Capitol Hill Updates

  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE WEEK OF JANUARY 14TH MONDAY, JANUARY 14THOn Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. H.R. __ - The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (Suspension, 40 minutes of debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) TUESDAY, JANUARY 15TH, AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEKOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Thursday and Friday, no votes are...
  • Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act of 2013 which would stop HHS from providing federal family planning assistance under Title X to abortion businesses unless they certify they won’t provide and refer abortions. The reintroduction of this legislation in the 113th Congress made technical corrections to Congressman Mike Pence’s H.R. 217 which was introduced in the 112th Congress. Rep. Blackburn is Vice-Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee which oversees Title X of the 1970 Public Health Service Act. She hopes to build...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Scalise, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, last night succeeded in attaching two key amendments to the House rules package to expand transparency and reduce wasteful government spending. “In order to start controlling Washington spending, we need an open and transparent accounting of all welfare and entitlement programs as well as their projected growth,” Scalise said.  “Washington liberals cannot continue sticking their heads in the sand while ignoring our skyrocketing $16 trillion national debt as if it doesn’t exist. ...
  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 3RD On Thursday, the 112th Congress will meet at 11:00 a.m. for legislative business and adjourn sine die. The House will convene for the start of the 113th Congress at 12:00 p.m. There will be a recorded quorum call at 12:00 p.m. following the Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. Last votes expected: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Election of the Speaker of the House Swearing-in of Members and Delegates H.Res. 5 - Adopting rules for the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress (Privileged Resolution, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor)
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released a final report on the work of the committee in the 112th Congress. This is the eighth quarterly report Upton has released to colleagues and the House GOP leadership, and one of several new initiatives undertaken by the committee to increase transparency and ensure the public has easy access to the panel’s work. “Our record in the 112th Congress is an impressive one. Bills signed into law. Many more advanced through the House. Investigations that uncovered waste, fraud, and abuse of...
  • Washington, DC – Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan released the following statement after voting against the fiscal cliff deal crafted by the Senate. “The one bright spot of this bill is that it makes permanent most of the tax relief Republicans have championed for more than a decade. Unfortunately, it also allows taxes to increase for many families and small businesses.” "On spending, which is the real problem, this classic Washington deal is worse than doing nothing. We'll never get the budget balanced by delaying the few spending cuts that were agreed to in the...
  • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30TH On Sunday, the House will meet at 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) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4057 - Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012 (Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)2) S. 3202 - Dignified Burial of Veterans Act of 2012, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)3) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 6328 - Clothe a...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2013. “It is Congress’ constitutional and moral duty to provide for the nation’s defense and that begins by ensuring the brave men and women of our military have the support, the resources, and the tools they need to protect our freedoms. This FY 2013 NDAA accomplishes that goal, and it does so in a manner consistent with our commitment to individual liberty – including...
  • Washington, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) this evening issued the following statement:"The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass.  Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.  The House has already passed legislation to stop all of the January 1 tax rate increases and replace the sequester with responsible spending cuts that will begin to address our nation's crippling debt.  The Senate must now act."
  • Washington, D.C. – Last night, leading House Conservatives presented an amendment to Speaker Boehner’s “Plan B” in the House Rules Committee to ensure that no American faces a tax increase. The amendment, which was presented to the Rules Committee by current RSC Chairman Jim Jordan, Chairman-elect Steve Scalise, and Congressman Mick Mulvaney, would keep taxes on income and investments at the current levels permanently, ensuring that no American taxpayer sees their rate increase in January.  It also protects our nation’s defense funding by shifting sequestration defense cuts over...