Capitol Hill Updates

  • By Congressman Joe Pitts and Anthony Hahn The news must have seemed strange to people used to being persecuted for their religious beliefs: across the ocean there was a new English colony where people of any faith could live their beliefs freely. We can only imagine the skepticism that greeted William Penn and his messengers as they spread this message through a Europe steeped in religious persecution. Thousands undertook the perilous journey across the Atlantic, up the Delaware River and into Pennsylvania. Penn was no liar, and indeed people of many faiths were able to come, setting...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) applauded House passage today of H.R. 4015, legislation that provides a permanent solution to the Medicare physician payment formula, and delays the individual mandate tax in the president’s health care law for all Americans: “Seniors are hurting under the president’s health care law - facing higher premiums and fewer options and, in some cases, losing access to the doctors they’ve relied on for decades.  While the White House has failed to offer a plan that fulfills the president’s promises, the House continues to take action to...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner issued the following statement on Thursday applauding House passage of the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (H.R. 3973) sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and the Water Rights Protection Act (H.R. 3189) sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO): “The president has a Constitutional obligation to enforce the law, whether he likes it or not.  From his numerous re-writes of the health care law to his administration’s attempt to seize private water rights, the willful disregard for the limits of executive power is astounding.  The...
  • And yet, it’s easy to see why Americans would be so united in opposition to this regulation. The First Amendment exists to protect political speech. And the government should be doing everything it can to protect that right, not hurt it.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on the Obama Administration to reject a proposed IRS rule that would suppress American free speech: “I’d like to take a moment to address the anti-free speech regulation the Obama Administration has made a priority for this term...
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 14TH 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. 4015 - SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee) Special Order Speeches  COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAY Armed Services Committee hearing on “Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of the Air Force” (Friday, March...
  • More Than Half Of GOP Senators Co-Sponsor Bill To Ensure President Upholds Constitutional Responsibility To Faithfully Execute The Law  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) led more than half of the members of the Senate Republican Conference on Wednesday to introduce the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act to ensure the president upholds his constitutional obligation to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” To read the bill, click here.The ENFORCE the Law Act puts a procedure in...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, at a hearing entitled, “Raising the Bar: The Role of Charter Schools in K-12 Education,” Mr. Alan Rosskamm, Chief Executive Officer of the Breakthrough Charter Schools in Cleveland, OH, testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on the importance of the charter school movement.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement: “It’s no secret: when our kids learn and thrive, so do our communities.  That’s why the work of Alan Rosskamm and the teachers at Breakthrough...
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 13TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 3973 - Faithful Execution of the Law Act of 2014, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis / Judiciary Committee) Postponed Amendment Vote: Rep. Keith Ellison Amendment H.R. 3189 - Water Rights Protection Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Natural Resources Committee) The Rule...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today commending House passage of the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act (H.R. 4138) sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC): “The president doesn’t get to decide which laws he’s going to enforce any more than Americans get to decide which laws they’re going to follow.  That’s not what the framers envisioned, and it’s not what the president agreed to when he swore to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United...
  • “I thank Chairman Goodlatte from Virginia and I thank him for his leadership on this effort. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of the ENFORCE the Law Act. “Our Founders created a series of checks and balances for our democracy to prevent any one of the three branches of government from becoming too powerful. This separation of powers has always been one of the most important pillars of our political system and an example of good governance for the world to follow.“For over 200 years, America has prospered because we adhere to a Constitution that makes each branch’s role...