Capitol Hill Updates

  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.  First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 2954 - The Public Access and Lands Improvement Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Natural Resources Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Raul Grijalva Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Reps. Lummis / Labrador Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Raul Labrador Amendment (10 minutes of debate...
  • A new CBO analysis showing that the president’s health care law “will cost the nation the equivalent of 2.5 million workers” has the White House spin machine in overdrive trying to contain the fallout.   How are they doing?  See for yourself: “The Worst Headline for Democrats This Year” “Ouch. According to the CBO report, the problems with HealthCare.gov late last year will reduce sign-ups for the law from 7 million to 6 million. But, wait, it gets worse for Democrats. … The Affordable Care Act will also reduce the number of fulltime workers by more than 2 million in...
  • Former Obama Energy Secretary Admits Keystone Decision ‘Was A Political One And Not A Scientific One’  Environmental Groups Warn White House “Environmental groups are warning President Obama that his liberal base might stay home on Election Day if he approves the Keystone XL oil pipeline.” (“Greens Warn Base Will Sit Out Election Over Keystone XL,” The Hill, 2/4/14) “Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Monday the decision to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline is a political one, and not one founded in science.” (“Chu: Keystone Pipeline Decision 'Political,'” The Hill, 2/...
  • House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its latest budget & economic report: “For years, Republicans have said that the president’s health care law creates uncertainty for small businesses, hurts take-home pay, and makes it harder to invest in new workers.  The middle class is getting squeezed in this economy, and this CBO report confirms that ObamaCare is making it worse.  The report also confirms what the American people already know: further action is necessary to address the drivers of...
  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH 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: 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 3590 - Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Natural Resources Committee / Agriculture Committee / Judiciary Committee / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee) Postponed Amendment Votes: Rep. Peter DeFazio Amendment...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took the president to task for continuing to block the Keystone pipeline - and the tens of thousands of jobs that come with it – despite promising in 2009 that “the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.”  Following are Boehner’s remarks: “You know, a few months after taking office, President Obama said this: ‘the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.’   Well, the State Department once again confirmed there is no reason,...
  • As The Economy Struggles, President Obama Focuses On Nervous Democrat Candidates Trade Jobs Not Even Discussed At Key WH Meeting “Keeping control of the chamber was the central focus of the president's discussion Monday with Reid, who was joined at the White House meeting by Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Guy Cecil, the committee's executive director.” (AP, 2/3/14)   “…when Mr. Obama and Mr. Reid sat down on Monday, trade did not come up, according to the Democrats. Instead, the discussion focused on the...
  • So, Mr. President, no more stalling– no more excuses. Please pick up that pen you’ve been talking so much about and make this happen. Americans need these jobs.’  LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement Monday on the latest State Department report concerning the Keystone XL Pipeline: “This report from the Obama administration once again confirms that there is no reason for the White House to continue stalling construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  So, Mr. President, no more stalling– no more excuses. Please pick up...
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Begin Consideration of H.R. 3590 - Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Natural Resources Committee / Agriculture Committee / Judiciary Committee / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), founder and Co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, along with Senator Roy Blunt (MO), has led Members of Congress in defending the constitutional right of religious freedom before the Supreme Court of the United States. On Tuesday, January 28, 16 Senators and 72 Congressmen filed an amicus curiae brief with the Court in support of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties.  The owners of both businesses are asking the Court to protect their freedom to operate their companies in a manner consistent with their...