Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Ranking Member John Lewis (D-GA) led all members of the Subcommittee in calling upon the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Justice to return funds inappropriately seized by the IRS. The members sent Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch letters today asking that their agencies review all IRS civil asset forfeiture cases and return money to victims where warranted.In their letter, they explain that the agencies'...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement after Wednesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments on Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell: “Religious freedom isn’t a secondary right, and government bureaucrats should not be able to decide who is free to follow their faith and who isn’t. After all, faith encompasses following the dictates of your conscience as determined by you and your church—not as determined by government. The Little Sisters of the Poor aren’t lobbyists trying to recreate health care law. They’re not trying to force...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released a statement today on the submission of the Administration’s “Strategy for the Middle East and to Counter Violent Extremism.” The report can be viewed here.“The nation’s highest-ranking military officer recently admitted that the Administration’s top defense strategy documents do not even account for the rise of ISIS or the continuous presence of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Administration’s seven-page report on its Middle East...
  • Washington, D.C.— Senator Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following response to Vice President Biden’s speech on Wednesday on the current Supreme Court vacancy:  "Try as he might, Vice President Biden can't re-invent his statement in 1992 that the Senate should defer the confirmation process until after the election. He did not even try to distinguish 1992 from today’s very similar circumstances. In fact,  each of the factors leading then-Chairman Biden to recommend deferring the confirmation process...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Randy Forbes (VA-04) and Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statements after introducing H.R. 4856, legislation which would make aliens associated with a criminal gang inadmissible, deportable, and ineligible for immigration benefits: “Year after year, we continue to hear stories of criminal gang members committing heinous crimes here in our country,” said Forbes, who serves as a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee. “This Administration continues to claim that gang members and felons are their priority for removal, yet...
  • This Week  ·         Nuns & Others Out in Force @ Supreme Court on Little Sisters Case On March 23 the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the government can force groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor and 37 other religious groups to comply with an Obamacare mandate requiring coverage of abortion-inducing drugs.    Protestors in support of religious freedom were outside of SCOTUS steps early that morning and into the afternoon. Signs included sayings like “HHS Mandate – I’ll Have Nun Of It”, “Help A Sister Out...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on House passage of H. Res. 658, condemning the terrorist attacks in Brussels: “The House offers its wholehearted support to our European and NATO allies as they track down those responsible for the attack and reassess and strengthen their security in the weeks and months to come. But terrorism knows no boundaries or borders and history has shown us that evil grows when unopposed. While we continue to pray for the victims, their families, and the people of Belgium, the best way to honor...
  • METAIRIE, LA – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) issued the following statement after Wednesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments on Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell: "As the Supreme Court takes up this historic religious freedom case, I stand firmly with Little Sisters of the Poor as they seek to have their First Amendment rights restored from one of the many offensive aspects of Obamacare. It is absolutely outrageous that unelected bureaucrats in Washington are forcing religious groups to violate the basic tenets of their faith. Religious liberty is...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.- Rep. Trent Franks, along with Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Virginia Foxx, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Mike Kelly, Rep. Pitts, Rep. Jody Hice, and Rep. Dan Lipinski held a press conference to highlight the Little Sisters of the Poor case that will be heard before the Supreme Court on March 23rd. Below are highlights from the Press Conference: Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ): “For most religious groups, public service is an essential element of their religious beliefs. Religious groups in America establish hospitals, operate homeless shelters, provide counseling...
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23RD On Wednesday, 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 Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H. Res. 658 - Condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22, 2016, which murdered more than 30 innocent people, and severely wounded many more. (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Foreign Affairs Committee) Complete Consideration of H.R. 2745 - SMARTER Act (Closed Rule, No Further Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold / Judiciary...