Friday, July 3, 2020

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

McConnell makes strong call for masks, saying there should be no stigmaFloor speech

Their own form of righteousnessFloor speeches

House passes ObamaCare expansion

House rejects OCC change to bank discrimination rule

‘The chair cannot answer that’ — confusion grips the Senate floorFloor Record

House clears extension of small-business pandemic relief program, sending it to Trump's desk

Senate rejects Paul proposal on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

Congress clears sanctions bill to punish China over Hong Kong “National Security” Law


National Security

Pelosi, Schumer request US intelligence leaders brief Congress on reports of Russian bounties

GOP senator sends Trump letter demanding accountability over reports of Russian bounties

Nuclear energy allies back advanced reactors in NDAA

NDAA: Russian support for US extremists a ‘significant risk’

Lawmakers Move to Block Trump From Pulling U.S. Troops From Germany

GOP senator calls for Russian bounties briefing after reviewing intelligence

Senate undoes proposed power shift in nuclear arms budgeting


Constitution

Republicans push back on Democrats’ DC statehood bill


Trade

Ernst Says Close Tax ‘Loophole That Goes All the Way to China’


Tax Policy

Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill Expanding Federal Tax Deduction for Charitable Giving


Federal Spending

GOP irked as $14 billion for water systems became $40 billion

In transportation bill, a call for finer dining on Amtrak

Mnuchin, Powell split on urgency of congressional relief action

Senate Republicans begin drafting new coronavirus relief billMcConnell Floor Comments

The big divide over the next stimulus

Trump wants more stimulus payments

The economy may recover just quickly enough to kill political interest in more stimulus

Asserting Congress's power of the purse shouldn't be a partisan problem


Executive

Duckworth to block military confirmations until Esper proves Vindman will be promoted

Administration pushes for Senate to move on Merit Systems Protection Board chair nomination


Judiciary

Senate Confirms 200th Trump Judge: President Has 'Delivered on His Promise,' Author Says


Justice

Tim Scott: Stalled police reform legislation a 'crying shame'

'Audacious, repugnant behavior': Tim Scott claims liberals racially attacked him after police reform speechFloor Speech

Black Caucus lays out legislative priorities for combating systemic racism


Commerce Policy

Passing infrastructure bill, Democrats go all-in on climate

House Democrats smooth over climate differences for now

McCarthy: Democrats admitted they won’t allow bipartisan infrastructure measure

McConnell: House infrastructure bill going nowhere in Senate


Health Care Policy

Top Democrat dropping support for previously bipartisan Senate drug pricing effort

Capitol Hill Tries to End COVID-19 Mask Fight


Technology Policy

Effort to crack Big Tech’s Section 230 legal shield gains bipartisan momentum


Congress

Pandemic rewires the future of lobbying, voting and campaigning in Congress

Speaker Pelosi Extends House Proxy Voting Until August Amid Republican Opposition

Rep. Lloyd Smucker added to House GOP leadership

Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats

Manchin draws line against repealing legislative filibuster

McConnell on filibuster talk: Democrats want to 'vandalize' Senate rules

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