Saturday, August 29, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

FBI leadership halted effort to get FISA warrant over suspected foreign effort to influence Clinton's campaign: Documents

• DeJoy spars with Democrats: "Get me the billion and I'll put the machines in"
• Oversight subcommittee asks DeJoy to detail communications with Trump campaign

Engel announces contempt proceedings against Pompeo

House subcommittee launches investigation into Pompeo's RNC speech from Jerusalem

Mnuchin to testify before House coronavirus panel

Floor Outlook

Congress faces tough call next month on stopgap funding length

House to vote on removing cannabis from list of controlled substances

Congress Last Week

Saturday, August 22, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Postmaster general agrees to testify before House Oversight Committee

Senators question Postmaster General

Postmaster general denies discussing USPS changes with Trump

Senate report details 'counterintelligence threat' posed by Russian influence campaign in 2016 election — Five takeaways

GOP duo seek access to Russia investigation documents from Senate Intelligence Committee

Democrats Slow Roll Subpoenas For Christopher Steele Associates, Republicans Say

Floor Outlook

Pelosi calls House back to act on Postal Serviceto take up $25B bill, other fixes amid election uproar

House poised to approve $25B for Postal Service in rare Saturday vote

House Republican leaders to members: vote against the "conspiracy theory bill"

McConnell: Senate unlikely to pass stand-alone Postal Service bill

Senate GOP to counter House’s postal bill with broader virus aid package

Congress Last Week

Friday, August 21, 2020

House Floor Schedule


On Saturday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected Saturday evening.

H.R. 8015 - Delivering for America Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney / Oversight and Reform Committee)

Additional Legislative Items Are Possible

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Tuesday: Senate meets in a pro forma session.

Pro forma session schedule:

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at 12 p.m.
Friday, August 21, 2020, at 11:15 a.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Ron Johnson subpoenas FBI Director Wray in Crossfire Hurricane investigation

Lindsey Graham: Declassified document shows FBI misled Senate about Steele dossier

Graham says FBI chief 'committed to being helpful'

Lindsey Graham referring former FBI counterintelligence chief to prosecutor over Steele dossier briefing

Floor Outlook

Senate leaves until Septemberwill not hold votes until Sept. 8 unless coronavirus deal is reached

House won’t take votes Labor Day week, citing COVID-19 concernswill not hold votes until Sept. 14 unless coronavirus deal is reached

House in Session for 3 Weeks before November Electionsmostly absent until mid-November

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

National Security

Teaching hate under the guise of ‘inclusion’ in the US Army

Foreign Policy

As Turkey Pivots Toward Russia, Congress Quietly Halts Arms Sales

State Department watchdog: Saudi arms sales were legal but didn't weigh civilian casualties

Sen. Blumenthal calls classified briefing on Russian interference "absolutely chilling"

GOP Lawmakers Demand ‘Snapback’ of All Sanctions on Iran

McSally and Blackburn Demand China Repay $1.6 Trillion Debt to U.S.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Congressional Outlook

Congress Last Week

Limited disappointment in failed negotiations

After coronavirus spending negotiations broke down this week, a couple reporters noted that Speaker Pelosi offered to reduce spending by $1 trillion if Republicans would increase spending by $1 trillion.

If the reader thinks that meant they offered to cut spending amounts or slow the rate of spending over the duration of the spending deal by a third of their $3 trillion bill, the reader would be mistaken.

As Roll Call reported, the only cuts the Democrats were offering was for how long the programs would last, “by moving up expiration dates of relief programs, not cutting the amount of aid they want to provide.” Buy two thirds now, get the other third later.

It's no surprise, then, that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows “dismissed that as a budget gimmick.” Further, Roll Call noted, “It’s unclear even if Republicans had agreed to Democrats’ offer to cut the cost of the package by about $1 trillion if they could do that just by moving around expiration dates.”

The funding sticking points were “on state and local and unemployment.” Democrats are demanding “giving state and local governments $915 billion” and “extending enhanced unemployment benefits at $600 per week.”

Shining a light on blasphemy laws

Thursday, Senator Lankford of Oklahoma requested the Senate call “for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws” by agreeing to S.Res. 458.

From the Congressional Record:
Mr. LANKFORD. Mr. President, thousands of radical Islamists rallied on Friday in Northwestern Pakistan in support of a man who earlier this week walked into a courtroom in the city of Peshawar and gunned down a U.S. citizen on trial for blasphemy.

That is how the New York Times started its article on this issue last week. The American, Tahir Naseem, died of his wounds before he could be taken to the hospital while the gunman was taken into custody.

The U.S. State Department said Naseem was standing trial after being lured to Pakistan from his home in Illinois. He was entrapped by the country's controversial blasphemy law, which international rights groups have sought to have repealed.

The blasphemy law calls for the death penalty for anyone found guilty of insulting Islam, but, in Pakistan, the mere allegation of blasphemy can cause mobs to riot and vigilantes to kill those who have been accused.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Senate endorses New Age medicine

Last night, the Senate offered yoga and alternative medicine a promotion in U.S. law.

In 2016, Public Law 114-198 established a commission known as the Creating Options for Veterans' Expedited Recovery or COVER Commission.

Its duties included examining available research on “complementary and integrative health” treatment for “mental health issues” and to “identify what benefits could be made with the inclusion” of “(A) music therapy; (B) equine therapy; (C) training and caring for service dogs; (D) yoga therapy; (E) acupuncture therapy; (F) meditation therapy; (G) outdoor sports therapy; (H) hyperbaric oxygen therapy; (I) accelerated resolution therapy; (J) art therapy; (K) magnetic resonance therapy; and (L) other therapies the Commission determines appropriate.”

This is the first mention of yoga in the United States Code.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

House Committee Schedule

House Floor Schedule

The Majority Leader's announcement Friday:
Madam Speaker, as the Members know and as the country knows, we have failed to reach an agreement on moving ahead on COVID-19 legislation. Therefore, Members are advised that no additional votes are expected in the House this week after we complete the next two votes.

Members are further advised, Madam Speaker, that as conversations surrounding additional coronavirus relief legislation continues, it is expected that the House will meet during the month of August.

I have told my Members, and I have told the minority leader and whip, that no one should schedule themselves for next week or until such time as we adopt COVID-19 legislation.

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the nominations of
John E. Whitley, of Virginia, to be Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation,
Shon J. Manasco, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of the Air Force, and
Michele A. Pearce, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army, all of the Department of Defense, and
Liam P. Hardy, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine Venezuela, focusing on security and humanitarian situation.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Mark Wesley Menezes, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Senate began consideration of the following:

Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 178, taking action on the McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 2499, in the nature of a substitute, “Coronavirus Relief Fair Unemployment Compensation Act of 2020.”

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Attorney General Barr hearing zeroes in on protests
• Barr ‘Not Sure’ Congress Would Defend Capitol From Rioters
• 'Reclaiming my time': Tensions soar Democrats repeatedly interrupt Barr
• Democratic attorneys criticize House Judiciary Democrats' questioning of Barr

Park Police head defends tactics, admits missing files

Big questions for Big Tech
• Tech's major powers face heat during House antitrust hearing
• Jordan confronts tech CEOs over claims of anti-conservative bias
Bezos asked about Amazon empowering hate

Sally Yates to testify on 8/5 as part of GOP probe into Russia investigation

Floor Outlook

Congress' fight over the next coronavirus stimulus isn't ending soon

Pelosi rules out liability protections for employers of "essential workers"

Pelosi suggests House could stay in session longer to complete COVID-19 relief bill

McConnell tees up fight on unemployment benefits

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House passes legislation to create Smithsonian Latino museum

House passes bill establishing commission to study racial disparities affecting Black men, boys

Senate rejects dueling coronavirus bills

House votes to end military ban on transgender troops

House adopts Ocasio-Cortez amendments to block HUD rule changes

House approves amendments to rein in federal forces in cities

House passes $1.3T spending bill

Rep. Schweikert sanctioned on House floor

Raising Judicial Selection Standards

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