Capitol Hill Updates

  • ‘For the past eight years, burdensome regulations put forth by the Obama Administration have held our economy back and taken a toll on too many hardworking Americans. Fortunately, we now have an administration that has already proven its commitment to easing the regulatory burden on our economy and advancing policies that actually promote economic growth and job creation.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding yesterday afternoon’s briefing on North Korea, President Trump’s nominees, and the...
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 27TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Last vote expected: 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches Postponed Suspension Vote: 1) S. 496 - To repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform" (Sponsored by Sen. Tammy Duckworth / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) H.R. 1694 - Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017,...
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH On Tuesday, 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. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.Con.Res. 35 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2) H.Con.Res. 36 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby (Sponsored...
  • Can diplomacy secure lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, or do obstacles point to the likelihood of war?  As seen through the lens of history, peace by diplomacy seems a risky bet, because it depends on the motivation and good will of all parties. In 1938 Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, waving the non-aggression pact signed by Adolf Hitler declared, “Peace for our time” to a cheering crowd. Less than a year later Hitler invaded Poland, igniting World War II. As historian Thomas Fuller wrote, “It’s madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.” In the...
  • WEEK OF APRIL 24TH MONDAY, APRIL 24TH On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. in pro forma. No votes are expected in the House. TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH On Tuesday, 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.Con.Res. 35 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2...
  • Washington, D.C. -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, which includes important reforms to the H-1B Visa program: “I applaud President Trump for his efforts to spur job creation, economic growth, and American competitiveness by improving our country’s high-skilled immigration programs.   “The President’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order directs the Secretaries of the appropriate agencies to examine the H-1B Visa program and identify reforms that will...
  • EB-5 reforms needed to curb fraud, abuse, national security risks   Washington, D.C. - Bipartisan, bicameral Judiciary Committee leaders today reaffirmed their commitment to reform the troubled EB-5 investor visa program ahead of its scheduled expiration on April 28, or to let the flawed program expire if reforms are not possible.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Patrick Leahy, along with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers reiterated requirements of any meaningful negotiation as they continue to search for...
  • WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after President Trump signed H.J. Res 43 into law: “This is a major pro-life victory. Today, another Congressional Review Act bill undoing harmful Obama regulations becomes law. H.J. Res 43 voids a regulation that forces states to use Title X money to fund Planned Parenthood. Taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortion, plain and simple. We remain united and steadfast in our commitment to life and religious liberty.” Related: House to Vote to Protect Taxpayers from Funding Abortion Speaker Ryan on...
  • Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Peter J. Roskam, Chairman of the Ways & Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, and Kevin Brady, Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions today. They called on the Department of Justice to review evidence that Lois Lerner, the former IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director, broke the law to target Americans for their political beliefs. Chairman Roskam led the investigation into IRS targeting when he was Chairman of the Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee during the last Congress. Despite a three-year...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) requested that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence provide a public estimate of the number of communications involving U.S. persons incidentally swept up under FISA Section 702.   FISA Section 702, which targets the communications of non-U.S. persons outside of the United States in order to protect national security, reportedly contributes to more than a quarter of all National Security Agency surveillance and has been used on multiple occasions to detect...