Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) co-sponsored legislation yesterday that would eliminate the ability for members of Congress and staff to be exempt from the American Health Care Act (AHCA). “This is common sense,” Walker said. “We’re going to make sure that members of Congress are under the same rules as our constituents. Washington cannot exempt itself from the laws it expects the people of North Carolina to follow." On Wednesday, it was reported that a new amendment to the AHCA "exempts members of Congress and their staff" from...
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.J.Res. 99 - Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee) Special Order Speeches  
  • ‘I look forward to more productive conversations with Senators, our House colleagues, and the White House so that we can get this important work done soon.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor this week regarding several of President Trump’s nominations as well as ongoing discussions on legislation to fund the government: “Yesterday the Senate confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture. We also took the next step in advancing Rod Rosenstein to serve as Deputy...
  • WASHINGTON – Following yesterday’s tax reform announcement by the Trump Administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) issued the following joint statement: “The principles outlined by the Trump Administration today will serve as critical guideposts for Congress and the Administration as we work together to overhaul the American tax system and ensure middle-class families and job creators are better positioned for the...
  • Washington, D.C. -- The House of Representatives has approved by a vote of 378-48 the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695).  This bipartisan bill – introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) -- makes important changes to the selection process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights.    Specifically, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act creates a selection panel made up of Members of Congress and the...
  • ‘For the past eight years, burdensome regulations put forth by the Obama Administration have held our economy back and taken a toll on too many hardworking Americans. Fortunately, we now have an administration that has already proven its commitment to easing the regulatory burden on our economy and advancing policies that actually promote economic growth and job creation.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding yesterday afternoon’s briefing on North Korea, President Trump’s nominees, and the...
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 27TH 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: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Last vote expected: 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches Postponed Suspension Vote: 1) S. 496 - To repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform" (Sponsored by Sen. Tammy Duckworth / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) H.R. 1694 - Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017,...
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH On Tuesday, 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. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.Con.Res. 35 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2) H.Con.Res. 36 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby (Sponsored...
  • Can diplomacy secure lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, or do obstacles point to the likelihood of war?  As seen through the lens of history, peace by diplomacy seems a risky bet, because it depends on the motivation and good will of all parties. In 1938 Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, waving the non-aggression pact signed by Adolf Hitler declared, “Peace for our time” to a cheering crowd. Less than a year later Hitler invaded Poland, igniting World War II. As historian Thomas Fuller wrote, “It’s madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.” In the...
  • WEEK OF APRIL 24TH MONDAY, APRIL 24TH On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. in pro forma. No votes are expected in the House. TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH On Tuesday, 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.Con.Res. 35 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 2...