Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON ­– U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Steve Daines (Mont.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), James Lankford (Okla.), and Tim Scott (S.C.) have released a letter they sent to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressing support for the Education Department’s proposed rule to ensure Title IV programs remain available to all eligible higher education institutions and students regardless of their religious status or beliefs. “Under the current regulatory regime, students and faith-based institutions face a complicated web of rules that are at best an open question and at worst...
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 14TH On Tuesday, 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: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Res. 790 - Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 1230 - Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act and H.J.Res. 76 - Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability" (Sponsored by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier / Rules Committee...
  •   ‘ They wanted senators to pre-commit ourselves to not only judge the case that House Democrats are actually going to send over, but also to re-open the investigatory stage… In other words, the president’s opponents are afraid of having the Senate judge the case they are actually going to send us. They are afraid of having the Senate judge the case they themselves voted on.’       WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding impeachment:   ‘On Friday,...
  • WEEK OF JANUARY 13TH  MONDAY, JANUARY 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.J.Res. 80 - Approving the request of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for a waiver under section 1703E(f) of title 38, United States Code (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans' Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 4302 - Homeless Assistance Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Sherman / Financial...
  • WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced the Abortion is Not Healthcare Act, a bill that would prevent the tax deductibility of abortions.The IRS currently categorizes abortion as “medical care” and allows taxpayers to include abortions as qualifying out-of-pocket medical expenses on their tax returns.“The government should not offer tax benefits for a procedure that kills hundreds of thousands of unborn children each year, nor should taxpayers subsidize such a practice. This undermines the truth that all human beings have dignity and worth, and that the purpose of healthcare is to...
  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 10TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 535 - PFAS Action Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Dingell / Energy and Commerce Committee) The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Reps. Tlaib / Ocasio-Cortez / Barragan Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Tom Malinowski Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Andy Levin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep....
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding impeachment: ‘First this morning, I want to associate myself with a statement made yesterday by one of our distinguished colleagues about the House Democrats treating impeachment like a political toy. ‘Here’s what the senator said: “If it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t.” ‘That was our Democratic colleague the senior senator from California, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. ‘And she wasn’t alone. Quote: “It is time to get on...
  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 9TH On Thursday, 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: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.Con.Res. 83 - Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran (Closed Rule, Two Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Elissa Slotkin / Foreign Affairs Committee)  Begin Consideration of H.R. 535 - PFAS...
  • ‘It Is Time For The Speaker To Send The Articles Over’   Senate Democrats Call On Speaker Pelosi To Stop Playing Games And Send The Articles Of Impeachment To The Senate     SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “I wanted to make sure you understood that we have the votes, once the impeachment trial has begun, to pass a resolution, essentially the same—very similar—to the 100-0 vote in the Clinton trial, which sets up … what could best be described as maybe a Phase 1, which would include, obviously, the arguments from the prosecution, arguments from the...
  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8TH On Wednesday, 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: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 3763 - Promoting United States International Leadership in 5G Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 5078 - Prison to Proprietorship Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Nydia Velázquez / Small Business Committee) 3) H.R. 5065 - Prison...