Capitol Hill Updates

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6TH  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: 9:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3249 – Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Judiciary Committee) H.R. 8 – Water Resources Development Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster /...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement Tuesday regarding the cancellation of August recess: “Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled. Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president’s nominees.” Background: It is expected that Senators will have a state work period during...
  • WEEK OF JUNE 4TH  MONDAY, JUNE 4TH   On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.   TUESDAY, JUNE 5THOn 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. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 5956 – Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop / Natural Resources Committee) 2) H.R. 1026 – North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act (Sponsored by Rep. Rick Nolan / Natural Resources...
  • Six months after President Trump signed the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act into law, business investments are strong, wages are growing, consumer confidence is soaring, and unemployment is dropping. And you don’t have to take our word for it. See the proof right here. Here are 17 numbers resulting from tax reform: 3.9  – Percentage of Americans unemployed (versus 9.9 percent in 2010), which is the lowest level in nearly 20 years. Source: Labor Department 6.6 – Percentage of  black and Hispanic Americans unemployed – which is the lowest point on record for these...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) appeared on Fox Business this morning to discuss the state of the economy, and how the GOP agenda is helping build a healthier, safer, and stronger America. Excerpts of the interview are below, or watch online here.   On the positive economic impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “Unemployment is now at 3.9%, this is the lowest it’s been in almost 20 years. If someone’s going to college right now this is the best economy they’ve ever seen. Unemployment claims are at a 44-year low…and in 48 out of 50 states have...
  • RSC Highlight:   Last week the House passed 4 pieces of legislation with wide conservative support:   In April, Chairman Walker penned a joint op-ed with Rep. Cedric Richmond in support of Criminal Justice Reform.  On Tuesday, the House passed the FIRST STEP Act and sent the bill to the Senate for consideration.  Chairman Walker released a statement saying, "The FIRST STEP Act takes important steps" and " the American story is a history of second chances, that’s why we must always ensure that...
  • The House passes the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.  WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019: “As we enter a weekend of reverence and remembrance of our fallen heroes, we have the opportunity to dedicate ourselves to provide our servicemen and servicewomen with the tools they need to stay safe while keeping our...
  • Thanks to pro-growth Republican policies, America reclaimed its seat as the world's most competitive economy this week, beating Singapore and Hong Kong for the top slot. With a unified Republican Congress working with a Republican President, the GOP passed the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and has been rolling back hundreds of burdensome regulations, allowing the U.S. to increase domestic investment and attract more international companies.  This has been visible in the more than 500 companies that have announced increased investment or new hiring and in small businesses that have...
  • The House just passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act to reduce government overreach in the financial services sector, easing some of the overly burdensome regulatory framework of Dodd-Frank   WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) released the following statement after the House passed S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act: “Local banks used to serve as the epicenter of growth for our community, proudly thriving on Main Streets in our towns and...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—United Technologies Corp. announced today that because the United States tax climate is competitive again thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the company plans to hire 35,000 more people and invest $75 billion in communities across the country. As the company stated, "The competitive tax system resulting from U.S. tax reform is encouraging global companies, such as United Technologies, to make long-term investments in innovation in America." With this announcement, UTC joins the ranks of more than 500 other companies that have announced increased benefits, raises...