Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pro-Life Analysis of the CARES Act

H.R. 748: CARES Act

The Hyde Amendment is included by reference in this bill several times, protecting hundreds of billions of dollars from funding abortion or abortion coverage:

Supplemental appropriations: The bill applies the pro-life protections (including the Hyde Amendment) in the most recently passed LHHS appropriations bill to the new supplemental discretionary health funding in Division B of H.R. 748. This includes the $100 billion appropriated to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to reimburse eligible health care providers for health care related expenses or lost revenues attributable to coronavirus.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Senate Committee Schedule

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the posture of the Department of the Army in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2021 and the Future Years Defense Program.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Saturday: Senate continues consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 748, Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (The legislative vehicle for COVID III).

(The first draft for Phase III from Senate leadership is S. 3548.)

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Safety concern prompts Senate to cancel critical coronavirus hearing

House Republicans press for hearing on 'threat' China poses to US pharmaceutical industry


Floor Outlook

The growing coronavirus stimulus packages

Pelosi, Schumer Respond to McConnell’s ‘Phase 3’ CCP Virus Proposal

House only to reconvene when stimulus package vote ready

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House Passes Revised Coronavirus Bill Guaranteeing Free Diagnostic Testing
Hyde Amendment Survives in Virus Bill
Bill harms independent doctors
House Democrats tried adding benefits for anyone in “a committed relationship.”

Senate clears $104B House coronavirus bill
rejects Rand Paul's offset plan for $104B

Saturday, March 14, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Thursday — March 19, 2020

Oil and Gas Development in California: The Need to Protect Public Health and the Environment
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (Committee on Natural Resources)

Source: House.gov

Senate Committee Schedule

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine an emerging disease threat, focusing on how the U.S. is responding to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, part 2.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 6172, USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Two Wells Fargo board members resignWells Fargo's Scharf pitches clean slate to lawmakers

Ernst Blasts Feds’ Wasteful Study, Senate Panel OKs Her Anti-Boondoggle Bill

Ron Johnson Drops Subpoena Vote in Hunter Biden Probe, Changes Target

Senate Hearing on Coronavirus Crisis Exposes Dangers of US Drug Dependence on China Sourcing


Floor Outlook

'A good thing': Top GOP lawmaker says votes aren’t there to renew FISA without reforms

Trump Plans Payroll Tax Relief in Response to Coronavirus

McConnell says Senate will skip recess next week to address coronavirus legislation

McConnell: House’s Coronavirus Relief Bill an ‘Ideological Wish List’

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House passes key surveillance bill

House Passes Resolution Aimed at Limiting Trump’s War Powers in Iran

U.S. Senate confirms Danly to FERC

House Passes Coronavirus Legislation After Trump Signals Support

Saturday, March 7, 2020

House Committee Schedule

MondayMarch 9, 2020

Senate Amendment to H.R. 2486 FUTURE Act [NO BAN Act; Access to Counsel Act of 2020];
• S.J. Res. 68 — To direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.

Committee on Rules

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

From the floor colloquy:
The House will consider H.R. 2214, the NO BAN Act. This bill would repeal the President's Muslim travel ban and prevent the administration from putting in place other discriminatory travel bans.

In addition, the House will consider H.R. 5581, Access to Counsel Act. This legislation would make certain that those held or detained while attempting to enter the United States are guaranteed access to legal counsel. That legal counsel, Mr. Speaker, would not be paid for by the government.

The current FISA authorization expires March 15, requiring action in this House. Conversations are ongoing, and I hope to bring legislation to the floor next week.

Lastly, following Senate passage of Senator Kaine's bipartisan War Powers resolution, it is possible that the House could also consider the resolution as early as next week.
Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Matthew P. Donovan, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness, and
William Jordan Gillis, of Georgia, and
Victor G. Mercado, of California, both to be an Assistant Secretary, all of the Department of Defense.

Appropriations
Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2021 for the Federal Communications Commission.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureaus semi-annual report to Congress

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2021 for the Department of the Interior.

Judiciary
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Hearings to examine competition in digital technology markets, focusing on self-preferencing by digital platforms.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of S. 2657, to support innovation in advanced geothermal research and development, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Murkowski Modified Amendment No. 1407, in the nature of a substitute, at 5:30 p.m. The first-degree filing deadline with respect to the motions to invoke cloture filed on Thursday, March 5, 2020 is at 3:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

GOP Chairman Plans First Subpoena in Burisma, Hunter Biden Investigation

Senate Intelligence Committee leaders 'very concerned' about John Durham review, Joe DiGenova says

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

HouseSenate Approves $8.3 Billion Emergency Coronavirus Package, Sending Bill to Trump

US Senate Unanimously Honors China’s Coronavirus Whistleblower

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