Saturday, September 4, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests – House • Senate — Prayers — Committee Reports

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Harris presides • Senate Clears Funding Boost to Evacuate Americans From Afghanistan • sends to Biden's desk

House of Representatives

House Democrats Block Afghanistan Withdrawal Transparency Billin pro forma session — H.R. 5127

National Security

House Republicans, including many veterans, condemn Biden's 'disgraceful' Afghanistan withdrawal • House Members Still Receiving Calls From US Citizens • Gunfire and beatings: Congressional offices get harrowing reports from Afghanistan evacuees and trapped citizens

McCarthy: Congress Must Pass Bill Barring Afghanistan Withdrawal Until All Americans Are Out • Urges Pelosi to Call Emergency Session for Action on Afghanistan

House Conservatives Call on Biden, Austin, Milley to Quit Over Afghanistan Withdrawal • Dan Crenshaw: The US Is ‘In A Worse Position Now Than On September 10th, 2001’ • House GOP to investigate

Cotton leads Senate GOP push on Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal • ask Biden to release details on Afghanistan withdrawal • Hagerty demands destruction of Taliban’s new air force

House liberals call for reduced military spending in wake of Afghanistan withdrawal

House Dems closer to closing GITMO: ‘Most expensive incarceration facility in the world’

Should the Draft Be Abolished or Expanded to Women? Congress Mulls Dueling Proposals

Foreign Policy

McConnell: 'This is one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history' • says US has 'little or no leverage' to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies

Biden circumvented Congress to force rushed Afghanistan withdrawal

Sen. Blackburn to Newsmax: Biden Used 'America Last' Stance With Afghanistan

Democrats refuse to designate the Taliban as an international terror organization which would block US sending it aid

Big Business Is Counting On Progressives To Protect Their Dealings In China

Homeland Security

Stefanik and Daines demand Pelosi, Schumer advance bill to reopen Canadian border, as Biden keeps it closed — S. 2196, H.R. 4105

Tax Policy

Democrats face internal disagreement over Biden plan to tax large inheritances

Democratic senators eye range of tax hikes to pay for $3.5 trillion spending package

Federal Spending

Over 100 GOP US House Members Declare They Will Not Vote to Raise Debt Ceiling

Bipartisan Infrastructure bill
Breakdown of Spending, State Appropriations in Senate-Passed $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

Partisan Infrastructure bill
$200 million for San Francisco’s Presidio • $7B to electrify federal fleet in Oversight panel bill • 68 House Democrats urge more reconciliation money for Interior • Manchin to Democrats: “Hit the pause button” on $3.5T reconciliation talks • Manchin editorial: Why I Won’t Support Spending Another $3.5 Trillion • Key committee marks up its part with some of it aimed at natural disasters • ‘Woe Is Us. Woe Is Us’: Chuck Schumer Uses Post-Storm Press Conference To Sell $3.5T Reconciliation Package

Monetary Policy

On reappointing current Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, Treasury Secretary Yellen and Senior House Democrat support, progressives oppose


With last troops out of Afghanistan, House GOP plans 'accountability' for Biden administration

House Republicans Demand Full, Unedited Transcript From Biden-Ghani Phone Call

Ocasio-Cortez calls on Senate to reject Rahm Emanuel as Japan ambassador


Rep. Bob Good Protects Mothers and Babies and Introduces the Teleabortion Prevention Act of 2021

Nancy Pelosi: Texas Law That Saves Most Unborn from Abortion Is a ‘Catastrophe’

Commerce Policy

Supreme Court eviction ruling puts new pressure on Pelosi

Technology Policy

McCarthy says GOP 'will not forget' if firms hand records to Jan. 6 panel • says Companies That Comply With House Democrats’ Probe May Lose Ability to Operate in US • faces ethics complaint


Voting by proxy becomes business as usual in the U.S. House

House Rep. Says He Is ‘Heading Home’ After Reported Afghanistan Evacuation Effort • Democratic Congressman Pushes Back Against Criticism of Surprise Trip to Afghanistan

Madison Cawthorn accuses Pelosi of purposely mischaracterizing remark • recent floor remarks indicate his level of frustration

Committee Activity

Armed Services Committee Debates FY2022 NDAA, Approving a Near $25 Billion Increase

House panel votes to make it harder for retired generals to run the Pentagon

House committee moves to block private funds for National Guard deployments

House Democrats Vote Down Rep. Jim Banks' Amendment to Ban CRT in the Military

House GOPers Ask for ‘Open and Transparent’ Process in Dealing With $3.5 Trillion Spending Bill

Senate Committee to hold hearing on FBI's 'dereliction of duty' in Nassar case on Sept. 15

Liz Cheney named Jan. 6 committee vice chairwoman • When Will Liz Cheney Investigate Pelosi’s Role in January 6 Riot? • House Probers, Unlike FBI, Seek Conspiracy Behind Jan. 6 Capitol Incursion • Republicans targeted warn of another 'witch hunt' • Panel to ask for preservation of phone records of GOP lawmakers who participated in Trump rally: report • Tees up Trump executive privilege fight • Seeks records from Twitter, Facebook, 4chan and others • 15 Tech Platforms • records on ‘misinformation’ and ‘extremism’ • The Democratic Norm Breakers

Floor Outlook

Congress Faces An Absolutely Brutal September Filled With High-Stakes Deadlines

House of Representatives

Pelosi announces vote on bill to codify Roe v. Wade • in response to Texas pro-life law — H.R. 3755, S. 1975

Top House Democrat Still Eyes Passing Biden Agenda This Month

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