Capitol Hill Updates

  • 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, the Senate has made progress in confirming the president’s nominees. On Tuesday, Eric Miller became the 31st circuit court judge confirmed under this administration. Yesterday, we confirmed Michael Desmond to serve as chief counsel at the IRS. Of course, this progress is only remarkable given Senate Democrats’ historic obstruction. As I noted yesterday, for example, Mr. Desmond’s...
  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. One Minute Speeches H.R. 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. James Clyburn / Judiciary Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Tom Rice Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Reps. Schneider / Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Andy Levin Amendment (10 minutes of debate...
  • ‘IT IS IN THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST TO ENSURE THAT ISRAEL RETAINS CONTROL OF THE GOLAN HEIGHTS’  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) today introduced companion bills establishing that it shall be the policy of the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The United States has been committed for over 40 years to ensuring Israel’s security from attacks emanating from across the Golan Heights. The threat Iran poses to America and Israel requires acknowledging the reality...
  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH  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: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches H.R. 8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson / Judiciary Committee) The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Debbie Lesko Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Rep. Madeleine Dean Amendment (10 minutes of debate)Reps....
  • ‘The legislation was silent on the abortion issue. All it would have done was affirm the rights of these newborn babies. But apparently, even that was a bridge too far. Not just for the far-left fringe — not anymore -- but now, a bridge too far for the vast majority of our Democratic colleagues right here in the Senate.’    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding legislation to protect the rights of all babies born in the United States: “Yesterday, the Senate had an opportunity to...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement regarding the Department of Health and Human Services' ruling to end the practice of taxpayer subsidized abortion through the Title X Family Planning Program. This decision restores the Reagan-era regulations that prevent Title X funds from being used to promote, counsel, or refer clients to abortion services. “Since President Trump took office we have made great strides toward defending the sanctity of life. With today’s decision by the Trump Administration, we are finally starting to see the...
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH  On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.  One Minute Speeches  H.J.Res. 46 - Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) S. 47 - Natural Resources Management Act...
  •   Today, despite receiving the support of a bipartisan majority of the United States Senate, Senator Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act failed to receive 60 votes to break a Democratic filibuster. The final roll call vote was 53-44. “I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether we're okay with infanticide,” said Senator Sasse. “This language is blunt. I recognize that and it's too blunt for many people in this body. But frankly, that is what we're talking about here today. Infanticide is what the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act...
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH On Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. One Minute Speeches   Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 583 - PIRATE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko / Energy and Commerce Committee) 2) H.R. 501 - Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Energy and Commerce Committee) 3) H.R. 525 - Strengthening the Health Care Fraud Prevention Task Force Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden /...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released a video commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of Rev. Billy Graham and provided an update on the process for getting his statue placed in the United States Capitol. The National Statuary Hall Collection, located in the Capitol building, holds 100 statues from all 50 states. Each state is allowed only two to honor persons notable in their history. North Carolina currently has two statues placed in the Capitol: Zebulon Baird Vance and Charles Brantley...