Saturday, June 27, 2020

House Committee Schedule

MondayJune 29, 2020

The U.S. Park Police Attack on Peaceful Protesters at Lafayette Square Park
Committee on Natural Resources

• H.R. 2 — INVEST in America Act [Moving Forward Act]
Committee on Rules

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

From the floor colloquy:
Madam Speaker, on Monday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for morning-hour debate. I would repeat that because it is unusual. On Monday, we are meeting at 9 a.m. for morning-hour debate and 10 a.m. for legislative business, with votes expected to occur as early as 2:30 p.m. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for morning- hour debate and 10 a.m. for legislative business. On Thursday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business.

The House will consider H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. This bill will significantly increase the ACA's affordability and subsidies, lower prescription drug prices, expand coverage, and crack down on junk plans, while strengthening protections for people with preexisting conditions and addressing racial health disparities.

The House will also consider, Madam Speaker, H.R. 7301, which is the Emergency Housing Protection and Relief Act of 2020. This bill would authorize nearly $200 billion for the dire housing needs arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic. H.R. 7301, which was included in the HEROES Act, would help renters and homeowners by extending the eviction and foreclosure moratoria and providing $100 billion for emergency rental assistance; $75 billion for homeowners assistance to cover mortgages, property taxes, and utilities; and more than $11 billion for homeless assistance programs. I would again reiterate that that bill passed as a part of the HEROES Act, which is now pending in the Senate.

Lastly, the House will consider H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. This bill would invest more than $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure, while creating millions of good-paying jobs; combating the climate crisis; and addressing disparities in urban, suburban, and rural communities. The bill includes a 5-year reauthorization of the surface transportation program, invests in schools with the Reopen and Rebuild America's Schools Act, invests over $100 billion in our Nation's affordable housing infrastructure, delivers affordable high-speed broadband internet access to all parts of the country, and promotes new clean renewable energy infrastructure.

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the digitization of money and payments.

Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine COVID-19 and United States international pandemic preparedness, prevention, and response, focusing on additional perspectives.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine COVID-19, focusing on an update on progress toward safely getting back to work and back to school.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 4049, National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture, and votes on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Adam Schiff says House Intelligence Committee may pursue Bolton testimony

Senate Intelligence Committee pushes for public analysis from government about UFOs

Barr agrees to testify in front of House Judiciary Committee July 28 after Nadler flashes subpoena


Floor Outlook

Senate eyes protest-sparked NDAA proposals

House announces July vote on major bipartisan lands bill

House plans to continue proxy voting

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate Democrats refuse to allow debate on police reform measure
Objecting to their own request
Sen. Tim Scott floor speech in response

Senate passes sanctions bill targeting China over Hong Kong law

House Democrats pass police reform bill, includes end to qualified immunity

House fails to override veto of bill blocking student loan rule

House passes DC statehood

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Objecting to their own request

Usually when a Senator says, “I object to my own request,” it's for Senate procedural reasons. Not this time. Senate Democrats have repeatedly requested to debate “a law enforcement reform bill.”

Democratic Leader Schumer requests:

June 1, 2020: “Leader McConnell should commit to put a law enforcement reform bill on the floor of the Senate before July 4.”

June 2, 2020: “Leader McConnell, commit to putting law enforcement reform legislation on the floor before July 4.”

June 3, 2020: “Will our Republican colleagues join us? Leader McConnell, commit to put a law enforcement reform bill on the floor of the Senate before July 4.”

June 4, 2020: “Make a commitment here and now to the American people that we will put on the floor--that you will put on the floor police reform and racial justice legislation this month.”

June 8, 2020: “Now is the time for Leader McConnell to commit to putting police reform on the floor of the Senate before July 4 to be debated and voted on.”

June 9, 2020: “Now there is a full 4 weeks remaining before July 4. I say to Leader McConnell: commit to a police reform bill on the Senate floor.”

Saturday, June 20, 2020

House Committee Schedule

MondayJune 22, 2020

• H.R. 6395 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021
Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities (Committee on Armed Services)

Inequities Exposed: How COVID-19 — Widened Racial Inequities in Education, Health, and the Workforce.
Committee on Education and Labor

• H.R. 6395 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces (Committee on Armed Services)

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

Text of Bills for the Week of June 22, 2020

THURSDAY, JUNE 25TH
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected as early as 11:30 a.m.


Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 7259 – Patents for Humanity Program Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lucy McBath / Judiciary Committee)


H.R. 7120George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass / Judiciary Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine COVID-19, focusing on lessons learned to prepare for the next pandemic.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management
Hearings to examine improving public service, focusing on a review of recommendations made by the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.

Judiciary
Hearings to examine the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, focusing on coronavirus and addressing Chinas culpability.

Intelligence
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, 6/18, Senate began consideration of the following:

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

Measures Placed on the Calendar:

S. 3985, the “Just and Unifying Solutions To Invigorate Communities Everywhere Act of 2020” or the “JUSTICE Act,” was placed on the calendar.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Ron Johnson says firm linked to Burisma has turned over 2,600 new pages of documents since subpoena

What's in a name? Congressional commission could dignify the base renaming question

House Democrats subpoena two whistleblowers over allegations of DOJ politicization

Democrats’ Justice in Policing Act Moves to House Floor, With Votes Split Along Party Lines

Trump’s OMB Nominee Approved, Moves to Senate Floor Vote


Floor Outlook

Senate could vote on GOP police reform bill as early as next week

Senate Democrats weigh shutting down GOP police reform plan
The caucus is split on whether to block the bill or try to amend it

Republican rift opens up over qualified immunity for police

House to vote June 26 on DC statehood

House aims to vote on public lands legislation by July 4

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate approves bipartisan conservation bill

Tim Kaine: America Created SlaveryFull speech

Introduction of the JUSTICE Act, a bill to improve and reform policing practices, accountability and transparency.

Floor attempts to pass Hong Kong resolution, legislation

Senator attempts to bypass committee to remove Confederate statues from US CapitolFloor debate

Senate confirms nominee to D.C. Circuit

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Legislating Supreme Court, and Congress

Monday the Supreme Court issued its opinion In the Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia case.

Minority Leader Senator Schumer of New York was quick to praise the Bostock opinion Monday and Tuesday:

Monday, June 15, 2020
• “before today, it was not a settled legal matter that you could sue your employer for firing you solely on the basis of sexual orientation or sexual identity.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
• The Supreme Court “should be” “moving us in a direction of equality and fairness”
• “Only a few days ago, our laws didn't clearly establish that you couldn't be fired by your employer simply because of who you are and whom you love.”

If it “was not a settled legal matter” or “our laws didn't clearly establish,” then that means this matter was not previously addressed in law.

If that changed with a Supreme Court opinion, then this is new law from the Supreme Court.


Senator Hawley of Missouri also spoke on Tuesday about the Bostock case:
I have now had a chance to read the case, the decision by the majority of the Court, and the two dissenting opinions.

I have to say I agree with the news reports that have said that this is truly a seismic decision. It is truly a historic decision. It is truly a historic piece of legislation.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Monday — June 15, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Budget Cuts and Lost Learning: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education
Committee on Education and Labor

Source: House.gov

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Appropriations
Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
An oversight hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission spectrum auctions program for fiscal year 2021.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the semiannual monetary policy report to Congress.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine the impacts of COVID-19 on the energy industry.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Hearings to examine pending nominations.

Judiciary
Hearings to examine police use of force and community relations.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of H.R. 1957, Taxpayer First Act (the legislative vehicle for the Great American Outdoors Act).

At 5:30 p.m., Senators should expect up to three roll votes on
• Gardner motion to waive Enzi budget point of order,
• adoption of McConnell (for Gardner) Amendment No. 1617, and
• the motion to invoke cloture on the bill.


Wednesday, 6/10, Senate began consideration of the following:

Senate began consideration of the nomination of Justin Reed Walker, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

"Stop the pain": George Floyd's brother makes plea for police reform in testimony to Congress

2nd Committee Authorizes Subpoenas for Investigation of Crossfire Hurricane

Senate Panel Seeks to Ban Use of Military Force Against Peaceful Protestors.

Ratcliffe to review House Intel report on Russian election meddling for further declassification


Floor Outlook

Schumer Pushes McConnell to Consider Police Reform Legislation

Hoyer: House will vote week of June 29 on bill to increase ACA subsidies

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate Approves General Charles Brown Jr., First Black Service Chief

Mitch McConnell hammers NYT for 'lying,' folding 'like a house of cards' over Tom Cotton's op-ed — Full Speech

Schumer Blocks Resolution Supporting Justice for Floyd, Opposing Cuts to Police Funding — Resolution, Debate

Senate advances public lands bill in late-night vote

Saturday, June 6, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Tuesday — June 9, 2020

Pollution and Pandemics: COVID-19's Disproportionate Impact on Environmental Justice Communities (Virtual Hearing)
Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

"On the Front Lines: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Transportation Workers."
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Source: House.gov

Senate Committee Schedule

Monday, June 8, 2020

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
Closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021.

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate will, Lord willing, resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1957, Taxpayer First Act (legislative vehicle for the Great American Outdoors Act, a conservation bill), and vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

OMB nominee Vought gets earful from Democratic senators

Senate Committee Authorizes Subpoenas for Inquiry Into Crossfire Hurricane

Lindsey Graham: Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearing about police brutality on June 16

Esper, Milley in talks to testify before House Armed Services Committee

House and Senate Judiciary Committees: Urgent Need to Reform Police Use of Force


Floor Outlook

Pelosi: House will announce sweeping police reform legislation on Monday

Great American Outdoors Act Continues to Gain Momentum in Congress

Conservation bill to bring rare bipartisanship to Senate floor next week

McConnell eyes Justin Walker confirmation for next week

Top GOP Senator: Next CCP Virus Recovery Package Will Likely Wait Until July

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate leadership each objected to the other side's protest-related resolution

Schumer compares Trump's Lincoln Memorial protection to Tiananmen Square

Senate Confirms Special Watchdog for Pandemic Recovery

Senate passes bill to give flexibility for small business coronavirus aid program

Senate Confirms Trump’s Pick, Michael Pack, to Lead Voice of America, Government Broadcasters


Redefining Terms

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey gave an impassioned speech about racism on the Senate floor this week.

During one part of the speech, he spoke about violence and the “cycle of violence” and went on to describe an expanded definition of violence.
There is violence in our Nation seen and our environment, that we still are a Nation where a person's race is the single biggest factor of whether they live near a toxic site or not. Ask the mother of a child who drank lead water for months and months and has had their brain permanently damaged if that was not violence.

It is violence to not have access to quality care. Ask the woman who has lost her child because of lack of prenatal care. Ask the Black woman in America, who today is four times more likely to die, herself, in childbirth if this isn't a violence in our society that needs condemnation.

It is violence we see from our healthcare system, to our criminal justice system, to environmental injustice, to the denial, as one author says, of the savage inequalities within our education systems.
We do not bring clarity to the issues in this country by confusing the term violence with differences in how people use commercial services in this country. Using an affordable commercial service is not violence. Destroying that commercial service in a riot is.

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