Capitol Hill Updates

  •   This morning, Speaker Ryan appeared on Fox & Friends in a sit-down interview with co-host Brian Kilmeade. The two discussed how, despite what you may or may not see on TV or Twitter, the House is delivering wins for the American people. Here is video from part one of the interview, along with a couple of excerpts from the transcript. “We're doing so much here in Congress, knocking down our agenda, our list of items to do, but a lot of people aren't paying attention to it or the media is not paying attention to it. Nevertheless we are still charging ahead.” “We laid out with the...
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 27TH  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: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 497 – Santa Ana River Wash Plan Land Exchange Act (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook / Natural Resources Committee) 2) H.R. 220 – To authorize the expansion of an existing hydroelectric project, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee) 3) H.R. 1500 – Robert Emmet...
  • WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, ruling that it is unlawful to deny a church an otherwise available public benefit on account of its religious status: “This is an important ruling for religious liberty with profound significance for America’s civil society. Religious liberty is a fundamental right; it means much more than the ability to worship freely. Our religious institutions must be able to contribute to education and the public good—that is part of their core mission....
  • Dear friend, I would like to urge you to remember, this week, the significance of one of the greatest events in world history:  the signing of our country’s Declaration of Independence and the formation of the United States of America.  On July 4, 1776  --  241years ago  --   the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress.  The Founders announced that America’s colonies  --  13 colonies at the time  --  now regarded themselves as independent states.  It took a very long war to free ourselves from the...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded the Supreme Court 7-2 ruling, in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church and religious freedom, that the state of Missouri was wrong to exclude Trinity Lutheran Church from a program intended to help nonprofits improve the playground at its preschool and daycare center. In April 2016, Senator Lankford joined colleagues in the House and Senate to submit an amicus brief in this case in support of Trinity Lutheran Church. “I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision today in the Trinity Lutheran case to ensure that all...
  • WEEK OF JUNE 26TH MONDAY, JUNE 26TH 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. 2547 - Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Woodall / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2) H.R. 1684 - Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 3) H.R. 2258 - ADVANCE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Pete...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has introduced two bills to strengthen public safety by combating dangerous sanctuary policies that permit criminals to go free and by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the United States. Chairman Goodlatte issued the statement below on the introduction of these bills.   Chairman Goodlatte:  “For years, the lack of immigration enforcement and the spread of dangerous sanctuary policies have failed the American people and cost too many lives. The deaths of innocent Americans, such as Kate...
  • ‘This fundamental right is one of our most cherished. It forms the beating heart of our democracy. It sits at the core of our civic identity. Yet, these days it seems to be coming under increasing threat across the country.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the importance of free speech and the threats it faces in our nation today: “Today I want to touch on a topic, as I announced recently, that I will continue to address regularly here on the Senate floor: the right of free speech. This...
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 2842 - Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo / Ways and Means Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Virginia Foxx Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Mike Bost Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Reps. Bonamici / Davis (CA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Reps....
  • ‘Through dozens of meetings, open to each and every member of the Conference, we had the opportunity to offer and consider many ideas for confronting the Obamacare status quo. We debated many policy proposals. We considered many different viewpoints. In the end, we found that we share many ideas about what needs to be achieved and how we can achieve it. These shared policy objectives and the solutions to help achieve them are what make up the health care discussion draft that we talked through this morning.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch...