Friday, July 16, 2021

Pro-Life report on Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations markup

Yesterday, the House Committee on Appropriations passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill by a vote of 33-26.

The bill removed a longstanding provision prohibiting the funding of abortions for federal prisoners. First enacted for FY1987, this provision has been in effect continuously since FY1996.

During the mark-up, Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) offered an amendment to restore the pro-life provision. The Aderholt Amendment was defeated by a vote of 25-32.

Pro-Life report on House Appropriations Committee markup of FY2022 Labor, Health and Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill

Thursday, July 15, 2021, the full House Appropriations Committee passed the FY2022 Labor, Health and Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill by a vote of 33-25.

The bill did not contain the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer funding for domestic elective abortions. The Hyde Amendment, which has been annually renewed on a bipartisan basis for over 40 years (since 1976), has saved more than 2.4 million lives. Nearly 60% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.

The bill did not contain the Weldon Amendment, which prevents Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding recipients from discriminating against health care providers because they refuse to provide, pay for, or refer for abortion.

LHHS Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK) offered an amendment to reinstate the Hyde Amendment and the Weldon Amendment. The amendment was cosponsored by every Republican Member of the Committee. The Cole Amendment failed by a vote of 27-32. All Republicans and Rep. Henry Cuellar (R-TX) voted in support of the Hyde Amendment.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Pro-Life report on Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill subcommittee markup

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Subcommittee considered the FY2022 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill. It passed by voice vote.

The following longstanding pro-life provision was removed:

ABORTION FUNDING FOR PRISONERS—Bill removes the ban on abortion funding for federal prisoners. Bill retains the conscience protection for prison employees. Title II, Department of Justice, General Provisions—Department of Justice, Sec. 202-204 (pg. 83)

The following longstanding pro-life provision is still present in the text:

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION (LSC)—Ban on Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funds going to organizations that engage in abortion-related litigation. (enacted in FYs 1996-2021) This pro-life provision is maintained, by reference. (By reference of Public Law 105-119 which references Section 504 (a) 14 of Public Law 104-134). Title IV – Related Agencies, Administrative Provision—Legal Services Corporation (pg. 114)

Full Committee consideration of the CJS Appropriations bill is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 15, at 10 AM.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Pro-Life report on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill subcommittee markup

This morning, the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Subcommittee considered the FY2022 LHHS Appropriations bill. It was passed by voice vote.

The following longstanding pro-life provisions have been removed from the final text.

DOMESTIC FUNDING BAN (HYDE)—bans federal funding of domestic abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. (enacted in various forms in FYs 1976-2021)

ABORTION NON-DISCRIMINATION PROVISION (HYDE-WELDON)—provides conscience protection for health care entities by preventing HHS funding recipients from discriminating against health care providers because they refuse to provide, pay for, or refer for abortion. (Enacted FY 2005-2021)

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests: M 6/28 PDF • T 6/29 PDF • W 6/30 PDF • Th 7/1 PDF • F 7/2 PDF
Prayers — Committee Reports

Related Headlines:

House of Representatives

House Blocks Bill to Ban Taxpayer-Funded Abortions 35th Time

Suspension of the Rules

House votes to repeal 1957, 1991 war authorizations

House Passes Bills to Boost Scientific Competitiveness Against China

Considered Pursuant to a Rule

H.R. 3005 – To direct the Joint Committee on the Library to replace the bust of Roger Brooke Taney in the Old Supreme Court Chamber of the United States Capitol
House Passes Bill Seeking to Remove Confederate Statues From Capitol • Democrats: Capitol statue purge will spare Founding Fathers

H.R. 2662 – IG Independence and Empowerment Act
House passes bill to strengthen authority of federal watchdogs

H.R. 3684 – INVEST in America Act
House passes $715B package, hoping to sway infrastructure debatefirst full bill containing earmarksmost Republicans reject it after contributing billions in earmarks

House approves select panel to probe Jan. 6 attack

House Appropriations Committee weakens or removes 7 pro-life policies

Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2022 State, Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations bill by a vote of 32-25.

Bill Summary:
The SFOPS appropriations bill 
• removes or weakens four longstanding pro-life protections, including the Helms Amendment, which prevents taxpayer funding from being used to fund abortion overseas
• increased funding for both the United Nations Population Fund and international family planning funding
• includes text permanently preventing a President from re-establishing the Protection Life in Global Health Assistance policy (also referred to as the Mexico City Policy), which requires foreign nongovernmental organizations to agree, as a condition of their receipt of US grant money, not to promote or perform abortion

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

House Appropriations Committee removes 2 restrictions on taxpayer funding of abortion

During the Financial Services markup on Tuesday, 6/29, the Committee on Appropriations passed the FY2022 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill by a vote of 33-24 after removing two longstanding pro-life provisions:

• The Smith Amendment which prevents funding for abortions through the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program, except in the instances of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. Originally offered by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) in 1983, this provision was enacted in FYs 1984-1994; 1996-2021.
 
• The Dornan Amendment which prevents appropriated funds (from Federal or D.C. revenues) from being used for abortion in the District of Columbia. This provision was enacted in FYs 1996-2009; 2011-2021.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests: M 6/21T 6/22W 6/23Th 6/24F 6/25PrayersCommittee Reports

Related Headlines:

House of Representatives

H.R. 18: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2021
• House floor consideration requests: 7 times Tuesday, 5 times Thursday, 3 times Friday
• House debated H.R. 18 and in voting could have defeated the previous question and considered the bill; Members also discussed their efforts on the bill
Nancy Pelosi and Democrats Block Bill to Ban Tax-Funded Abortions for 8th Time

Suspension of the Rules

House passes bill to bolster state plans to ward off infrastructure attacks

Considered Pursuant to a Rule

H.R. 2062 - Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act of 2021
House passes bill to ease standards for age discrimination cases

S.J.Res. 14 - Methane Emission Standards
Overturning the methane rule means higher energy costs in return for no benefits

House Votes to Reinstate Obama Methane Rule for Oil, Gas Wells

Senate

Senate Leader Remarks: 6/21, 6/22, 6/23, 6/24

Executive Session

Christopher Charles Fonzone, of Pennsylvania, to be General Counsel of ODNI
Senate Confirms Huawei-Linked Lobbyist to Intel Post

Kiran Arjandas Ahuja, of Massachusetts, to be Director of OPM
Senate moves to confirm Kiran Ahuja, nominee with critical race theory ties, to run federal personnel office, in Close Vote

Legislative Session

S. 2093, For the People Act.
Senate blocks partisan election overhaul bill
Democrats' partisan power grab fails — for now
Schumer vows Tuesday's vote “won't be the last …will explore every option … will leave no stone unturned”

Unanimous Consent

S. 1520: Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act of 2021 Senate declined to pass S. 1520, Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act of 2021 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Senate declined to pass H.R. 1652, VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021

Senate declined to pass S. 2084, a bill to terminate the order requiring persons to wear masks while on conveyances and at transportation hubs.

Senate declined to consider the nomination of Jen Easterly, of New York, to be Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security: Wednesday, Thursday

Senate declined to pass S. 831, EB–5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2021

Senate declined to pass S. 2216, a bill to require the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State to develop a plan for the relocation and admission to the United States of certain citizens of Afghanistan

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests: M 6/14T 6/15W 6/16Th 6/17PrayersCommittee Reports

Related Headlines:

S. 475: Juneteenth National Independence Day Act
Congress Passes Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday, Sends to Biden’s Deskset to become 11th federal holiday

House of Representatives

House fails to pass bill to promote credit fairness for LGTBQ-owned businessesH.R.1443

H.R. 1187: ESG Disclosure Simplification Act of 2021 [Corporate Governance Improvement and Investor Protection Act]
House passes political spending, climate change corporate disclosures bill, 217 House Democrats Torpedo Bill Prohibiting Corporate Cooperation With Chinese Slave LaborH.R.1187

H.R. 256: To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002
House votes to revoke Iraq War powers, this time with presidential approval

Senate

Senate Leader Remarks: 6/14, 6/15, 6/16, 6/17

McConnell dismisses Schumer’s demand that Barr and Sessions testify over secretly seized phone recordsFull Speech: “our colleagues have taken to attacking former Attorney General Bill Barr over investigative decisions that occurred when he wasn't there yet”

Schumer: “Next week, the Senate will consider major voting rights legislation.”

Ketanji Brown Jackson, of the District of Columbia, to be US Circuit Judge for the DC Circuit
Senate confirms Garland's successor to appeals court

Lina M. Khan, of New York, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
Senate confirmsBig Tech Antagonist, Pak-American legal expert Lina Khan becomes US Federal Trade Commissioner

Kiran Arjandas Ahuja, of Massachusetts, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management
Absences force Senate to punt vote on Biden nominee

Tommy P. Beaudreau, of Alaska, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior

Unanimous Consent

Senate passes resolution condemning recent rise in antisemitic attacksS.Res. 252

Senate passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

Senate declined to pass S. 1899, a bill to prohibit any direct or indirect United States funding for the territory of Gaza unless certain conditions are met.

Senate declined to pass S. 1520, Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act of 2021: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Senate declined to pass S. 1562, Creating Pathways for Youth Employment Act

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests: M 6/7T 6/8W 6/9Th 6/10F 6/11PrayersCommittee Reports

Related Headlines:

Senate

Leader Remarks: 6/7, 6/8, 6/9, 6/10

Schumer bemoans number of Republicans who believe Trump will be reinstated: 'A glaring warning'Full Speech

Senate confirms Biden's first judicial nomineefirst Muslim American federal judge

S. 1260: United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021Outline
Senate Passes Sweeping Bill to Address China Tech ThreatGym Discussion Forges Unusual Senate Alliance to Pass China BillHouse Republicans Raise Concerns About Soft China Bill, Demand Tougher ResponseNew Senate Bill Will Make China 'Sit Back' and 'Laugh at America' Says Rand PaulPork-Stuffed Bill About To Pass Senate Enables Splicing Aborted Babies With Animals

H.R. 7: Paycheck Fairness Act
Senate GOP blocks bill to combat gender pay gapSenate GOP Uses Filibuster, Blocks Democrat-Backed Paycheck Fairness ActMcConnell: bill would put “even the smallest American business at risk of unlimited liability in workplace cases”

Unanimous Consent
Senate Passes Bill to Send Payments to Victims of Likely Directed Energy Attacks
• Senate declined to pass S. 1520, Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act of 2021, on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Senate declined to pass S. 247, Working Families Flexibility Act of 2021

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests: M 5/24 • T 5/25 • W 5/26 • Th 5/27 • F 5/28 — Prayers

Related Headlines:

Senate confirms Justice Department official, Army Secretary, top scientist

Senate Armed Services chair throws support behind changing roles of military commanders in sexual assault prosecutions • Democratic feud erupts over scope of military sexual assault bill • spills onto Senate floor • Democratic Chairman Blocks Bipartisan Military Sexual Assault Reform — Debate: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday — Iowa Republican Joni Ernst, a sexual assault survivor, calls for military justice reform

Senate passes bill requiring declassification of information on COVID-19 originsS. 1867

Senate Unanimously Passes Amendment Banning Funding of Virus Gain-of-Function Research In China — S.Amdt. 2003

Senate fails to prohibit funds for research involving aborted fetal tissue or embryo destructionS.Amdt. 1891 — Text, Debate, Vote

Senate Votes Down Amendment That Would Have Banned Certain Human-Animal Hybrid Experiments, An Affront To Human LifeS.Amdt. 1771 — Text, Debate, Vote

Senate Adopts Amendment That Slashes Tariffs on Hundreds of Chinese Imports to USS.Amdt. 1562

Senate Advances China Competition Bill After Multi-Hour Deliberations Secure GOP SupportS. 1260

Introduced: S.Res. 246, Expressing the sense of the Senate that Critical Race Theory serves as a prejudicial ideological tool, rather than an educational tool, and should not be taught in K-12 classrooms as a way to teach students to judge individuals based on sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin

Introduced: S.Res. 250, Condemning the rise in anti-Semitism incidents globally since terrorists in the Gaza Strip triggered several days of violence against Israel on May 10, 2021

Schumer and Collins appear to have heated exchange before Jan. 6 vote • Republicans Block January 6 Commission • Senate reaches deal to get out of town after Jan. 6 commission vote

Senate agrees to resolution urging probe into COVID-19 originsS.Res. 256

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests: M 5/17 • T 5/18 • W 5/19 • Th 5/20 • F 5/21 — Prayers

Related Headlines:

Monday, 5/17

Senate Moves Forward With Bill Aimed at Countering China’s Rise — S. 1260


Tuesday, 5/18

Senate narrowly advances Biden civil rights nominee

Marjorie Taylor Greene delivers impassioned speech on why she opposes Capitol riot commissionFull Speech, Subsequent speech on parallel tracks for protestor justice

House Passes COVID-19 Hate Crimes ActCOVID-19 Hate Crimes Act Passes Congress — S. 937


Wednesday, 5/19

Senate repeals rule that provided employers with a written summary of the facts behind an EEOC complaint, a written explanation of the legal justification, and 14 days to respond — S.J.Res. 13

House votes to condemn Atlanta spa shootings — H.Res. 275

House passes Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity Act, related to drugs not economically viable due to rarity of the diseases they treat — H.R. 1629

House Democrats Vote Against Hamas Sanctions — Debate, Vote to oppose sanctions, H.R. 261 text

Democrats block GOP move to end House chamber mask mandate — H.Res. 414

House Passes January 6 Commission Bill, 252-175over GOP objections — H.R. 3233

House passes resolution condemning hate crimes against Asian Americans — H.Res. 275


Thursday, 5/20

Senate declined to pass resolutions related to Israel — S.Res. 226, S.Res. 225

House Passes Bill Approving $1.9 Billion More for US Capitol Security'Squad' vote against — H.R. 3237

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