Washington Weekly Review

March 4, 2016

Rep. Black at Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives Hearing: “This is Not Dignity … This is Not Respect for Human Life”

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a nurse of more than 40 years, spoke at the inaugural hearing of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, focusing on bioethics and fetal tissue research. Witnesses for the first panel included Paige Comstock Cunningham J.D., Executive Director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, and Dr. Gerard Kevin Donovan MD, MA, a Senior Clinical Scholar at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics.

A transcript of Congressman Black’s remarks and questioning of the witnesses is provided below. To watch a video of this exchange, click here... (READ MORE)

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Task Force on Tax Reform Releases Mission Statement

WASHINGTON – In advance of the first idea forum, Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, the chairman of the Task Force on Tax Reform, released a mission statement and broad policy goals. This marks the next step in the development of a bold, pro-growth agenda that Republicans will present to the country in the coming months.

Republican leaders launched the development of this agenda in January, announcing that it will address five issue areas: national security; jobs and the economy; health care; poverty, opportunity, and upward mobility; and restoring constitutional authority. Taking a bottom-up approach, committee-led task forces will develop this agenda, holding idea forums to take input and ideas from all members... (READ MORE)

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Speaker Ryan: We are taking all legal preparations necessary

We are taking all legal preparations necessary in the event President Obama tries to relocate Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainees to American soil. 

Here's why: As top administration officials admit, bringing these terrorists to our backyard is against the law—and it will stay against the law. These prisoners are the worst of the worst, and nearly one out of every three of those freed return to terrorist activities... (READ MORE)

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Way & Means Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Roskam Holds Hearing on Campus Free Speech Infringement

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, Way & Means Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Peter J. Roskam, held a hearing on Protecting the Free Exchange of Ideas on College Campuses. 

Chairman Roskam’s opening statement follows, as prepared for delivery:

“Welcome to our first Oversight Subcommittee hearing of 2016.

“Today, we are going to examine how tax-exempt colleges and universities are suppressing the free exchange of ideas on campus. Specifically, we’re going to focus on prohibitions on student use of campus resources for political activity, the adoption of restrictive speech codes, and incidents when administrators or students have silenced other students for seeking to engage in the exchange of opposing ideas... (READ MORE)

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