Capitol Hill Updates

  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH  On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson / Judiciary Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Debbie Lesko Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Madeleine Dean Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Reps....
  • ‘The legislation was silent on the abortion issue. All it would have done was affirm the rights of these newborn babies. But apparently, even that was a bridge too far. Not just for the far-left fringe — not anymore -- but now, a bridge too far for the vast majority of our Democratic colleagues right here in the Senate.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding legislation to protect the rights of all babies born in the United States: “Yesterday, the Senate had an opportunity to...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement regarding the Department of Health and Human Services' ruling to end the practice of taxpayer subsidized abortion through the Title X Family Planning Program. This decision restores the Reagan-era regulations that prevent Title X funds from being used to promote, counsel, or refer clients to abortion services. “Since President Trump took office we have made great strides toward defending the sanctity of life. With today’s decision by the Trump Administration, we are finally starting to see the...
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH  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: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  H.J.Res. 46 - Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) S. 47 - Natural Resources Management Act...
  •   Today, despite receiving the support of a bipartisan majority of the United States Senate, Senator Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act failed to receive 60 votes to break a Democratic filibuster. The final roll call vote was 53-44. “I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether we're okay with infanticide,” said Senator Sasse. “This language is blunt. I recognize that and it's too blunt for many people in this body. But frankly, that is what we're talking about here today. Infanticide is what the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act...
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH On Monday, 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) H.R. 583 - PIRATE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 501 - Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Energy and Commerce Committee) 3) H.R. 525 - Strengthening the Health Care Fraud Prevention Task Force Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden /...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released a video commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of Rev. Billy Graham and provided an update on the process for getting his statue placed in the United States Capitol. The National Statuary Hall Collection, located in the Capitol building, holds 100 statues from all 50 states. Each state is allowed only two to honor persons notable in their history. North Carolina currently has two statues placed in the Capitol: Zebulon Baird Vance and Charles Brantley...
  • WASHINGTON – Amid news reports that Hezbollah and other hostile actors are exploiting political uncertainty in Venezuela, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ted Cruz of Texas are raising concerns that adversaries, including known and suspected terrorists, may be able to threaten American security via the southern border. The senators are seeking a briefing from top national security and diplomatic officials regarding steps being taken to prevent threats from around the world from entering the United States. In a letter to the secretaries of the Departments of State and Homeland...
  • As the Senate Intelligence Committee nears the end of its years-long investigation into whether the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia, NBC News reported Tuesday that after interviewing over 200 witnesses from multiple countries and reviewing over 300,000 documents, the committee has "uncovered no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia."The Senate's findings are consistent with its House Intelligence Committee counterpart, whose members announced last year that they too found no evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and...
  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH  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: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Last votes expected: TBD.  One Minute Speeches Conference Report to Accompany H.J.Res. 31 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey / Appropriations Committee) Special Order Speeches