Saturday, June 6, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Tuesday — June 9, 2020

Pollution and Pandemics: COVID-19's Disproportionate Impact on Environmental Justice Communities (Virtual Hearing)
Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

"On the Front Lines: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Transportation Workers."
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


Senate Committee Schedule

Monday, June 8, 2020

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
Closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021.

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate will, Lord willing, resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1957, Taxpayer First Act (legislative vehicle for the Great American Outdoors Act, a conservation bill), and vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

OMB nominee Vought gets earful from Democratic senators

Senate Committee Authorizes Subpoenas for Inquiry Into Crossfire Hurricane

Lindsey Graham: Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearing about police brutality on June 16

Esper, Milley in talks to testify before House Armed Services Committee

House and Senate Judiciary Committees: Urgent Need to Reform Police Use of Force

Floor Outlook

Pelosi: House will announce sweeping police reform legislation on Monday

Great American Outdoors Act Continues to Gain Momentum in Congress

Conservation bill to bring rare bipartisanship to Senate floor next week

McConnell eyes Justin Walker confirmation for next week

Top GOP Senator: Next CCP Virus Recovery Package Will Likely Wait Until July

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Senate leadership each objected to the other side's protest-related resolution

Schumer compares Trump's Lincoln Memorial protection to Tiananmen Square

Senate Confirms Special Watchdog for Pandemic Recovery

Senate passes bill to give flexibility for small business coronavirus aid program

Senate Confirms Trump’s Pick, Michael Pack, to Lead Voice of America, Government Broadcasters

Redefining Terms

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey gave an impassioned speech about racism on the Senate floor this week.

During one part of the speech, he spoke about violence and the “cycle of violence” and went on to describe an expanded definition of violence.
There is violence in our Nation seen and our environment, that we still are a Nation where a person's race is the single biggest factor of whether they live near a toxic site or not. Ask the mother of a child who drank lead water for months and months and has had their brain permanently damaged if that was not violence.

It is violence to not have access to quality care. Ask the woman who has lost her child because of lack of prenatal care. Ask the Black woman in America, who today is four times more likely to die, herself, in childbirth if this isn't a violence in our society that needs condemnation.

It is violence we see from our healthcare system, to our criminal justice system, to environmental injustice, to the denial, as one author says, of the savage inequalities within our education systems.
We do not bring clarity to the issues in this country by confusing the term violence with differences in how people use commercial services in this country. Using an affordable commercial service is not violence. Destroying that commercial service in a riot is.

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