Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today gave the following statement on the House floor in support of the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387).   Chairman Goodlatte: The House of Representatives will again vote to approve legislation that reforms and modernizes the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or “ECPA.”  Last year, identical legislation passed with unanimous bipartisan support, by a vote of 419-0. Reforming ECPA has been a top priority for me as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.  I have worked with Members of Congress, advocacy...
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH  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: 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  H.J.Res. 44 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Liz Cheney / Natural...
  • Summary The House will use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 rule on Tuesday, which was intended to improve BLM’s ability to administer public lands. In reality, this power grab centralizes control in the federal government over large swaths of land, especially out west. The rule reduces the authority of county commissioners and of state and field officers who know their land best, giving that power to Washington bureaucrats to centrally manage resources in places they don’t even live. The Effect This rule isn’t small-ball. It will...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of a resolution to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Emissions rule:   "Perhaps no industry in America has been more overregulated in recent years than energy. The Venting and Flaring rule is extremely costly, threatens thousands of energy jobs, and adds hundreds of millions of dollars in costs to America's energy industry. There are less costly and more efficient ways to achieve environmental protection without devastating American jobs and energy production....
  • WEEK OF FEBRUARY 6TH  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH  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. 618 - Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn / Natural Resources Committee) 2) H.R. 698 - Elkhorn Ranch and White River National Forest Conveyance Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Natural Resources Committee) 3) H.R. 688 - Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2017 (...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to enact new sanctions on Iran: "President Trump is right to act where the Obama Administration did not. Putting Iran on notice is not hollow rhetoric. These actions put much-needed pressure on the very parts of the Iranian network supporting Iran's missile program, as well as the Revolutionary Guard and Quds force, both of which are responsible for spreading terror around the world."
  • Washington, D.C. - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) delivered the following remarks during the House Judiciary Committee’s markup of H.R. 720, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (H.R. 720). Chairman Goodlatte: H.R. 720, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, would restore mandatory sanctions for frivolous lawsuits filed in federal court. Many Americans may not realize it, but today, under what is called Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, there is no requirement that those who file frivolous lawsuits pay for the unjustified legal costs they impose on their...
  • The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on January 24th to permanently prohibit use of federal funds to pay for abortions or for purchasing insurance plans that cover abortions, with certain limited exceptions. Since 1976, the “Hyde Amendment” has been included on appropriations bills.  The legislation (H.R. 7) would make the prohibitions permanent and applies them to all federal funds.  It would also ban abortions in federal facilities and by federally employed healthcare professionals.  Health benefits under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and...
  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD  On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. One Minute Speeches  H.J.Res. 36 - Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to "Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation" (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop / Natural Resources Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • Summary The House will use the Congressional Review Act to overturn a federal contracts blacklisting rule, which unjustly blocks many businesses accused of violating labor laws from federal contracts. This rule undermines basic due process rights by potentially blacklisting employers from federal contracts before they’ve had a chance to defend themselves in court. Government already has the power to protect workers and prevent companies with unacceptable labor records from being awarded federal contracts. This rule will unfairly target and increase costs on businesses without improving...