Saturday, February 27, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests: M 2/22 • T 2/23 • W 2/24 • Th 2/25 • F 2/26 — Prayers

Related Headlines:

House holds moment of silence as US approaches 500,000 COVID deaths

The reading of Washington's Farewell Address

Nominations confirmed: Vilsack, Thomas-Greenfield, Granholm

Equality Act, H.R. 5Bill Text The “Equality Act”: Threatening Life and EqualityGaslighting realityIs Trojan Horse for Abortion Lobbycould require physicians and nurses to perform abortions, hence Catholic Bishops OpposeSchumer and Pelosi Would Deny Americans Freedom of ConscienceWould Criminalize Objective Truth

Related House floor speeches:
• 2/23: Members spoke on H.R. 5, the Equality Act and the danger of gender identity politics
• 2/24: Rep Virginia Foxx calls out Democrats for destroying religious freedom with H.R. 5 (Full Speech) • Rep. Greene notes it would need to be struck down
• 2/25: Saying No to H.R. 5 which ‘causes discrimination

Full Floor Debate on H.R. 5, 2/25 — Highlights:
Chip Roy slams Equality Act as government forcing people to 'bow' to 'cultural elite'Full Speech
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) opposes expansion and funding of abortion, infringement of religious libertyFull Speech
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) Speaks in Support of Conscience ProtectionsOriginal “religious garb” comment, Jordan response
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) Speaks Supporting Conscience ProtectionsFull Speech
Congressman Jerry Nadler: “God’s Will is No Concern of This Congress”Full Context

House passes H.R. 5, the Equality Act (224-206) • Bill Creates “Right” to Kill Babies in Abortions, Force Americans to Fund ThemBill would impact abortion, marriage, family, gender, sports and moreThree Republicans voted in favor

COVID bill: Pelosi Kept Minimum Wage Hike in COVID-19 Relief Bill Despite Senate Parliamentarian’s Ruling • Rule Debate, Bill Text, DebateHouse Passes Aid Bill With $1,400 Checks; Focus Moves to SenateHouse Democrats Pass $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill That Forces Americans to Fund Abortions

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests: M 2/8 • T 2/9 • W 2/10 • Th 2/11 • F 2/12 • S 2/13 — Prayers

Related Headlines:

Senate Confirms McDonough, Biden’s Pick to Lead Veterans Affairs — 87-7

Senate Confirms Kathleen Hicks as Deputy Defense Secretary

Senate votes Trump impeachment trial is constitutional — 56-44 — six Republicans vote 'yes', GOP senator says House impeachment arguments were 'persuasive'

Senate Moves Forward With Impeachment

6 Takeaways From Opening Arguments in Trump’s Senate Trial

Senate passes bill to award Capitol Police officer Congressional Gold Medal — S. 35


Committee Pro-Life Update

This week, House committees have hosted markups dealing with Budget Reconciliation related to COVID-19 Relief:

Education and Labor Committee Markup: Tuesday, February 9

Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-NC) highlighted a concern within the budget text that lack of protection on federal funding made available through Premium Assistance for COBRA violates the longstanding Hyde Amendment.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) offered an amendment to protect taxpayer funding from being used to help finance COBRA subsidies that include health plans that cover abortion. The amendment was defeated, by a vote of 21-27, along party lines.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Federal budget director nominee expresses support for federal funding of abortion

At her first confirmation hearing yesterday, President Biden's nominee to lead his budget officeNeera Tanden, pledged to implement the President's pledge to repeal the Hyde Amendment which has blocked federal funding of abortion for decades.
The Hyde Amendment has been enacted in law each year since 1976 as a budget rider, and bars federal funding of abortions.

However, the policy has come under fire in recent years from Democratic leaders who are now advocating for its repeal.

“If you are confirmed in this role, will you advocate that the President’s budget request to Congress next year preserve the Hyde Amendment?” Hawley asked.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests: M 2/1 • T 2/2 • W 2/3 • Th 2/4 • F 2/5 — Prayers

Related Headlines:

Senate Confirms Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary

Senate Confirms Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS Secretary

House blocks immediate consideration of GOP school reopening legislationDebate, Amendment, H.R. 682

House passes measure docking pay for members who avoid congressional metal detectorsH.Res. 85 (Sec. 8)

Senate agrees to organizing resolutions after Schumer-McConnell deal

Pro-Life Speeches: by Senator Ernst, Rep. Carl, House Pro-Life Caucus, Rep. Rutherford, Rep. Lamborn, Rep. LaTurner

Senate blocks bill to prohibit abortion on the basis of Down syndromeS. 75

Senate blocks bill to restrict funds from organizations associated with abortionS. 137

Senate blocks bill prohobit Title X grants going to any entity that performs abortionsS. 88

Senator Scott of Florida introduces resolution opposing Iran dealS.Res. 31

Marjorie Taylor Greene defends herself in HouseFull Speech

Marjorie Taylor Greene Removed from House Committees

Senate Budget Votes:

Senate Democrats Block Amendment to Limit COVID Funding to States That Hide Nursing Home Deaths — Vote: 50-50

Senate signals broad support for more targeted coronavirus relief checks — Vote: 99-1

42 Senate Democrats vote in favor of government payments to illegal immigrants — Vote: 58-42

Senate Democrats Block Amendment to Stop Infanticide — Vote: 52-48

Senate agrees to amendment keeping U.S. embassy in Jerusalem — Vote: 97-3

Sanders says he 'never' intended to raise minimum wage to $15 during a pandemic as Senate rejects itS.Amdt. 767

Senate declines to establish ‘fund relating to prohibiting infringement on the free exercise of religion — Vote: 50-50

Senate supports expanded health savings accounts — Vote: 53-47

Here's where Senators stood on controversial issuesS.Con.Res. 5 Actions

VP Kamala Harris breaks tie, Senate Democrats approve budget resolution, teeing up coronavirus bill

Houses passes budget resolution for coronavirus relief after Senate's marathon sessionS.Con.Res. 5stimulus plan likely to follow

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