Export-Import Bank supporters are confident they’ll have a needed House majority to force a floor vote on extending authorization of the export credit financing agency despite continuing conservative opposition....Read More
TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP DEAL REACHED
The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation....Read More
CONGRESS AVERTS SHUTDOWN AT LAST MINUTE
Congress approved a short-term spending bill that will prevent a government shutdown and fund federal agencies through mid-December....Read More
PRIVATIZING THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
The U.S. Postal Service, which has been losing customers for almost a decade, is still struggling to right itself....Read More
After the House considered H.R.702 repealing a ban on crude oil exports, it and the Senate adjourned for the week and returns Monday, Oct. 19.
LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR A PATIENT-CENTERED SYSTEM
"Today we're going to pass a bill that can dismantle Obamacare and reach the president's desk. We're going to repeal the five worst parts of the law: two mandates, two taxes, and one board of bureaucrats. These five are at the core of the law—and the core of the problem. Before Obamacare, people didn't buy insurance because it was too expensive. Now they don't have a choice. The law forces them to buy it and then taxes them for it. -- Chairman Paul Ryan Opening Statement
H.R. 3134 would, for a one-year period following enactment, prohibit federal funds from being made available to Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any of its affiliates or clinics (collectively referred to as Planned Parenthood for this estimate), unless such entities certify that the affiliates or clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period. CBO Report
CBO projects that if the debt limit is unchanged, the measures that the Treasury has been taking to avoid breaching that limit will be exhausted sometime between mid-November and early December, and the Treasury will then run out of cash.
There is a growing assault on the Judeo Christian values which serve as the foundation of our Western civilization and the basis of all our laws. These core principles have been a vital part of making America the greatest nation on Earth. -- Rep. John Cluberson
An op-ed by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Senator Orrin Hatch, former Senators Tom Harkin and Bob Dole, and former Representative Steve Bartlett in USA Today on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The authors played leading roles in the passage of the ADA.
The U.S. Senate will continue debate on the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA). This legislation would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is the principal law governing the federal role in K-12 education. -- Sen. Tim Scott
CAPITO APPLAUDS COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF KEY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chair of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement regarding the committee’s approval of the FY2016 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill and the FY2016 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill this week.
DEBT CEILING INCREASE Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew estimated Thursday that extraordinary measures to delay reaching the debt limit will be exhausted about Nov. 5, earlier than some experts have previously projected and accelerating the need to raise the borrowing ceiling. Although the deficit has fallen, the $17 trillion national debt grows each year.