Capitol Hill Updates

  • TUESDAY, MAY 19TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. One Minute Speeches Postponed Suspension Vote on S. 178 - Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn / Judiciary Committee)  H.R. 2353 - Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) H.R. 2250 - Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2016 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves / Appropriations...
  • One of the people’s highest priorities is making sure our troops have what they need to get the job done.  To that end, the House on Friday passed a strong national defense bill, thanks to the leadership of Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and the House Armed Services Committee. The result of months of bipartisan input, the bill passed the committee with near-unanimous support: just one Democrat voted no.   At the urging of their leaders, however, 143 House Democrats voted against this bipartisan national defense bill on the floor. ...
  • Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” That’s true with people, and it’s also true with countries. America leads because we take the principles of our past and apply them to a changing future. We are the pioneers that always look to the next frontier, ready to challenge what others believe is impossible. Innovation is the key to our leadership and is essential to our economic prosperity in an increasingly competitive world. We must always strive to push ourselves beyond perceived limits to maintain our position as the global leader in the...
  • MONDAY, MAY 18TH 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. 474 - Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)  2) H.R. 1038 - Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Costello / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)  3) H.R. 1313 - Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief Act (...
  • WEEK OF MAY 18TH MONDAY, MAY 18TH On Monday, the House will meet at 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. 474 - Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)  2) H.R. 1038 - Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Costello / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)  3) H.R. 1313 - Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement commemorating  Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week: “Though our gratitude and respect for law enforcement should always be evident, it’s important for all Americans to take a moment this week to recognize and honor ‘the thin blue line’ – our family members, friends and neighbors that go to work every day seeking to serve and protect. They’re the good guys fighting crime, maintaining order, and sometimes taking bullets. Their duties are stressful and difficult, and their jobs are...
  • The House concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1191 – 400 Yeas, 25 Nays WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement applauding House passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (H.R. 1191): “Iran cannot be allowed to develop or obtain nuclear weapons. It is committed to the destruction of our ally Israel, continues to hold Americans hostage, and is feverishly working to support the spread of terrorism and promote instability in the region.  “So President Obama’s admission that his current framework would allow Iran to achieve...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:  “In our society, we have the room, the resources, and the love for every child—even the smallest and most fragile. Every single child—born and unborn, the healthy and those with disabilities—should have a place. I believe they are wanted, they are loved, and they make this world better. Our society should agree that that nobody is expendable, and we should never hurt innocents. “Over the years, science has...
  • HR 2048 passed the House 338-88  WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement applauding House passage of the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048), legislation that renews and improves our foreign intelligence surveillance capabilities, while enhancing transparency and civil liberty protections: “Terrorists across the globe are bent on destroying our nation and our way of life, and we must provide our intelligence community the tools it needs to stop them.  The USA Freedom Act, which passed the House on a strong, bipartisan vote, reauthorizes...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1191, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act: “The United States began negotiations with Iran to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, but the framework for a deal that President Obama presented us would not accomplish that objective. The American people and their representatives are rightly concerned about the direction of the negotiations, the threat of a nuclear Iran, and the President’s desire to unilaterally strike a deal.  “It is both ridiculous and...