Capitol Hill Updates

  • LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) welcomed Jim Carroll, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), commonly known as the “Drug Czar,” to Kentucky yesterday. Senator McConnell invited Director Carroll to Kentucky to get a close up view of the substance abuse epidemic and the problems we face in the Commonwealth. Director Carroll joined Senator McConnell for visits to the Volunteers of America’s Freedom House in Louisville, and the Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, Kentucky. Senator McConnell said that Director...
  • CHARLESTON, SC—In the latest episode of Yahoo News’ The Long Game, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) joined Jon Ward for an extensive and in-depth interview on Senator Scott’s leadership philosophy, Opportunity Zone initiative, race relations in America, and advice for new Members of Congress. Advice for new Members of Congress“He [Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)] gave me advice after probably not even two months into the job as being a member of congress. He said, ‘Be very careful and very selective on the appearances that you make on TV because the faster you rise, the faster you fall most of the time...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made this statement on the resolution which passed the House of Representatives calling for the release of the Mueller report. Graham said: “As currently constructed, I cannot support the House-passed resolution calling for the release of the Mueller report. “However, I would agree to the resolution with a simple change – it be amended to call for the appointment of a Special Counsel to: Investigate alleged misconduct around the handling of the Clinton email investigation. Investigate the abuse of the FISA warrant process...
  • WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Baldwin (D-MN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Doug Jones (D-AL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have introduced the College Transparency Act (CTA), bipartisan legislation to provide actionable and customizable information for students and families as they consider higher education opportunities. CTA modernizes the college...
  • ‘But let’s not lose sight of the particular question before us today: Whether the facts tell us there is truly a humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border, and whether the Senate for some reason feels that this particular emergency on our own border does not rise to the level of the 31 other national emergencies which are currently in effect. In my own view, these narrow questions are not especially difficult ones to answer. The president is operating within existing law and the crisis on our border is all too real. I will vote to support the president’s decision later today and...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – While questioning Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought during a hearing on the President’s 2020 budget proposal, Crenshaw called out Democrats for questioning Republican morals for trying to get the country on a path to responsible spending. Crenshaw went on to clarify the definition of a budget cut versus slowing growth. Despite news reports that programs are being slashed, Vought confirmed that the proposed budget would slow growth to rein in out of control mandatory spending, not cut programs.  Crenshaw knows from personal...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following news reports that Hezbollah has established military positions in the Golan Heights, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) released the following statement:  “Iran and Hezbollah have deployed fighters and terrorists, including those with American blood on their hands, to deepen their hold over the region. This aggression highlights the need for the United States to affirm Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Hezbollah’s missile arsenal and terror tunnels pose severe threats to the State of Israel. To...
  • 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: “Building on last week’s progress, the Senate will consider two more of President Trump’s outstanding judicial nominees in addition to another executive branch nominee this week. The first item of business is the nomination of Paul Matey of New Jersey to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. “Mr. Matey holds degrees from Scranton and Seton Hall Universities, as well as clerkships on our nation’s federal...
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 14TH  On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  One Minute Speeches H.Con.Res. 24 - Expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler / Judiciary Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13TH  On Wednesday, 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: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.Res. 206 - Acknowledging that the lack of sunlight and transparency in financial transactions and corporate formation poses a threat to our national security and our economy’s security and supporting efforts to close related loopholes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters / Financial Services...