TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH 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: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
One Minute Speeches
H. Res. 687 - Providing for consideration of H.R. 1206, No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act; and H.R. 4885, IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act of 2016 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers / Rules Committee)
H. Res. 688 - Providing for consideration of H.R. 4890, To impose a ban on the payment of bonuses to employees of the Internal Revenue Service until...
Two years ago, the nation learned that our veterans were dying waiting for care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We learned today that the waits continue, that scheduling manipulation hasn’t been stopped, and that the VA hasn’t done enough to get our veterans the care they need fast.
A new report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the VA’s “piecemeal approach” to reform is insufficient. Not only do schedulers continue falsifying their data to influence wait time reports, only four people in the entirety of the VA have been...
‘The FAA Reauthorization bill is the product of hard work and deliberation from members on both sides of the aisle…It’s a win for passengers. It’s a win for national security. It’s another example of commonsense legislating under Republican leadership — leadership that’s getting the Senate back to work’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization and airport security bill:
“Americans continue to see the difference a Republican-...
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...
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)
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...