Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), member of the House Armed Services Committee, renewed their calls for President Trump to end all civil-nuclear waivers and invoke the United Nations snapback to restore international sanctions and restrictions on Iran in response to reports that Iran will cease abiding by restrictions outlined by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA or Iran Nuclear Deal): "On Sunday, Iran backed out of catastrophic Obama-...
  • ‘My Democratic colleagues should not plow away American unity in some bizarre intramural competition to see who dislikes our president more. They should not disdain our Constitution by rushing through a purely partisan impeachment process and then toying around with it. Governing is serious business. The American people deserve better than this.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding impeachment:   ‘Now meanwhile, at this dangerous time, House Democrats continue to play...
  • WEEK OF JANUARY 6TH  MONDAY, JANUARY 6TH On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.  TUESDAY, JANUARY 7TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business and recess immediately. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Quorum Call – Establishing a quorum in the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the 116th Congress. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8THOn Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.Res. 575 -...
  • ‘No member of this body needs condescending lectures on fairness from the House Democrats who just rushed through the most unfair impeachment in modern history, or lectures on impartiality from senators who happily pre-judged the case with President Clinton… President Trump should get the same treatment that every single Senator thought was fair for President Clinton. Just like 20 years ago, we should address mid-trial questions such as witnesses after briefs, opening arguments, Senator questions, and other relevant motions. Fair is fair.’        WASHINGTON, D.C....
  • Unwrapping 2019 and Looking Ahead to 2020 By U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley  At the start of 2019, I became only the second U.S. senator from Iowa to be sworn in as Senate president pro tempore, one of only two constitutional officers in Congress. As the most senior lawmaker in the Senate Majority, it’s an honor to serve in this leadership position on behalf of Iowans. Although I’m now third in the presidential succession line, the prestige of the office hasn’t changed the way I serve Iowans. In August, I wrapped up my 39th consecutive year holding meetings in each of Iowa’s 99...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding impeachment: ‘All signs seem to suggest that later this week, House Democrats are finally going to do what many of them have been foreshadowing for three years now and impeach President Trump. ‘It appears that the most rushed, least thorough, and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history is about to wind down after just 12 weeks and that its slapdash work product will be dumped on the Senate. ‘I’ll have much more to say to our colleagues and to...
  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Last votes expected: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. H.R. 5430 – United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (Two Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Steny Hoyer / Ways and Means Committee) H.R. 5377 – Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Suozzi / Ways and Means Committee)
  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. H.Res. 755 - Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors (Closed Rule, Six Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler / Judiciary Committee)
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH  On Tuesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. No One Minute Speeches Postponed Suspension Votes: 1) H.R. 4183 – Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna / Veterans’ Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 3530 – Improving Confidence in Veterans’ Care Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Cloud / Veterans’ Affairs Committee) 3) H.R. 2726 – Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan legislation from Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) to protect churches, charities, and other nonprofit organizations is expected to become law as part of a bipartisan funding package agreed to by House and Senate negotiators today. The Lessening Impediments from Taxes (LIFT) for Charities Act repeals a section of the tax code that requires some tax-exempt organizations to pay federal taxes on employee benefits, such as parking, meals, or transportation benefits.   “It is welcome news that the LIFT for Charities Act...