Capitol Hill Updates

  • 'He’s going to make a fantastic addition to the court.' WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch: “Yesterday, as we all know, was a consequential one for the Senate. In the end, we restored to this body a tradition Democrats first upset in 2003 by using a tool Democrats first employed in 2013. As a result, we’ll move to the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch shortly. He’s going to make a fantastic addition to the court. He’s going...
  • Washington, DC – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) introduced legislation promoting a program within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover costs for non-traditional technology education programs. H.R. 1989, The Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) Act, empowers America’s veterans to leverage new education models such as Massive Open Online Courses and coding boot camps to attain the technological skills needed in the 21st century workforce. McCarthy released the following statement on the introduction of the bill: “This legislation will...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1219, the Supporting America’s Innovators Act, by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 417-3: “Some laws and regulations don’t make sense when the times change. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just a fact. For example, regulations that impose tight limits on how many investors a business can have before a certain threshold may have made sense in the traditional economy. But these rules are mismatched with reality in the age of crowdfunding and online raising of capital....
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (NC-10) hosted a bipartisan roundtable with Representatives Susan Brooks (IN-05), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), and Jim Himes (CT-04) as well as investor Steve Case and venture capitalist Kate Mitchell to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act and to discuss ways to build on its success. Leader McCarthy and Chief Deputy Whip McHenry released the following statement: “Today on the five-year anniversary of the JOBS Act, we have...
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 6TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 1219 - Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Patrick McHenry / Financial Services Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1343, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act: “For young startups to compete in an economy populated by large corporations, they need good employees and access to capital. Both are difficult to come by when you’re just starting out, which is why small companies commonly offer stock options to their employees. Not only does that give employees ownership over a piece of the company they work for, but selling stock opens up new sources of capital for businesses with a lot of...
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5TH 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: 1:30 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. 1667 - Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino / Judiciary Committee) 2) S. 544 - To amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes. (Sponsored by...
  • WASHINGTON, DC—Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) today applauded the State Department’s announcement that the United States will no longer fund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) due to its support for coercive birth limitation policies and will instead redirect those funds to support other maternal health programs. Smith, a longtime advocate of defunding the organization, said the UNFPA “gave China’s brutally enforced population control policies the international stamp of approval.”  “Since 1979—first through the ‘one-child policy’ and now through the alleged ‘two-child policy’—the...
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 4TH 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 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 353 - Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas / Science, Space, and Technology Committee) H.R. 1343 - Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Randy...
  • For years, the risks of inaction on North Korea have been mounting. Recent headlines tell a similar story: North Korea could be in final stages of nuclear test preparations: Report North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ‘desperate,’ ready to strike US, defector says North Korea conducts third test of rocket engine this month The possibility that North Korea launches an attack on our homeland or on one of our allies is increasing. We must act decisively to contain North Korea and the threat the Kim regime poses. To that end, the House will vote today on two suspensions to call...