Capitol Hill Updates

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offering a fiscally responsible solution to assist our country’s victims of natural disasters.In the letter, Walker makes the case that we must consider our national debt and the need to promote American interests first during the debate over the $19.1 billion disaster aid bill. Walker recommends a one-year reallocation of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) bilateral economic assistance and independent agencies funds...
  •   50 times. That’s how many times Republicans have asked for an up-or-down vote to provide mandatory medical care to babies who survive botched abortions. And every time, Democrats have blocked the vote. Abortion survivors deserve a voice and a VOTE. This is NOT a debate about abortion. It’s about protecting a baby who is already born. It’s about putting an end to infanticide. All children—born and unborn—are made in God’s image. So Republicans will ask again for a vote. And again. And again, until the House of Representatives speaks up for life. Learn...
  • Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) released the following statement after introducing the Investigate the Investigators Act. “I’ve read the entire Mueller Report cover to cover, and it’s clear there was no collusion and no obstruction,” said Byrne. “We need to determine what led to the authorization of the partisan witch hunt against President Trump and find out why, at the same time, Secretary Clinton was given a pass after clearly violating multiple federal laws. "Going forward, we must ensure no high-placed government officials ever abuse their position again. My bill will enable...
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed regulatory reform related to regulations issued under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rule would maintain vigorous civil rights enforcement on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, and sex, while revising certain provisions of the current Section 1557 rule that a federal court has said is likely unlawful. The proposal also would relieve the American people of approximately $3.6 billion in unnecessary regulatory costs over five years.     Conforming to the Text of...
  • WASHINGTON – Twenty-five conservative senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, asking the committee to preserve all existing pro-life and religious freedom protections in all future appropriations bills produced by the committee. “The unborn are the most vulnerable members of our society, yet they are under attack,” the letter reads. “In 2015 alone, 638,169 unborn children lost their lives to abortion. This is a terrible tragedy, and we must continue to prevent federal funding from supporting the unjust practice of elective abortion.” The letter also asks the...
  • THURSDAY, MAY 23RD 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. 1994 - Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Neal / Ways and Means Committee) Special Order Speeches
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made this statement after the congressional briefing about threats from Iran. “Outstanding briefing today from Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford. The threat streams from Iran against American interests are real and severe.  “The Trump administration has shown amazing restraint in the face of escalating aggressions from Iran.  The Iranian-directed attacks on four ships, sabotaging other nations’ pipelines, and the firing...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined fellow Republican leaders to highlight the benefits Americans will feel as soon as the USMCA trade agreement is approved by Congress, like new job and economic opportunities, and encouraged Democrats to swiftly move it to the Floor. He then called on Democrats to join Republicans in standing against the harmful Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, which seeks to undermine our ally Israel, by signing the discharge petition Republicans filed last week. He concluded with warning of the dangerous...
  • 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: “This week presents us with more opportunities to make progress on the backlog of qualified nominees who are still awaiting Senate confirmation. We began yesterday by voting to advance an exceptionally well-qualified nominee to the federal judiciary. Daniel P. Collins of California was chosen by President Trump to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit -- and the reasons why are abundantly...
  • Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week in opposition to H.R. 5 – The Equality Act and raised concerns that this legislation infringes on the Freedom of Religion. His remarks as prepared are below. Congressman Byrne said: “Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 5.  As many of my colleagues have stated, there are a number of very troubling issues with this legislation.  In my mind, perhaps none is more troubling than the bill’s explicit carve out from the Religious Freedom...