Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president’s well-qualified nominees: “This week presents us with more opportunities to make progress on the backlog of qualified nominees who are still awaiting Senate confirmation. We began yesterday by voting to advance an exceptionally well-qualified nominee to the federal judiciary. Daniel P. Collins of California was chosen by President Trump to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit -- and the reasons why are abundantly...
  • Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week in opposition to H.R. 5 – The Equality Act and raised concerns that this legislation infringes on the Freedom of Religion. His remarks as prepared are below. Congressman Byrne said: “Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 5.  As many of my colleagues have stated, there are a number of very troubling issues with this legislation.  In my mind, perhaps none is more troubling than the bill’s explicit carve out from the Religious Freedom...
  • TUESDAY, MAY 21ST 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: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 2359 - Whole Veteran Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Conor Lamb / Veterans Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 1947 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to exempt transfers of funds from Federal agencies to the Department of Veterans Affairs for nonprofit corporations established under subchapter IV of chapter...
  • WEEK OF MAY 20TH MONDAY, MAY 20TH 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. 2116 - Global Fragility Act (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 615 - The Refugee Sanitation Facility Safety Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng / Foreign Affairs Committee) 3) H.R. 1359 - Digital Global Access Policy Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Ron Wright / Foreign...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—   Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) issued the following remarks on the Equality Act, H.R. 5:   Madam Speaker—H.R. 5 puts the Hyde Amendment and other federal and state laws that bar taxpayer funding for abortion at serious risk.   H.R. 5 also weakens conscience protections for health care providers opposed to being coerced into participating in the killing of unborn babies.   H.R. 5 defines “sex” to include “pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.”  The term “related medical condition” means “abortion.” In the case Doe v. C.A.R....
  • “It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system—one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country.” – President Donald J. Trump BORDER SECURITY AND MERIT-BASED REFORM: President Donald J. Trump is proposing a pro-American, pro-immigrant, and pro-worker approach to immigration by fully securing the border and moving our outdated legal immigration system to a competitive, merit-based system. President Trump’s goals for a modern immigration system are to: Fully Secure the border Protect...
  • FRIDAY, MAY 17TH  On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 5 - Equality Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, 90 Minutes of Debate)(Sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline / Judiciary Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • THURSDAY, MAY 16TH On Thursday, 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: 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 987 - MORE Health Education Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester / Energy and Commerce Committee / Education and Labor Committee) The Rule provides for 90 minutes of general debate with 60 minutes equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and 30 minutes equally divided and controlled...
  • WASHINGTON – Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has unveiled the Secure and Protect Act of 2019 to strengthen border security. “We have a perfect storm brewing at the border because of a series of broken and outdated laws related to asylum and children,” said Graham.  Graham noted that today, immigrants from the Northern Triangle countries – Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador – are traveling to the United States, seeking out Border Patrol agents, and turning themselves in.  “Word is out on the streets in Central...
  •   On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress, made remarks on the House Floor condemning the refusal by House Democratic leadership to forcefully stand up to anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate within Congress, on college campuses, and elsewhere.