Capitol Hill Updates

  • Chances are, not you. As a report from the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute’s joint Tax Policy Center shows, even liberals in Washington, DC, don’t believe President Obama’s tax policies actually benefit the middle class: ·         “While Obama defends his budget as an exercise in ‘middle-class economics,’ a preliminary analysis by the… Tax Policy Center found otherwise.” NPR reports. ·         “President Barack Obama calls his tax and spending plan ‘middle-class economics,’ but most...
  • More Than $2 Billion Taxpayer Dollars Have Already Been Spent on Health Law’s Cost-Sharing Reduction Program WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) today sent letters to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew regarding payments the administration has made to insurance companies under the health care law from a fund intended for tax refunds after the administration requested – but did not receive from Congress – an appropriation of funding....
  • Washington, D.C. — Today, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) announced at a Republican leadership press conference that the House will pass the Senate's version of the Keystone Pipeline, and send this legislation to the President's desk.McCarthy's full remarks are below, or watch them online here.   "Thank you all very much. “A quick announcement: Next week we will take up the Keystone pipeline as passed by the Senate and send it to the President’s desk. “Second point: There’s no greater contrast than showing what this new American Congress is for and what...
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD 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 1:30-2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15-5:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 596 - To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes (Closed Rule, One Hour and Thirty Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne / Energy and Commerce Committee / Education and the Workforce Committee / Ways and Means...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the President’s proposed budget: “The President says he wants to work with Congress but everything he does indicates the opposite. His latest budget simply isn’t a serious proposal. While Washington is still racking up debt, this budget doesn’t even try to balance the books. In fact, despite the best efforts of Republicans over the past four years to rein in spending and cut the deficit, this budget would erase all those gains over the ten year budget horizon by increasing the deficit...
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND 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. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 361 - Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act (Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Homeland Security Committee) 2) H.R. 615 - Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act (Sponsored by Rep. Donald Payne / Homeland Security Committee) 3) H.R. 623 - Social Media Working Group Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks /...
  • Chairman Goodlatte’s Weekly Column Combating Human Trafficking   Statements and Press Releases Goodlatte Statement of Expansion of President’s Unilateral Immigration Program Goodlatte Statement on IG Report on DEA’s Use of Cold Consent Searches Crime Subcommittee to Examine Asset Forfeiture in February Immigration Subcommittee to Hold Hearings on Immigration Enforcement and Asylum Reform Bills House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill that Helps Small Businesses House Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing on Immigration Enforcement Next Week Goodlatte Applauds House Approval...
  • WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2ND MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND 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. 361 - Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act (Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Homeland Security Committee) 2) H.R. 615 - Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act (Sponsored by Rep. Donald Payne / Homeland Security Committee) 3) H.R. 623 - Social Media Working Group Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks /...
  • Washington, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) has announced the formation of a new working group to continue to build on patient-centered health care solutions with which to replace Obamacare. The group, consisting of Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI-6), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-1), and Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (MN-2), recognizes that full repeal requires a thoughtful replacement strategy. Each of these chairmen and their committee members have been working on patient-...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of his ongoing efforts to fight for more government transparency and accountability, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) this week reintroduced both the Taxpayer Transparency Act and the Citizen Empowerment Act, two bills that he originally introduced in the 113th Congress.“Hardworking taxpayers in Missouri and nationwide deserve more transparency and less over-reach from their government – especially when it comes to how Washington spends their tax dollars,” Blunt said. “I’m pleased to reintroduce these important bills in the 114th Congress, and I’ll keep fighting...