Capitol Hill Updates

  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND On Monday, the House will meet at 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. 3547 - The Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)2) H.R. __ - To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 10 years (Sponsored by Rep. Howard Coble / Judiciary Committee)3) H.R. 3588 - To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt fire hydrants from the prohibition on the use...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE WEEK OF DECEMBER 2ND MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND On Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 3547 - The Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)2) H.R. __- To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 10 years (Sponsored by Rep. Howard Coble / Judiciary Committee)3) H.R. 3588 - To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt fire hydrants from...
  • Friend - I wanted to share with you a statement for the record I submitted on Thursday, November 21, 2013, in support of the right to free exercise of religion for our servicemembers.  I am immensely grateful for the sacrifices made by those who serve in the Armed Forces, and I remain committed to ensuring that all servicemembers remain able to practice, live, and express their faith freely.You can read the statement below or by clicking here.Randy                      ...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the controversial Health and Human Services’ (HHS) health care mandate, which violates Americans’ religious freedoms: “By failing to protect religious freedom, the Senate guaranteed that the courts would have to act. I'm pleased the Supreme Court has decided to hear this important case. The HHS mandate is an enormous government overreach and it violates Americans' constitutional rights. Employers should not be forced to choose between giving up...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear two challenges to the Obama administration’s mandate that forces employers to violate their religious beliefs in order to implement the president’s health care law: “I’m pleased the Supreme Court has decided to address this important issue.  Faith-based employers, including Catholic charities, schools, universities, and hospitals, should not be forced to provide services that contradict their faith.  The administration’s mandate is an attack on religious...
  • New documents uncovered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigation into the botched rollout of the president’s health care law reveal that top HHS and White House officials had serious concerns about HealthCare.gov just days before launch. The emails between top HHS officials express concerns about the results of testing as late as September 30, the day before the site launched. Just last week, President Obama said, “We would not have rolled out something knowing very well that it wasn’t going to work the way it was supposed, given all the scrutiny that we knew was...
  • It's been a busy week here in the people’s House: Three jobs bills that will help increase American energy production and restore our nation of builders headed to the Senate.  Two critical pieces of public health legislation were sent to President Obama’s desk. Responsible oversight of the president’s health care law continued with two hearings on security concerns, a letter to the administration about problems with income verification, and the release of White House e-mails regarding the launch of HealthCare.gov....
  • Last Thursday, I introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protect Act and am pleased to report that we now have 40 co-sponsors in the Senate. Momentum is building, but our work is far from done. We must continue to show lawmakers in Washington that this legislation is critical to protect the unborn and that it has overwhelming support. I am honored to lead this charge in the Senate and appreciate your encouraging words. Also, I want to share with you a Fox News segment on our bill in case you haven't seen it yet (watch here). It's encouraging that this critical issue is gaining the...
  • No one should be confused about what happened last week. The Obama Democrats killed the United States Senate as a deliberative body 226 years after the Founding Fathers created it. The use of a simple majority to change the Senate rules and eliminate the filibuster on judicial nominees and other appointments--a device that made getting 60 votes a practical necessity--was a decisive first step toward reducing the Senate to a body that operates by simple majority. The Democrats have tried to argue that they killed the filibuster only for a handful of presidential nominees. But in fact...
  • This week I introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which allows the federal government to levy the income tax. Viable alternative plans for raising revenue fairly to support constitutionally enumerated functions of the federal government have been proposed.  As long as the 16th Amendment is in place and lobbyists dominate Washington, these alternatives will never be considered. The result of this repeal will be to eliminate the personal and corporate income tax, the estate and gift taxes, and taxes on...