Capitol Hill Reports

Capitol Hill Report: A Break-Down of the White House Budget February 17, 2018 Ballooning Budget Blows Bigger After a brief shutdown last Friday, the Senate passed another Continuing Resolution to keep the government open for a month. This measure came with a $2 trillion price tag and Conservatives were not happy. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only Republican Senator to stand up against the massive spending bill that raised the debt ceiling and increased budget caps. This week, the President released his budget for this year that provides ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: 20 Week Abortion Ban Fails; State of the Union February 4, 2018 20 Week Abortion Ban Fails During a procedural measure this week, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) failed to go to a final vote.  The 51-49 vote fell short of the 60 votes needed to continue.  Two Republicans, Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) voted against the bill while three Democrats, Senators Joe Donnelly (IN), Joe Manchin (WV), and Bob Casey (PA) voted in favor of the bill.  This circumstance shows how radical ... Read more

Shutdown Showdown January 27, 2018 Democrats shut down the government for three days while pointing fingers at the Republicans.  They knew that in order to pass a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it had to be attached to must-pass legislation like the budget.  Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has promised a vote on DACA before February 8 when the Continuing Resolution expires.  After rounds of opposition to this idea from the Democrats, the Democrats eventually caved and voted to ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: Dueling Proposals January 20, 2018 Immigration has been the talk of the town recently, more specifically on the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) front.  After President Trump cleared the way for Congress to make a decision, two bills emerged.  The first bill, Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 (H.R. 4760) sponsored by Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA), has been referred to as a “compromise bill.”  Although it continues the DACA program for current recipients which will give amnesty ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: Protecting Survivors of Abortions January 13, 2018 Protecting Survivors of Abortions Congress will soon take their first pro-life vote of the year.  The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act ( H.R. 4712/S.220 ) will move to the House floor next week.  This vote will be in tandem with the March for Life which draws thousands of pro-lifers from across the world to march the streets of Washington, D.C. as a voice for the unborn. This legislation simply requires a medical professional to use life-saving measures on a ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: Dream Act, Merely a Dream December 23, 2017 Dream Act, Merely a Dream The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report last week revealing that the Dream Act (S.1615) would cost taxpayers nearly $26 billion over the next ten years. This legislation would give illegal immigrants who were brought over before the age of eighteen lawful permanent resident status. Changing their status would make them eligible for a wide array of federal programs such as health insurance, welfare benefits, and higher education assistance. To make ... Read more

🚩 Capitol Hill Report: Taxpayer-Paid Transition Surgeries December 16, 2017 Taxpayer-Paid Transition Surgeries After a federal judge ruled against President Trump’s ban on the recruitment of transgenders, the Pentagon announced they will be accepting transgender recruits by January 1st, 2018. The Trump administration asked for a delay while they appeal, but Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly refused to grant this simple request. She stated, “…the court is not persuaded that defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military ... Read more

🚩 Capitol Hill Report: Capitol Hill’s Dirty Little Secret December 11, 2017 Capitol Hill’s Dirty Little Secret Recently, the American people have learned of yet another gross misuse of their taxpayer money. Numerous Congressmen have given “hush money,” funded by taxpayers, to victims that claim to be sexually harassed or assaulted. This fund, which was created over a decade ago, has been used in over 200 cases totaling more than $17 million. The U.S. Treasury has paid out $1 million in this year alone, yet the public ... Read more

🚩 Capitol Hill Report: Can we make the HERO Act heroic? November 22, 2017   Can we make the HERO Act heroic? Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) recently introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act (“HERO Act” H.R. 4274) and discussions are underway. We are hearing some rumblings from Capitol Hill that are troubling. The bill could certainly be improved upon. The College Transparency Act (CTA – H.R. 2434) has reared its ugly head during these discussions. This bill would allow the collection of highly personal information throughout an individual’s college career ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: Senate Confirmations November 4, 2017   Senate Must Vote to Confirm Judges!   After ten months since President Trump has taken office, the Senate Republicans have finally gotten serious about confirming his judicial nominees. This year, the Senate was only working an average of two and a half days per week. They had previously scrapped the filibuster to allow for an easier route to confirmation, but we did not see a quicker pace emerge from that action. Although Democrats were misusing ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: No Abortion Bonds Act October 27, 2017 Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) introduced legislation this week to end federal tax-exempt bonds, or so called “abortion bonds,” for abortion providers. The No Abortion Bonds Act is a critical piece of legislation that will close loopholes in the tax code that currently subsidizes abortion facilities through tax-exempt municipal, county, and state bonds. Abortion providers across the nation have continued to take advantage of this system. For example, in 2012, the New York City Industrial ... Read more

🚩 Capitol Hill Report: Tax Reform on the Horizon October 20, 2017 Tax Reform on the Horizon Tax reform has been one of President Trump’s promises to accomplish before the end of this year.  So far, the White House has taken the lead on this issue and has put out a good framework for Congress to map out their plan. After a budget is passed this week, Congress is ready to begin work on this important task. There are even sentiments of unity among the House and the ... Read more