Capitol Hill Updates

  • Today, the House will consider a resolution creating a special committee to investigate the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya that took the lives of four Americans in 2012.  In an op-ed in today’s USA Today, Rep. Trey Gowdy, who has been selected to lead the committee, lays out the questions that remain regarding the attack, and underscores the need for a serious, non-partisan process to get the truth.  Here are a few excerpts: “Why was security for our facility in Libya inadequate, and why were repeated calls for additional security unheeded and, indeed, explicitly...
  • THURSDAY, MAY 8TH 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: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Res. 567 - Providing for the Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Rules Committee) Begin Consideration of H.R. 4438 - American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin...
  • Actually, the 27th Amendment to our Constitution is about to turn 225, depending on how you look at it.  See, the First Congress originally submitted 12 amendments to the Constitution.  Two failed to garner approval, including one that would prevent lawmakers from voting to increase their pay before the next election.  According to the House historian, this “fulfilled Madison’s belief that Congress should not be permitted to vote itself pay raises arbitrarily without constituents being able to register their approval or disapproval.”  Sure...
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH 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: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Res. __ - Resolution Recommending that the House of Representatives find Lois G. Lerner, Former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa / Oversight and...
  • Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld our Nation’s longstanding tradition of legislative prayer case of Town of Greece v. Galloway.  The town of Greece, New York, has a policy allowing anyone who wishes to offer a prayer before their meetings to request to do so. Despite the town’s highly inclusive prayer policy, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit departed from Supreme Court precedent and declared the prayer practice unconstitutional. The Court has overturned the decision of the Second Circuit. Congressman J. Randy Forbes...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement applauding Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway to uphold legislative prayer:“Like many Americans, I take great heart in today’s Supreme Court decision, which protects a ritual older than our republic.  We cherish the opening prayer not merely because it is tradition, but because it continues to provide great meaning and perspective.  There are countries where men and women are persecuted for their faith.  Here we pray together openly for the wisdom...
  • TUESDAY, MAY 6TH  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. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 3584 - The Capital Access for Small Community Financial Institutions Act of 2013, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers / Financial Services Committee)2) H.R. 2672 - CFPB Rural Designation Petition and Correction, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Financial Services Committee)3) H.R. 4386 - Money...
  • ‘I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision today reaffirming our nation’s long and important history of legislative prayer… This is a good day for the First Amendment.’’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Town of Greece v. Calloway: “I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision today reaffirming our nation’s long and important history of legislative prayer. Here in Congress, lawmakers have opened their proceedings with prayer since America’s earliest days. Lawmakers in both the...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced today that he has chosen Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to serve as chairman of the select committee to investigate the 2012 tragedy in Benghazi, Libya. “With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice.  Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come.  His background as a federal prosecutor and his zeal for the truth make him the ideal person to lead this panel. I know he shares my commitment to get to the bottom of...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement applauding the Supreme Court’s ruling today that upheld the right of those in Greece, N.Y. to practice public prayer before town board meetings:“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold individuals’ right to participate in public prayer is a victory for Americans of all faiths and beliefs. Freedom of religion is a central cornerstone upon which our republic was founded and it is critical that America remains a nation dedicated to supporting this fundamental right. I applaud the Supreme...