Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement today that violates the religious freedoms of people of faith and people of conscience. “The so-called new policy is the discredited old policy, dressed up to look like something else,” said Smith. “It remains a serious violation of religious freedom. Only the most naïve or gullible would accept this as a change in policy. “The newest iteration of Obama’s coercion rule utterly fails because it still forces religious employers and employees who...
  • Not only does the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 7) include NO earmarks, a sharp departure from past highway bills, but it also eliminates or consolidates nearly 70 federal transportation programs. Here’s a complete list below: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Border Enforcement Grants Performance and Registration Information System Management Grant Program Safety Data Improvement Grants Commercial Driver’s License Information System Modernization Chapter 55 of 49 USC, Intermodal Transportation Program Federal Transit Administration (...
  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. One Minute Speeches (5 per side) House Amendment to S. 2038 - STOCK Act (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Joseph Lieberman / Judiciary Committee / House Administration Committee / Oversight and Government Reform Committee / Financial Services Committee / Agriculture Committee / Rules Committee) Postponed Vote on Democratic Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 3630 - Temporary Payroll Tax Cut...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement as negotiations continue between House and Senate conference committee members over an extension of the payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefits, and Medicare reimbursements for physicians treating seniors. Today Democrats will offer a Motion to Instruct conferees calling for passage of a compromise by February 17. “The Senate’s window for negotiating a full-year extension of the payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefits, and a fix to the Medicare reimbursement...
  • Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding the Administration’s decision to force a mandate on healthcare providers contrary to their religious freedom: “Throughout my Senate career, I’ve spent a lot of time to defending the First Amendment. “Most of it I’ve spent defending one particular clause of that amendment, the one relating to the right of free speech. But recent events have shown, quite unexpectedly, the urgent need to defend another clause in the First Amendment. I’m referring, of course, to the...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding the bipartisan effort to extend the payroll tax holiday through the end of the year: “I just wanted to make a couple of observations this morning about the payroll tax. “I’ll start with the obvious: Republicans strongly support extending this tax cut for the rest of the year. “Americans have suffered long enough as a result of this President’s economic policies. They don’t need to suffer more because of his failure to turn the economy around three...
  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH 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 - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches (15 per side) H.R. 3521 - Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2011 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Budget Committee / Rules Committee) The rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Reps. Paul Ryan / Chris Van Hollen Manager’s Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep....
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH On Tuesday, 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 - 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches (15 per side) Complete Consideration of H.R. 1734 - Civilian Property Realignment Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Oversight and Government Reform Committee / Rules Committee) Postponed Amendment Vote: Rep. Gerald Connolly Amendment H.R. 3581 - Budget and Accounting Transparency Act of...
  • Chairman Price’s Policy Points Tracking the legislative operations of the 112th Congress  The Week of Monday, February 6, 2012 A View of the House Floor This week, the House of Representatives will consider: ·         A bill to reduce the inventory of federal property (H.R. 1734) ·         A bill to authorize the President to propose a rescission of all or any dollar amount of funding to an enacted bill (H.R. 3521) ·         A bill to require “fair...
  • If the CLASS Act is a microcosm of the gimmicks and dishonesty involved in creating ObamaCare, one recently imposed regulation is the clearest expression yet of how government-run health care will trample on Americans’ constitutional rights. Most people commonly associate the First Amendment with freedom of speech, but its first words are actually to guarantee us freedom of religion. Yet, under an ideological new rule handed down by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, many organizations affiliated with the Catholic Church will be required to provide free contraceptives, sterilization,...