Saturday, October 31, 2020

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

GSA let Mueller secretly gain access to Trump transition records, Senate report says

Senate committee verifies Bobulinski materials reviewed so far: Report

FBI Asks Hunter Biden’s Ex-Business Partner Tony Bobulinski for Interview: Senate Committee

Senate Investigators Seek Hunter Biden Records

Senate Health Committee chair asks Cuomo, Newsom to 'stop second guessing' FDA on vaccine efficacy

Senate Judiciary authorizes subpoenas for Facebook, Twitter chiefs

Congress to Question Facebook, Twitter CEOs Amid Censorship Concerns

Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17


Floor Outlook

Senate packs up with coronavirus relief bill on ice until after elections

McConnell plans to fill two key circuit court seats even if Trump loses

Low expectations for 'lame duck' session

McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021

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Congress hears more prayers from rabbis than Israel’s Knesset

Senate convenes rare weekend session to confirm Barrett

Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote

Senate adjourns until post-election session

Supreme Court Nominee Confirmed

Tensions high but drama largely absent at Barrett’s Senate confirmation

Justice Amy Coney Barrett takes oath

Amy Coney Barrett Sworn in at the White House, by Justice Clarence Thomas

Trump Celebrates at White House as Supreme Court Nominee Confirmed

A “view” from the South Lawn: The constitutional oath

Barrett confirmed as 115th justice

Barrett sworn in as newest justice as court weighs urgent election cases

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Presses FBI About Hunter Biden Laptop

Senate Judiciary votes to subpoena Facebook and Twitter for blocking Hunter Biden laptop story

Schumer hints at Senate Judiciary Committee shakeup after Barrett hearing criticism, Had ‘Long And Serious Talk’ With Feinstein

Senate Intel leadership urges American vigilance amid foreign election interference

House Democrats threaten to subpoena HHS over allegations of political interference at CDC

House committee subpoenas Education Department staff over for-profit colleges

Senate Panel Unanimously Approves Barrett Nomination, sets up Oct. 26 final vote

Here's what happens next in her Supreme Court confirmation

House Democrats Pledge to Continue Investigations Into Pompeo—Regardless of Election Outcome

Federal Agency Secretly Offered FBI Documents On Trump Officials, Senate Report Says


Floor Outlook

McConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session

Senate to Work Through Weekendadvance nomination in rare Sunday Senate session

Senate to vote Monday on confirming Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

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Floor Activity

Republicans Reject Schumer’s Motion to Adjourn Senate Until After Election

PPP plan falls short in Senate as hope for COVID-19 aid wanes

Schumer Roadblocks Senate Agenda, Pledges Not To Allow ‘Regular Order’

McConnell Mocks Media For Reporting On Barrett’s Faith As If They ‘Discovered Some Secret Scandal’

Senate Democrats block $500B coronavirus aid package as negotiations continue

Supreme Court Nominee Update

Pro-Abortion Group Calls for Feinstein’s Ouster from Judiciary Committee after Amy Coney Barrett Hearings

McConnell slams New York Times story on Amy Coney Barrett’s adopted children

With Amy Coney Barrett, Democrats hold a master class on how to lose a Senate debate

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Congressional Outlook

Committee

Senate Panel Is Investigating Contents of Hunter Biden’s Alleged Computer Drive

Senate Will Launch Probe Into Emails Allegedly Linking Joe Biden To Son’s Work With Ukrainian Gas Company

House Hearing Reminds Conservatives of the Dangers of Progressive Proposals for Tech Companies

Judiciary Committee sets vote on Barrett's Supreme Court nomination for next week

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Floor Action

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Foreign Policy

White House asks Congress to approve three arms sales to Taiwan

Gina Haspel Blows Off Senators’ Demands To Quit Stonewalling Congress On Russiagate Oversight


Election 2020

Pennsylvania House race could affect a post-Election Day fight for the presidency


Federal Spending

Administration officials call on Congress to immediately pass bill to spend unused PPP funds

White House Offers $1.8 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill

Pelosi Rejects $1.8 Trillion Stimulus Package Offer, a few Democrats urge compromise

‘Take The Deal’: Prominent Dems Scorch Pelosi After She Refuses $1.8 Trillion White House COVID Deal

Supreme Court Nominee Update

Confirmation Hearings

Biden cautions Senate Democrats against any questions about Amy Coney Barrett's faith

US Senate Kicks Off Sprint to Confirm Barrett Before Election Day

Amy Coney Barrett's opening statement

Barrett Tells Senate She Will Interpret Laws ‘As They Are Written’

Barrett hearings, day one: Opening statements on health care, religion and the Supreme Court’s role

Ted Cruz points out Senate Democrats aren't even talking about Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearing

‘You Would Be Getting Justice Barrett’: Barrett Urges Senate Judiciary Committee Not To Assume She Will Judge Like Scalia

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Andrew McCabe’s Senate testimony on Crossfire Hurricane postponed

House chairman asks Secret Service for briefing on COVID-19 safeguards for agents

Tech CEOs to testify on Section 230 before Senate Commerce Committee


Floor Outlook

Senate gavels out for two weeks amid coronavirus outbreak

Leader McConnell floor comments

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Floor Activity Headlines

McConnell moves to delay Senate return after 3 lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

Supreme Court Nominee Update

Nominee

Empirical SCOTUS: A comprehensive look at Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Barrett Sees No 'Superprecedent' in Roe

Trump pick noncommittal on recusing from election-related cases

House COVID-19 relief bill allows funds for abortion

On October 1, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 925, also known as “The Heroes Act,” by a vote of 214-207.

Division K, Title VIII, Section 801 states that, both in this bill and portions of past COVID-19 relief bills signed into law, no person shall be “excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination… based on any factor … such as… pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions…”.

“Related medical conditions” has been recognized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and courts as a reference to abortion. If adopted, this provision could override Hyde protections that apply to provisions in this bill and override Hyde protections in past COVID-19-related legislation.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Lindsey Graham reveals DOJ attorney letter responding to issues with FISA applications

Lindsey Graham floats inviting Andrew Weissmann to testify

Comey defends FBI Russia probe from Republican criticism

Republicans slam Comey for evading questions about FBI Russia investigation

Mike Lee to James Comey: 'You don’t seem to know anything about this investigation that you ran'

James Comey denies going 'rogue' with Flynn interview

House intelligence panel report: US intelligence community has 'not sufficiently adapted' to rise of China

Porter brings back whiteboard to grill former pharma CEO on cancer drug price hike

Senate committee subpoenas tech CEOS, heads of Facebook, Google, and Twitter

Maxine Waters and Azar in heated exchange at coronavirus hearing: 'We're very unhappy'

Top House lawmakers launch investigation into Pentagon redirecting COVID-19 funds


Floor Outlook

McConnell tees up judicial nominees amid Supreme Court standoff

Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election

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Floor Activity Headlines

House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacksH.R. 360

House declines to remove references to Confederacy-supporting parties in CapitolH.Res. 1148

House affirms peaceful transfer of powerH.Res. 1155

McConnell blasts Democratic opposition to Barrett nominationFloor Speech

Senate passes spending bill to avert shutdown hours before deadlineH.R. 8337

Senate rejects bill undermining Executive Branch amid Supreme Court fight51-43

Steve King defends comments on Western CivilizationFull Speech

House approves $2.2T COVID-19 relief bill as White House talks stallH.R. 925

Bill to expand support for community addiction treatment passes House — H.R. 5572

House condemns alleged hysterectomies on migrant womenH.Res. 1153Pro-Life Implications

House condemns QAnonH.Res. 1154

Prayer Caucus Chairman Walberg led the House in prayer for the President

Supreme Court Nominee Update

Trump nominates Barrett to Supreme Court

White House sends Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Senate

What Would Be Unique about Justice Amy Coney Barrett

In a Sane World, America Would Have Just Fallen in Love with the Barrett Family

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett tests negative for coronavirus

Amy Coney Barrett on Work and Motherhood

Barrett nomination puts faith and family in spotlight

Friday, October 2, 2020

Pro-life implications of House sterilization vote

Today, the House of Representatives agreed to H.Res. 1153, a resolution “condemning unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures on individuals without their full, informed consent” by a vote of 232-157, with 4 members voting present.

This resolution comes after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched two investigations into allegations that women detained at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) had hysterectomies performed on them without their informed consent.

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