Capitol Hill Updates

  • TUESDAY, MAY 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. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) S. 2755 - Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt / House Administration Committee) 2) H.R. 4063 - Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Veterans’ Affairs Committee) 3) H.R. 4957 - To designate the Federal building located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the "Ariel Rios Federal...
  • WEEK OF MAY 9TH MONDAY, MAY 9TH On Monday, no votes are expected in the House. TUESDAY, MAY 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. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) S. 2755 - Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt / House Administration Committee) 2) H.R. 4063 - Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Veterans’ Affairs Committee) 3) H.R. 4957 - To designate the Federal building...
  • Forbes Introduces Bill Connecting Nuclear Sanctions and Iran's Maritime Behavior,Condemning Administration's Weakness in the Face of Iranian Aggression Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, introduced H.Res. 709, condemning Iran’s actions of illegally capturing, detaining, and humiliating U.S. Navy sailors in January and connecting consideration of future sanctions against Tehran to this incident.   “Iran violated international law in its illegal detention...
  • The deficit for the first six months of FY 2016 was $461 billion, an increase of $22 billion over the same period last fiscal year (see chart below). Though the amount varies, the deficit tends to be somewhat front-loaded in the first half of the fiscal year partly because the 7th month contains the mid-April filing deadline for federal income tax returns, which often results in a significant surplus. The $439 billion deficit at the halfway point of FY 2015 turned out to equal the deficit for the full year as surpluses last April, June and September fully offset deficits in May...
  • Washington, DC --  Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), and Senator James Lankford (OK) Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, seeking answers as to why Bibles have been removed from Missing Man Table displays at multiple Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics around the country, including in Youngstown and Akron, Ohio and Houston, Texas.  “We have been informed that Bibles as part of Missing Man Table displays have been removed at Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics in Youngstown and Akron, Ohio and...
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH On Friday, 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. 4901 - SOAR Reauthorization Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz / Oversight and Government Reform Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • The Email Privacy Act modernizes ECPA to protect Americans’ privacy and public safety Washington, D.C.  – The House of Representatives today approved by a vote of 419-0 the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) to protect Americans’ privacy and public safety in the digital age. Nearly 30 years ago, Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to provide a fair balance between the privacy expectations of American citizens and the legitimate needs of law enforcement agencies. The law sets forth a system to protect the privacy rights of customers and subscribers of...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act: "In an increasingly digital world, our laws have to be updated to meet advances in our daily lives. Today’s Email Privacy Act updates Federal law to make clear that Fourth Amendment protections apply to all stored online communications. By requiring the government to obtain a warrant prior to searching through Americans’ email and other electronic communications stored with a service provider, this bill correctly accounts for the...
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH 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: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:15-4:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.J. Res. 88 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term "Fiduciary" (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Education and the Workforce Committee) Postponed Suspension Votes: 1) H.R. 5019 - Fair Access to Investor Research Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Financial...
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH 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: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:45-5:45 p.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 4923 - American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee) 2) H.R. 4240 - No Fly for Foreign Fighters Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / Judiciary Committee) 3) H.R. 699 - Email Privacy Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Yoder / Judiciary Committee) 4) S....