On the Hill

Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for Betsy Devos

Betsy DeVos’ Senate confirmation hearing to serve as secretary of the Department of Education (ED) was held Tuesday evening, as DeVos was questioned on issues ranging from guns in schools to the privatization of public education.

Senate Passes Budget Resolution that Allows for Repeal of Affordable Care Act

At 1:30 in the morning on Thursday, the Senate voted 51-48 to pass a budget resolution that directs House and Senate committees to craft legislation that will fully repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Roundup of First Day of Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing for Attorney General

For over eight hours, Sessions answered questions about his prosecutorial and Senatorial record, as well as over controversial comments he has made, as Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sought to unearth if Sessions would be able to enforce laws that he actively opposed.

House GOP Proposes Reinstatement of Archaic Rule Putting Federal Employees at Risk

The Holman Rule, established in the year 1876, empowers individual lawmakers with the authority to request amendments to appropriations bills, cut federal employees’ salaries down to $1 and eliminate governmental positions or programs of which they disapprove.

House GOP Promises Major Attack on Reproductive Healthcare

House Republicans announced this week that they intend to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and de-fund Planned Parenthood all in one budget “reconciliation” bill, a process that prevents Democrats from filibustering the measure and requires only a 51 vote in the Senate to pass, not the standard 60 vote threshold required for most controversial...

House Select Panel Investigating Abortion Providers Comes to an End

This week the House Select Panel investigating abortion providers finally came to a close after over a year of waging a “McCarthyesque witch hunt,” abusing Congressional authority and subpoena power to intimidate, threaten and endanger the lives of abortion providers and fetal tissue research professionals.

Republicans Scrap Plan to Eradicate Office of Congressional Ethics Following Backlash

On Tuesday morning, House Republicans decided to no longer pursue their plan to effectively eradicate the Office of Congressional Ethics after receiving widespread backlash from both sides of the aisle and the President-elect.

Democratic Members of House Select Investigative Panel Release Report

The Democratic members on the Republican controlled House Select Panel investigating abortion providers released their own report on Monday, outlining independent findings from the over-a-yearlong investigation that is set to cost the American tax payers $1.5 million.

House Select Panel Investigating Abortion Providers Is Playing Politics to Increase Budget

Yesterday the dangerous House Select Panel investigating abortion providers recommended to the attorney general of Texas that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast be investigated for criminally selling fetal tissue.

Anti-Abortion House Panel Seeks to Double Budget

Republicans in the House seek to nearly double the budget of the dangerous Select Investigate Panel that has been spending taxpayer dollars investigating bogus allegations made by the so-called Center for Medical Progress (CMP) against abortion providers and fetal tissue researchers, according to an exclusive article release from Rewire News.

Thousands of North Carolina Voters Removed from Registration Rolls

Voting rights protectors including the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP filed a lawsuit this week in federal court alleging that three North Carolina counties—Moore, Beaufort and Cumberland—illegally purged thousands of voters from the registration rolls, a disproportionate number of whom are African American.

Gretchen Carlson to Testify Before Congress on Arbitration Laws

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson will testify before Congress on forced arbitration laws after the election season.

Congresswoman Schakowsky Decries the Dangerous Tactics of the House Select Investigative Panel

Today Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky delivered a speech on the floor of the House denouncing the dangerous Select Investigative Panel that has been spending taxpayer dollars investigating the bogus allegations made by the so-called Center for Medical Progress (CMP) against abortion providers.

House Hearing Reveals Contention Leading Up to Hyde Week of Action

This morning the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on the Hyde Amendment and the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.

House Select Investigative Panel Recommends StemExpress Be Held in Criminal Contempt of Congress

Republican members of the House Select Investigative Panel, which has been spending taxpayer dollars investigating the bogus allegations made by the so-called Center for Medical Progress (CMP) against abortion providers, voted yesterday to recommend that StemExpress, a small biomedical company, be held in criminal contempt.

House Investigation of Abortion Providers Targets Biotech Company

The House Select Investigative Panel created to scrutinize fetal tissue donations from abortion providers to stem cell researchers will vote today on whether or not to hold StemExpress in contempt of Congress for allegedly failing to provide subpoenaed documentation.

Time to Pass Zika Funding is Running Out as Testing Backlog Grows

It’s been more than six months since President Obama called on Congress to pass a $1.9 billion emergency Zika funding bill, but they have yet to appropriate any money towards the public health epidemic that has now infected at least 21,000 individuals in the US and its territories, 1,800 of whom are pregnant.

Pink Tax Repeal Act Introduced in House

On Monday, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), along with 24 cosponsors, introduced the Pink Tax Repeal Act in Congress to combat the unequal pricing of products based on gender.

Senate Rejects Four Gun Control Bills After Orlando Shooting

Four gun control measures failed to pass the 60-vote threshold necessary to move forward in the U.S. Senate this week. Each vote was largely along party lines, and further demonstrated the unwillingness of the chamber to challenge the gun lobby.
Over 180 Members of the House to Speaker Ryan: End the House Select Investigative Panel’s Politically-Motivated “Witch Hunt”

Over 180 Members of the House to Speaker Ryan: End the House Select Investigative Panel’s Politically-Motivated “Witch Hunt”

Over 180 members of the House called on Speaker Paul Ryan this week to disband the House Select Investigative Panel, citing “continued abuses which jeopardize the integrity of the House and the safety of Americans.”