Capitol Hill Updates

  •   WASHINGTON – Senator Lee spoke on the Senate floor Thursday to continue raising awareness of the unconstitutional and inhumane activities happening in Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation and draw attention to the more recent undercover investigations by the Center for Medical Progress which occurred last month. The speech reads in part: “The Center for Medical Progress videos shock, but they don’t surprise. They don’t teach us anything we don’t already know. All they do is remind us of an inconvenient truth that demands our attention and our action. It is certainly spurring...
  • ‘As President Trump continues to release his plans for our nation’s infrastructure, I look forward to working with the administration and colleagues in the Senate to protect and improve the many roads, bridges, airports, and waterways that serve people and jobs across the country.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks this week on the Senate floor regarding our nation’s infrastructure and the president’s plans for improvements: “Later today, President Trump will visit Cincinnati to discuss the importance of our nation’s...
  • ‘Since Obamacare was fully enacted in 2013, premiums have increased by an average of 105 percent and millions of Americans have lost their plans. This year, people in just under three quarters of counties nationally have only one or two choices on the Obamacare exchanges and the situation is likely to only get worse next year.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor Thursday regarding the failures of Obamacare: “Just this week, Ohioans learned that a major insurer will exit their state’s Obamacare exchanges...
  • "It’s time to fix the broken government policies that have crippled our health-care system for decades. It’s finally time we keep our promise to repeal Obamacare and provide relief."    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today voted to end taxpayer bailouts of financial institutions by supporting H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 – which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 233 to 186. “When I talk to the people of North Carolina, a common sentiment I...
  • Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) issued the following statement regarding the reappointment of Dr. Francis Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): “I am disappointed in the Trump Administration’s decision to keep Dr. Francis Collins as head of the NIH. Dr. Collins’ support of embryonic stem cell research, along with his comments that cloned embryos do not deserve the same moral protections as  ‘naturally generated embryos,’ make him a less than an ideal fit for a pro-life administration. I am hopeful that Dr. Collins will turn away from...
  • Draft HHS Rule a Win for Religious Freedom   Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) joined with Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), Martha Roby (R-AL-02), Virginia Foxx (R-NC-05) and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-04) praising the leaked Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that would exempt employers from providing contraceptive coverage for employees on the basis of moral or religious objection. Black, Walorski, Roby, Foxx and Hartzler released the following statements: “Obamacare has devastated religious organizations, schools, and businesses, forcing them to cover...
  • ‘Nebraskans Seeking Individual Policies May Not Be Able To Find Health Plans At Any Price,’ & ‘Iowa Is In A World Of Hurt’   SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “This year, Kentuckians in 49% of our counties — let me repeat that, 49%, nearly half of the counties in Kentucky — have only one insurer to choose from. And of course, having only one option is really no choice at all.” (Sen. McConnell, Press Release, 5/16/2017)    ‘Nebraska Running Out Of Individual Health Plans’   “After Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska announced it would drop its last two...
  • ‘As we consider this bill we anticipate that amendments addressing Russia sanctions are likely to be offered.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on Wednesday on the Senate floor regarding Iran Sanctions legislation:   “Senators today will have an opportunity to advance important, bipartisan Iran sanctions legislation. As we consider this bill we anticipate that amendments addressing Russia sanctions are likely to be offered.  I am encouraged that the Chairmen of the Foreign Relations and Banking Committees,...
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 8TH 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: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 10 - Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jeb Hensarling / Financial Services Committee) The Rule provides for 90 minutes of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Jeb Hensarling Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Trey Hollingsworth Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Lloyd Smucker Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. John Faso...
  •   Summary: Today at a press conference with House Republican leaders, Speaker Ryan discussed the CHOICE Act—legislation to reform Wall Street and revitalize Main Street.   Opening Remarks: "Over the past five months, we have spent a lot of time and a lot of effort reforming our regulatory policy in the federal government. That is because it is very, very important—it’s vital—to creating good-paying jobs and getting back to real economic growth. It’s also because we promised the American people this is what we would do if we got control of government—if we won this election....