Saturday, May 15, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests: M 5/10 • T 5/11 • W 5/12 • Th 5/13 • F 5/14 — Prayers

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Tuesday, 5/11

61-37, Senate confirmed the nomination of Andrea Joan Palm, of Wisconsin, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.

54-44, Senate confirmed the nomination of Cynthia Minette Marten, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Education.

52-47, Senate passed S.J.Res. 15; A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency relating to “National Banks and Federal Savings Associations as Lenders”.

Liz Cheney defiant in floor speech ahead of House GOP vote to oust her as conference chairFull Speech

Wednesday, 5/12

House fails to quickly pass drug bill amid Jan. 6 tensions — H.R. 1629 — to have more debate next week

51-48, Senate agreed to the nomination of the Motion to Discharge: Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from the Committee on Finance.

69-30 and 66-32, Senate confirmed the first and second nominations of Ronald Stroman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service.

Speaking on IsraelRepublican Leader McConnellSen. Lee

Senate declined to agree to S.Res. 136, A resolution recognizing the duty of the Senate to abandon Modern Monetary Theory and recognizing that the acceptance of Modern Monetary Theory would lead to higher deficits and higher inflation.

Thursday, 5/13

59-38, Senate confirmed the nomination of Amber Faye McReynolds, of Colorado, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service.

House passed:
H.R.2547: Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act
H.R.2877: Behavioral Intervention Guidelines Act of 2021

89-7, Senate confirmed the nomination of Donet Dominic Graves, Jr., of Ohio, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

Senate passed S. 593, Alaska Tourism Recovery Act

Rep. Wasserman Schultz spoke on Israel

A preview of how America could turn away from Israel, from the House floor

Friday, 5/14

House passes bill mandating accommodations for pregnant workers — H.R. 1065

Pro-Life Members of Congress File Resolution Honoring Pregnancy Centers Saving Babies From Abortion — S.Res. 207

The Senate passed a resolution, S.Res. 215, honoring National Police Week. The House did not pass a resolution honoring National Police Week, but they did speak for an hour on the topic.

National Security

Cassidy on pipeline cyberattack: Congress must equip businesses with defenses against incursions

GOP Rep. Turner to lead House push to address military sexual assault

Foreign Policy

Classified State Dept. Docs Could Connect Coronavirus to Chinese Lab, House Republicans Say

44 Senate Republicans Demand Biden Ends Nuclear Talks With Iran Over Israel-Palestine Conflict

Ocasio-Cortez, 'Squad' members' anti-Israel comments blasted by lawmakers and pro-Israel groups

Menendez calls on Biden to support Armenia amid rising tensions with Azerbaijan

Meeks Issues Statement Following Call With National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on The Situation in Israel

Senate Republicans Urge POTUS to Stand with Israel and Not Provide Iran with Sanctions Relief


DC statehood bill picks up Senate holdout — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)

Cruz: Senate Bill ‘Designed to Ensure Democrats Never Lose Another Election’ — S. 1

Second Amendment

Some Pro-2A Ideas For Republicans In Congress To Ponder


Senate Democrats Have A Secret Amnesty Plan Almost Nobody Is Talking About

‘Our Goal Is To Implement Solutions’: Psaki Says The White House’s Goal Is To ‘Not Be Caught Up In Semantics’ About The Border Crisis

Tax Policy

IRS Needs More Than Audits to Find Tax Cheats, Former Chief Says

Manchin, Other Democrats Back Biden Plan to End Carried Interest

Federal Spending

House Democrats unveil $1.9 billion bill to boost Capitol security

Senate Republican seeks to restrict National Science Foundation funds to boost US competition with China • Schumer, GOP to Test Bipartisan Possibilities With China Bill

McCarthy slams Biden infrastructure plan for misplaced priorities • McConnell: $800B infrastructure package acceptable • McConnell: 'Good chance' of deal with Biden on infrastructure • House Lawmakers Request $15 Billion in Infrastructure Earmarks

Congress to Waste $6 Billion on Pet Projects Like Michelle Obama Library • Taxpayer Money for Restorative Yoga? Members of Congress Requesting Billions

Bipartisan Senate bill introduced to give gyms $30B in relief

Biden Administration Gives Abortion Provider Planned Parenthood $10 Million Meant to Help Struggling Small Businesses

House GOP Introduces Bills to Combat Critical Race Theory • House Republican bill would ban federal funds for 'critical race theory' — H.R. 3046H.Res. 397

The coming invasion by the federal government


Xavier Becerra Denies Federal Law Bans Partial-Birth Abortions, Would He Not Enforce It? • Secretary Becerra on Partial Birth Abortion Ban • HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra Calls Killing Babies in Abortions “Health Care” • OBGYN Confirms Abortion is Not Health Care

House Democrat warns Biden against nominating Rahm Emanuel as ambassador, citing Chicago police shooting

Top House Republican Opens Oversight Investigation Into Energy Secretary’s ‘Concerning’ Ownership Of Green Energy Firm

Senate Democrats ramp up push to limit Biden's war powers


Biden announces judicial nominees, including George W. Bush-nominated judge

80 Members of Congress Tell Supreme Court to Uphold Law Banning Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome


Police: Flaw in reform bill ‘will result’ in more shootings and deaths

All House Republicans back effort to force floor vote on 'born alive' bill — H.R. 619

Commerce Policy

Loan sharks are poised to attack in all 50 states. Congress can keep them at bay

Rubio speech to House conservatives marks free-market evangelism's decline

Senate Republicans: U.S. Business Dealings With Iran Are ‘Doomed to Fail’

Health Care Policy

House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill

Technology Policy

Unlikely Senate Alliance of Klobuchar, Lee Paints a Bull’s-Eye on Big Tech

Education Policy

Sen. John Kennedy wants suicide prevention information on student ID cards


Capitol Police lack resources to monitor outside threats, outside investigator says

Watchdog finds Architect of the Capitol was sidelined from security planning ahead of Jan. 6 • Group that includes 9/11 commissioners urged Congress to create similar Jan. 6 panel • Lawmakers reach agreement on bipartisan Jan. 6 commission • House Republicans File Ethics Complaint Against Democrats Who Made Unsubstantiated Claims That GOP Led ‘Reconnaissance’ Tours Before Capitol Riot

Pelosi announces change to House floor mask rules • House floor mask mandate remains in effect after CDC announcement • Pelosi keeps mask mandate on House floor while Republicans celebrate 'freedom' • Republicans Call On Pelosi To Return House To Normal, End Mask Mandate After New CDC Guidelines Released

Cheney portrayed her views as superior long after impeachment • Republicans Vote to Remove Rep. Liz Cheney From Leadership Role • Cheney got a standing ovation for her willingness to serve as conference chair • Cheney swears she's 'not leaving' the GOP

McCarthy: no one 'questioning the legitimacy' of the 2020 election
 • McCarthy calls potential challenge to Stefanik 'healthy debate'

House GOP elects Stefanik as conference chairwoman • Stefanik pledges unity and a role for Trump in GOP • Plans to Serve Only One Term

Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts

Tight-Lipped Sinema Rivals Manchin as Democrats’ Wild Card

Carter sworn in as House member to replace Richmond, padding Democrats' majority

Clyburn says tapes 'will show what happened' during house metal detector incident

GOP wants answers from FBI over why bureau designated 2017 congressional baseball shooting 'suicide by cop' • Rep. Scalise and Other Members of Congress Ask FBI to Reopen Case on 2017 Shooting

Staffer Sues Rep. Lamborn For ‘Dangerous Approach’ To Pandemic

Head of House Office of Diversity and Inclusion urges more staff diversity • Capitol staff diversity ‘can’t just start at the bottom,’ panel told • All House offices need 'diversity' officers and 'anti-racism training,' former staffers say

Committee Activity

Senate Committee Debates Elections Bill • Wide splits evident on voting and campaign finance as Senate panel takes up overhaul • Schumer, McConnell Face Off • Rules Committee descends into hours-long fight over elections bill • Senate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill • 8 Takeaways as Senate Panel Deadlocks on Bill to Nationalize Elections, Nullify Voter ID

Ex-Pentagon chief, House Democrat clash during Capitol attack hearing: 'You're ridiculous'

Senate panel deadlocks over Controversial Justice Department Nominee Kristen Clarke

Gun Historian Ashley Hlebinsky Drops Truth Bombs in ‘Ghost Gun’ Hearing

At House Hearing, Defense Appropriators Discuss Everything But the Budget

AG Merrick Garland Testifies on Domestic Violent Extremism

ICE Acting Director Johnson Testifies on ICE Priorities

NSA Director Gen. Nakasone Testified on Cyber Capabilities

Army secretary nominee glides through confirmation hearing

Senate panel advances Biden's deputy Interior nominee Tommy Beaudreau

Trump White House lawyer Don McGahn agrees to testify in closed-door interview with House DemocratsEnding Protracted Lawsuit

Senate Finance Committee to consider clean energy legislation this month

Leaders of company whose factory ruined millions of vaccine doses to testify before House

Sanders vows tougher oversight of defense contractors as Budget Committee chairman

Floor Outlook

House in May: pregnant workers, debt collection, mental health, AAPI hate crimes

House plans vote on 1/6 commission next weekH.R. 3233

Senate to ramp up work on Biden's judicial nominees

Senate GOP to give Biden infrastructure counteroffer next week

Senate to vote on bill aimed at countering China's influence this month

Sweeping election reform bill faces Senate headwinds

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