Capitol Hill Updates

  • BREAKING: The Committee voted to accept Chairman Brady’s amendment and favorably report the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act out of Committee.     FLOOR HIGHLIGHTS     H.R. 3441 - Save Local Business Act Sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne   Passage Vote Count Rep: 234-0 Dem: 8-181 Final Vote: 242-181 Summary: Reaffirms that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint employers under the National...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following letter today announcing that he will not seek re-election in 2018:  Dear Friend, When I first decided to run for Congress there were several things I wanted to achieve for the Commonwealth of Virginia and our nation. I had a strong passion for public service, a love of the law and the judicial system, and a deep appreciation for the people who call western and central Virginia home. These passions led me to serve on the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees throughout my time in the House, and have shaped my work...
  • Rep. Black Fights for Adoption Tax Credit  Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:  “This is an historic day, not only for the Ways and Means Committee, but for the American people. We promised a fairer, flatter and simpler tax code, giving middle income families much needed relief from our current code, and we did just that. For my home state of Tennessee, this will create roughly 20,000 new jobs and will allow families to keep $2,200 after-tax income....
  • In a press conference today at the House Triangle, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and other members of Congress called for the enactment of the Conscience Protection Act in the forthcoming end-of-year spending bill. “It is an honor and privilege to join these “nurses of conscience” who believe that abortion kills children and harms women and stood up for their beliefs at the risk of great personal sacrifice and injury – loss of job, demotion, or other forms of retaliation” said Smith, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life...
  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH  On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  One Minute Speeches  H.R. 2201 - Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Emmer / Financial Services Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of debate and makes in order the following amendment: Rep. Tom Emmer Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Special Order Speeches
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.— AT&T released a statement urging swift passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,  promising to invest an additional $1 billion in U.S. jobs if Congresses passes this historic tax reform.  For the full letter and the complete list of groups supporting tax reform, click here or see below.  AT&T to Invest an Additional $1 Billion in the United States if Competitive Tax Rate Enacted   DALLAS, November 8, 2017 — Since 2012, AT&T* has invested more in the United States than any other public company.[1] Today, the company...
  • ‘We want to help families plan for their future. We want to get the economy going again and growing again. Most of all, we want to take more money out of Washington’s pockets, and put more money in the pockets of the middle class.’   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “Our complex tax code is in desperate need of reform, and we now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to overhaul it. We all want an economy that reaches for its full potential again. We all want to...
  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH  On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  One Minute Speeches Postponed Suspension Votes: 1) H.R. 4173 - Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Banks / Veterans Affairs Committee) 2) H.R. 3705 - Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chellie Pingree / Veterans Affairs Committee) H.R. 3043 - Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (...
  • ‘Both chambers are working with the president and his team to overhaul our country’s complex and outdated tax system. We are united around a common-sense set of goals. Make taxes lower, simpler, and fairer. Take more money out of Washington’s pockets, and put more in the pockets of America’s middle class.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for tax reform: “Today, our colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee began marking up the tax reform legislation they unveiled last week....
  • Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) appeared on America’s Newsroom on Fox News to discuss the diversity visa lottery and the terrorist attack in New York City. Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan who came to the United States in 2010 through the Diversity Visa Program, plowed a rental truck into people using a bicycle path near One World Trade Center on Halloween, killing eight and injuring another 11 people. Under the visa lottery, each successful applicant is chosen at random and given the status of permanent resident based on pure luck, a...