Capitol Hill Updates

  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND  On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes are expected at 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  Conference Report to Accompany S. 2943 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. John McCain / Armed Services Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) was at the Brookings Institution delivering an update on the progress the House Budget Committee has made in its ongoing effort to reform the Congressional budget process. Accompanying his speech, Chairman Price and the House Budget Committee are releasing a discussion draft of budget process reforms that reflects the nearly two years of work by the Committee and its members on this initiative which has included nine hearings with testimony from over thirty witnesses. Click here to read the discussion draft...
  • ‘Dr. Tom Price will bring practical knowledge as a doctor and a legislator to an agency that needs it now more than ever.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump’s intention to nominate Dr. Tom Price (R-GA), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, for Secretary of Health and Human Services: “Dr. Tom Price will bring practical knowledge as a doctor and a legislator to an agency that needs it now more than ever. This will be especially important as Republicans once again deliver on our promise to...
  • ‘Betsy has a proven track record of important work to improve the lives of children across the country.’  LOUISVILLE, KY – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement on President-elect Trump’s intention to nominate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education: “I fully support President-elect Trump’s intention to nominate Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Betsy has a proven track record of important work to improve the lives of children across the country. She is an outstanding choice to implement the recently passed bipartisan K-12 education reforms that...
  • WASHINGTON D.C. – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released the results of an extensive investigation requested by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on the cost projections of the Income Driven Repayment (IDR) plans administered by the Department of Education. GAO’s report shows that the current cost projections for IDR plans are tens of billions higher than original estimates.  GAO also found that the Department of Education used flawed data to estimate program costs, which is expected to result in massive loan forgiveness of more than $...
  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1ST  On Thursday, 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: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  H.Res. 937 - Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (S. 2943) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes (...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a Majority staff report titled, Restoring the Power of the Purse: Shining Light on Federal Agencies Billion Dollar Fines Collections. The report surveyed 34 agencies and found they collected over $83 billion in fines and penalties between 2010 and 2015, which were used to fund operations and unappropriated programs.     Key Findings:  Treasury: Treasury failed to provide a complete response to the Committee. However based on an incomplete...
  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH  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: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 34 - 21st Century Cures Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour and Twenty Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee) Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 6302 - Overtime Pay for Secret...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on two morning shows and to the Washington Post this morning on the House’s plans to rein in the executive branch, grow our economy, and repeal and replace Obamacare next year: CNBC Squawk Box   On plans to rein in the bureaucracy in the first 100 Days:  “The first thing we have to do in the first month is reset the structure where you have three co-equal branches. We watched an Administration that expanded the executive branch where they’ve had more than 500 new regulations just in the first six...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on Donald Trump’s nomination of Chairman Tom Price (GA-06) as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services: “Dr. Price is a great choice and uniquely qualified to run the Department of Health and Human Services. For years he has been a leader in Washington creating health care policies that put patient choice and affordability at the center. His experiences as a doctor, legislator, and Chairman of the Budget Committee will make him an invaluable asset in the Trump...