Capitol Hill Updates

  • For those of us who are Christians, this week is the most important and holiest of the year. We begin the week remembering Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, walk with Him through his last teachings in the Temple, watch the last supper with His disciples, sadly witness His arrest and trial before the Sanhedrin and Pilate, view with tears his torture and crucifixion, and sorrow over his death and burial - only to wake up on Easter Sunday to the miracle of His Resurrection. There is so much meaning in this week that it is hard to pull out just one message. His suffering wasn’t just...
  • WASHINGTON – Three Senate committee chairmen are calling on the Justice Department to provide previously-sought information related to the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email server investigation. DOJ initially refused to furnish the information, citing the ongoing special counsel investigation. Following the conclusion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson are renewing the request.   “Now that the Special...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) released the following statement after sending a letter to Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) regarding the implementation of "training in workplace rights and responsibilities" in the House:"Last Congress, we led a common sense bipartisan proposal to implement anti-sexual harassment training and provide protections to Capitol staff. More than 100 days into the new majority, House Administration Democrats have failed in performing their obligation to implement new training curriculum for members...
  • “There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.” – President Donald J. Trump PROVIDING A HELPING HAND TO MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES: President Trump’s tax cuts are providing a boost to middle-income families. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) cut taxes for the middle class and boosted the Child Tax Credit to provide a helping hand to American families.     The TCJA included $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which goes to families. The TCJA will provide more than $2,000 in tax cuts in 2018 for an average family of four with an income of $...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reintroduced his bill to ensure the historic GOP tax cuts on individuals are permanent on Thursday. Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) joined Sen. Cruz in introducing the bill. The full text of the bill may be viewed here. "Last year, as a result of Republican leadership in both houses of Congress, Texans and Americans across the country saw a booming economy and higher wages," Sen. Cruz said. "I am reintroducing my bill today as I believe that making the historic tax cuts...
  • WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, issued the following statement following the United States government’s denial of entry to Founder of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement Omar Barghouti: “We have witnessed the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate throughout the world, in our nation, on college campuses and within the halls of Congress, and whether this bigotry is brazen or shamefully masked as ‘legitimate’ we must...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) delivered the following remarks at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse.”Watch her remarks by clicking the image below or HERE. TRANSCRIPT Thank you Mr. Chairman. I think it is fair to say I’ve had a couple brushes with social media companies in the past couple years.  I will also say it is indeed a pleasure and an honor to live in a country that values freedom of speech. We see this as such a cherished constitutional right. In...
  • “[W]hen you bring up violence, I mean, there's violence in abortion. It's in the abortion. Can you explain to me how the pro-life position is in any way violent, and how any community standards could ever say a pro-life person's speech should be shut down…” Video of the Senator’s full exchange is available here or by clicking on the image above Yesterday at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse pressed social media companies on the definition of hate speech and how pro-life advocacy is not violence. Senator Sasse’s full exchange can be...
  • “When it comes to the future of America’s energy needs, we will find it, we will dream it, and we will build it.” – President Donald J. Trump"   DEVELOPING ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE: President Trump is signing two Executive Orders to streamline Federal processes surrounding energy infrastructure development.   The President is signing an Executive Order to address regional and local energy supply constraints and to promote an efficient energy market. The Environmental Protection Agency will review and update the outdated guidance regarding certification under section 401 of the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa discussed from the Senate floor the need for answers to outstanding questions surrounding the FBI’s Clinton investigation. Video can be found here and text can be found below. On Tuesday I spoke about the Clinton investigation, and I want to reiterate one very serious issue. The FBI apparently had highly classified information potentially relevant to the Clinton investigation in its possession. The F.B.I. drafted a memo in May of 2016 to get access to the information. ...