Capitol Hill Updates

  •   Subcommittee Spotlights Administration’s Illegal Actions to Divert $3.5B from Taxpayers to Insurers   WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), last week continued its oversight of Obamacare, with a hearing examining its reinsurance program. The program was created to provide financial assistance to insurers offering Obamacare plans, ultimately incentivizing insurers to enroll high-risk individuals. The statute states that a portion of the contributions “shall be deposited into the general fund of the...
  • WEEK OF APRIL 18TH MONDAY, APRIL 18TH On Monday, 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. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) S. 1638 - Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson / Homeland Security Committee) 2) H.R. 4618 - To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 121 Spring Street SE in Gainesville, Georgia, as the "Sidney Oslin Smith, Jr. Federal Building and...
  •   FLOOR HIGHLIGHTS   Thursday, April 14th H.R. 3340, Financial Stability Oversight Council Reform Act Sponsored by Rep. Tom Emmer Passage Vote Count:       Rep: 238-1      Dem: 1-178      Final Vote: 239-179 Summary: H.R. 3340 (Rep. Emmer) increases transparency, accountability, and Congressional oversight by placing the budgets of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and the Office of Financial Research (OFR) on the annual appropriations process. In addition to placing those budgets on the...
  • Budget Digest - Week of April 11thFY 2017 House Budget Resolution: Work Requirements The FY 2017 House Budget includes positive solutions to improve and ultimately ensure that Federal safety-net programs are sustainable for those in need of assistance.  One of the key budget reforms is to ensure that able-bodied adults receiving welfare are required to work or prepare for work. Work requirements were very successful in the 1996 welfare reform law and led to substantial declines in poverty, increases in work, and decreases in government dependency (see chart below). The...
  • This op-ed co-authored by Representatives Jason Smith, Rick Allen, Kristi Noem, David Rouzer, and Glenn Grothman appeared in Townhall on April 15, 2016: Give it a try. Think of anybody you know or have ever heard of who has had a good experience with the IRS. I’m stumped too. After all, there’s a reason why when people hear the letters “IRS” they get angry, frustrated, scared, or a combination of all three. Our tax code is a modern-day embodiment of Dante’s circles of hell. The federal tax code and accompanying regulations span over 70,000 pages long. The instructions for...
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30-11:30 a.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 2666 - No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger / Energy and Commerce Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Mike Doyle Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Reps. Lujan / Pallone / Yarmuth / Clarke Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Jerry McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Special...
  • Senate Set to Pass Bipartisan Bills to Keep Americans Safe, Protect American Jobs ‘This important FAA reauthorization and airport security legislation was bipartisan from the start. It shows why returning to regular order is so important. It’s another example of what can be achieved in this Republican-led Senate…Thanks to an agreement reached last night, the Senate is now poised to pass broad, bipartisan energy legislation too.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Federal...
  • The Email Privacy Act modernizes ECPA to protect Americans’ privacy and public safety Washington, D.C.  – The House Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 28-0 the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) to protect Americans’ privacy and public safety in the digital age. Nearly 30 years ago, Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to provide a fair balance between the privacy expectations of American citizens and the legitimate needs of law enforcement agencies. The law sets forth a system to protect the privacy rights of customers and subscribers of computer...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 4403, the Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act: “The risk of terrorism is rising. Almost every day now we hear of a new attack whether it’s far abroad, against our friends in Europe, or even here at home. We need to take the threat of terrorism seriously, and that starts with finding the terrorists from abroad who want to attack us and keeping them out. Representative Will Hurd’s (TX-23) bill will strengthen our defenses by enabling the development of new...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at its hearing on “The Distortion of EB-5 Targeted Employment Areas: Time to End the Abuse.” Below are his prepared remarks. Chairman Goodlatte: Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Leahy, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you.   Senators Grassley and Leahy, thank you for being my partners in seeking fundamental reform of the investor visa program. Congress’s goal in creating the investor visa program was to “...