Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, DC-  Congressional Prayer Caucus Chairmen, Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) issued the following statements today in response to the United States Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case of Stormans v. Wiesman:              Congressman Forbes: “The Supreme Court’s refusal to review Washington State’s extreme and unnecessary regulations is, in the words of Justice Alito, “an ominous sign” for religious freedom in America. It is possible to both respect the...
  • Washington, D.C. – On Monday, in the case of Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down as unconstitutional a Texas law implementing commonsense safety standards designed to protect women.The Court’s decision was the result of a 5 to 3 vote. The Texas law that was struck down required a physician performing an abortion must have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the location where the abortion is performed and also required abortion clinics to comply with the State’s standards for ambulatory surgical...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court issued their ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, striking down a Texas law designed to protect women’s health and safety at abortion clinics:   “By striking down the Texas law, the Supreme Court struck a severe blow to women's health and to the lives of the unborn. Today’s ruling is truly disappointing. When a majority of the Supreme Court will not even allow basic health standards that exist at hospitals to be applied to abortion clinics, it...
  • Washington, D.C. –  Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, responded to the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, nullifying a Texas law that required abortion facilities to submit to the same standards as ambulatory surgical standards (ASCs) and requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Black released the following statement: “Today is a sad day for women and their unborn babies. With the drop of a gavel, five Supreme...
  • Dear friend, I would like to urge you to remember, this week, the significance of one of the greatest events in world history:  the signing of our country’s Declaration of Independence and the formation of the United States of America.  On July 4, 1776  --  240 years ago  --   the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress.  The Founders announced that America’s colonies  --  13 colonies at the time  --  now regarded themselves as independent states.  It took a very long war to free ourselves from the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the lower court’s decision in United States v. Texas, preventing the implementation of the president’s unlawful executive overreach on immigration:   “Today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court will prevent the Obama Administration from moving forward with its unlawful executive action on immigration. The President took action he’d previously said, many times, that he lacked the legal authority to take. This ruling further underscores the importance...
  • ‘So we have a choice. We can focus on defeating ISIL, or we can focus on partisan politics. Some of our colleagues may think this is all some game. We’ve seen the ridiculous tweets and the bizarre one-liners about guns and terrorists…Republicans, Democrats, the President of the United States—we can spend our time redacting and reacting, or we can acknowledge the threats before us and work to prevent more ISIL-fueled atrocities.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for the President...
  • Washington DC - “Today in a meeting with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Director of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Joceyln Samuels, I and my pro-life colleagues expressed our strong disagreement with the Administration’s outrageous misinterpretation of the Weldon Amendment,” said Rep. Chris Smith, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus. “In a more than hour long discussion, HHS doubled down on its decision to unilaterally rewrite the law – the Weldon Amendment – to allow California to continue to discriminate against pro-life plans. California has been...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Representatives Chris Smith (NJ-04), Diane Black (TN-06), John Fleming (LA-04), Andy Harris (MD-01), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Steve Knight (CA-25), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), and Joe Pitts (PA-16) released the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) unbelievable determination that the California Department of Managed Health Care’s decision to require abortion coverage in statewide insurance plans did not violate the Weldon Amendment:    “The California abortion mandate on its face...
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22ND 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: 3:00-4:00 p.m. Last votes expected:9:00-10:00 p.m.  One Minute SpeechesLegislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 5210 - PADME Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Price / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee) H.J.Res. 88 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term Fiduciary (One Hour of Debate)...