Saturday, July 20, 2019

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House passes resolution rebuking Trump after bitter partisan floor fight
• Speaker Pelosi began her remarks: ‘Mr. Speaker, I come to this floor prayerfully.’
Nancy Pelosi calls out President Trump for 'racist' comments on House floor
House chairman scolds Nancy Pelosi for 'personality' attack on Trump on House floor
'I abandon the chair!' Chaos erupts as Pelosi violates House rules before Democrat vote to condemn controversial tweet
Parliamentary chaos as House Democrats ban and un-ban Speaker Pelosi from House floor
House chairman who dropped the gavel says everyone's statements violated the rules: 'It's embarrassing'
Full debate as recorded in the Congressional Record

Senate ratifies long-stalled tax treaty

Sen. Rand Paul delays attempt to reauthorize 9/11 first responder bill, cites cost as the reason

Democrats reject impeachment in hasty vote to punish Trump
95 Democrats vote to impeach the president for causing "harm to the society" of the United States

In escalating battle with Trump, House votes to hold Barr and Ross in contempt

Senate passes bill making hacking election voting systems a federal crime

House passes repeal of Obamacare tax on high-cost plans

House passes bill to raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour


Floor attempts to protect human life, prohibit infanticide

House: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday


National Security

House and Senate head for showdown on must-pass defense bill

After Trump Weighs In on JEDI, GOP Lawmakers Say Keep Out of It


Trade

‘Putting Politics Before American Jobs’: RNC Chairwoman Slams Pelosi for Delaying Vote on USMCA Trade Deal


Executive

Trey Gowdy: AG William Barr's reputation as an 'incredible lawyer' untouched by contempt

This administration's commitment to religious freedom matters

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 2nd Annual Religious Freedom Ministerial

House Oversight asks SDNY if Justice Department guidelines shielded Trump from indictment


Commerce Policy

GOP Rep Lays out How Devastating Dems’ Minimum Wage Increase Could Be for Workers: ‘It’s Bad Legislation’

The bill would “raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour by 2025, with the minimum rate tied to inflation after that.”


Health Care Policy

Contrary to widespread belief, conservatives should support Cadillac Tax repeal

Senate surprise billing legislation would cut pay for hospitals and doctors, budget office finds

Congress’ Current Approach to Surprise Medical Billing Could Have Unintended Consequences


Congress

Is there consensus on the new House consensus calendar?
(It's how repealing more of the Affordable Care Act just passed the House.)

Constitutional scholars question impeaching Trump for 'bigotry'

Chaplain prays to 'cast out all spirits of darkness' on House floor

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver addresses chaplain's prayer of exorcism

Midsummer meltdown in the House

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