Saturday, July 25, 2020

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record


Senate Floor Activity Headlines

Senate Confirms Vought as White House Budget Chief

Senate rejects broad restrictions, chooses minimal new restrictions on weapons for law enforcement

Senate passes Defense policy bill

Senate passes bill to prevent debt collectors from garnishing stimulus checks


House Floor Activity Headlines

House holds moment of silence for John Lewis

House votes to curtail Insurrection Act powers

House passes bill to repeal travel ban

House votes to remove Confederate statues from Capitol

House sends bipartisan public lands bill to Trump for signature

Yoho apologizes after confrontation with Ocasio-CortezFloor Speech

On House Floor, Democratic Women Call Out Abusive Treatment by MenFloor Speeches

House sends four spending bills to Senate, defying Trump veto threat


National Security

GOP Sen. Cramer to oppose controversial Pentagon nominee unless he gets concessions

Mother pushes Congress for change after son’s ‘preventable’ death in military accident


Foreign Policy

US Senate Report Accuses China of ‘Digital Authoritarianism’


First Amendment

This week, Senator Merkley of Oregon spoke on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to request unanimous consent to amend the Defense bill to add a “limitation on use of federal law enforcement officers for crowd control.”

Over Tuesday and Wednesday, Senator Merkley accused President Trump of intervening “to create an image of chaos, to air it on far-right television, scare the country, turn them into campaign ads,” of saying, “If I can recreate conflict in Portland, well, I can run a campaign on fear,” of “dress(ing) up his Federal forces to look like White extremists on the streets of Portland,” and that “President Trump coordinated this deployment of secret police and attacks on peaceful protesters to create a big conflagration, a big explosion of protests in Portland.”

Senator Cramer of North Dakota called out these comments Wednesday evening saying, “What we have been witnessing tonight is a diatribe—in some cases, fantasy but, in every case, an exaggeration and, in many cases, a fabrication.” Thursday, Senator Merkley expressed indignation that his colleagues on the other side would be offended.

Please pray for wisdom in dealing with difficult circumstances in cities across America, and truth in how they are reported and discussed.

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17)


Federal Spending

Life issues in Fiscal Year 2021 Omnibus Approprations

Inside Mitch McConnell's phase four coronavirus relief proposal

Coronavirus negotiations kick off

GOP aims to top Democrats’ school funding bid in virus aid plan

McConnell previews GOP coronavirus relief bill

Leaders Debate New Coronavirus Relief Plan

As coronavirus aid talks stumble, Senate GOP mulls possible fallbacks

Congress wrestles with expiring unemployment benefits

GOP virus aid package: Payroll tax cut out, restaurant deduction in

Performance venues might get pandemic aid as their doors remain closed

Senate GOP punts coronavirus package to next week

Vulnerable Senate Republicans push to include clean energy in next coronavirus stimulus


Executive

Supreme Court Rejects House’s Bid To Speed Campaign For Trump’s Financial Records


Technology Policy

Breaking up TikTok's billion-dollar parent company could be the best way to save it


Congress

John Lewis, 1940-2020

John Lewis remembered as humble leader who loved friends and enemies

Chair of Georgia Democrats Nikema Williams tapped to succeed Rep. John Lewis

U.S. Rep. John Lewis to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda

John Lewis memorial: Family releases details of 6-day celebration of his life

Lowey’s would-be Appropriations Committee successors use spending bills to make their cases

Castro launches bid for House Foreign Affairs Committee gavel

Sherman joins race for House Foreign Affairs Committee gavel

Manchin Says He Will Oppose Abolishing The Filibuster If Democrats Retake The Senate

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