Press Releases from all Congress

Mar 10, 2017

Ranking Member Slaughter Welcomes Republican’s Request for an Open Rule on the Health Care Repeal Bill

Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement in reaction to Republican Representative Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) request for an open rule for the Republican health care bill. 

Jan 31, 2017

Slaughter Responds to Republicans Blocking Consideration of Legislation to Rescind the President’s Executive Order on Immigration

Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) reacted to House Republicans voting tonight to block consideration of The Statue of Liberty Values Act, legislation to defund and rescind President Donald Trump’s harmful executive order banning travel from Muslim countries and suspending the refugee program. In voting for the previous question, Republicans prevented a debate on this bill.

Jan 4, 2017

Slaughter Reacts to Republican Rules Package for 115th Congress

Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to the House Republicans' rules package for the 115th Congress: 

Sep 13, 2016

Slaughter Statement on the Departure of Rules Committee Staff Director Hugh Halpern

Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) released this statement on the departure of Staff Director Hugh Halpern.

Apr 13, 2016

Slaughter Statement on Attempts to Roll Back the Historic Financial Reform Law

Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement as the House of Representatives considers H.R. 3340 and H.R. 3791 today, legislation that would roll back the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. Slaughter was instrumental in this historic legislation as it passed through her Rules Committee.

Mar 16, 2016

Ranking Member Slaughter on Republican Leadership’s Latest Political Ploy

Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter issued the following statement as the committee convenes today to consider a resolution authorizing Speaker Ryan to file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.Last week, Slaughter joined more than 200 members of the House and Senate in filing a separate amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of these actions.

Jan 5, 2016

Rules Committee Democrats Oppose Extension of Overbroad Deposition Powers

WASHINGTON, DC — The House Rules Committee today approved a plan to extend for another year the unrestricted authority for four House committees to conduct staff depositions at any time, on any subject, for any reason. The deposition authority allows four committees—the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, Science and Technology, and Ways and Means—to compel American citizens to travel to Washington in order to provide testimony under oath and behind closed doors. 

Dec 1, 2015

Slaughter Statement on GOP Bailout of Fossil Fuel Industry

WASHINGTON, DC — As President Obama convenes world leaders to press for a landmark accord to combat climate change, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter today called-out congressional Republicans for moving in the opposite direction by putting forward yet more anti-environment giveaways to big polluters. 

Nov 17, 2015

MILESTONE: Most Closed Congress in US History

WASHINGTON, DC — As House Republicans vote today on their 45th closed rule of this session of Congress—shutting down the amendment process and excluding the American people’s voice from the legislative process—they will set a record for the most closed rules ever passed and will enter the history books as the most closed Congress in history. 

Sep 16, 2015

Slaughter Calls Out Republican Leaders For Ignoring Shutdown Threat, Wasting Time On Redundant Bills: “GOP Leaders Are Ignoring the Elephant in the Room and Running Us Headlong Toward Another Shutdown”

WASHINGTON, DC — With only eight legislative days remaining before the federal government shuts down, Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter called out House Republicans today for squandering valuable time on non-essential and redundant bills instead of working to avoid catastrophe.:

May 13, 2015

Democratic Members of House Rules Committee Release Troubling Numbers on ‘Grab-Bag Rules’

The Minority Members of the House Committee on Rules released a letter to Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions regarding the Majority’s sharp increase in the use of so-called “grab-bag rules,” a single rule that governs floor debate for two or more unrelated pieces of legislation.

Feb 5, 2015

Top Dem on Rules Committee to House Majority: If You’re Going to Sue the President, At Least Do it in the Light of Day

Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) sent a letter to Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions urging the House Majority to follow regular order if the Majority is going to pursue another lawsuit against the President.

Nov 20, 2014

Longtime Slaughter Rules Committee Staffer and Native Western New Yorker Don Sisson Tapped for Key White House Post

Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) announced that Don Sisson, one of the congresswoman’s longest-serving staffers and a native of Western New York, will become a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.

Nov 18, 2014

Slaughter Re-Elected as Top Democrat on Rules Committee

The House Democratic Caucus re-elected Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25), to serve as the top Democratic member of the House Committee on Rules. 

Jul 31, 2014

Ranking Member Slaughter Reacts to House Rules Committee Passage of Martial Law

The week before the August recess is usually a productive time, but all that this Majority could accomplish is suing the President, deregulating pesticides in the environment and – in a real embarrassment – canceling a vote because Tea Party Members refused to support a border bill tailor-made for them.

Jul 30, 2014

After Leading Democratic Opposition, Rep. Slaughter Votes No on Resolution Authorizing Lawsuit Against President Obama

After leading Democratic opposition to Speaker John Boehner’s partisan and meritless effort to sue President Obama over the Affordable Care Act, Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) voted against the resolution authorizing the suit.

Related Committee: Rules
Jul 17, 2014

Democrats Demand to Know Cost of Boehner’s Lawsuit Against President Prior to House Vote

Democrats on the House Rules Committee sent a letter to Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) demanding to know the cost of the House Majority’s lawsuit against the President before lawmakers are forced to vote on the measure in late July.

Jul 16, 2014

Constitutional Law Experts Lawrence Tribe and Charles Tiefer: Boehner Suit “Meritless,” “An Embarrassing Loser”

Before a hearing of the Rules Committee on whether to sue the president over the Affordable Care Act, renowned constitutional law experts Lawrence Tribe of Harvard University Law School and Charles Tiefer of the University of Baltimore Law School called the suit “meritless” and “an embarrassing loser,” respectively

Mar 13, 2014

“Don’t you get tired of that sometimes? Wouldn’t you like to do something better with your time?”

Slaughter Slams House GOP’s 51st Vote to Dismantle Healthcare

Related Committee: Rules, Ways and Means
Jan 7, 2014

Speaker Boehner's House Conducts Most Closed Session of Congress in History

By now, many Americans have seen the headlines that this Congress is on pace to be the least productive in history. What is less well known is that under Republican control, we have also experienced the most closed session of Congress in history—a dubious achievement that has contributed to the historic gridlock and dysfunction that defined Washington in 2013.

Related Committee: Rules
Oct 16, 2013

Rep. Slaughter: With Fiscal Deal, Americans “Can Finally Breathe a Sigh of Relief”

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), senior Democrat on the House Rules Committee, expressed support for a bipartisan plan to re-open the government and avoid a default on the nation’s full faith and credit.

Oct 4, 2013

Rep. Slaughter to Moderate Republicans: “Put Your Voting Cards Where Your Mouths Are” and Re-Open the Government

Today, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), Ranking Member on the House Rules Committee, called on House Republicans who have declared support for a “clean” funding bill to “put your voting cards where your mouths are” and vote on a procedural motion to bring the Senate’s “clean” funding measure to the House Floor.

Oct 2, 2013

Rep. Slaughter to GOP: Put Your Voting Card Where Your Mouth Has Been

Top Dem on Rules Committee Urges GOP to Stop Gimmicks, End Shutdown

Sep 30, 2013

Hours Before Shutdown Deadline, Rep. Slaughter Tells House Republicans Not To Shut Government Down Over Partisan Demands

GOP Obsession with Health Care Law Threatens Government Shutdown

Sep 19, 2013

Rep. Slaughter Decries GOP’s Massive Cuts to Food Assistance

WASHINGTON – Today, House Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) decried the House Republicans’ bill to cut $40 billion from food assistance programs, a move that would take this critical lifeline away from 4 million Americans, would reduce benefits for another 850,000 Americans, and would take 210,000 hungry kids off of the free school meal program.

Related Committee: Agriculture
Sep 18, 2013

The GOP House of Cards

This fall, go inside the world of the House GOP, where partisanship, brinksmanship and extremism threaten to topple the House of Cards built by the House Republican Conference.

Jul 31, 2013

Ranking Member Slaughter Responds To Chairman Rogers’ Plea To End Sequestration

Ranking Member Slaughter released the following statement in response to the House Majority pulling THUD from the floor.

Jul 16, 2013

Ranking Member Statement: ACA Repeal Vote #38 and #39

Below is a statement from Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter in response to the House GOP's 38th and 39th votes to repeal, defund or obstruct the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Jul 11, 2013

Slaughter Delivers Fiery Floor Speech On GOP Attempt To Sever Nutrition Programs From FARRM Bill

Calls GOP Attempt To Cut Nutrition Program “A New Low”

Jun 25, 2013

Slaughter Slams GOP For Pushing Partisan Energy Bills While Ignoring Looming Student Loan Interest Rate Hike

“If we don’t act, young people across this country will see their college loan rates double next week,” said Rep. Slaughter. “Yet here we are again wasting the public’s time, money, and patience on partisan Tea Party bills that have no chance of passing in the Senate. It’s outrageous that after passing these messaging bills, the Majority is planning on taking a week-long break while American students are about to be hit with higher loan rates.”

Jun 18, 2013

Rep. Slaughter, Co-Chair of Pro-Choice Caucus Speaks On House Floor Against GOP’s Extreme Abortion Measure

(REMARKS AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY): For 40 years I’ve been marching for women’s choice. After all these years, it appears we still have a long way to go. With HR 1797, the Republican Majority is once again trying attacking a woman’s constitutionally-protected right to choose. This Republican “War on Women” has been a top priority for the Majority for decades, and it continues today.

Related Committee: Judiciary
May 17, 2013

Slaughter Blasts GOP for Wasting Americans’ Time, Money, and Patience on 37th Failed Attempt To Repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON – Today, House Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) blasted the House Republican leadership for wasting Americans’ time, money, and patience on their 37th attempt to repeal all or parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while ignoring pressing national priorities like creating jobs and fixing the sequester’s devastating impact on middle-class families. According to figures compiled by CBS News, the House has now spent $55 million of taxpayer money on floor debate time to repeal the health care law, despite House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) saying after the 2012 elections that, “The President was re-elected; Obamacare is the law of the land.” The ACA is already lowering costs and providing benefits to the American people, and by the time the ACA is fully implemented, 27 million previously uninsured Americans will have recieved coverage through the law.

Related Committee: Rules
Apr 24, 2013

Ranking Member Slaughter Manages Consideration of the Rule for HR 1549

WASHINGTON- Today, House Rules Committee Ranking Member Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY-25), managed the consideration of the rule for HR 1549, the so-called "Helping Sick Americans Now Act."  Below is the text of speech, as prepared for delivery.

Feb 13, 2013

Slaughter Chides GOP For Ignoring Sequester

WASHINGTON – House Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) chided the House Republican leadership for failing to address the looming sequester cuts, which will have a devastating impact on jobs and the economy on March 1 if the government does not act. Instead of considering alternatives to the sequester, House Republicans are instead targeting middle-class federal workers with another pay freeze.  

Related Committee: Rules
Feb 4, 2013

Ranking Member Slaughter Slams GOP For Latest Budget Gimmick, Offers Support For Amendment To Prevent Harmful Sequester Cuts

WASHINGTON – Today, Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) criticized House Republicans for attempting to pass another legislative gimmick instead of taking responsible action to reduce the deficit in a balanced and bipartisan way. Congresswoman Slaughter endorsed a substitute amendment submitted by Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) that would eliminate the devastating sequester cuts, and would instead raise revenue by eliminating loopholes for oil and gas companies and instituting the Buffett Rule to ensure bankers and CEOs don’t pay a lower tax rate than teachers and police officers. 

Related Committee: Rules
Jan 3, 2013

Rules Committee Ranking Member Rep. Louise Slaughter Kicks Off New Congress By Introducing Measures To Ban Secret Money In Elections, Improve Access To Voting

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-Fairport) was sworn in for her 14th term in Congress. In her first official act as Ranking Member on the House Rules Committee for the 113th Congress, Slaughter fought to bring to the House floor measures to ban secret money in elections and improve access to voting. Slaughter used her floor remarks to urge her colleagues to seek common ground and deliver results for the American public.    

Related Committee: Rules
Jan 26, 2012

A Fair Shot, Not a Rigged Game

Slaughter Unveils “Grand Old Pretzels” Scale to Untangle GOP Contortionism

Related Committee: Agriculture
Jan 26, 2012

GOP Pretzels

Dec 19, 2011

National Journal: One at a Time GOP freshmen wanted to put an end to those huge bills that no one reads. It didn’t turn out that way.

National Journal: One at a Time GOP freshmen wanted to put an end to those huge bills that no one reads. It didn’t turn out that way.

Dec 16, 2011

Slaughter Says Megabus Passage, Crisis Aversion “No Cause for Celebration”

Slaughter Says Megabus Passage, Crisis Aversion “No Cause for Celebration”

Nov 15, 2011

Revised and Updated Reality Check on the GOP's Pledge to America

Revised and Updated Reality Check on the GOP's Pledge to America

Jul 30, 2011

Rules Committee Democrats Key Document: Roughshod over the Rules

Rules Committee Democrats Key Document: Roughshod over the Rules

Feb 11, 2011

Slaughter Says Republican Rhetoric Does Not Match Record

Slaughter Says Republican Rhetoric Does Not Match Record

Feb 7, 2011

Democratic Committee Leaders Call on Boehner to Focus on Jobs

Democratic Committee Leaders Call on Boehner to Focus on Jobs

Apr 14, 2010

Rule Approved on Estuaries Bill

Rule Approved on Estuaries Bill

Feb 25, 2010

Rules Approves Expiring Provisions for House Consideration

Rules Approves Expiring Provisions for House Consideration

Feb 24, 2010

Rules Approves Intelligence Authorization for Floor Consideration

Rules Approves Intelligence Authorization for Floor Consideration

Feb 23, 2010

Rules Approves Health Insurance Antitrust Repeal For House Consideration

Rules Approves Health Insurance Antitrust Repeal For House Consideration

Feb 22, 2010

Rules Approves Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Bill for House Consideration

Rules Approves Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Bill for House Consideration

Feb 2, 2010

Rules Approves Cyber Security Bill for House Consideration

Rules Approves Cyber Security Bill for House Consideration

Jan 20, 2010

Rules Approves Three Water Rights Bills for Floor Consideration

Rules Approves Three Water Rights Bills for Floor Consideration

Dec 8, 2009

Rules Approves Tax Extenders for House Consideration

Rules Approves Tax Extenders for House Consideration

Dec 8, 2009

Rules Approves Financial Reform for House Consideration

Rules Approves Financial Reform for House Consideration

Dec 2, 2009

Rules Approves Estate Tax Bill for House Consideration

Rules Approves Estate Tax Bill for House Consideration

Nov 20, 2009

Rules Approves Fire Grants Reauthorization and Molalla River Designation for House Debate

Rules Approves Fire Grants Reauthorization and Molalla River Designation for House Debate

Oct 29, 2009

Slaughter Says Health Care Bill Is Available Online

Slaughter Says Health Care Bill Is Available Online

Oct 28, 2009

Rules Approves Small Businesses & Interior Conference Bills

Rules Approves Small Businesses & Interior Conference Bills

Oct 22, 2009

Rules Approves Solar Energy Legislation For House Consideration

Rules Approves Solar Energy Legislation For House Consideration

Oct 15, 2009

Slaughter Asks Obama to Release Detainee Photos Criticizes Homeland Security Provision Exempting Photos from FOIA

Slaughter Asks Obama to Release Detainee Photos Criticizes Homeland Security Provision Exempting Photos from FOIA

Oct 15, 2009

Slaughter Says Airline Safety Bill Will Make Flights “Safer for all of us”

Slaughter Says Airline Safety Bill Will Make Flights “Safer for all of us”

Oct 15, 2009

H.R. 2892, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act FY 2010 and H.R. 2442, the Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009

H.R. 2892, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act FY 2010 and H.R. 2442, the Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009

Sep 22, 2009

Rules Approves Guidelines for Santa Cruz Heritage Act

Rules Approves Guidelines for Santa Cruz Heritage Act

Sep 15, 2009

Slaughter Says Columbia FTA Includes Worst Parts of NAFTA & CAFTA

Slaughter Says Columbia FTA Includes Worst Parts of NAFTA & CAFTA

Sep 15, 2009

Rules Committee Approved “Decorum” Guidelines for House

Rules Committee Approved “Decorum” Guidelines for House

Sep 11, 2009

Slaughter Says Obama Ruling On China Tire Case Is Good For American Workers

Slaughter Says Obama Ruling On China Tire Case Is Good For American Workers

Aug 3, 2009

Slaughter & Pelosi Introduce Health Tracking Bill

Slaughter & Pelosi Introduce Health Tracking Bill

Jul 28, 2009

Rules Approves Defense Appropriations Bill Record Number of Republican Amendments Allowed

Rules Approves Defense Appropriations Bill Record Number of Republican Amendments Allowed

Jul 22, 2009

Transportation, Housing & Urban Development Appropriations Approved by Rules

Transportation, Housing & Urban Development Appropriations Approved by Rules

Jul 21, 2009

Slaughter On Kirk Speech: “We’ve heard all this before and nothing is done for workers.”

Slaughter On Kirk Speech: “We’ve heard all this before and nothing is done for workers.”

Jul 21, 2009

Slaughter Says PAYGO Bill Places Firm Limits on Government Spending

Slaughter Says PAYGO Bill Places Firm Limits on Government Spending

Jul 14, 2009

Rule Approved for Financial Services & Energy and Water Appropriations

Rule Approved for Financial Services & Energy and Water Appropriations

Jul 13, 2009

Slaughter Calls on Farmers to Limits Use of Nontherapeutic Antibiotics

Slaughter Calls on Farmers to Limits Use of Nontherapeutic Antibiotics

Jul 13, 2009

Slaughter and Baird Call For Ban on Congressional Insider Stock Trading

Slaughter and Baird Call For Ban on Congressional Insider Stock Trading

Jul 13, 2009

Slaughter Calls on Congress to Close Insider Trading Loophole

Slaughter Calls on Congress to Close Insider Trading Loophole

Jul 8, 2009

Slaughter Statement on Meeting with US Trade Rep Ron Kirk

Slaughter Statement on Meeting with US Trade Rep Ron Kirk

Jul 7, 2009

Rules Approves Guidelines for Small Business & Agriculture Bills

Rules Approves Guidelines for Small Business & Agriculture Bills

Jul 7, 2009

Slaughter Announces Rules Hearing On Bill To Curb Excessive Antibiotics in Meat

Slaughter Announces Rules Hearing On Bill To Curb Excessive Antibiotics in Meat

Jun 26, 2009

Rule Approved for Historic Climate Change Legislation

Rule Approved for Historic Climate Change Legislation

Jun 25, 2009

Interior Funding Bill Approved by Rules Committee

Interior Funding Bill Approved by Rules Committee

Jun 24, 2009

Rule For Homeland Security, Department of Defense Approved

Rule For Homeland Security, Department of Defense Approved

Jun 23, 2009

Rules Committee Posts Energy Bill, Announces Thursday Meeting

Rules Committee Posts Energy Bill, Announces Thursday Meeting

Jun 23, 2009

Slaughter Says New Trade Legislation Offers Framework to Protect Environment, Worker Rights, Domestic Jobs

Slaughter Says New Trade Legislation Offers Framework to Protect Environment, Worker Rights, Domestic Jobs

Jun 23, 2009

On 37th Anniversary of Title IX, Rep. Slaughter asks White House to Support Her Equity Legislation

On 37th Anniversary of Title IX, Rep. Slaughter asks White House to Support Her Equity Legislation

Jun 22, 2009

Rule For Legislative Branch Appropriations Approved

Rule For Legislative Branch Appropriations Approved

Jun 22, 2009

Rules Committee Announces Meeting

Rules Committee Announces Meeting

Jun 18, 2009

Slaughter statement on FOIA exemption removal from Supplemental Spending Bill

Slaughter statement on FOIA exemption removal from Supplemental Spending Bill

Jun 18, 2009

Slaughter floor statement on War Supplemental

Slaughter floor statement on War Supplemental

Jun 17, 2009

Slaughter floor statement on House Res 552

Slaughter floor statement on House Res 552

Jun 16, 2009

Slaughter Says White House Regulatory Reform Plan Needs to Go Much Further

Slaughter Says White House Regulatory Reform Plan Needs to Go Much Further

Jun 15, 2009

Rules Committee Grants Supplemental Conference Rule & CJS Appropriations

Rules Committee Grants Supplemental Conference Rule & CJS Appropriations

Mar 17, 2009

Rules Approves Suspension Authority for Floor Consideration

Rules Approves Suspension Authority for Floor Consideration

Mar 9, 2009

Rules Approves Afghanistan Resolution for Floor Consideration

Rules Approves Afghanistan Resolution for Floor Consideration