Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, at a hearing entitled, “Raising the Bar: The Role of Charter Schools in K-12 Education,” Mr. Alan Rosskamm, Chief Executive Officer of the Breakthrough Charter Schools in Cleveland, OH, testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on the importance of the charter school movement.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement: “It’s no secret: when our kids learn and thrive, so do our communities.  That’s why the work of Alan Rosskamm and the teachers at Breakthrough...
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 13TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 3973 - Faithful Execution of the Law Act of 2014, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis / Judiciary Committee) Postponed Amendment Vote: Rep. Keith Ellison Amendment H.R. 3189 - Water Rights Protection Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Natural Resources Committee) The Rule...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today commending House passage of the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act (H.R. 4138) sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC): “The president doesn’t get to decide which laws he’s going to enforce any more than Americans get to decide which laws they’re going to follow.  That’s not what the framers envisioned, and it’s not what the president agreed to when he swore to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United...
  • “I thank Chairman Goodlatte from Virginia and I thank him for his leadership on this effort. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of the ENFORCE the Law Act. “Our Founders created a series of checks and balances for our democracy to prevent any one of the three branches of government from becoming too powerful. This separation of powers has always been one of the most important pillars of our political system and an example of good governance for the world to follow.“For over 200 years, America has prospered because we adhere to a Constitution that makes each branch’s role...
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12TH 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 - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 4138 - ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy / Judiciary Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. John Conyers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Jerrold Nadler Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee...
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 11TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at noon 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. 311 - The Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act (Sponsored by Rep. Rick Crawford / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)2) H.Res. 506 - Honoring the life and legacy of Va’clav Havel by directing the House of Representatives Fine Arts Board to provide for the display of a bust of Va’clav Havel in the United States...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE WEEK OF MARCH 10TH MONDAY, MARCH 10TH On Monday, no votes are expected. TUESDAY, MARCH 11TH On Tuesday, 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) H.R. 311 - The Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act (Sponsored by Rep. Rick Crawford / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)2) H.R. 1814 - Equitable Access to Care and Health (EACH) Act (Sponsored by Rep. Aaron Schock / Ways and Means...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today applauded House passage of H.R. 4152, legislation to provide loan guarantees for Ukraine: “The House’s swift, bipartisan action today reflects America’s solidarity with the Ukrainian people.  This is only a start on fulfilling our commitment to provide the president as many tools as needed to keep President Putin in check and protect the sovereignty of Russia’s neighbors.  In the coming days, the House will work to leverage every available resource – including American-made energy – to strengthen Ukraine and...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the crisis in Ukraine: “Last week’s military intervention by Russian forces into Crimea makes clear that President Vladimir Putin is determined to maintain the Russian sphere of influence there, and at a cost to his country. “That’s why the leadership of Washington and its allies will now be of such critical importance in Ukraine. According to the Budapest agreement, Russia has an obligation to respect the sovereignty of its neighbor, and the West should stand...
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 6TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Last votes expected: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 3826 - Electricity Security and Affordability Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield / Energy and Commerce Committee) Postponed Amendment Votes: Rep. Lamar Smith (TX) Amendment Rep. Lois Capps Amendment Rep. Jan Schakowsky Amendment Rep. Henry Waxman Amendment H.R. 4152 - To provide for the costs of...