Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, Congressmen Diane Black (R-TN), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and John Fleming, M.D. (R-LA) held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (HCCRA). This legislation would protect Americans’ First Amendment rights and would stop the Obama Administration’s assault on religious freedom. HCCRA offers reprieve from ongoing violations of our First Amendment, including full exemption from the Obama Administration’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate and conscience protection for individuals and health care entities...
  • “Government spending has driven our national debt up past $16 trillion,” says Speaker John Boehner in a new video. As CBS News reported this weekend, the debt has “increased by more than $6 trillion” since President Obama took office in 2009 – “the largest increase to date under any U.S. president.” A $16 trillion debt comes out to “$52,000 for every man, woman, and child,” notes Boehner. “To put that into perspective, consider this: with your share of the debt, you could put a down payment on a new house. You’d never have to worry about money for back-to-school supplies. You...
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH On Tuesday, 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: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 668 - To amend section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, to require that annual budget submissions of the President to Congress provide an estimate of the cost per taxpayer of the deficit, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Luke Messer / Budget Committee)2) H.R. 338 - The Stop Tobacco Smuggling in the Territories Act...
  • Regulating Smartphones as Medical Devices Could Affect Growth and Innovation and Trigger Obamacare Device Tax   WASHINGTON, DC – Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week pressed the Food and Drug Administration to provide insight on how they plan to regulate mobile medical applications. Committee leaders are concerned that FDA may subject more smartphones and mobile apps to regulation as medical devices, which could result in their being taxed under Obamacare and harm the innovation and economic benefits of the U.S. mobile marketplace. In a letter...
  • THE LEADER'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE WEEK OF MARCH 4TH MONDAY, MARCH 4THOn Monday, the House will meet a 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 pm. Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 307 - Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (MI) / Energy and Commerce Committee) TUESDAY, MARCH 5THOn Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of...
  • This week, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator John Thune, and Senator Dan Coats introduced The Abstinence Education Reallocation Act in the 113th Congress. This bill reestablishes abstinence education as a priority approach to sexual education.  Currently, risk avoidance or abstinence centered education receives one dollar for every 16 dollars contraceptive centered education receives.  Just as public health policy promotes risk avoidance to behaviors such as smoking and underage drinking, this legislation, supported by parents, encourages teens to wait for sex. The Sexual Risk...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement in recognition of the 1,400 days that have passed since the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate passed a budget, saying: “Federal law mandates that each chamber pass a budget every year. The U.S. Senate has neglected this responsibility for nearly four years now – 1,400 days. “Since the Senate last passed a budget, the federal government has saddled more than $5 trillion in additional debt onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. Since the Senate last passed a budget, federal deficits have...
  • ‘Now, you’d think the President would welcome a proposal like ours. Given his complaints, and those of his cabinet secretaries about their hands being tied on cuts, you’d think he’d be banging on our doors demanding flexibility. But now – get this – he’s complaining that having extra authority might mean he’d actually have to choose which programs to preserve and which ones to cut. That he’d have to prioritize spending within the federal government. Well, with all due respect, Mr. President, I think a lot of people who voted for you think it’s your job to make tough decisions –...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to pass legislation replacing President Obama’s sequester: “It’s embarrassing that after 15 months Senate Democrats still haven’t passed a single sequester replacement bill.  The American people deserve better.  Republicans in the House passed legislation almost a year ago in May, and again in December, to avert the president’s sequester and help put us on a path to a balanced budget.  Now that today’s political stunt to raise taxes has...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on Wednesday sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton demanding details about the release of illegal immigrants from U.S. detention centers. The letter can be found here and the text of the letter is as follows: Dear Director Morton: I am concerned about the recent announcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release a large number of detained persons. This decision reflects the lack of resource prioritization within the Department...