Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement upon news of a blockbuster June jobs report including 224,000 new jobs and 3.1% wage growth: “Our economy continues to defy expectations as President Trump’s agenda delivers positive results for the American people. This Administration has been laser-focused on the economy and I am proud that Republicans in Congress worked with President Trump to cut taxes and reduce bureaucratic red tape. Thanks to our booming economy, millions of Americans who had given up hope are now becoming part of the...
  • HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement in response to reports that Iran has violated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):  “The catastrophic Obama Iran nuclear deal was built to allow Iran to cheat, both by making it difficult to detect violations and by giving other countries an incentive to dismiss those violations when they became undeniable. Iran began exploiting the deal before it was even implemented, secretly preserving nuclear weapons infrastructure and openly violating...
  • Rep. Chip Roy is rolling out Healthcare Freedom this week. He published the following op-ed Monday morning: https://thefederalist.com/2019/07/01/americans-dont-need-socialized-medicine-need-health-care-freedom/   The “market” for healthcare has been largely destroyed, and in its wake remains a complicated, confusing system in dire need of fixing. Prices are too high and choices are too few, and the federal government’s response has long been more government control and more money. The United States spent a total of $2.6 trillion on healthcare in 2010. In the post-Obamacare era...
  • WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Dan Crenshaw released the following statement on his vote against H.R. 3401, House Democrats’ border funding bill. Crenshaw: “President Trump requested emergency funding over 50 days ago. House Democrats have rejected our request for humanitarian aid 17 times. Only after Senate Democrats came to a deal did House Democrats put a funding bill on the floor, after months of neglecting to see the humanitarian crisis for what it is. “But instead of working in a bipartisan fashion to put forward legislation that would actually pass the Senate and get...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: “Eight weeks ago, the administration sent Congress an urgent request for humanitarian money for the border. For eight weeks, we’ve seen evidence nearly every day that the conditions have been getting worse. But during all this time our House Democratic colleagues have been unable to produce a clean measure to provide this humanitarian funding with any chance of becoming law. The proposal they finally passed this...
  • Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) spoke today during a House Committee on Education and Labor committee hearing against an attempt by Democrats to weaken the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA). After quoting House floor proceedings from 1993 in which House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer glowingly praised RFRA, Byrne offered the following remarks in defense of Democrat efforts to relegate religious freedom to a secondary right. Congressman Byrne said: “I wish that my colleagues would actually go...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) introduced the Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act to halt the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion services. “Sixty percent of Americans oppose their tax dollars being used to fund abortions,” Senator Blackburn said. “We should honor their wishes by ending the use of public funds. The pro-life community should not be forced to directly or indirectly fund this abhorrent practice.” “Abortion providers do not deserve...
  • WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s executive order aimed at improving transparency in the health care marketplace. The president signed the executive order today during a White House signing ceremony attended by Grassley, Iowa businessman Andy Butler and Iowa state Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks.   “When consumers have access to information and can easily compare products, they end up saving money and are happier with their purchase. That certainly holds true for health care...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the Supreme Court decided in a 7-2 ruling that the Bladensburg Memorial Cross does not violate the Establishment Clause and may remain on public land: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling is an unambiguous win for religious liberty. Throughout the course of this case, I was proud to lead two amicus briefs to the court on behalf of concerned Members of Congress supporting the preservation of the Bladensburg Peace Cross. The Peace Cross is a testament to the sacrifice of 49 American soldiers who...
  • “With a $22 trillion debt crisis, we cannot afford to hold onto bureaucrats who aren’t doing their jobs.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) is leading efforts to cut government waste and ensure the highest performing federal employees are serving the American people. Senator Perdue, along with U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS), reintroduced the Modern Employment Reform, Improvement and Transformation (MERIT) Act, which would modernize the civil service system by expediting...