Saturday, September 26, 2020

Supreme Court Vacancy Update

Nomination

Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee at 5 p.m. on Saturday

Trump expected to pick Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

‘No More Secret Moderates’: Hawley Doubles Down on Call for Anti-Roe SCOTUS Nominee, Sen. Josh Hawley’s pro-life demand could block Trump’s pro-life nominee

Josh Hawley: Senate could confirm a Supreme Court nominee sooner than Halloween

Conservatives Want Trump’s Supreme Court Pick to Have a Record on Roe v. Wade

The Attacks on Judge Barrett Have Already Started

Forestalling a Misunderstanding of Judge Barrett

Abortion stirs GOP tensions in Supreme Court fight, abortion groups mobilizing

Nation remembers Justice Ginsburg

May Her Memory Be a Blessing

Cruz: Ginsburg was ‘one of the finest Supreme Court litigators to have ever lived’

Gardner on court vacancy: Country needs to mourn Ginsburg 'before the politics begin'

Capitol bids goodbye to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Jim Jordan: Comey testimony is 'key' to unwrapping Russia investigation 'cover-up'

Top GOP senators release findings from controversial Biden probe — Report

At confirmation hearing, Chad Wolf hit with flood of questions, including family separation issue, nomination faces little resistance

Powell defends Federal Reserve against report that it helped investors and hurt workers during pandemic


Floor Outlook

Senate to push funding bill vote up against shutdown deadline

Republicans hope to confirm SCOTUS nominee before November 3

Senate GOP aims to confirm Trump court pick by October 29

House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House passes bill funding government until Dec. 11

House passes legislation to crack down on business with companies that utilize China's forced labor

House advances bill aimed at imports tied to Uyghur forced labor

House passes sweeping clean energy bill

House passes bipartisan legislation to set federal Internet of Things security standards

Senate declines to agree to resolution honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her 'dying wish'

Senate passes resolution reaffirming commitment to peaceful transition of power

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

House Democrats launch investigation of political interference in CDC science publications

GOP chairman to release interim report on Biden probe 'in about a week'

House Democrats again postpone hearing on 'white supremacy' in police departments

House committee: FAA, Boeing cultures led to 737 Max disasters

Air safety bill prompted by 737 Max flaws pulled before vote

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate Dems demand White House to fire controversial head of public lands agency

House passes legislation to boost election security research

House passes bill to allow private lawsuits against public schools for discriminatory practices

House agrees to resolution condemning anti-Asian discrimination relating to coronavirus

House passes bill to protect pregnant employees

Justice Ginsburg passes, Supreme Court vacancy opens

Justice Ginsburg Passed Away

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

Perspective on her 'most fervent wish'


Remembrances

Trump: Ruth Bader Ginsburg "led an amazing life"

Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg

Biden: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for the law"

What they're saying: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a "tireless and resolute champion of justice"


President Trump

Trump to move fast to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Senate Republicans

McConnell says Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate voteStatement

Cruz: Trump should nominate a Supreme Court justice next week

Loeffler: Trump 'has every right' to fill Ginsburg vacancy before election

McSally says current Senate should vote on Trump nominee


Democrats

Pelosi: Ginsburg successor must uphold commitment to 'equality, opportunity and justice for all'

Schumer: Supreme Court vacancy should not be filled until after election, by next president

Democratic senator calls for eliminating filibuster, expanding Supreme Court if GOP fills vacancy

Obama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election

Biden: The next president should decide on Ginsburg’s replacement

Friday, September 18, 2020

House denies religious liberty protection for faith-based organizations

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2694, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, 329-73. The bill requires employers to establish reasonable workplace accommodations for employees with limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

During floor proceedings, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and Labor, offered a Motion to Recommit (MTR) which would have included a longstanding provision in the 1964 Civil Rights Act that protects religious organizations’ ability to make employment decisions that are consistent with their faith.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Monday — September 14, 2020

"Postal Update"
Subcommittee on Government Operations (Committee on Oversight and Reform)

• H. Res. 908 — Condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19.;
• H.R. 2574 — Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act of 2019;
• H.R. 2639 — Strength in Diversity Act of 2019 [Strength in Diversity Act of 2020];
• H.R. 2694 — Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Committee on Rules

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 6133 – STEP Improvement Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. Abby Finkenauer / Small Business Committee)

2) H.R. 6079 – Microloan Improvement Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Kim / Small Business Committee)

3) H.R. 6021 – Northern Marianas Islands Small Business Development Act (Sponsored by Rep. Gregorio Sablan / Small Business Committee)

4) H.R. 6078 – Microloan Transparency and Accountability Act of 2020, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Burchett / Small Business Committee)

5) H.R. 4894 – Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2020, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Quigley / Oversight and Reform Committee)

Senate Committee Schedule

Monday, September 14, 2020

Foreign Relations
To receive a closed briefing on 2020 global nuclear threats.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine compensating college athletes, focusing on the potential impact on athletes and institutions.

Judiciary
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Hearings to examine whether Google harmed competition in online advertising.

Intelligence
Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Mark C. Scarsi, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, 9/10, Senate began consideration of the following:

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Intel panel rebuffs request to share info for GOP's Obama-era probes

Senate panel seeks documents in probe of DHS whistleblower complaint

House Oversight to investigate postmaster general over accusations of pressuring employees for political donations

Republicans call for Judiciary hearing into unrest in cities

Top Pompeo aides to appear before House panel next week


Floor Outlook

McConnell: Chance for coronavirus deal 'doesn't look that good right now'

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity

Senate Democrats block coronavirus relief bill

Saturday, September 5, 2020

House Committee Schedule

TuesdaySeptember 8, 2020

Holding Financial Regulators Accountable for Diversity and Inclusion: Perspectives from the Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion
Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services)

Source: House.gov


WednesdaySeptember 9, 2020

The Impact of the COVID-19 — Crisis on University Research
Subcommittee on Research and Technology (Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)

38 bills pending before the Committee
Committee on Energy and Commerce

Amtraks Response to COVID-19
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials (Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)

Senate Committee Schedule

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine vaccines, focusing on saving lives, ensuring confidence, and protecting public health.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the status of the Federal Reserve emergency lending facilities.

Environment and Public Works
Hearings to examine S. 614, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue a final rule relating to removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem population of grizzly bears from the Federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Brett H. Ludwig, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, with a vote on the motion to invoke cloture at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, 8/13, Senate began consideration of the following:

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

House Oversight Committee to subpoena Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

Clyburn to Mnuchin: This is a ‘call to action’

Pompeo, Engel poised for battle in contempt proceedings

Democrats divided over 1998 embassy bombing settlement


Floor Outlook

Deadlines loom for highways, airlines and transit

Congress faces tough call on stopgap funding length

Congress Will Likely Have to Pass a Stopgap Funding Measure to Avoid Shutdown: Hoyer — Letter

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record


Justice

Dems Decry Pelosi’s Pledge to Repeal Hyde Amendment in 2021
This would allow taxpayer funding of abortion.


National Security

Ratcliffe: Democrats Addendum on Election Security, Draws ‘Selectively’ From Intel Reports


Tax Policy

House Democrat offers measures to block payroll tax deferral


Federal Spending

Schumer describes Senate Republicans' coronavirus relief plan as "emaciated" — plan “would include some expanded unemployment benefits, a PPP extension and funding for the U.S. Postal Service.”

Ending lockdowns could weaken argument for new federal bailouts for states

Outcry as Pentagon orders shutdown of the century-old Stars and Stripes newspaper

Trump says Pentagon won't cut funding to 159-year-old newspaper, Stars and Stripes


Executive

Appeals court tosses suit to compel Don McGahn to answer House questions on Mueller probe

Top Senate Democrat requests German ambassador nomination pulled over past comments about Islam in Europe


Commerce Policy

Chamber of Commerce Backs Democrats Pushing $15 Minimum Wage


Congress

Three candidates shape vigorous contest for House Foreign Affairs gavel

Scalise hit with ethics complaint over doctored Barkan video

David Cicilline launches bid for assistant Speaker

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