Capitol Hill Updates

  • You’ve heard us talk a lot about the Congressional Review Act (CRA) over the past couple of months. Let’s, well, review, why it’s so important. Significance: There are huge Obama-era regulations that are choking the economy and costing jobs and taxpayer money. Using the CRA to repeal regulations that were rushed through at the last minute of the administration is the quickest, most sure-fire way to undo President Obama’s liberal, jobs-crushing legacy. History: Enacted in 1996, the CRA gives Congress a path to repealing harmful, costly regulations. Here’s how it works...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a first of its kind event, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and have invited the Presidents and Chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate in a daylong conference at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, February 28th. Currently, there are approximately 85 registered HBCU Presidents scheduled to attend. The event and discussion panels will focus on opportunity, strengthening bilateral relationships, and celebrating the importance of our country’s HBCUs. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has been...
  •   (Photo courtesy of Concerned Women for America.)   SCALISE: “TAXPAYERS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO PAY FOR ABORTION PROVIDERS” WASHINGTON, D.C. – Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) made the following statement after the House voted to pass H.J.Res. 43, using the Congressional Review Act to strike down an Obama administration policy that forces states to fund abortion providers: “I am glad the House took strong action to ensure that states are not forced to fund abortion...
  • For weeks, the House has worked on a large-scale regulatory reform project to protect our people from the abuses of the bureaucracy, rebalance our constitutional system of government, and improve our economy. We’re doing this through a two-part plan. First, in order to return power to the people we passed the REINS Act and Regulatory Accountability Act to restructure how the bureaucracy makes and the courts litigate regulations. Second, we used the Congressional Review Act to overturn particular harmful Obama-era regulations and send them to the dustbin of history. We began with regulatory...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, praised the bipartisan House passage of her resolution, H.J. Res. 43, which uses the authority of the Congressional Review Act to overturn a December 2016 Obama Administration rule forcing states such as Tennessee to provide Title X family planning grants to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. The resolution passed by a vote of 230 to 188. Prior to the vote, Congressman Black led debate in support of the resolution. To watch her opening statement on the...
  • Washington, D.C. - Since the birth of our nation, debates about religious liberty have been centered on the relationship between religion and government. Indeed, the founding fathers feared the effect of government on religion. In a letter dated June 12, 1812, to Benjamin Rush, John Adams stated that "[n]othing is more dreaded than the National Government meddling with Religion."  Many Americans today know all too well this dread. The policies and regulations implemented under the previous Administration were in many cases hostile to the religious protections afforded by our...
  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH  On Thursday, 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: 2:15 p.m - 3:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  H.J.Res. 69 - Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources...
  • Washington, D.C. - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) delivered the following remarks during the House Judiciary Committee’s markup of H.R. 985, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act. Chairman Goodlatte: Recently, an independent research firm surveyed companies in 26 countries and found that 80 percent of those that were subject to a class action lawsuit are U.S. companies, putting those U.S. companies at a distinct economic disadvantage when competing with companies worldwide. But the problem of overbroad class actions doesn’t just affect U.S. companies. It...
  • Summary   The House will use the Congressional Review Act to overturn Title X abortion funding rule, which forces states to administer Title X health care funding to abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood. The federal government should not use taxpayer money to support abortion providers, and it shouldn’t force the states to do so either. Overturning this rule does not reduce funds for the Title X program, but only allows states to redirect those funds to community health centers and hospitals that offer more comprehensive coverage.   The Effect   States should have every...
  • Washington, D.C. - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) delivered the following remarks during the House Judiciary Committee’s markup of H.R. 906, the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2017. Chairman Goodlatte: The history of asbestos litigation is filled with human tragedy, culminating in what the Supreme Court described as an “asbestos litigation crisis” in the pivotal case of Amchem v. Windsor. As businesses were forced to declare bankruptcy as a last resort to manage their liabilities, the prospect of full compensation for asbestos victims—not...