Capitol Hill Updates

  • FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH  On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 720 - Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Judiciary Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Darren Soto Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. John Conyers Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Amendment (10 minutes of...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1301, the FY 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations: “Defense is and remains our government’s highest priority. If we don’t defend our nation, we can’t do anything else. Our nation faces an increasing number of threats abroad and we must be sure our military has everything necessary to overwhelm any challenge. This legislation funds a pay raise for our military personnel, supports readiness programs, and ensures our military has the resources it needs now and the...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) delivered the following remarks during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s Proposed Regulations Reforming the Investor Visa Program.   Chairman Goodlatte: In 1990, Congress created the Investor Visa Program in order to bring entrepreneurial talent to the United States, create new jobs, and infuse new capital into our economy, especially in hard-hit rural and depressed areas.   Unfortunately, over the years the program has strayed further and further from Congress’...
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH  On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 725 - Innocent Party Protection Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Buck / Judiciary Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Darren Soto Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Matt Cartwright Amendment (10 minutes of debate) H.R. 985 - Fairness in Class Action...
  • Our health-care system is broken. It was inefficient before Obamacare, and Obamacare’s Washington-knows-best-mandates made it many times worse. The American people have suffered as a result. We can’t return to the pre-Obamacare status quo, because Americans need more access to health care. But we also can’t leave the American people tied to a sinking Obamacare ship, forced to face higher annual premiums and fewer provider choices. We need relief based on clear principles: Government shouldn’t dictate our health-care choices, health care should be driven by market principles, and we must...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee today sent a letter to Director James Comey calling on the FBI to follow all legitimate investigative leads regarding Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as leads regarding the mishandling of classified information. Members signing the letter also renewed their request for a briefing on these matters and allegations made by the President over the weekend that he and his associates were under surveillance during the...
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 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: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 1301 - Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee) Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 132 - Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office Conveyance Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Natural Resources...
  • JERUSALEM­—for the Christian reader it’s a name that invokes the Psalms describing its beauty, its spiritual significance, and the importance of praying for its peace.  For others it stirs a wide spectrum of emotions and a quagmire of international disagreement. Here are several reasons for the multilayered controversy over Jerusalem. THE UNITED NATIONS, WAR OF INDEPENDENCE, AND SIX DAY WAR Over the last 150 years, as Jerusalem expanded beyond the ancient walls of the Old City, Jews and Arabs lived interspersed on both the eastern and western sides. A complicating factor was introduced...
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 7TH  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. 1362 - To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa, the Faleomavaega Eni Fa’aua’a Hunkin VA Clinic (Sponsored by Rep. Amata Coleman Radewagen / Veterans Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 375 - To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in...
  • The House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have released the text of legislation to Repeal and Replace Obamacare.  Attached you will find a summary for each Committee and you can find the legislative text to Energy and Commerce related legislation here and Ways and Means related legislation here.   Both Committees have scheduled markups for Wednesday, March 8.   Text of the FY2017 Budget Reconciliation legislation is now available:   Committee Prints Energy and Commerce Ways & Means   Additionally, please see the section-by-...