Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at a leadership press conference today on the House’s work to repeal and replace Obamacare and how Republicans are restructuring Washington through regulatory reform. Remarks are below or watch online here. "When it comes to replacing Obamacare, we all know the challenges of what's happening to so many families. The high deductibles, all those that joined the co-ops, those 23 co-ops that were given more than $2 billion—18 of them have failed.... "That's why we cannot slow down. We have to repeal and we have to replace...
  • Summary  The House will use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the state and local retirement plans rules, which allow for government-run auto-IRAs managed by states and certain municipalities to be exempt from longstanding accountability measures—contained in the federal ERISA law—to protect Americans’ money. People should have access to safe and reliable retirement savings programs, and states will still be allowed to run auto-IRA funds after these rules are repealed, but these rules have many negative consequences because it doesn’t hold state-run programs to the same rules that...
  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH  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: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.J.Res. 42 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee) H.J.Res. 66 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements...
  •   Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, testified today before the House Rules Committee in support of H.J. Res. 43, her resolution to overturn a December 2016 Obama Administration rule forcing states to provide Title X funding to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. Congressman Black’s resolution of disapproval is slated for a vote on the House floor later this week. To watch a video of her testimony, click HERE. A full transcript is provided below: Chairman Sessions, Ranking Member Slaughter, and members of...
  • Washington, D.C. - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) delivered the following statement during the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet's hearing on transparency and ethics in our federal court system. Chairman Goodlatte: This morning the Judiciary Committee continues its examination of our nation’s federal judicial system. It is widely recognized that the trust that the American people have in our court system is crucial to its success.   While this trust has been cultivated over many generations, it can be lost quickly. This is why...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on President Trump’s signature of a resolution overturning the Obama Administration’s SEC Disclosure Rule for Resource Extraction. This is the first Obama-era regulation overturned using the Congressional Review Act: “The House has been working diligently to overturn particularly harmful regulations finalized during the last months of the Obama Administration. I am happy the President signed this resolution into law to help put American businesses on equal footing with their foreign competitors,...
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH  On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15p.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 428 - Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Natural Resources Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • WEEK OF FEBRUARY 13TH   MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH  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. 609 - To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the "Abie Abraham VA Clinic" (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Veterans Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 512 - WINGMAN Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Yoho / Veterans Affairs Committee) 3) H.R. 244 - HIRE...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive action to protect law enforcement, strengthen public safety, fight crime, and dismantle drug cartels:   “Our nation continues to face a number of public safety threats and I applaud President Trump for taking action to improve the security of our communities. Over the past year, we’ve witnessed an increase in attacks on law enforcement officers, a rise in violent crime in our nation’s cities, and a continued flow of illicit and dangerous drugs...
  • Washington, D.C. - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement upon the House Judiciary Committee’s approval of the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017 (H.R. 732) by a vote of 17-8. Chairman Goodlatte: “Congress must permanently end the abuses Obama’s Justice Department exploited to use settlements to funnel money to their liberal friends. DOJ has failed to listen to the legislative branch’s warnings and now Congress must end DOJ’s practice of funding pet projects with taxpayer funds.” Background: This bill bars the Department of Justice...