Capitol Hill Updates

  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Last votes expected: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. H.R. 5430 – United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (Two Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Steny Hoyer / Ways and Means Committee) H.R. 5377 – Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Suozzi / Ways and Means Committee)
  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. H.Res. 755 - Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors (Closed Rule, Six Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler / Judiciary Committee)
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH  On Tuesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. No One Minute Speeches Postponed Suspension Votes: 1) H.R. 4183 – Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna / Veterans’ Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 3530 – Improving Confidence in Veterans’ Care Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Cloud / Veterans’ Affairs Committee) 3) H.R. 2726 – Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan legislation from Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) to protect churches, charities, and other nonprofit organizations is expected to become law as part of a bipartisan funding package agreed to by House and Senate negotiators today. The Lessening Impediments from Taxes (LIFT) for Charities Act repeals a section of the tax code that requires some tax-exempt organizations to pay federal taxes on employee benefits, such as parking, meals, or transportation benefits.   “It is welcome news that the LIFT for Charities Act...
  • WEEK OF DECEMBER 16TH MONDAY, DECEMBER 16TH  On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. No votes are expected in the House on Monday. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 4920 – Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Takano / Veterans’ Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 4183 – Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna / Veterans’ Affairs Committee) 3) H.R. 3530 – Improving Confidence...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after House Democrats voted down H.R. 19, The Lower Costs, More Cures Act, and instead passed H.R. 3, the Fewer Cures and More Government Price Control Act: “Today was a disaster for every American struggling to pay for their prescription medicines. Given the choice between a partisan drug plan that can never become law, and a bipartisan prescription drug bill that could be on the President’s desk this week, radical Democrats chose Pelosi’s partisan drug plan. “The American people want a...
  • Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) praised President Trump’s executive order taking action against anti-Semitism in the United States. The executive order adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism and provides important tools to protect American Jews being targeted by anti-Semitism. Meadows released the following statement on the order: “Today, President Trump signed an executive order taking a new step to better protect Jewish Americans from anti-Semitic discrimination. This executive order clarifies that whenever anti-Semitic...
  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 3 - Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Pallone /Rep. Neal/Rep. Scott (VA)/ Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means/Education and Labor Committees) The Rule provides for one remaining hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Reps. Walden / Brady / Collins / Foxx Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Paul Tonko...
  • "The vile, hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears." COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM: President Donald J. Trump is issuing an Executive Order to further the fight against the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States. President Trump’s order makes it clear that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to anti-Semitic discrimination based on race, color, or national origin. When enforcing Title VI against covered anti-Semitic discrimination, agencies will consider the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA)...
  • WASHINGTON—The U.S. House and Senate Armed Services Committees yesterday released the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which included Collins’ amendment to protect religious liberty for all chaplains serving in our military. Collins’ amendment will guarantee the government is not involved in the establishment and determination of religion, ensuring the church is the sole determiner of whether a military chaplain is qualified to represent his or her religion.  “Allowing the military to serve as the sole determiner of whether a...