Capitol Hill Updates

  • Obama Threatens To Veto Unless IRS Receives More Funding Too SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ): “It is simply incomprehensible that as America confronts the most diverse and complex array of crises around the world since the end of World War II, that a president would veto funding for our military to prove a political point.” (Sen. McCain, “Obama Is Wrong To Hold Defense Funding Hostage,” Politico, 6/8/15)  SEN. JACK REED (D-RI): “…we currently face an alarming number of complex and varied national security challenges from many corners of the globe.” (U.S. Senate, Armed Services Committee...
  • Week of June 15, 2015 This week, House Committees are holding 36 hearings. Accountability “OPM: Data Breach” Oversight & Government Reform hearing 6/16   “Saving Taxpayer Dollars in Federal Real Estate: Reducing the Government’s Space Footprint” Transportation & Infrastructure (Economic Development, Public Buildings) hearing 6/16   “The Annual Report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council” Financial Services hearing 6/17   National Security “U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Middle East” Armed Services hearing 6/17   “Assad’s Abhorrent Chemical Weapons...
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 16TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15-6:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 2596 - Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Permanent Select Intelligence Committee)  The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Reps. Israel / Lamborn / Graham Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Reps. Israel / Hanna...
  • After winning a majority in the House in November 2010, Republicans fought to reduce spending and return some fiscal sanity to the federal budget.  As part of the Budget Control Act in 2011, President Obama insisted on his sequester. Because of its indiscriminate cuts – including to the military – House Republicans passed two bills in 2012 to replace the president’s sequester with common-sense reductions and reforms. The Democrat-controlled Senate never considered these bills, and it wasn’t until the end of 2013 that Democrats worked with Republicans to pass the Bipartisan...
  • MONDAY, JUNE 15TH On Monday, the House will meet at 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. 2131 - To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina, as the “J. Waties Waring Judicial Center” (Sponsored by Rep. James Clyburn / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2) H.R. 2559 - To designate the “PFC Milton A. Lee Medal of Honor Memorial Highway”...
  • WEEK OF JUNE 15TH MONDAY, JUNE 15TH On Monday, the House will meet at 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. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 891 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 141 Paloma Drive in Floresville, Texas, as the “Floresville Veterans Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar / Oversight and Government Reform Committee) 2) H.R. 1326 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at...
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) was joined by pro-life and pro-family leaders on Thursday in introducing the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the United States Senate. Graham said: "There are only seven countries that allow wholesale abortions at the 20-week period including China and North Korea. The United States should not be in that club. "I don't believe abortion, five months into pregnancy, makes us a better nation. I look forward to leading this long-overdue effort and pushing for a roll call vote in the Senate. "Today is the start...
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 12TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1314 - Trade Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Ways and Means Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and will divide the question of concurring in the Senate Amendment. Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendments with an Amendment to H.R. 644 - Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Ways and Means...
  • Chairman Goodlatte: Today we are here to markup H.R. 9, the Innovation Act.  The enactment of this bill is something I consider central to U.S. competiveness, job creation, and our nation’s future economic security.  During the 112th Congress we passed the America Invents Act (AIA). Many view the AIA as the most comprehensive overhaul to our patent system since the 1836 Patent Act.  However, the AIA was in many respects a prospective bill; the problems that the Innovation Act will solve are more immediate and go to the heart of current abusive patent litigation...
  • Democrats’ plans for a government shutdown are going into overdrive, and if you’ve been wondering, why are they doing this?  Why are they holding up a pay raise for our troops?  Why are they blocking funding for the mission to defeat ISIL?  If you’ve been asking yourself these things, here’s Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) to explain it all for you: “‘We need to have more money,’ said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Maryland Democrat and vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, which is trying to figure out how to fund government at the GOP’s lower levels of spending...