Capitol Hill Updates

  • Members underscore verifiable constraints on Iran’s program must last for decades  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, along with 365 other House Members, have released a bipartisan letter to President Obama underscoring the “grave and urgent issues that have arisen” relating to the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.  Negotiators face an end of March deadline.  The letter was sent a day after a hearing at which Committee Members pressed...
  • MONDAY, MARCH 23RD 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. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 360 - Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Pearce / Financial Services Committee) 2) H.R. 233 - Tenant Income Verification Relief Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter / Financial Services Committee 3) H.R. 216 - Department of Veterans Affairs Budget...
  • This week Republicans in the House of Representatives released our 2016 budget. After years of fiscal uncertainty, it is time to stop kicking the can down the road. Our historic national debt is simply unsustainable, threatening to bury future generations under an avalanche of debt. We have a responsibility to the American people to cut our deficit and enact a balanced budget. The 2016 House Republican budget does just that. It balances the budget in less than 10 years – without raising taxes. Contrast that to the President whose budget never balances. Our budget takes responsible...
  • Washington, DC – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Obama Administration's released regulations on hydraulic fracturing: “If it’s Friday, the Obama Administration is sure to release yet another regulation. Today, its eye is set on American innovation and all the good it brings to the American people. “Hydraulic fracturing has elevated America as a global energy superpower again. And because of our rise, we have more jobs and lower gasoline prices. For Americans whose income today seems very...
  • Legislation will create jobs and opportunity by embracing the American Energy Renaissance, removing barriers and expanding trade WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-OK-1, this week introduced the American Energy Renaissance Act to empower the private sector to create good-paying American jobs, spur economic growth and expand opportunity. The companion legislation, introduced in the U.S Senate as S. 791 and in the House of Representatives, will harness our nation’s energy resources and remove federal impediments to energy exploration,...
  • Package Would Strengthen Medicare for Seniors and Extend Children's Health Insurance Program  WASHINGTON — Bipartisan leaders from the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees have released a working summary outlining the broader framework of an agreement being negotiated to permanently replace the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with a system that rewards quality, efficiency, and innovation. Committee leaders continue to make progress negotiating a comprehensive agreement that would further strengthen Medicare, extend vital health provisions...
  • ‘It seems so simple: ignore the lobbyists, vote to give hope to the victims of slavery instead. That’s the right thing to do. And today, we’ll give our friends another chance to show where they stand in this debate over modern slavery.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Senate Democrats to side with human trafficking victims and end their filibuster of the bipartisan human trafficking bill: “Throughout Democrats’ filibuster of anti-slavery legislation, this is basically what they’ve been...
  • WEEK OF MARCH 23RD MONDAY, MARCH 23RD 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) H.R. 360 - Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Pearce / Financial Services Committee) 2) H.R. 233 - Tenant Income Verification Relief Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter / Financial Services Committee) 3) H.R. 216 - Department of Veterans Affairs Budget...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule allowing anti-worker ambush elections for unionization: "The root of representation is to work for the interests of those you represent.  Everyone in the House knows that. And unions, as representative bodies, should exist for the benefit of workers. But I don’t think anyone disagrees that it’s workers, not unions, who know what’s best for themselves. …  “Joining a union is a big choice. But to make an informed decision, workers...
  • ‘Nationwide, we’ve seen a staggering 300-percent increase in the number of infants diagnosed with newborn withdrawal since 2000. But in Kentucky, we saw similar numbers grow by an almost unbelievable 3,000 percent.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Protecting Our Infants Act: “Next month, I look forward to hosting our nation’s newest Drug Czar at a forum in Covington, Kentucky. It’s a forum that will allow Director Botticelli to hear firsthand accounts of the devastating impact of one of...