Saturday, May 1, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests: M 4/26 • T 4/27 • W 4/28 • Th 4/29 • F 4/30 — Prayers


Related Headlines:

Monday

Sen. Sullivan calls on John Kerry to resign over betraying Israel to Iran • Senate Republicans step up pressure on Kerry to resign over alleged leak to Iran

Tuesday

81-13, Senate confirmed the nomination of Jason Scott Miller, of Maryland, to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget.

52-42, Senate confirmed the nomination of Janet Garvin McCabe, of Indiana, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

49-45, Senate confirmed the nomination of Colin Hackett Kahl, of California, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. • Controversial Biden Pentagon pick confirmed by Senate • Pentagon Nominee Criticized For Past Tweets Attacking Republicans

Wednesday

Mitch McConnell Takes to Senate Floor • Rips Biden’s First 100 Days In Office Before Joint Session Of Congress, Lists Policy Failures • accuses Biden of breaking promise to unify — Full Speech

68-26, Senate confirmed the nomination of Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. • Senate confirms former Obama official Samantha Power to lead USAID

52-42, Senate passed S.J.Res. 14; A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review”.

Senate declined to pass S. 1410, A bill to codify the temporary scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances by adding fentanyl-related substances to schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

Senate declined to agree to S.Res. 185, A resolution requesting that the President transmit to the Senate documents relating to the Administration's discussions and plans to assess, mitigate, and prevent growing inflation.

Joint Session — Presidential Message

Biden calls on Congress to pass voting, elections reform bills • Media fawns over Biden's 'direct, conversational, under-stated' speech to Congress • First lady hosted virtual guests for Biden's address to Congress

‘No More Washington Schemes, Socialist Dreams’ — Tim Scott Delivers Republican Address After Biden’s Joint Session Of Congress • Fires Back After Left Hits Him with a Barrage of Racist Attacks Over Biden Rebuttal

Transition From Capitalism to Socialism: Sen. Jim Risch on Biden’s Speech to Congress

Thursday

89-2, Senate passed S. 914, As Amended; A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize programs under those Acts, and for other purposes.

Senate confirms ex-Sen. Nelson to NASA

Senate declines to pass S. 593, Alaska Tourism Recovery Act


National Security

Congress Looks at Relief for Military Toxic Exposure


Foreign Policy

Apple, Retail Groups Continue Lobbying Congress On Chinese Slave Labor Bill

State of Israel at 73

Bipartisan Senate group calls for Biden to impose more sanctions on Myanmar junta


Constitution

Census shifts House seats • Six states to gain House seats, seven to lose seats • Census numbers expected to shift House power to the South, West • States In The South, Northwest Pick Up Congressional Seats • Census Reapportionment Awards 5 Red States Extra House Seats As People Flee Democrat Strongholds • More House Seats to Republican Strongholds Texas, Florida


First Amendment

Congress Presses Postal Service After Report Agents Are Monitoring American Social Media Accounts

Congress discussing algorithmic misinformation issue

Congressman: intolerant ‘white liberals’ are 'greatest threat' to Black political diversity


Second Amendment

Harris lays push for gun control at the feet of Congress


Homeland Security

The White House Declares Everything A ‘Crisis’ Except The One At The Border

Dem Senator Rips Biden for Failing to Address Border Crisis

McConnell signals any immigration deal has to address border


Immigration

Senate Democrats Pressure Biden to Raise Refugee Admission Limit


Tax Policy

Pelosi Defends Raising Taxes For Biden’s $1.8 Trillion Family Package


Federal Spending

Pivotal U.S. Senate Democrat wants 'more targeted'smaller infrastructure bill

Schumer warns Democrats willing to go it alone on infrastructure

Schumer backs Sanders push on drug prices, lowering Medicare age • Hill Democrats double down on drug pricing in infrastructure bill • House Democrats call on Biden to add Medicare-related provisions to economic plan

Top White House Officials Have Been Quietly Meeting With Republicans Behind Counter Jobs Plan

Not All Senate Democrats are Convinced Biden Should Forgive Student Loan Debt

Top Senate Democrat announces return of earmarks

Pro-Life Congress Members Continue to Call for an Investigation into How Abortion Provider Planned Parenthood Illegally Got Loans from SBA

McConnell wants '1619 Project' removed from federal grant programs


Executive

House Republicans Send Letter Urging Senators To Oppose Biden’s Bureau Of Land Management Nominee

Pro-Life Groups Slam Joe Biden’s First 100 Days in Office: “Unprecedented Abortion Extremism”


Judiciary

Senate Democrats Throw Cold Water On Court-Packing Bill


Justice

Democratic Congresswoman: Officer in Ma’Khia Bryant’s Death ‘Responded as He Was Trained’

Biden calls on Congress to pass George Floyd police reform bill by end of May


Health Care Policy

Members of Congress Question Why CDC Recommends Masks for Children as Young as 2


Technology Policy

Senate to lift the hood on social media algorithms


Congress

Senators push to allow for remote voting during national crisis

Speaker Pelosi Will Allow Republican Subpoena Power on Proposed Jan. 6 Commission • Cheney breaks with McCarthy on scope of Jan. 6 panel

Pelosi: Clyburn 'can appeal' metal detector fine • ‘Afforded Special Treatment’ — GOP Congressmen Send Letter To Acting Sergeant At Arms Over Pelosi And Metal Detector Fines

Pelosi swears in first Black House sergeant-at-arms

Pelosi: 75% of House lawmakers vaccinated against COVID-19 • Pelosi to GOP lawmakers: Get vaccinated and we'll get back to normal

Democrats Threaten Retaliation if Maxine Waters Is Censured for Inflammatory Remarks

Troy Carter wins New Orleans-based House seat, padding Democrats' slim majority

Rep. Crenshaw Undergoes Successful Eye Surgery, Still Has ‘A While to Go’ Before Full Recovery • Dan Crenshaw Appears In First Congressional Hearing Since Emergency Eye Surgery

Democrat Cheri Bustos to retire from Congress

A conversation with Rep. Mike Waltz, a combat-decorated Green Beret

Have We Forgotten The 1983 Senate Bombing?

How the Senate could unravel



Committee Activity

Senate hears from Biden's high-profile judicial nominees for first time • Senators aim fire at each other

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Testifies before Congress

Top House Democrat unveiling bill to invest in 'human capital'

Senate panel advances Biden's Postal Service nominees


Floor Outlook

Senate Delays Bill to Strengthen U.S. Competition With China Minnesota takes joy in beating New York for last House seat

Schumer: Senate deadline for voting rights bill 'probably by August or so'

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