A group of 34 House members is calling on the Senate to approve legislation to tighten sanctions against Iran, a move the Obama administration says would disrupt ongoing nuclear negotiations with that country.
Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) has proposed legislation that would require federal officials and others who use ObamaCare data to commit identify theft to serve a five-year prison term.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) chided Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for announcing that he will exempt some of his staff from enrolling in ObamaCare.
“Sen. Reid's decision to exempt his staff from ObamaCare exchanges is the clearest example yet of ObamaCare's failures and Washington hypocrisy,” Cruz said. “His staff worked to pass it and continue to promote it, now they don't want to be part of it because it's a disaster.”
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday that House Democrats would oppose the scheduled adjournment of the House next week unless the House passes an extension of expiring unemployment benefits.
The House passed legislation aimed at discouraging frivolous patent lawsuits.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was adamant on Thursday that the House would not stay in session past Dec. 13 to finish work on a range of unfinished issues.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) blamed President Obama’s policies for high unemployment and a shrinking middle class.
“The truth is that the policy formula favored by President Obama — more regulation, hostility to American energy, anti-growth taxation, surging debt, bigger government, more federal interference, government-run healthcare and mindless immigration policies — are the cause, not the cure, for growing middle-class distress,” Sessions said Wednesday.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) announced that she introduced a bill aimed at ensuring that rural states get their fair share of federal communications services, such as broadband.
Ayotte said her home state currently receives only 37 cents for every dollar it contributes to the Universal Service Fund (USF), a federal rural communications program.
The House starts at 9 a.m. and will immediately begin work on the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309.
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on Wednesday night lost his cool on the House floor over the issue of immigration, after the presiding officer warned another Democrat not to refer to people sitting in the House gallery.