Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Little Sisters of the Poor cannot be forced to provide free birth control to their employees by the government:“Our country was founded upon the principle of religious freedom. It is morally and constitutionally wrong for the government to force any American citizen to do something against their religious beliefs, especially when it comes to the sanctity of life. Today, a tremendous wrong against the Little Sisters of the Poor has been...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Whip and Ranking Member of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Steve Scalise (R-La.) opened today's Select Subcommittee hearing on “The Administration’s Efforts to Procure, Stockpile, and Distribute Critical Supplies," by thanking Americans across the country who have been working around the clock to ramp up production of personal protective equipment (PPE), even as China hoarded global supplies.Whip Scalise highlighted the progress we've made in fighting this virus, but stressed the need to apply hard-won lessons and rapidly find a cure....
  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 1ST On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  Complete Consideration of H.R. 2 - Moving Forward Act (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments: En Bloc #4 (60 minutes)En Bloc #5 (30 minutes)En Bloc #6 (30 minutes)Rep....
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY-1) and Ted Deutch (FL-22) are leading a bipartisan group of colleagues urging EU member states to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Hezbollah has increasingly used Europe as a launching pad for its criminal and terrorist activities, including money laundering, drug smuggling, recruitment, and training.  “The United States remains dedicated to combating global terrorism and its enablers, and we encourage our allies and partners to join in this effort. To...
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 30TH On Tuesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Begin Consideration of H.R. 2 -  Moving Forward Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) The Rule provides for two hours of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: En Bloc #1 (60 minutes)En Bloc #2 (30 minutes)En Bloc #3 (30...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) welcomed today’s United States Supreme Court ruling in USAID v. Alliance for Open Society upholding a key amendment he wrote in 2003 to the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act that provides federal funding to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) provided they have a policy explicitly opposing sex trafficking and prostitution.       Smith said, “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a major victory in the struggle against HIV, for human rights and...
  • WEEK OF JUNE 29TH  MONDAY, JUNE 29TH On Monday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 1425 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act (Closed Rule, Three Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee / Education and Labor Committee) H.R. 7301 - Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020 (Closed Rule,...
  • ‘I hope our colleagues reconsider and let the Senate consider police reform later today. If they do not, the next time another appalling incident makes our nation sick to its stomach with grief and anger yet again, Senate Democrats can explain to the nation why they made sure the Senate did nothing.’       WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding police reform:   “Today was supposed to bring progress for an issue that is weighing heavy on the American mind. In the wake of...
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 26TH  On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 51 – Washington, D.C. Admission Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton / Oversight and Reform Committee) Veto Message to Accompany H.J.Res. 76 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to “Borrower Defense Institutional...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced the bipartisan Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act to expand the current above-the-line deduction for charitable giving made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March. The bill would ensure that Americans who donate to charities, houses of worship, religious organizations, and other nonprofits are able to deduct that donation from their federal taxes at a higher...