Saturday, December 5, 2020

Congress Update

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Related Headlines:

Bill Forcing Chinese Firms to Meet US Accounting Standards Passes Congress

Senate Confirms Christopher Waller to Serve on Fed’s Board

House passes sweeping reform bill to decriminalize marijuana

House Passes Ban On Big Cat Ownership

GOP blocks effort to make payroll tax deferral optional for federal workers

Mark Kelly sworn in to Senate seat

McConnell chokes up during goodbye floor speech to longtime friend Lamar AlexanderFull Speech

Lamar bids farewellFull Farewell Speech

Mike Enzi bids farewell — Full Farewell Speech


National Security

Trump and Congress set for one more showdown

Trump-weary Congress moves to circumvent defense bill veto threat

Congress Considers First-Ever Sanctions on Top Iranian Terror Group

Chairman of Joint Chiefs warns defense budgets may ‘decline significantly’ under Biden


Foreign Policy

Major companies with China ties lobbying Congress to undermine anti–forced labor bill


Constitution

Republican prepares challenge to Electoral College votes in Congress

Nail-biter New York congressional contest 'may end up in the House,' Pelosi says


Second Amendment

Congress's gun-packers grow on Capitol Hill with more GOP wins


Budget

Three developments in President-elect Joe Biden's transition to the White House


Federal Spending

US Congress Races To Fund Government

McConnell: There Is No Reason’ Why Congress Should Not Deliver COVID Relief Before 2021

McConnell in Discussions With White House on New COVID-19 Relief Package

McConnell offering new coronavirus relief bill after talks with Mnuchin, Meadows, to pass by year's end

McConnell: COVID-19 relief will be added to omnibus spending package

Under pressure: Lawmakers push House and Senate leaders to cut COVID aid deal by Christmas

Pelosi, Schumer Face Growing Pressure to Take Smaller Virus Relief Deal

Bipartisan, bicameral group unveils $908 billion coronavirus proposal

Pelosi, Schumer endorse $908 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks

Competing COVID-19 relief proposals introduced as Congress sprints to pass aid

McConnell, Pelosi hold talks

McConnell, Schumer spar — Floor speeches: McConnell, Schumer

McCarthy sets McConnell offer as COVID-19 relief baseline

Trump Will Support Coronavirus Relief Bill if Passed by Congress

Congress inches closer to virus relief deal

Pelosi Explains Why She Now Supports Lower COVID-19 Relief Bill

Pelosi pledges virus aid bill before adjourning

McConnell in tough position as House eyes earmark return

DEMINT: Congress Threatens To Relapse Into An Old Addiction


Executive

Cornyn on Biden aides' undisclosed ties: 'The Senate is not obligated to confirm anyone who hides this information'

Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick

The confirmation battles begin

Schumer: The Senate Should Hold Hearings on Biden’s Nominees ‘Immediately After’ the Georgia Runoff Elections

Liberals push for bold Biden agenda


Commerce Policy

Republican House Whip: Biden Energy Plans Threaten American Manufacturing Jobs


Health Care Policy

Government Panel Recommends First Coronavirus Vaccines Go To Health-Care Workers, Nursing Home Residents


Technology Policy

Trump doubles down on $740 billion defense bill veto threat over Section 230 tech fight


Education Policy

Schumer backs Biden plan to impose transgender sports, bathrooms


Congress

McConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge

Florida GOP Congressman-Elect Carlos Gimenez Tests Positive For Coronavirus

House Democrats eye changes to minority’s main legislative tool: the motion to recommit with instructions

Grassley back in Senate after asymptomatic coronavirus case

Sen. Joe Manchin Says Killing the Filibuster ‘Would Break the Senate’

Mike Rogers set to serve as top House Armed Services Republican

Jason Smith set to serve as top Republican on House Budget Committee

California was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success

Pair of House Democrats fight for campaign chief role in tough 2022 playing field

Battle heats up for House Foreign Affairs gavel

House Democrats pick DeLauro to lead Appropriations panel

House GOP uses procedural tool to protest proxy voting

Rep. David Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel

House Democrats use Markup app for leadership contest voting

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) becomes third House member to test positive for COVID-19 this week

Director Of National Intelligence: China Is Targeting Congress With Threats



Committee Activity

2 House Dems Ask the Government Accountability Office To Study the Risks of Air Travel in a Pandemic

Partisan split on Senate panel over end to Fed lending programs

Senate committee approves nominations of three FEC commissioners

Senate Committees Release A Treasure Trove Of Trump-Russia Documents

Senate intelligence leaders warn of China's 'insidious' hostility toward US and allies


Floor Outlook

Senate to vote next week on blocking Trump's UAE arms sale

Congress faces late-year logjam

Rep. Mo Brooks Plans to Challenge Electoral College Votes in Congress

House releases 2021 legislative calendar

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