Capitol Hill Updates

  •   Summary: This morning, Speaker Ryan held his weekly press briefing to discuss the House’s progress this week on two fronts: regulatory reform and health care reform. Key Quote: “This law is collapsing—we have to rescue people from the failure of this law. And that is why, step by step, we are going to keep our promise to repeal and replace this law. So that consumers can do better, and so they can have more choices.” Transcript: REGULATORY REFORM “We continue to make progress on our agenda for the American people. By the end of this week, the House will have taken action to block...
  • Summary    The House will use the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) disclosure rule for resource extraction, which puts an unreasonable compliance burden on publicly-traded American energy companies operating at home and abroad that isn’t imposed on their foreign, state-owned competitors.    This rule, which closely mimics a regulation already struck down by the courts, will put American businesses at a competitive disadvantage to foreign-owned businesses from countries like Russia and China—and could even put American...
  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND  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: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  H.J.Res. 40 - Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Sam Johnson / Judiciary Committee) H.J.Res. 37 -...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: “The president made an outstanding decision in his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He has an impressive background and a long record of faithfully applying the law and the Constitution. Judge Gorsuch understands the invaluable contribution to the federal judiciary and our democratic government made by the justice he is succeeding...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today on how the House is using the Congressional Review Act this week to help our economy and defend the rights of American citizens. “Since the beginning of this Congress we have devoted ourselves most prominently to a single goal: making Washington work for the people again. And there is one thing here in Washington that consistently stands against our people, our economy, and our Constitution: the federal bureaucracy.“I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise in favor of the rule and...
  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST 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: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  H.J.Res. 38 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson / Natural Resources Committee) H.J.Res. 41 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule...
  • Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on President Trump’s executive action limiting the creation of federal regulations: “The federal bureaucracy is broken. Obsessed with the idea that quantity is more important than quality, unaccountable agencies continually increase the regulatory burden on our country without a thought to the tens of thousands of pages of rules that already exist. The way these rules are made undermine our Constitution, and the rules themselves obstruct innovation and economic growth while harming individual...
  • Walker, 52 House Conservatives: "The American people have no confidence in Commissioner Koskinen"  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) led a letter to President Trump encouraging him to remove Commissioner of Internal Revenue John Koskinen. The letter, which cites legal authority in 26 U.S.C. § 7803, is signed by U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.),...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (OK) and Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) earlier this month introduced companion resolutions of disapproval to overturn “The Death with Dignity Act of 2015” (Act 21-577), which legalizes physician-assisted suicide in the District of Columbia. “America must be a nation that supports and cherishes human life, no matter the age, ethnicity or health of that life,” said Lankford. “Washington, DC’s assisted suicide bill would erode our culture’s respect for life, and possibly lead to the mistreatment and exploitation of the disabled and most vulnerable...
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 31ST  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: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 276 - A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to ensure reliable air service in American Samoa, as amended (Sponsored by Del. Amata Coleman Radewagen / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2) H.R. 58 - FRIENDS Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / Transportation and Infrastructure...