Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Tina Smith of Minnesota along with Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa today introduced three bills that would empower students and their families with better information about the costs of college from the initial college search, through the application process, to accepting financial aid. The Net Price Calculator Improvement Act, Understanding the True Cost of College Act and Know Before You Owe Federal Student Loan Act would help college students avoid sticker shock, compare colleges to find the best value and increase the amount...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, two bills from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)—H.R. 1306, the Federal Disaster Assistance Coordination Act, and H.R. 1307, the Post-Disaster Assistance Online Accountability Act—passed during a markup in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Both bills are focused on improving the Federal government’s disaster assistance process. H.R. 1306 would identify ways to streamline and consolidate the collection of the assessments administered by Federal agencies following a disaster to speed recovery efforts. H.R. 1307 seeks to improve the transparency of the...
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27TH  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: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 7 - Paycheck Fairness Act, Rule Committee Print (Sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro / Education and Labor Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Virginia Foxx Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Norma Torres Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Reps. Torres...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Representative Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) announced that the discharge petition for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act will ripen next week, and will be filed by Whip Scalise on April 2nd during that day’s first vote series. Upon being signed by a majority of members of the House, the discharge petition will force a vote on the Born Alive Act on the House Floor.   “As Speaker Pelosi refuses to allow a vote on this legislation to defend and protect innocent life, we are taking matters into our own hands....
  • Trump’s Golan Decision Is Moral and Strategic The vicious regime in Syria shouldn’t be rewarded for trying to conquer Israel in 1967. By U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham March 25, 2019 President Trump’s tweeted last week that the U.S. will formally recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel. The decision is strategically wise and morally important. Israel secured the Golan Heights in 1967 after the Six Day War, a defensive conflict Israel fought in response to attacks from Syria and other Arab nations. Since then, the Golan has been a critical part of Israel’s defenses. I witnessed that...
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 26TH  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 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Consideration of the Veto Message on H.J.Res. 46 - Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019 (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 1388 - Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2019 (...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) issued the following statement regarding the Special Counsel’s report. “Our country welcomes this long-overdue conclusion. After two years, two congressional investigations, and now the closure of a Special Counsel investigation with unfettered authority to investigate ‘any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Campaign of President Donald Trump,’ it is abundantly clear, without a shadow of a doubt, there was no collusion. Furthermore, the nearly unlimited scope, resources...
  • WEEK OF MARCH 25TH  MONDAY, MARCH 25TH On Monday, 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. 920 - Venezuela Arms Restriction Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Donna Shalala / Foreign Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 854 - Humanitarian Assistance to the Venezuelan People Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell / Foreign Affairs Committee) 3) H.R. 1616 - European Energy...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the announcement from Attorney General Barr on Special Counsel Mueller’s report: “I welcome the announcement that the Special Counsel has finally completed his investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections. Many Republicans have long believed that Russia poses a significant threat to American interests. I hope the Special Counsel’s report will help inform and improve our efforts to protect our democracy. “I am grateful we have an experienced and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement: “President Trump’s decision to recognize the Golan as part of Israel is strategically wise and overall awesome.  Well done, Mr. President! “The Golan was used by Syria in two wars of aggression against Israel. Additionally, Syrian President Assad, Iran, and Hezbollah need to pay a price for dismembering Syria.  “To return the Golan Heights to Syria would be to reward aggression and put the Jewish State at perpetual risk.  “It is now time for Congress to follow President Trump’s lead...