On the Hill

Congressional Budget Office Releases Analysis of ACA Repeal

By 2026, 52 million Americans would be without health insurance, an additional 24 million than the CBO projected would have coverage if the Affordable Care Act were to stay.

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the EPA

Pruitt, a self-proclaimed “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” is an avid climate change denier, fossil fuel supporter and collaborator with oil and gas companies.

Puzder Withdraws and a New Labor Secretary is Nominated

Today, President Trump announced Alexander Acosta, a former federal judge and current law school dean, as his nominee to serve as secretary of the Department of Labor following Andrew Puzder’s Wednesday afternoon withdrawal of his nomination.

Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General

On Wednesday evening, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General with a final vote of 52-47, after nearly thirty hours of debate, during which Democratic senators voiced their strong opposition to Sessions’ confirmation.

Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Education

“This is the first time in American history that a Vice President has ever had make a tie-breaking vote to confirm a Cabinet nominee, showing just how weak DeVos’ position really is,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. “Every single Senator who voted “Yes” is personally responsible for the deciding vote, and...

Treasury Secretary Nominee Mnuchin to Have Confirmation Vote this Week

“Mnuchin profited off of kicking people out of their homes and then gave false testimony about his bank’s abusive practices,” said Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). “He cannot be trusted to make decisions about policies as personal to working Ohioans as their taxes and retirement.”

Republicans Suspend Committee Rules to Move Forward with Price Nomination

On Wednesday morning, the Republican controlled Senate Finance Committee suspended the rules of quorum, which require at least one member of each party to be present for a vote, and pushed through Tom Price’s nomination to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services, sending it to the full Senate for a vote.

DeVos Nomination Moves Forward as Price and Sessions Remain in Committee

Tuesday morning, three Senate Committees met to vote on whether to report nominations for the attorney general, secretary of health and human services and secretary of education to the Senate floor for a full vote.

Tillerson Senate Confirmation Vote Expected Soon

Tillerson’s confirmation vote to be Secretary of State, the nation’s highest ranking foreign diplomat, falls at a time of international and national dispute over the actions taken by President Trump during his first week in office.

Trump’s Pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services Goes Before Senate Finance Committee

On Tuesday, Tom Price, President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, went before the Senate Finance Committee to answer questions about contraception, abortion, and his trading of healthcare and pharmaceutical stocks while introducing legislation that could benefit his investments.

House Expected to Vote on Major Abortion Restriction

Today the House is expected to vote on H.R. 7, known as the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, a bill that would attempt to block all women from accessing health insurance that covers abortion care. It is a sweeping piece of legislation that touches on a number of anti-abortion...

Tom Price has Senate Confirmation Hearing for Health and Human Services

Price is a controversial choice, as he is seen by many social justice advocates to be against the very programs that he has been nominated to lead—programs that tens of millions of people desperately need for health care.

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.