Oversight and...
  • Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld our Nation’s longstanding tradition of legislative prayer case of Town of Greece v. Galloway.  The town of Greece, New York, has a policy allowing anyone who wishes to offer a prayer before their meetings to request to do so. Despite the town’s highly inclusive prayer policy, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit departed from Supreme Court precedent and declared the prayer practice unconstitutional. The Court has overturned the decision of the Second Circuit. Congressman J. Randy Forbes...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement applauding Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway to uphold legislative prayer:“Like many Americans, I take great heart in today’s Supreme Court decision, which protects a ritual older than our republic.  We cherish the opening prayer not merely because it is tradition, but because it continues to provide great meaning and perspective.  There are countries where men and women are persecuted for their faith.  Here we pray together openly for the wisdom...
  • TUESDAY, MAY 6TH  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. 3584 - The Capital Access for Small Community Financial Institutions Act of 2013, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers / Financial Services Committee)2) H.R. 2672 - CFPB Rural Designation Petition and Correction, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Financial Services Committee)3) H.R. 4386 - Money...