Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) released the following statement after the House passed his legislation, H.R. 5415, the Good Accounting Obligation in Government (GAO-IG) Act with unanimous bipartisan support: “When federal bureaucratic agencies become so large and unaccountable they ignore recommendations on how to improve and save taxpayer dollars, they are only serving themselves, not the people of North Carolina. Washington needs to serve the hard-working families of our nation, not their...
  • WEEK OF JULY 16TH  MONDAY, JULY 16TH  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. 1376 - Electronic Message Preservation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings / Oversight and Government Reform Committee) 2) H.R. 5415 - GAO-IG Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Walker / Oversight and Government Reform Committee) 3) H.R. 4446 - To amend the Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission Act to...
  • FRIDAY, JULY 13TH  On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 50 - Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Oversight and Government Reform Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Reps. Raskin / Foxx Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Juan Vargas Amendment (10 minutes of debate)...
  • THURSDAY, JULY 12TH  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: 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 6237 - Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Intelligence Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Bill Keating Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Brad...
  • WASHINGTON—Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) was among 140 members of the U.S. House of Representatives that sent a letter today to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar expressing strong support for the Department’s proposed new guidelines called the Protect Life Rule regarding the Title X Family Planning Program. Rep. Estes led efforts on securing the letter and sending it to Secretary Azar. “This proposed rule restores to the Title X program a bright line of separation between family planning and abortion that is consistent with Congressional intent,” said the...
  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 11TH  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: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2075 - Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Natural Resources Committee) H.R. 200 - Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)...
  • TUESDAY, JULY 10TH  On Tuesday, 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.  One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 5729 - Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2) H.R. 6139 - Improving Investment Research for Small and Emerging Issuers Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga / Financial Services Committee) 3) H.R. 1861 - The Larry Doby...
  • The House is entering a three-week run where we will consider many pieces of important legislation. But before we look ahead lets recap what was done in June.  Went to conference with the Senate on NDAA  Passed Department of Defense appropriations Went to conference with the Senate on Energy & Water/MilCon-VA/Leg Branch appropriations package Passed historic legislation to combat the opioid epidemic  Strengthened the House’s oversight authority Passed CFIUS reforms to protect American innovation and IP    And oh by the way, the...
  • WEEK OF JULY 9TH  MONDAY, JULY 9TH  On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.  TUESDAY, JULY 10TH On Tuesday, 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. 5729 - Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2) H.R. 6139 - Improving Investment Research for Small and Emerging Issuers Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga...
  •   Last week the House wrapped 4 weeks of session.  The House passed DOD Approps and sent the bill to the Senate.  The House will consider additional appropriations bills in July.  After additional consideration, the House voted on Goodlatte #2 (also known as the compromise bill) after being postponed from the previous week.  The bill did not pass.  In addition, the Speaker appointed conferees for NDAA and CFIUS (SEE BELOW). NDAA ConferenceLast week the House voted to go to Conference on NDAA.  The...