Saturday, December 21, 2019

Congressional Outlook

Committee Outlook

Lindsey Graham Invites Rudy Giuliani to Testify About Recent Ukraine Trip in Senate

Lindsey Graham: ‘Loves’ Joe Biden, But ‘None of Us Are Above Scrutiny,’ Begins Investigation

Lindsay Graham: FISA Reform Will Be Top Priority for Senate Judiciary Committee in 2020


House Outlook

Nancy Pelosi Again Won’t Commit to Sending Articles of Impeachment to Senate

Legal Expert: Pelosi’s Move to Withhold Articles of Impeachment From Senate a ‘Grave Injustice’

Graham: Pelosi Withholding Impeachment Articles Is a ‘Constitutional Crisis’

Democrat’s Impeachment Lawyer Says Trump Not Impeached If Pelosi Sits On Articles Of Impeachment

Congress Last Week


National Security

2020 NDAA includes a pay raise for military members, and proposals to hold China and Venezuela accountable

Trump Signs Defense Policy Bill That Establishes Space Force, Addresses China Threat


Foreign Policy

Federal funding bill includes bipartisan measures aimed at assisting Venezuelans

Bills to Counter China, Protect the Homeland Pass in Appropriations Package

Senate reaches compromise on religious freedom watchdog funding

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Address Emerging Challenges Facing Tibetans


Immigration

U.S. citizenship path for thousands of Liberians tucked in spending bill


Trade

Mexico Objects to USMCA Provision but Says the Trade Deal is Still ‘Intact’


Tax Policy

Congress nears repeal of tax on churches


Federal Spending

FY 2020 appropriations bills support life by maintaining all existing pro-life protections

Rep. Rob Wittman: Domestic spending appropriations bill expands ACA abortion funding

Sen. Bob Menendez: VERDAD Act on Venezuela has been included in the final appropriations package which reaffirms US support for the Venezuelan people and Interim-President Juan Guaidó and expands strategic pressure on the Maduro regime.

Sen. Bob Menendez: Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act has been included in the final appropriations package which strengthens our bonds of friendship through joint efforts to promote peace, prosperity, and security for our nations.

‘They’re spending crazy’: Levin on Congress’ budget deal

Year-End Spending Deal Includes Massive Bailout for Bankrupt Mine Workers Union Pension

Census effort gets $7.6 billion

Trump Signs Bipartisan Deal Mandating $255 Million in Funding for Historically Black Colleges


Executive

Senator Kennedy Asks Trump to Declassify Carter Page FISA Applications

Comey Admits He Was Wrong for Defending FBI’s FISA Process After IG Report, Gowdy responds

Barr: ‘Simply Not True’ That Comey Didn’t Have Role in FBI’s Trump Campaign Investigation

IG Michael Horowitz: ‘Text Messages’ Contained Evidence of ‘Political Bias’ at FBI

Majority Says Top Fed Cops Broke Law to Block Trump, Should be Jailed or Fired

CNN Sides With Trump After 2 Democrats Misquoted Ukraine Call During Impeachment Markup Session

House Judiciary Committee Releases Report, Explains Articles of Impeachment

Rep. Schiff: • Insists Impeachment ‘Isn’t a Failure’ Despite Past Comments, • Claims He Was ‘Unaware Of’ FBI’s Abuse of FISA System in Surveilling Trump Aide

Rep. Steve Watkins: H.Res. 764 that supports executive order combating anti-Semitism


Justice

Congress Poised to Pass Bill Lowering Barriers to Work for Ex-Offenders


Health Care Policy

AOC complains about having too many Obamacare plan options. Many Americans have faced a much different problem.

H.Con.Res.79: Expressing the sense of the Congress that assisted suicide (sometimes referred to using other terms) puts everyone, including those most vulnerable, at risk of deadly harm.

Legislation Introduced to Stop Expansion of Dangerous Abortion Drugs

Senator Lankford Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Moms and Babies from Abortion

Medical Abortions Four Times as Risky as Surgical

New Trump rule will require Obamacare insurers to bill separately for abortion


Congress

Democrats Spent $3 Million on Impeachment Inquiry: Heritage Foundation

Judicial Watch Sues Schiff for Documents Related to Release of Giuliani, Nunes Call Records

House Ethics Committee Reproves Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers For ‘Misuse of Official Resources’

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