Saturday, July 31, 2021

Congress Update

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House of Representatives Weekly Leader Colloquy • Actions passed, declined

The House declined to consider H.R. 18, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2021, 12 times this week.

H.R. 4502 — Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Agriculture, Rural Development, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2022
• Pro-Life report on House passage of H.R. 4502, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Appropriations Act, FY2022 Appropriations Omnibus
House passes sprawling spending bill ahead of fall shutdown fight
Not a single Democrat voted against forcing Americans to fund abortionsRep. Clark celebrates

H.R. 4346 — Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2022
House passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay
House OK’s hiring illegal migrants on staff, fattens budget 21%

H.R. 4373 — Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2022
Pro-Life report on H.R. 4373, the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2022
House Democrats Pass Bill To Pay For Abortions Overseas Using American Tax Dollars
Greek Americans call on Congress to stop U.S. arms and aid to Azerbaijan

H.R. 3237 — Emergency Spending
House clears $2.1 billion Capitol security bill, sending to Biden

House rejects McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panelPelosi appoints Kinzinger


Senate Daily Leader Remarks • Actions begun, passed

H.R. 3684; A bill to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways
Senate votes to take up debate on infrastructure deal, Senate Moves Forward on $550 Billion Infrastructure Deal

Senate confirms Air Force secretary, two other military positions

Senate passes bill to award congressional gold medal to first Black NHL player


National Security

Some No-Cost Ways for Congress to Make Pentagon More Effective


Foreign Policy

Risch Leads 12 Colleagues in Introducing UNWRA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East ) Accountability and Transparency Act“It's unacceptable that U.S. taxpayer dollars are being used to fund an agency that supports anti-Semitic rhetoric & is affiliated w/ FTOs”

US Congressmen Reach Back Into Cold War Armory to Respond to China


Homeland Security

House Republicans Seek to Finish Wall, Hire More Border Patrol Agents


Immigration

Democrats Eye Path to Citizenship for 8 Million in Economic Plan

Menendez: Democratic package best chance for immigration reform

Second House Democrat Insists on Immigration Path in Budget Package

Cook, Pichai Join CEOs Urging Congress Pass Path to Citizenship


Tax Policy

Biden tax hikes would lead to corporate exodus, top Republican predicts

Bipartisan Senate group looks to cryptocurrency tax revenue to pay for infrastructure packageCrypto Surprise Rattles Industry


Federal Spending

Treasury Secretary: ‘Extraordinary Measures’ to Be Taken If Congress Doesn’t Raise Debt Limit Debt-Limit Deadline Leaves Democrats Weighing Options for Fix

Biden’s tax hikes are unpopular and Congress knows it

Five takeaways from House Democrats' 'minibus' spending bills

Infrastructure:
Senate negotiators say they have deal on bipartisan infrastructure packageWhite House Announces, says infrastructure deal includes $65 billion for broadbandTop Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructureWhat You Need to Know About Boondoggles in Senate Infrastructure BillNorth Carolina Congressman Proposes to Kill 2,378 Pet Projects in New BudgetLeft balks at Senate infrastructure billPelosi: House Won’t Consider Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Without Reconciliation ProposalHoyer urges conference talks on bipartisan infrastructure billInfrastructure committees ask: What about us?

House Freedom Caucus Vows to Oppose Any Spending Bill That Doesn’t ‘Defund CRT Training’


Monetary Policy

Fed Chief Powell Has Won Fans Among Senior Senate Democrats

Federal Reserve Chair Admits Inflation Could Be ‘More Persistent’ Than Expected


Executive

Investigating Whether Fauci Lied to Congress Difficult, Legal Experts Say

House Republican offers bill to force White House financial disclosure about Hunter Biden art sales

Pelosi: Biden Doesn’t Have Power to Forgive Student Loans

2 House Conservatives Demand IRS Transparency in ‘Partisan’ Leak of Tax Records

Republicans Threaten to Oppose Treasury Picks Over Nord Stream 2

Biden Names First Muslim Religious Freedom Ambassador


Judiciary

3 Senate Conservatives Call for Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade


Justice

Rep. Lauren Boebert: “Abortion is Not Health Care, It is Murder”

Scott: 'There is hope' for police reform bill

Schumer: Climate change 'worse than COVID' without action

National Police Association: Congress Should Investigate 2020 Riots, Not Jan. 6 Capitol Breach


Commerce Policy

The Senate’s E-BIKE Act could make electric bikes a lot cheaper

Toyota is quietly pushing Congress to slow the shift to electric vehicles

Commerce Secretary Joins Fight Against GPS JammingFloor Speech

Cut-Rate Internet Mandate in Senate Bill Sparks Debate on Rates

Rep. Maloney celebrates 40 years of MTV driving cultural change


Health Care Policy

Republican bill takes aim at ‘political’ health agency reports and policies

Risch, Menendez, Rubio, Warner Stress Importance of Pursuing COVID Origins


Education Policy

Josh Hawley proposes anti-critical race theory 'Love America Act'


Congress

Mask Up: Doctor’s Ordersexcept when briefing for Members

House reimposes mask mandate after CDC issues new guidance

Hoyer suggests COVID rules will stay — and might get tougher

Capitol Police asked to arrest the masklessCapitol Police confirm

Tempers flare as some in GOP ignore new House mask mandateHouse Republicans rage and disobey return of mask mandate: ‘Absolutely absurd’Rep. Cawthorn was angry

Republicans challenge Pelosi after Capitol Police are ordered to arrest those not complying with mask mandateask how science applies when the Senate side is being exempt from the same rule

House mask fines put in place by Pelosi face lawsuit from Republican lawmakers3 GOP Lawmakers Sue Pelosi Over $500 Mask FinesGreene, Massie, Norman sue Pelosi over mask fines

Jake Ellzey Wins Bid for US House Seattook the oath of officewas welcomed

Former Sen. Mike Enzi, mild-mannered Budget chairman, dies, at 77 after bicycle accidentEnzi Senate Farewell Address, 2020S.Res. 330

Former Sen. Carl Levin dies at 87Levin Senate Farewell Address, 2014S.Res. 333

As ‘Devout Catholic,’ Having 5 Kids Was Great, Pelosi Says, but ‘Poor Women’ Need Taxpayer-Funded AbortionsPelosi’s Archbishop Rebukes Her for Saying She Supports Abortion as ‘Devout Catholic’‘Devout Catholics Do Not Support Abortion’

Louisiana Congressman Gets COVID-19 for Second Time

Ethics panel taking no action after Joyce Beatty's arrest at protest

House ethics panel decides against probe after Hank Johnson civil disobedience

Kinzinger to Remain a Republican Amid Growing Attacks for Serving on Jan. 6 Panel



Committee Activity

House Dems Reject GOP Effort To Compel Probe Into COVID Origins

House Panel Advances Bill to Undo Trump Order on Administrative Law Judges

House Democrats Broaden Probe Into Allegations of Trump-Era Political Interference at CDC

House subcommittee presses Johnson & Johnson on plan to offload baby powder liabilities

‘Fix Congress’ panel issues latest advice, breaks unanimous streak

Biden Nominee Wins Only Democrats on Senate Panel Amid Tree-Spiking Scandal — Senator Lankford explained on the Senate floor that “tree spiking” is “designed to injure or kill people who are logging or people who are actually harvesting the lumber in the sawmills and actually processing that lumber”

Senate Panel Votes to Require Women to Register for Draft

Senate Armed Services Committee Acts to Shore Up US Defenses

National Parks Are So Crowded That Congress Is Getting Involved

January 6 Committee
Schiff: committee mulling subpoenas, testimony from riot participantsCould Subpoena Trump, McCarthy: CheneyFirst hearing gives cops spotlightOfficers pull no political punches, offer harrowing accountsTears and anger punctuate officer testimonySelect committee member thanks officers who responded Jan. 6: 'You were our last line of defense'Capitol Police chief praises officers who testifiedDebunked claims Officer Sicknick died from Capitol riot injuries reemergeFive takeaways6 TakeawaysEvery Member of the Jan. 6 Select Committee Voted to Impeach Trump


Floor Outlook

Add a debt ceiling fight to Congress's to-do list

Biden agenda 'much more dangerous' than Obama's, top Republican says

Senate

Senate Rushes to Finish Infrastructure Package Before Recess

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