Capitol Hill Updates

  • 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a pro-American, pro-immigrant, and pro-worker approach to immigration by fully securing the border and moving our outdated legal immigration system to a competitive, merit-based system.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 “We have a perfect storm brewing at the border because of a series of broken and outdated laws related to asylum and children,” said Graham.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.
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced legislation requiring the U.S. government to develop a list of scientific and engineering institutions affiliated with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). The bill would prohibit individuals employed or sponsored by these Chinese military institutions from receiving student or research visas to the United States. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) are original cosponsors. U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) introduced companion legislation in the House of...
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 15TH 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: 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. One Minute Speeches Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 375 - To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Natural Resources Committee) Postponed Suspension Vote: 1) H.R. 1892 -...
  • WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, issued the following statement on the one year anniversary of the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem: “One year ago today, I was honored to be in Jerusalem to help open the U.S. embassy in Israel. Jerusalem should be recognized as the indisputable, undivided capital of the Jewish State, and moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was an important step in recognizing Israel’s sovereignty and security. In...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for disaster assistance as well as the need to confirm more of the president’s well-qualified nominees: “This week the Senate will continue to promptly and reasonably consider a number of well-qualified nominees for important positions. Several weeks ago, we put an end to two years of unprecedented, systematic partisan obstruction that had kept abundantly qualified nominees on the sidelines for no substantive reason. The Senate took a modest but important...