Thursday, January 26, 2017

News Links from the House of Representatives, brought to you by The Ponder News:


Eshoo Calls on Federal Agencies to Provide Relief After Storms Damage Northern California Counties

Esty Denounces President Trump’s Attack on Law-Abiding Immigrant Families


A Response to President Trump’s Inaugural Address & New Deal for African-Americans

FHWA Attempts to Skirt Law, Force TxDOT to Pay Housing Benefits to Illegal Aliens

STATEMENT: Fleischmann on Inauguration

Flores Statement on President Trump’s Executive Action on Border Security

Foster Condemns Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

Foxx Praises Passage of Legislation to Permanently Ban Federal Funding of Abortion


Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Statement on President Trump's Call for a Voter Fraud Investigation


Fitzpatrick Resolution Removes ‘Members Only’ Signs from U.S. House of Representatives, Forces Lawmakers to Interact with Constituents

Newsbytes to Ponder from the House: Mexico, Pipeline and more...

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL, 25th) released the following statement after President Trump signed two executive orders.

“President Trump is fulfilling his promise to the American people to secure the borders of the United States. I stand ready to work with my congressional colleagues and the administration on legislation that will allow millions of hardworking people who have not committed crimes to come out of the shadows and get right with the law.”


U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX, 35th) responded to President Donald Trump’s new executive actions:

“President Trump’s anti-immigrant orders mask his broken campaign promise—he is not building a wall that Mexico will pay for. Now he demands that American taxpayers pay for his folly with the false hope that someday he can eventually extort the money from Mexico. Nor does he have legal authority to interfere with local law enforcement by denying federal funds to those wrongly categorized as “sanctuary cities.” To achieve both true security and economic growth, we need to reject his narrow-minded approach in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.”


U.S. Representatives Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have introduced legislation to expand retraining opportunities for dislocated coal miners.

The bipartisan Assisting America’s Dislocated Miners Act, H.R. 663, would establish a Dislocated Miners Assistance Program at the U.S. Labor Department to identify dislocated miners, assess their skills and training, identify job training programs, and provide grants to job training providers. The bill would also authorize $20 million a year for five years to fund the Dislocated Miners Assistance Program.


U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) today re-introduced the Women’s Public Health & Safety Act. The legislation would empower states to exclude abortion providers from receiving Medicaid funds.

The bill makes abortion providers not fall under the “free choice of qualified provider” provision. So excluding abortion providers from Medicaid funding would not count as “limiting healthcare options”, which is not allowed under Medicaid. In 2015, the Women’s Public Health & Safety Act passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 236 to 193.

The Women’s Public Health & Safety Act is also supported by:

National Right To Life Committee
Family Research Council
Susan B. Anthony List


Governor Nikki Haley was successfully confirmed as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, and Henry McMaster as the 117th Governor of South Carolina.


The U.S. House of Representatives passed without opposition Wednesday a bill introduced by Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) to bring transparency to presidential libraries.

The measure—H.R. 73, the Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2017—would require any donation to a President’s library greater than $200 be disclosed to the public and posted online.


Dr. Neal Dunn (FL-02) cosponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and the Hearing Protection Act of 2017, two important bills protecting the rights of all Americans to bear arms.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 will ensure that valid concealed carry permits are recognized in others states that allow concealed carry. It will also allow those who reside in Constitutional carry states the ability to carry in other states that recognize the right to concealed carry.


Donald Trump signed an executive order paving the way for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline.