Capitol Hill Updates

  •       GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) co-sponsored a resolution to recognize the National Day of Prayer. May 2, 2019, marks the 31st anniversary of the National Day of Prayer.  “I cling to the promise that we find in the book of Jeremiah declaring that God listens when we pray. My hope is that we would seek His divine wisdom for guidance and protection,” Walker said. “Prayer is a source of strength and hope for so many Americans – a source we must recognize and protect. Though politics can be...
  • Lankford: “It’s not a terrible thing to do as a nation to be able to love and to be able to pray for each other.”     CLICK HERE to watch Lankford’s floor speech.   WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today spoke on the Senate floor to pray for the nation ahead of the National Day of Prayer, which is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the US Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law...
  • THURSDAY, MAY 2ND  On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  One Minute Speeches Complete Consideration of H.R. 9 - Climate Action Now Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kathy Castor / Foreign Affairs Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee) Postponed Amendment Votes: Rep. Espaillat AmendmentRep. Gosar Amendment #1Rep. Gosar Amendment #2Rep. Porter Amendment The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments: A list of the remaining ten...
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 1ST  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 Begin Consideration of H.R. 9 - Climate Action Now Act (Structured Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Kathy Castor / Foreign Affairs Committee / Energy and Commerce 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 Committee on Foreign Affairs and 30 minutes of debate equally...
  • 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: “The Senate is in the midst of considering several more well-qualified nominees for service in the executive branch and on our nation’s federal courts. And we’re doing so in a more reasonable, efficient manner -- more in line with this body’s tradition -- thanks to the modest reform the Senate passed just a few weeks ago. “Until recently, our colleagues across the aisle had succeeded in subjecting...
  • Trade with Mexico and Canada is vital to the U.S. economy. In 2017 alone, trade with Canada and Mexico reached nearly $1.3 trillion. Since the 2007-2009 recession, U.S. goods exports to Canada and Mexico have expanded more than with any other country in the world, accounting for about 40 percent of the growth in overall U.S. goods exports. Today, the two countries buy more than one-third of U.S. merchandise exports and 49 states count Canada and Mexico as one of their top three merchandise export markets. Taken together, these exports in goods and services support upwards of 11 million...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tim Scott (S.C.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), James Lankford (Okla.) have announced the Equal Campus Access Act, legislation that would ensure that religious student organizations can operate in accordance with their faith-based principles. The bill prohibits funding for public institutions of higher education if they deny rights, benefits, or privileges to student organizations because of their beliefs, practices, speech, leadership standards, or codes of conduct.“If we’re not instilling the importance of the First Amendment in our nation’s colleges and universities, we’...
  • LOUISVILLE, KY. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement on the passing of former Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN): “I am deeply saddened by the death of my good friend and longtime colleague Senator Richard Lugar. Along with so many of my current and former Senate colleagues who were privileged to serve alongside him, I am mourning with and praying for Charlene and the entire Lugar family. “In so many ways my friend Dick was the consummate U.S. Senator. He combined the principled commitments of a patriot with the political instincts of a savvy...
  • WEEK OF APRIL 29TH MONDAY, APRIL 29TH On Monday, the House will meet at 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.R. 1222 - Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind / Natural Resources Committee) 2) H.R. 91 - Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer / Natural Resources Committee) 3) H.R. 317 - Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of...
  • President Trump’s policies continue to fuel an incredible economic boom, with economic growth reaching 3.2% in the first quarter of this year    ECONOMIC GROWTH SOARS IN 2019 GDP rose at a strong 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, blowing past market expectations. Expectations for first quarter growth had been around 2.3%.  In the past, first quarter growth has tended to be slower than others. A large pickup in net exports and increased investment in inventories helped drive this strong growth in the first quarter. GDP also grew by 3.2% over the past four quarters, the...