Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the Supreme Court decided in a 7-2 ruling that the Bladensburg Memorial Cross does not violate the Establishment Clause and may remain on public land: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling is an unambiguous win for religious liberty. Throughout the course of this case, I was proud to lead two amicus briefs to the court on behalf of concerned Members of Congress supporting the preservation of the Bladensburg Peace Cross. The Peace Cross is a testament to the sacrifice of 49 American soldiers who...
  • “With a $22 trillion debt crisis, we cannot afford to hold onto bureaucrats who aren’t doing their jobs.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) is leading efforts to cut government waste and ensure the highest performing federal employees are serving the American people. Senator Perdue, along with U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS), reintroduced the Modern Employment Reform, Improvement and Transformation (MERIT) Act, which would modernize the civil service system by expediting...
  • HOUSTON, Texas – Following the Senate’s unanimous passage of the bipartisan Cruz-Kaine resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today called on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to follow suit: “Last week the Senate came together and in one voice condemned anti-Semitism as a unique prejudice with a unique history, which has resulted in unique horrors throughout history. The House has thus far been unable to pass a similar resolution, and the last effort ended with them throwing everything they could think of into a resolution....
  • WASHINGTON - Representatives Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Grace Meng (D, NY-6), Ted Deutch (D, FL-22), and Gus Bilirakis (R, FL-12) urged Germany to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. This call follows Germany’s failed vote in the Bundestag on June 6, 2019, to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization. In 2013, Germany, as part of the European Union, designated Hezbollah’s military wing only. Since 2016, multiple international entities, such as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and United Kingdom (UK), have labeled Hezbollah’s political and military wing as a...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement following Secretary of State Pompeo’s response to Iran’s recent attack in the Gulf of Oman. “I very much appreciate the Trump Administration and Secretary Pompeo calling Iran out for today’s attack in the Gulf of Oman. “As Secretary Pompeo stated, these attacks are a threat to international peace, security, and freedom of navigation. “When you’re dealing with a rogue nation like Iran -- and their escalating provocations -- we must send a clear, unequivocal signal that their actions are unacceptable....
  • Just a few years ago, a study found that 36 million Americans failed to refill their prescriptions because the cost was too much.  That means a population the size of Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas combined is skipping medicine that controls diabetes, lowers cholesterol and battles depression. Across America, the contents of our medicine cabinets now rival expensive jewelry in price.  The cost of insulin doubled in the U.S. between 2012 and 2016.  Nexium, which treats acid reflux, will set you back more than $7 per pill.  What’s really frustrating is that the spiraling...
  • Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst and Governor Kim Reynolds Welcome President Trump to Council Bluffs, Iowa   By Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and Gov. Kim Reynolds   Politicians love to talk about farmers, often invoking images of families waving American flags by sun-soaked corn fields. They pledge their commitment to Rural America, but often their “commitment” ends on Election Day. That hasn’t been the case with President Trump.   With every visit to Iowa, he reaffirms his support for ethanol, which supports more than 43,000 Iowa-based jobs, as Iowa accounts...
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12TH  On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First vote expected: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Begin Consideration of H.R. 2740 - Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020, Rules Committee Print (Sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro / Appropriations Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate, and makes in order the following amendments. ...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president’s well-qualified nominees: “This week, the Senate is making more progress in the personnel business. Since returning to more prompt consideration for unobjectionable, lower-level nominees, we’re continuing to fill important vacancies around the executive branch and on the federal bench. Yesterday, we confirmed several more well-qualified nominees to important seats on the federal judiciary — Ryan Holte of Ohio and...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Representative Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) released the following statement after Democrats blocked an amendment during the appropriations process to prohibit federal funds from going to entities that do not protect babies born alive during an abortion. “Our government shouldn’t be using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion providers, particularly abortion providers who do not act to save the lives of babies born alive during an abortion. Refusing life-saving care to a newborn baby is not health care, no matter the circumstances of birth,” ...