Capitol Hill Updates

  • "We have got to stay in the fight. We have got to let the American people know what’s going on behind those closed doors at these clinics.” To watch Congressman Black’s appearance on Fox News, click HERE or the image above. Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and author of the House-passed Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015,  appeared on Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom” to discuss a Texas grand jury’s criminal indictment of the Center for Medical Progress for its work to expose possible trafficking of aborted babies’...
  • Wheaton, IL — Last week, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro ignited a diplomatic firestorm by questioning Israel’s “long-term intentions” and casting doubt upon the seriousness of its desire to make peace with the Palestinians. The remarks were delivered on the same day as the burial of Dafna Meir, an Israeli mother of six, who just days ago was stabbed to death in her own home by a Palestinian terrorist. Dafna’s murder was just the latest barbaric act in a recent wave of over 100 terrorist attacks that have left dozens of Israelis dead and hundreds more injured. Congressman Peter...
  • Washington, D.C. – On Monday, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years and author of the House-passed Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015,  released the below statement following a grand jury’s politically-motivated indictment of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt for their role in the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted babies’ tissue and organs: “It is a sad day in America when those who harvest the body parts of aborted babies escape consequences for their actions, while the courageous truth-tellers...
  • Washington, D.C.  – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats rejected the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038): “It’s inexcusable that Senate Democrats today rejected a commonsense, targeted bill that would protect the American people from a very real threat posed by ISIS. ISIS terrorists have vowed to use the refugee system to enter Western countries and top national security officials within the Obama Administration have repeatedly warned that the U.S. government does not have...
  • Washington, D.C.  – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to take up a case challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration: “President Obama stated 22 times that he does not have the authority to change immigration laws on his own yet he did so anyway. President Obama’s decision to ignore the limits placed on his power and act unilaterally to rewrite our nation’s immigration laws threatens the separation of powers and its checks and balances. So far, the federal courts have...
  • ‘This bipartisan bill would allow Washington to…ensure it has the correct policies and security screenings in place before moving ahead with the refugee program for Iraq and Syria.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act: “Our country has a proud record of admitting the oppressed as refugees to our shores. “Yet, the debate about how to safely admit refugees from Syria and Iraq is a serious conversation that deserves a serious response from...
  • BALTIMORE — House Republicans today concluded their annual issues conference by announcing that they have begun work on a bold, pro-growth agenda to be presented to the country in the coming months. This agenda will be developed through committee-led task forces, and it will focus on five issue areas. “This is nothing short of a generational defining moment,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said. “We do not like the direction the country is going, and we have an obligation to offer an alternative. Starting today, we will begin developing a bold, pro-growth agenda to take to the...
  • Washington, D.C.  – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statements below on several policy matters following President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address.  Criminal Justice Reform: “Criminal justice reform is a top priority for the House Judiciary Committee. We must ensure that our federal criminal laws and regulations appropriately punish wrongdoers, are effectively and appropriately enforced, protect individual freedom, safeguard civil liberties, work as efficiently as possible, do not impede state efforts, and do not waste...
  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13TH On Wednesday, 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 S.J. Res. 22 - Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, today announced the creation of a Task Force on Executive Overreach to examine the historic breakdown of the separation of powers and checks and balances that has led to the unprecedented increase in presidential power and executive overreach. The House Judiciary Committee plans to mark up a resolution to authorize the task force for six months in the coming weeks.  It will be part of the task force’s mission to study the impact the increase in presidential and executive branch...