Capitol Hill Updates

  • Taxpayer Advocate: ‘Simplify The Internal Revenue Code Now’  SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “It’s been more than 30 years since we last passed comprehensive tax reform legislation, and since then, the international economy has only grown more competitive. That’s why it’s imperative that we do what we can to modernize our tax structure as we also better-prepare America’s workforce for the many challenges and the global competition that face us in today’s economy.” (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 6/13/2017)   SEN. HATCH: ‘Our Tax Code Is A Huge Obstacle Standing Between Us And Continued...
  •     FLOOR HIGHLIGHTS    H.R. 3697 – Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock Passage Vote Count Rep: 222-1 Dem: 11-174 Final Vote: 233-175 Summary: Makes an alien inadmissible or deportable due to membership in a criminal gang. Under current law, membership in a criminal street gang does not make an alien inadmissible or deportable.  H.R. 3697 corrects this deficiency by importing language from the existing...
  • Tax Relief Means ‘Means Quality Jobs, Higher Wages, And Growth In Our Communities’   SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ORRIN HATCH (R-UT): “[W]e are focused squarely on helping the middle class, and recent proposals to reform the individual tax system reflect that… Tax reform, if it’s done right, can … provide much-needed relief and opportunity for millions of middle-class families.  That, once again, is our goal in tax reform – it is, in fact, a driving force behind our efforts.  ” (U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Press Release, 9/14/2017)    ·   ...
  • ‘We look forward to receiving the Trump administration’s legislative proposal as we continue our work on these issues.’    Washington, D.C.- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding ongoing discussions on border security and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): “As Congress debates the best ways to address illegal immigration through strong border security and interior enforcement, DACA should be part of those discussions. We look forward to receiving the Trump administration’s legislative proposal as we continue our work on these...
  • ‘To put it simply: our efforts are about more jobs, more opportunity, and more money in the pockets of the middle class. Without tax reform, American families will be forced to continue living under an unfair tax code with rates that are too high, American jobs will continue to be shipped overseas, and small businesses will be increasingly uncompetitive against foreign companies.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for comprehensive tax reform:   “Comprehensive tax reform represents the...
  • ‘In recent weeks, the plight of the Rohingya has received great international attention. Even in the best of times, this beleaguered ethnic minority has eked out a marginal existence in Burma’s Rakhine state. The Rohingya are stateless and have faced discrimination and isolation. Media reports indicate that their existence has gotten much worse over the past several weeks. I am deeply troubled by the humanitarian situation along the Burmese-Bangladeshi border and the violence in Rakhine state must stop. But, as I stated earlier this week, in my view, publicly condemning Aung San Suu...
  •   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today introduced a bill to fight terrorism and force the United Nations to define "international terrorism." The Define It To Fight would withhold ten percent of United States funding to the United Nations (U.N.) until the intergovernmental organization adopts a definition for "international terrorism." Instead, those funds would be directed to the U.S. Treasury for the purpose of reducing the national debt – which now stands at more...
  • ‘The National Defense Authorization Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation that comes before the Senate each year. It is, after all, the measure that authorizes the resources, the capabilities, and the pay and benefits that our men and women in uniform need to perform their missions. It is always worth remembering that our country fields an all-volunteer force. We owe a special obligation to those who volunteer to fight on behalf of each and every one of us.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the...
  • ‘This is the legislation that authorizes the resources, the capabilities, and the pay and benefits that our men and women in uniform need to perform their missions. This bill is always important, but it’s especially important in light of the many security threats we face around our globe.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):  “This week, we’ll work toward passing one of the most important bills we consider each year: the National Defense...
  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 3697 - Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Judiciary Committee) Complete Consideration of H.R. 3354 - Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee) Postponed Amendment Votes: Rep. Palmer Amendment Rep. Gohmert Amendment...