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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Congress Update

Daily Digests – House • Senate — Prayers — Committee Reports

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Senate — Daily Leader Remarks • Actions begunpasseddeclinedsummarized

Executive Session

Bill honoring 13 service members killed in Afghanistan heads to Biden's desk — H.R. 5142

Senate confirms first Native American to direct park service

NC's next federal prosecutors confirmed by US Senate

Senate confirms Google critic to lead DOJ antitrust division

Legislative Session

Senate advances defense bill after delay (Over US–China Competition Bill) • Sanders vows to oppose — H.R. 4350

House — Actions passedsummarized

Suspension of the Rules

House passes bill to expand veterans' access to COVID-19, flu vaccines — H.R. 5671

Considered Pursuant to a Rule

House votes to censure Gosar and boot him from committees (H.Res. 789) • Gosar censured and removed from committees over anime AOC video in mostly party-line vote • Boebert faces heavy criticism after Gosar floor speech (1-minute speech)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy bashes $1.75 trillion spending bill in marathon floor speech — Full speech: 3 hours before midnight5 hours after

US House votes to pass $1.9tn social spending plan (H.R. 5376) • Biden hails passage • Maine Rep. Jared Golden only Democrat to vote against • Bill has abortionHealth Care ProvisionsTemporary immigration protections

Foreign Policy

Taiwan's foreign ministry reveals details of recent US congressional delegation

Republicans call for dozens of Biden officials to testify on Afghanistan

Federal Spending

Congressional Leaders Concede Another Stopgap Spending Bill 'Likely' as Negotiations Remain at Standstill • Stopgap funds to February or March in play; Dec. 17 also mulled • DeLauro pushing for no ‘anomalies’ • Freedom Caucus tells Pelosi it will vote against funding government over vaccine mandates

Democratic spending bill would add $367 billion to deficit, CBO says • Real Cost: At Least $4.6 Trillion • Congress Cares About A CBO Score For All The Wrong Reasons

Democrats' 'SALT' headache hangs over budget reconciliation bill • On Biden’s spending, Manchin and Sinema should take Nancy Reagan’s advice: Just say no

Monetary Policy

Top Republican warns Biden against picking Brainard for Fed chair

Two more Democrats urge Biden not to pick Powell for Fed chair


Community bankers announce opposition to 'alarming' embattled Biden banking nominee, Saule Omarova

Senate Republicans Formally Challenge Biden Vaccine Mandate

House Freedom Caucus Takes Shot at Biden’s ‘Tyrannical’ Vaccine Mandate

Commerce Policy

After COVID boom, ebook aggregators face licensing questions from Congress

Health Care Policy

Nancy Mace unveils marijuana legalization bill that would tax drug less than Democratic plans — H.R. 5977


Can Congress Get Back To ‘Normal?’

Speaker Pelosi Extends Remote Voting in House Until Dec. 30

Democrats keep punishing Republicans

House Freedom Caucus elects Rep. Scott Perry as new chairman

Sen. Leahy, Longest-Serving Senator, Not Running for Another Term

Why Tom Cole thinks former staffers make the best lawmakers

Prayer, singing, and mascots return to Capitol

‘Sugar Bear’ kicks off holiday season as Capitol Christmas Tree arrives

Harris Fawell, Former Congressman From Illinois, Dead at 92

Former Kentucky US Rep. Larry Hopkins Dies at 88

Committee Activity

House, Senate will go to conference on R&D proposals — S. 1260 + H.R. ____

Congressional panel to investigate UF over free speech allegations

‘I Give Myself an A’: 4 Highlights of Mayorkas’ Senate Testimony on Border Crisis • 6 Takeaways

FBI Stonewalling Congress on Kaseya Ransomware Investigation

Lights go out on Matt Gaetz as he talks about politicization of DOJ

House Probes of Trump Hotel Continue Amid Report of Sale

House panel subpoenas former Trump aide Navarro

Trump warns of ‘new weapon’ from Jan. 6 panel records request • Steve Bannon Pleads Not Guilty to Contempt of Congress Charges

Floor Outlook


Senate pushes action on defense bill to after Thanksgiving — H.R. 4350, S. 1605

Duckworth’s Afghanistan commission set for inclusion in defense bill

Manchin signals he is open to vote on social spending bill before year's end

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