Capitol Hill Updates

  • Friend,     As many of you know, I love children and want every child to have a safe and loving home.  This month is National Adoption Month. With over 13,000 Missouri children in foster care and over 1,200 boys and girls in foster care available for adoption, we must do all we can to encourage couples to open their hearts and homes to give them a forever home. We also need to encourage adoption as a wonderful alternative to abortion. And, when an adoption is pending, it is important that our laws support the process so the adoption is timely and...
  • “The House's passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act today is a historic win for hard-working families who want to see more money in their pockets, and who want to see our economy get back on track. For the first time in 31 years, we are finally making our country competitive again."     FLOOR HIGHLIGHTS     H.R. 2874 - 21st Century Flood Reform Act Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy   Passage Vote Count Rep: 222-14 Dem: 15-175 Final Vote: 237-189 Summary:...
  • Washington, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor on Thursday in support of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Full remarks are below, or watch online here. “I thank the gentleman for yielding. “Mr. Speaker, I stand before this body, but I want to speak to the people watching us at home right now, and who will hear us in the hours and days to come. I want to speak to the people who stretch their budgets to get to the next paycheck. I want to speak to the people who are starting to wonder if the American promise no longer applies to...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) made the following statement after the House took historic action to reform our tax code for the first time in 31 years with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “The House's passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act today is a historic win for hard-working families who want to see more money in their pockets, and who want to see our economy get back on track. For the first time in 31 years, we are finally making our country competitive again so we can bring jobs back to America that have left, and we simplify the tax code so much...
  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH  On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  Complete Consideration of H.R. 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, Two Hours of General Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee) Postponed Suspension Vote: 1) H.R. 3109 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1114 North 2nd Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, as the "Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building" (Sponsored by...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today delivered the following remarks during the House Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice.     Chairman Goodlatte: Good Morning.  Today, we welcome Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the Judiciary Committee’s annual Department of Justice oversight hearing.    Mr. Attorney General, you have a long and distinguished career in public service.  You’ve continued that service by leading the Department of Justice, an agency that, by its very nature, is...
  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH  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 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  Postponed Suspension Vote: 1) H.R. 2331 - Connected Government Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly / Oversight and Government Reform Committee) Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 4174 - Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Oversight and...
  • Good Morning/Afternoon,   I want to draw your attention to an amendment RSC Chairman Mark Walker will introduce to H.R.1, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, that will eliminate Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty. Eliminating the mandate is good policy, will make passing tax reform easier, and also make it easier to repeal and replace Obamacare. Until enactment of Obamacare, the federal government had never required individuals to purchase a product from a private company. CBO has estimated that the individual mandate will force approximately 13 million people, who would not voluntarily...
  • ‘Alex brings a wealth of private and public sector knowledge that will prepare him well for this crucial role.’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President Trump’s intention to nominate Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services:  “Alex brings a wealth of private and public sector knowledge that will prepare him well for this crucial role. The Secretary of HHS oversees some of the nation's most important programs, including Medicare and Medicaid in addition to safeguarding public health at...
  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH  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 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee) H.R. 2874 - 21st Century Flood Reform Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Financial Services Committee...