Capitol Hill Updates

  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH  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. 2768 - Fowler and Boskoff Peaks Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Natural Resources Committee) 2) H.R. 2615 - Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Steven Palazzo / Natural Resources Committee) 3) H.R. 1491 - Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2017,...
  • ‘Later today, the Senate will consider two more talented nominees to the federal judiciary. First, we will vote to confirm the nomination of Dabney Friedrich to serve as a district court judge for the District of Columbia. Next, we will vote to advance the nomination of an exceptionally well-qualified nominee to the federal judiciary, Gregory Katsas to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president’s nominee for...
  • Welcome back. Hopefully your Thanksgiving holiday was full of family, food, and rest. For now, you can enjoy holiday music for the next month as we aim to get some big things done before the end of the year.   ON THE FLOOR    COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT    On Wednesday, the House will vote on the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3017). Brownfields typically refer to abandoned or closed commercial or industrial properties that often have redevelopment potential.   This program has...
  • WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27TH  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH  On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH  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. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2768 - Fowler and Boskoff Peaks Designation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Natural Resources Committee) 2) H.R. 2615 - Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Steven Palazzo / Natural Resources Committee) 3) H...
  • Today is Small Business Saturday  For those of you who don’t know, today is Small Business Saturday. Southwest Michigan is made strong by our diverse small business community. As they ramp up for the holiday season, I am continuing to work hard to ensure they are fully empowered so that they can grow, hire workers here locally, and succeed.   This is one reason why I voted to advance H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, legislation that will lift the tax burden off our small businesses. A recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce report highlighted that more than 43,000 Southwest Michigan...
  • Last week, I joined with my colleagues here in the House to advance H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. This historic tax reform package will lower individual income tax rates except for the top bracket, simplify the entire code, create jobs, and boost our Southwest Michigan economy. It will specifically help Michigan middle-class families by increasing the standard deduction and expanding the Child Tax Credit. The current tax code is indefensible. I haven’t met a single person or visited a single small business that thinks the status quo is acceptable. The time for tax reform and...
  • Utah Senator Says, “After months of hard work and nearly a week of robust deliberation on the merits of this legislation, the Senate Finance Committee acted tonight to advance the most comprehensive tax reform bill in a generation. This is a historic moment and one we should all be proud of.” WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released the following statement after advancing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act after a near week-long markup in the Senate Finance Committee: “From the outset of this process, we sought to craft a strong pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-family tax...
  • ‘When the Senate returns after Thanksgiving, I will bring this must-pass legislation to the floor for further debate and open consideration.  I hope my friends on the other side of the aisle will join us in supporting this legislation, because there is universal agreement that a tax overhaul, and taking more money out of Washington’s pocket and putting more in the pockets of American families, is an economic imperative for our nation.’  WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement after the Senate Finance Committee reported their tax...
  • Friend,     As many of you know, I love children and want every child to have a safe and loving home.  This month is National Adoption Month. With over 13,000 Missouri children in foster care and over 1,200 boys and girls in foster care available for adoption, we must do all we can to encourage couples to open their hearts and homes to give them a forever home. We also need to encourage adoption as a wonderful alternative to abortion. And, when an adoption is pending, it is important that our laws support the process so the adoption is timely and...
  • “The House's passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act today is a historic win for hard-working families who want to see more money in their pockets, and who want to see our economy get back on track. For the first time in 31 years, we are finally making our country competitive again."     FLOOR HIGHLIGHTS     H.R. 2874 - 21st Century Flood Reform Act Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy   Passage Vote Count Rep: 222-14 Dem: 15-175 Final Vote: 237-189 Summary:...