Capitol Hill Updates

  • Defense ‘Legislation Begins To Address The Readiness Shortfall, Crisis In Modernization, And Eroding Military Advantage By Recapitalizing And Reinvesting In Our Forces’ SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN (R-AZ): “The NDAA starts the process of rebuilding our military after six years of devastating cuts to our defense budget. By supporting $640 billion for defense, this legislation begins to address the readiness shortfall, crisis in modernization, and eroding military advantage by recapitalizing and reinvesting in our forces. This year’s legislation also builds upon the...
  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH 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 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Continue 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) The Rule provides for no further general debate, makes in order only those following amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to...
  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 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.R. 3284 - Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick / Homeland Security Committee) 2) H.R. 2453 - DHS Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher / Homeland Security Committee) 3) H.R. 2427 - Pathways to Improving Homeland Security At the Local Level Act, as...
  • Sixteen years ago, in the face of one of our nation's greatest tragedies, the American people did what they always do. We came together. As we remember September 11th--the loss, the resolve, the heroism--we know America is stronger than anything against us.   Please join in remembering those lost on September 11, 2001 with a campus-wide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.    SECURING THE NATION   Our nation faces continued and evolving security threats from terrorism to cybercrimes. This week we will pass 10 bills that improve the security of the American people by ...
  • Friend, Today, 16 years ago, our nation was struck with terror unlike we have ever witnessed. Like most of you, I can remember where I was the moment I heard the news that we were under attack and would like to share some of my reflections from that day. I can still feel the raw emotion of that day as I watched with terror as the events unfold in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The heavy heart and pitted stomach I had while witnessing pain and destruction wrought on so many innocence lives. I remember how people came together. Family, friends, neighbors, and communities united in a show...
  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH  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: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Continue 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) The Rule provides for no further general debate, makes in order only those following amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman...
  • ‘I know that securing this emergency funding is very important for the president, and I know that preventing a default or shutdown amidst such a historic natural disaster is also very important to him — and even more so now with another major hurricane on the way. These are the president’s immediate priorities: Pass disaster relief. Prevent a default. Fund the government. They are my immediate priorities as well. I’m sure colleagues feel the same. We have to get all three of these things done, and we have to do so quickly.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
  • MYTH: President Trump is initiating this disruption to the lives of hundreds of thousands of DACA beneficiaries.   FACT: The Trump Administration’s hand was forced by a pending court case in which DACA was likely to be terminated. Pending litigation from states attorney general with a deadline today forced the Administration to take action. A likely loss meant that the program would be rescinded entirely with no time to avoid inevitable disruptions.     MYTH: Rescinding DACA will lead to immediate and mass deportation. FACT: Rescinding DACA does not lead to mass...
  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH  On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.Res. ___ - Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendments to H.R. 601, with an amendment. [Amendment consists of the text of H.R. 3672, Making Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief] (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee) 2) H.R. 3388 - SELF DRIVE...
  • IN HIS OWN WORDS   Former President Obama Repeatedly Said The President Cannot Unilaterally Rewrite The Nation’s Immigration Laws  In May 2010, President Obama on changing immigration law without congressional approval: “Anybody who tells you it’s going to be easy or I can wave a magic wand and make it happen hasn’t been paying attention to how this town works.”  In July 2010, President Obama, on ending deportations through executive action: “I believe such an indiscriminate approach would be both unwise and unfair. …This could lead to a surge in more illegal immigration...