Capitol Hill Updates

  • Washington, DC - The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced the next steps in the process of imposing an additional tariff of 10 percent on approximately $300 billion of Chinese imports.  On May 17, 2019, USTR published a list of products imported from China that would be potentially subject to an additional 10 percent tariff.  This new tariff will go into effect on September 1 as announced by President Trump on August 1.  Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face...
  • Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa   Our state leads the nation in pork production. In fact, Iowa pork exports account for approximately $2 billion annually. That’s roughly 30 percent of total U.S. pork export revenue, which totals more than $6 billion each year. Mexico and Canada are two of America’s top pork customers, and most importantly to our fellow Iowans, these two countries are our state’s number one pork customers. Together, our neighbors to the north and south account for 40 percent of U.S. pork exports – that amounts to more than 980,000 metric tons of pork products...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong in response to the Chinese Communist Party: "The Chinese Communist Party is deepening its campaign to deprive Hong Kong of its freedom and autonomy. The people of Hong Kong have responded with ten weeks of protests, which have been met with more threats and deepening repression. "America's relationship with Hong Kong is premised on its autonomy from China, and if the Communist Party refuses to ensure that autonomy then the United States should and...
  • Washington, D.C. – On Thursday Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) introduced the America Stands with Israel Act—a bill to provide defense and security assistance to Israel. The America Stands with Israel Act empowers the President of the United States to deal with imminent threats to Israel’s survival in two ways. First, it authorizes the President to take whatever military steps may be necessary to protect Israel from an existing or imminent military threat. Second, it allows the President to send immediate and unrestricted defensive measures and services to Israel necessary to assist...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) introduced S. 2430, the Paving the Way for Rural Communities Act of 2019 to remove outdated, burdensome regulatory hurdles from rural areas. This will increase rural communities’ access to better economic opportunities and infrastructure projects. “Tennessee’s rural communities are the heart of our state’s agriculture businesses. We should not have laws in place that hinder, rather than help, economic development in these areas,” said Senator Blackburn. “The Paving the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser to pen an op-ed in Fox News highlighting the bipartisan popularity of born-alive protections and demanding that Democrats hold a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. As of August 5th, Republicans have spent six months making 80 different unanimous consent requests to consider the Born-Alive Act. Democrats have blocked all 80 requests. Click here or read below for the full op-ed. Scalise and Dannenfelser: The Born-Alive Act deserves...
  • WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Senate colleagues in a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledging support for the United Kingdom as it exits the European Union in the coming months. The letter calls for a new bilateral trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom. It also reiterates the importance of U.S.-UK cooperation within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) security alliance and the “Five Eyes” intelligence partnership.   The letter was also signed by Senators...
  • WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act Tuesday, a bill that brings transparency, accountability, and competition to higher education.“Too many young people today feel as though they have to choose between going into debt or not getting the education they need to get a good job. It doesn’t have to be that way,” Sen. Lee said. “The Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act would not only make the cost of higher education more affordable, but would also make it easier for students to customize their own education and gain the skills...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) reintroduced the Patients First Act, which would promote stem cell research without the creation, use, destruction, or discarding of human embryos. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Steve Daines (R-SD), and Joni Ernst (R-IA). "Human life is sacred at every stage, regardless of a person’s size or degree of dependency,” said Lankford. “I am grateful for the continued work of Senator Wicker on The...
  • 'American pundits calling an American official treasonous because of a policy disagreement. If anything is an asset to the Russians, it is disgusting behavior like that.' WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding election security: “I’d like to welcome all members back to the Senate for a busy week. But first, there’s something I need to address. Over the last several days, I was called unpatriotic, ‘un-American,’ and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of...