Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) appeared Wednesday morning on Fox News’ Fox and Friends, and Fox Business’ Mornings with Maria to discuss the latest on the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare and upcoming anti-trafficking legislation to be voted on in the House. Fox and Friends “Let’s not wait until August. We have three more weeks right now. I know during the Fourth of July, when people were back in their district, they were working out different ideas…. This is much of what had happened inside the House. Remember a lot of people didn’t...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following announcement about the Senate’s August recess: “Once the Senate completes its work on health care reform, we will turn to other important issues including the National Defense Authorization Act and the backlog of critical nominations that have been mindlessly stalled by Democrats. “In order to provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the...
  • The House of Representatives today approved by voice vote the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act (H.R. 2480). This bill, authored by Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) and a product of the House Judiciary Committee, ensures that state and local governments are able to obtain and use federal law enforcement grant funding for programs that combat human trafficking, including programs aimed at reducing demand for commercial sex.The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) has introduced The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act. The legislation addresses loopholes that allow federal agencies to impose mandates on state and local governments—as well as the private sector—without providing a transparent accounting of costs. “Expensive, hidden costs from regulators continue to force American families to pay more for goods and services,” said Lankford. “The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 was a step in the right direction to address issues with federal agencies from...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor on Monday regarding the failures of Obamacare: “Obamacare has been hurtling towards collapse for years. Today it sits on the edge of total meltdown. Unless we do something about that, even more Americans are going to get hurt. These are the men and women we represent — Americans who didn’t do anything wrong, Americans who in too many cases have been hurt by Obamacare already — and we have a responsibility to help before Obamacare comes crashing down around them. I...
  • TUESDAY, JULY 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. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 1492 – Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 702 – Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings / Oversight and Government Reform Committee) 3) H.R. 1988 – To...
  • WEEK OF JULY 10th MONDAY, JULY 10THOn Monday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. in pro forma session. No votes are expected in the House. TUESDAY, JULY 11THOn 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. 1492 – Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 702 – Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2017, as amended (...
  • Every generation or so, there is an opportunity to do something truly transformational—something that will jumpstart our economy, grow jobs, raise wages, increase American competitiveness, and put more money in your pockets. That moment is now here, and are going to meet it. It’s time to fix our broken tax code The last time we got this done was in 1986—the same year Speaker Ryan got his driver’s license. Over the last 31 years, our tax code has grown more complicated and less competitive, and it has stopped working for taxpayers. This needs to change, and 2017 is the year we get this...
  • "Both pieces of legislation serve the basic functions of our government by keeping people of our state and country safe from those who wish to do us harm."   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today gave a speech on the House floor during debate of H.R. 3004, Kate's Law, to voice his support of the legislation as well as H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. Both pieces of legislation passed the House of Representatives this evening.“Two years ago this weekend, Kate’s life was ended when she was gunned down by a five-time...
  • The House Judiciary Committee has approved by voice vote the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act (H.R. 2480). This bill, authored by Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), ensures that state and local governments are able to obtain and use federal law enforcement grant funding for programs that combat human trafficking, including programs aimed at reducing demand for commercial sex.The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program...