OBAMA SAYS CUBA IS NO LONGER A SPONSOR OF TERRORISM
President Obama is expected to remove Cuba from the U.S. State Department’s official list of state sponsors of terrorism in the very near future, which would pave the way for further U.S. - Cuba relations talks......Read More
FY 2016 HOUSE BUDGET
House Republicans have a plan to tackle our nation's challenges with positive solutions that will balance the budget, grow the economy, create more jobs and opportunity, save and strengthen vital programs, and ensure our national security....Read More
Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. The legislation would increase access to public lands across the West for fishing, hunting, and recreational shooting, while advancing efforts to conserve our lands and waters....Read More
Executive Actions on Immigration
Update: Due to a federal court order, USCIS will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA on February 18 as originally planned. The court's temporary injunction, issued February 16, does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to come forward and request an initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA under the guidelines established in 2012.... uscis.gov...Read More
Next week the House will start the appropriations process, the earliest since 1974.
Your phone rings. The caller ID reads “Internal Revenue Service.” It’s the IRS calling to tell you that you owe taxes. The agent on the phone provides their name and badge number, and the agent provides the last four digits of your Social Security number as verification... Rep. Randy Forbes (VA)
Last week the House passed a historic bill to end the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, also known as the "doc fix." This is one of the first positive entitlement reforms we've seen in a decade, and is an important step forward in strengthening Medicare, improving health care for our seniors, and saving taxpayer's dollars. -- Rep. Mimi Waters (CA)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted February 26th to reclassify broadband Internet as a “telecommunications service” and regulate it as a public utility under Title II. The bottom line here is the FCC adopted Great Depression-era regulations to regulate the Internet. -- Rep. Billy Long (MO)
"There is no more unifying force in the world than a common form of communications currency," said King. "Every sovereign nation sate, including the Vatican, has at a minimum, an official language. It is essential that we make assimilation of our legal immigrants a top priority and learning English is an important first step in that process." - Rep. Steve King (IA)
This bill reauthorizes the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) for four years, through FY 2019, and it restructures funding according to Amtrak's major lines of business in order to provide greater transparency and accountability regarding the costs and revenues of its different business lines... - Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
Every American benefits from a quality education. Whether they are from rural counties or urban cities, every person, including those in poverty and those with disabilities, should have access to a quality education.
It is not only essential for their personal growth and success but an enlightened citizenry creates a solid foundation for the country. Thomas Jefferson said, "An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight." With this in mind, the education of our children is a national priority of the highest importance. Without them, America's foundation is weak and therefore our country is weak.... Rep. Yoho (FL)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. The legislation would increase access to public lands in Alaska and across the West for fishing, hunting, and recreational shooting, while advancing efforts to conserve our lands and waters.
“I expect the Supreme Court to say that the president must enforce the law Congress has passed, rather than the law the president wishes Congress has passed. If it does, it will help rein in this out-of-control White House. It will tell the Obama administration that it must obey the law – and that the president cannot keep making up the rules as he goes along.” -- Sen. John Barrasso (WY)
PAUL-MCCONNELL MEASURE WILL PROTECT INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS OF WORKERS
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) announced his support and co-sponsorship of the "National Right to Work Act," a pro-worker, reform-minded piece of legislation offered by Senator Rand Paul (KY) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY). The measure would repeal discriminatory clauses in federal law that currently allow, as a condition of employment, workers to be forced to join a union or be forced to pay union dues...
As we reach the one-month mark of the 114th Congress, I wanted to write you about my priorities moving forward and how I intend to build on the work I have done over the past years... Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT)
Early last month I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba with a Congressional delegation of Senators and Congressmen. It was the first such trip since President Obama announced a change in policy toward the island nation and I’m happy to report we had a very productive experience.... Senator Durbin (IL)
GAS TAX The Highway Trust Fund pays for our nation`s infrastructure, including repairs to roads, highways and bridges. Investing in infrastructure not only keeps our families safe, it creates jobs in our local economies. But the Highway Trust Fund will run out in May.