Capitol Hill Updates

  • 'And I ask my Democratic friends to now stop, take a breath, and think. Children are being sold into sexual slavery, having their freedom and self-respect ripped away. Will they finally allow the Senate to help them, or will they continue some debunked crusade?’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today calling on Senate Democrats to end their filibuster of bipartisan anti-trafficking legislation: “Human trafficking affects every state in this nation. “In Kentucky, we’ve heard reports of victims as young...
  • Following a visit to the Middle East that took him and a delegation of senior lawmakers to Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel earlier this month, Speaker Boehner sat down with a group of reporters yesterday to share his observations from the trip and outline the challenges we, and our allies, face in the region.  Boehner emphasized the need for President Obama to offer a real overarching strategy to defeat the terrorist threat, and to reassert American leadership in the world.  Here are a few highlights from the discussion: On the Need for President Obama to Lay Out a...
  • Trafficking Bill Now Includes The Same Hyde Amendment Dems Voted For Unanimously “On Tuesday, Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, proposed to remove the abortion language and replace it with the abortion restrictions in the House Medicare bill that Pelosi helped broker, the longstanding Hyde Amendment that restricts taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions.” (“A Busy and Bipartisan Tuesday,” Roll Call, 4/14/15)  ·       “‘We will use the same Hyde Amendment language that was negotiated between Nancy Pelosi and Speaker Boehner in the doc...
  • WASHINGTON, DC–On Tuesday night, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) appeared on FOX News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to preview seven key bills slated for House passage on Tax Day to rein in IRS. Roskam also laid out the House Republican plan to end IRS abuse in an op-ed published in the Independent Journal Review (IJReview).     “There’s several bills that are going to be considered by the House of Representatives tomorrow that are focused on doing exactly that—reining in the IRS. The first says that there’s going to be a...
  • A few things happened on the way to Tax Day: ·         First, we learned that the IRS rehired hundreds of employees who were previously fired for misconduct issues. ·         Second, the IRS was forced to apologize for “seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners.” ·         Third, the Justice Department declined to prosecute former IRS official Lois Lerner, continuing to sweep the targeting of taxpayers for their political beliefs under the...
  • ‘Democrats couldn’t possibly justify voting for Hyde language in order to help doctors, as they did hours ago, but then look an abused victim in the eye and tell her she’s not worth it.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today urging Senate Democrats to end their filibuster of bipartisan human rights legislation: “Hours ago, 100% of Senate Democrats followed the lead of Republicans and Democrats in the House — including Nancy Pelosi and the Pro-Choice Caucus — in voting to endorse the bipartisan...
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 1105 - Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee) Complete Consideration of H.R. 622 - State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • I believe in a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government.  That's what this story is about:     Running a small business, I learned the hard (and expensive) way how Washington takes from people without any appreciation for the challenges they face.  If you work hard, you should be able to keep more of what you make.   And you shouldn’t have to worry about the feds taking more than they should.Over the years, however, our tax code has gotten more out of hand, and so has the IRS.  That’s why the House is spending this Tax Day...
  • Today, Courtesy Of Obamacare Many Americans ‘In Shock,’ Confronting ‘A Nasty Surprise’   Obamacare: A Tax Shock For Millions, Hundreds Of Thousands Receive ‘Incorrect Data’   “Half of the households that received federal subsidies to help pay for their health insurance in 2014 will have to repay some money back to the government when they file their tax returns” (“Nasty Tax Surprise For Obamacare Customers,” CNBC, 3/24/15)  ·       “The average repayment owed by those people will be $794, the Kaiser Family Foundation study found.” (“Nasty...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – A Taxpayer Bill of Rights is at the heart of a package of tough IRS reforms passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today.   This effort, led by Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL), would bring much-needed accountability and transparency to an agency that has repeatedly abused the public trust.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement:“This isn’t just about passing common-sense reforms.  We do that every day.  This is about stamping out a culture of arrogance at the IRS.  It...