Saturday, December 12, 2020

Congress Update

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

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Senate confirms three to FEC, restoring a full slate

Trump’s FCC Nominee Nathan Simington Confirmed by Senate

Senate rejects attempt to block Trump's UAE arms sale

Two Senate Democrats Break With Party To Approve Trump Arms Deal With United Arab Emirates

House Passes Stopgap Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

Senate approves funding bill by voice vote to avert shutdown

House Approves Defense Bill With Veto-Proof Vote

Resolution calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws.

National Security

Congress moves to give Pentagon more say in Energy Department’s nukes budget

White House Issues Formal Threat to Veto NDAA

Congress is supposed to constrain war, instead it’s constraining peace

Foreign Policy

House Democrats introduce bill to address diversity at State Department

Lankford Leads Letter to Urge USAID to Prevent US from Funding Abortions, Abortion Advocacy Abroad


Dozens Of House Republicans Demand AG Barr Investigate Apparent Fraud In Georgia

Republican congressman explains planned challenge to Electoral College results

106 Republican Members of Congress Back Texas’ Election Fraud Lawsuit

House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit

First Amendment

Senator Tim Scott Discusses Religious Liberty with NRB Leaders


California Democrats pressure Biden and Congress to abolish ICE

Federal Spending

The rollercoaster of relief talks

White House offers $916B coronavirus relief plan with GOP backing

McConnell: Leave Out Liability Protection, State and Local Funding From Stimulus Bill

White House Urges Senate Republicans to Include Stimulus Checks in COVID Relief Bill

Congress under pressure to add stimulus checks to next aid bill

McCarthy says he and McConnell back $600 stimulus checks

Schumer, Pelosi Shoot Down Trump Covid Relief Bill That Includes $600 Checks For Americans

Sanders, Hawley vow fight next week over stimulus checks

Congress Is On A Chaotic December Spend-A-Thon With The Nation’s Next 50 Years Of Money

Trump signs one-week funding bill to avoid shutdown

Congress 'close' to massive government funding deal

Democrats in Congress call pro-life Hyde Amendment ‘clearly racist’

A bridge to nowhere, anyone? Congress weighs return of earmarks to ease gridlock in 2021


Inauguration Committee Fails to Pass Resolution Acknowledging Biden as President-Elect

As Trump Fights Election Fraud, Most Republicans in Congress Remain Quiet

House member from West Virginia urges Republicans to support Trump's legal fight

‘Just Feels Off’: Democrat On Armed Services Committee Questions Biden’s Pick For Defense Secretary

Biden Pentagon Pick Suppressed ISIS Intel, According to Congressional Probes

SBA List Slams Biden’s Pick of Becerra for HHS: “Unacceptable”

Biden's top health nominee attracts early opposition from Senate GOP

Xavier Becerra in crosshairs of Senate GOP ahead of HHS confirmation

House Report: Biden’s HHS Pick Urged Clinton White House To Commute Sentence Of Donor’s Son

Cruz signals tough road for Biden nominees until election lawsuits resolved


106 in House GOP Sign Brief Backing Election Challenge


Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduces born-alive bill in US House

Senate bill targets victims of abuse, trafficking from websites like Pornhub

Health Care Policy

Second Senate Hearing about Outpatient Treatment for COVID-19: Highlights

GOP lawmaker introduces bill to eliminate federal prescribing requirements

Technology Policy

Advocates to press Biden, Congress on facial recognition curbs


House marks 150 years of Black members

Kennedy gives farewell speech from House months after losing primary

‘A Complicated And Messy Country’: Joseph Kennedy III Gives Farewell Speech To House After Losing Senate Race

Anti-Semitism from Rashida Tlaib continues

Suspected Chinese spy targeted California politicians

McCarthy says Swalwell should be disqualified from Intel Committee following spy report

Top Congressional Leader Calls For Swalwell To Be ‘Removed From Congress’ After Chinese Spy Bombshell Story

Democrat Eric Swalwell: ‘Congressional Leadership Knew About’ My Ties To Alleged Chinese Spy

Schiff Refuses To Disclose Why He Withheld Details Of Swalwell’s Relationship With A Chinese Spy From Intel Committee

Pelosi: 'I don't have any concerns' about Eric Swalwell ties to Chinese spy.

Elise Stefanik calls on fellow House Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell to step down from panel

Rep. Banks Raps Pelosi for Allowing Members to Wear Partisan Masks on House Floor

House Republican wants restrictions on masks with messages

John Katko tapped to be next ranking member of House Committee on Homeland Security

Steny Hoyer warns Biden administration against plucking Democrats from the narrowed House majority

A look at Pelosi’s math for speaker

Senate Democrats’ rules changes restrict top leaders’ committee roles

Democrats’ rule change could spark Senate Appropriations shakeup

The House members already facing the redistricting chopping block

Committee Activity

House Democrats hold hearing on repealing ban of taxpayer funded abortion

Committee hearing on taxpayer-funded abortion

Senate Committee Plans First Federal Hearing on Election ‘Irregularities’

Doctors tell Senate they're attacked for saving COVID patients

House Oversight panel subpoenas Wilbur Ross for census records

Congressional Committee Leaders Announce Agreement on Surprise Billing, Doctors see more regulations

Floor Outlook

House GOP allies to back Trump on defense bill veto

Iowa Democrat Appeals to House to Overturn Election Loss

Republicans gird for House fight on contested Iowa race

Nancy Pelosi Warns Stimulus Disputes Could Extend To Past Christmas

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