Saturday, January 14, 2023

Weekly Congress Update

Daily Digests HouseSenatePrayers

HouseBills • Actions passed

House adopts rules (H.Res. 5) • Unpacking the new rules: A guide to the changes7 Key Reformsreforms 'make it easier' to add to debt, budget hawk group claimsOne rule change could put more money in House members' pockets

House GOP passes repeal of IRS funding boost as its first bill in the majority (H.R. 23, Debate) • CBO: GOP's IRS bill will add $114B to deficit

GOP takes aim at Chinese influence with new investigative panelHouse finds bipartisan agreement on a China-focused committeeHouse easily passes resolution to create bipartisan China select committee (H.Res. 11, Debate)

House GOP sets up panel to probe government ‘weaponization’ (H.Res. 12, Debate)

What you need to know about new GOP investigative panels 

Promises kept: Abortion bills hit the floor

Haley makes personal plea for Congress to protect infants born alive during abortionsHouse passes first GOP abortion bill days into new session (H.R. 26, Floor Debate) • If a child is born alive after surviving an abortion, this bill requires any health care practitioner present to provide the same degree of care any other child of the same gestational age would receive. The survivor must then be immediately transported to a hospital.

House passes resolution condemning attacks on pro-life facilities, groups (H.Con.Res. 3, Debate) • This resolution:
  • lists the acts of violence that have been committed against pro-life facilities in the aftermath of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision
  • condemns vandalism, violence, and destruction
  • recognizes the sanctity of life and highlights the important role that pro-life facilities and groups play in supporting pregnant women, infants, and families
  • calls upon the Biden Administration to uphold public safety and protect the rights of pro-life facilities, groups, and churches
These House Democrats supported GOP-sponsored abortion measures

House passes bill aimed at restricting oil reserve sales to companies with Chinese influence (H.R. 22, Debate)

Saturday, January 7, 2023

In Context: Reaping in Due Time

After the first week of this new Congress ended where a Congress usually begins—with the election of a Speaker—and after midnight, when the time came the traditional passing of the gavel from one Speaker to another, instead Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries fired off a defiant message of rejecting the American people's message in their 2022 election defeat.

His warm-up comments included quoting Galatians: “The Scripture says in Galatians: ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’” Indeed it does, Galatians 6:9.

Weekly Congress Update

Daily Digests HouseSenatePrayers

SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions passed

Murray gets presidential succession boost

Sen. Ben Sasse's Farewell to the SenateBen Sasse and the InstitutionsSasse’s valedictory speech was full of wisdom

HouseLeader RemarksBills

Democrats decry proposed House rules

Kevin McCarthy secures Speakership, on 15th ballot, tells House it's time to ‘finish strong for the American people’McCarthy SpeechBiden congratulates McCarthyHow McCarthy won

Lawmakers take oath of office after speaker drama delays swearing-in

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Weekly Congress Update

Daily Digests HouseSenatePrayersCommittee Reports

Biden signs short-term bill to keep government open (H.R. 1437)

Bill awarding Congressional Gold Medal to Americans held in Iran hostage crisis heads to Biden's desk

SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions begun, passed, declined

Democrats block GOP proposal to freeze federal spending until 2023 (S. 5244, Debate)

Senate rejects effort to cancel Biden charter school rule panned as 'burdensome' (S.J.Res. 60)

McConnell: Sanders Resolution on Yemen Would Strengthen Iran, Russia, and China (S.J.Res. 56)

Senate unanimously passes bill banning TikTok from government devices (S. 1143)

Biden pushes Congress to pass Manchin permitting reform bill opposed by liberalsSenate rejects Manchin’s energy permitting amendment to defense bill (S.Amdt. 6513) • Senate votes against reinstating troops kicked out over COVID-19 vaccine mandate (S.Amdt. 6526) • Senate passes sends $858 billion defense bill to Biden’s desk (H.R. 7776)

U.S. Senate confirms first Black woman to conservative-leaning 5th Circuit (65-31)

Senator Burr Farewell Address

Shelby delivers farewell speech on Senate floor (Full Speech)

Senator Toomey Farewell Address

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