Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) appeared on Fox Business this morning to discuss the state of the economy, and how the GOP agenda is helping build a healthier, safer, and stronger America. Excerpts of the interview are below, or watch online here.   On the positive economic impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “Unemployment is now at 3.9%, this is the lowest it’s been in almost 20 years. If someone’s going to college right now this is the best economy they’ve ever seen. Unemployment claims are at a 44-year low…and in 48 out of 50 states have...
  • RSC Highlight:   Last week the House passed 4 pieces of legislation with wide conservative support:   In April, Chairman Walker penned a joint op-ed with Rep. Cedric Richmond in support of Criminal Justice Reform.  On Tuesday, the House passed the FIRST STEP Act and sent the bill to the Senate for consideration.  Chairman Walker released a statement saying, "The FIRST STEP Act takes important steps" and " the American story is a history of second chances, that’s why we must always ensure that...
  • The House passes the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.  WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019: “As we enter a weekend of reverence and remembrance of our fallen heroes, we have the opportunity to dedicate ourselves to provide our servicemen and servicewomen with the tools they need to stay safe while keeping our...
  • Thanks to pro-growth Republican policies, America reclaimed its seat as the world's most competitive economy this week, beating Singapore and Hong Kong for the top slot. With a unified Republican Congress working with a Republican President, the GOP passed the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and has been rolling back hundreds of burdensome regulations, allowing the U.S. to increase domestic investment and attract more international companies.  This has been visible in the more than 500 companies that have announced increased investment or new hiring and in small businesses that have...
  • The House just passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act to reduce government overreach in the financial services sector, easing some of the overly burdensome regulatory framework of Dodd-Frank   WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) released the following statement after the House passed S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act: “Local banks used to serve as the epicenter of growth for our community, proudly thriving on Main Streets in our towns and...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—United Technologies Corp. announced today that because the United States tax climate is competitive again thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the company plans to hire 35,000 more people and invest $75 billion in communities across the country. As the company stated, "The competitive tax system resulting from U.S. tax reform is encouraging global companies, such as United Technologies, to make long-term investments in innovation in America." With this announcement, UTC joins the ranks of more than 500 other companies that have announced increased benefits, raises...
  • THURSDAY, MAY 24TH  On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 5515 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee) The Rule provides for no further general debate, makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc. A list of the 75 remaining amendments made in...
  •   The House passes Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act to allow patients to gain access to experimental treatments if they have been diagnosed with a life threatening disease or condition and have exhausted approved treatment options.   WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) released the following statement after the House passed S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017:“The government should not be able to...
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 23RD  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 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Continue Consideration of H.R. 5515 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee) Postponed Amendment Votes: Rep. Rick Nolan Amendment Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Amendment  Rep. Pete Aguilar Amendment Rep. John Garamendi Amendment The Rule...
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing a proposal to update the regulations governing the Title X family planning program, which focuses on serving low-income Americans. The proposed update to the regulations ensures compliance with statutory program integrity provisions governing the program and, in particular, the statutory prohibition on funding “programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” (42 U.S.C. § 300a-6) The proposed update to the regulations, which were last revised 18 years ago, would also make notable improvements designed to increase the...