Capitol Hill Updates

  • ‘Today we will no doubt hear calls for a new investigation which could only serve to impede the current work being done to not only discover what the Russians may have done, but also to let this body and the national security community to develop the countermeasures and warfighting doctrine to see that it doesn't occur again. Partisan calls should not delay the considerable work of Chairman Burr and Vice Chairman Warner — too much is at stake.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the firing...
  • ‘Ominous Signs For Health Care Customers In States Across The Country’ SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN): Under Obamacare “…exchanges are collapsing, people could be without insurance, premiums will skyrocket if we don’t act…” (Sen. Alexander, Press Release, 5/5/2017)    In 2018 Individual Insurance ‘Markets Could Collapse’ In Many Areas “Tens of thousands of customers who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces could lose their coverage for 2018. Several insurers have already decided not to offer marketplace coverage next year amid financial risk…” (“...
  • ‘Americans across the country — law enforcement, nurses, family members and many more — have dedicated themselves to reversing this crisis. And Congress has taken significant steps to help combat this growing problem on a bipartisan basis.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the nationwide opioid epidemic and the president’s nominee for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Scott Gottlieb: “The heroin and prescription opioid epidemic is taking a heartbreaking toll on families...
  • Senate Majority Leader discusses Obamacare, the government funding bill, free speech and nominees.   WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor on Monday: “Today the Senate will move to confirm Heather Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force.  Wilson is a Rhodes Scholar, Air Force Academy graduate — part of the third class ever to admit women, by the way — and a dedicated public servant who served several terms in Congress.  I’m sure she’ll work hard in this new role to strengthen the branch of the military...
  • Funding Bill Provides ‘The Tools We Need To Make A Change’   SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY JOHN KELLY: “This is our government's largest investment in border security in 10 years. We are … beginning to get the tools we need to make a change.” (White House Press Briefing, 5/02/2017)   ‘The Largest Overall Increase In Border Security And Department Of Homeland Security Funding In The Last 10 Years’ “Congress is expected to vote on the biggest increase in border security funding in a long time this week …” (“Catch And Release Program Could End After Vote On Border Security Funding,”...
  • VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: The budget deal “will avert a government shutdown but more important than that there's going to be a significant increase in military spending. Our armed forces have been hollowed out in recent years by budget cuts. 21 billion dollars in defense spending in this bill. There's also a down payment on border security. I think the American people are encouraged to hear that since our inauguration, illegal border crossings are down 60 plus percent in this country. And in this bill there's a down payment on additional border security. I'm also pleased to see as the President...
  • Next Year ‘Obamacare Choices Could Go From One To Zero’ In ‘Many Areas Of The Country’ “Tens of thousands of customers who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces could lose their coverage for 2018. Several insurers have already decided not to offer marketplace coverage next year amid financial risk…” (“Thousands Of Obamacare Customers Left Without Options As Insurers Bolt,” Bloomberg, 4/27/2017)   “In the 2017 open-enrollment period that ended on January 31, many areas of the country had limited options for marketplace plans… One-third of all counties [...
  • The status quo is unacceptable. The pain caused by Obamacare is real for millions of Americans. We must repeal and replace this failed law.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, a bill to repeal and replace the failed Obamacare law: “Obamacare has failed the American people and must be repealed and replaced. Today’s vote in the House was an important step. We are now closer to giving our constituents freedom from the increased costs, diminishing...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) made the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act to repeal and replace Obamacare:   "Today we made history by taking the first important step toward rescuing hardworking families from the failures and skyrocketing costs of Obamacare. "For years now, American families have been struggling under the broken promises of this failed law, losing their doctors and plans they were told they could keep, and seeing their deductibles and premiums skyrocket by double digits to...
  • H.R. 1628 - American Health Care Act, passed: Passage Vote Count Rep: 217-20 Dem: 0-193 Final Vote: 217-213 Additionally, prior to the American Health Care Act vote, the House passed H.R. 2192 - To amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of certain State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff by a vote of 429-0