Capitol Hill Updates

  • ‘I hope our colleagues reconsider and let the Senate consider police reform later today. If they do not, the next time another appalling incident makes our nation sick to its stomach with grief and anger yet again, Senate Democrats can explain to the nation why they made sure the Senate did nothing.’       WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding police reform:   “Today was supposed to bring progress for an issue that is weighing heavy on the American mind. In the wake of...
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 26TH  On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 51 – Washington, D.C. Admission Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton / Oversight and Reform Committee) Veto Message to Accompany H.J.Res. 76 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to “Borrower Defense Institutional...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced the bipartisan Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act to expand the current above-the-line deduction for charitable giving made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March. The bill would ensure that Americans who donate to charities, houses of worship, religious organizations, and other nonprofits are able to deduct that donation from their federal taxes at a higher...
  • WEEK OF JUNE 22ND  MONDAY, JUNE 22ND  On Monday, no votes are expected in the House. TUESDAY, JUNE 23RD  On Tuesday, no votes are expected in the House.  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24TH  On Wednesday, no votes are expected in the House.  THURSDAY, JUNE 25THOn Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected as early as 11:30 a.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 7259 - Patents for Humanity Program Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lucy McBath...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Whip and Ranking Member of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Steve Scalise (R-La.) opened Thursday's Select Subcommittee briefing on “The Unemployment Pandemic: Addressing America’s Jobs Crisis,” with remarks praising the American people's spirit and determination to get back to work. Whip Scalise detailed the successes of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which saved millions of jobs and small businesses. As of June 12, the program, which Congress has continually worked to improve, approved over 4.5 million loans, totaling...
  • WASHINGTON – This week, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), James Lankford (R-OK) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) announced the introduction of the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. The legislation provides long-term solutions focused on police reform, accountability and transparency, while also promoting efforts to find solutions to systemic issues affecting people of color such as education and health disparities.“Now is the time...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - At Thursday's virtual briefing of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Republican Whip and Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) emphasized the need to reopen and reinvigorate America's economy while protecting our most vulnerable populations.   During the briefing, which focused on the tragic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on America's nursing homes, Ranking Member Scalise also criticized Democratic governors of states like New York and Michigan, who forced nursing homes to readmit COVID-positive patients in apparent disregard of federal guidelines to...
  • ‘The rights of free speech, free assembly, and the free exercise of religion are all First Amendment rights. They have the same constitutional pedigree. But apparently while protests are now permissible, prayer is still too dangerous. Politicians are now picking and choosing within the First Amendment itself.’      WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding religious liberty:   “Several times now, I have praised the peaceful demonstrations protesting racial injustice and the...
  • “By far nonprofits are more efficient in getting assistance to local communities than government is.”   WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) provided testimony before the Joint Economic Committee during a hearing entitled “Supporting Charitable Giving during the COVID-19 Crisis.” In 2017, Lankford introduced the Universal Charitable Giving Act, which creates a universal charitable deduction in addition to the standard deduction for individuals and married couples that do not itemize. Lankford offered an amendment to the Coronavirus Aid,...
  • ‘This weekend saw millions of Americans once again take to streets and town squares to protest the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. But unlike what our nation faced about a week ago, this weekend’s demonstrations seem to have been almost entirely peaceful… I’m proud that Americans across our country can protest in safety and peace. I’m proud that their neighbors continue to answer the call to protect and serve.’       WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the...