Saturday, February 5, 2022

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McConnell on Iran: “We don't often agree, but I was grateful to hear (Senate Foreign Relations Committee) Chairman Menendez concur this week that the ‘best guarantee of a sustainable, diplomatic agreement with Iran and the international community is to build one that garners bipartisan political support.’”

Menendez: Reported deportations of Venezuelans through third countries 'extremely disturbing'

Congress aims to complete U-turn on economic relations with ChinaMcCarthy digs at Swalwell over Democrat's China competitiveness billConservative Republican says bill would 'help China'Biden calls out Republicans for not supporting billProgressive poll finds broad support

‘Malicious’: GOP Lawmaker Slams Chinese Surveillance Giant for Attempting to Interfere With Congress

Pelosi warns US athletes against angering 'ruthless' Chinese government during Olympics

Lawmakers introduce bill to rename Taiwan office in Washington


House Dems seek to advance Equal Rights Amendment after new DOJ opinion

First Amendment

Lankford, Colleagues Want Answers on Biden’s Plan for a Database of Federal Employees’ Religious BeliefsLetter

Second Amendment

Schumer Announces $1.5 Billion Push for Interstate Gun Task Force

Fourth Amendment

House Conservative Leader Slams Biden for Plan to Track Medical Exemptions From Vaccine Mandate

Homeland Security

Top lawmakers call for information on bomb threats at HBCUs


Homeland Security panel advances ICE nominee

Tax Policy

Congress Asks IRS to Stop Fines for Taxpayers Caught in Backlog

Daines, Senate Colleagues Fight for Pregnant Moms to Receive Tax ReliefS. 3537

Federal Spending

Congress in jeopardy of missing shutdown deadline49 GOP Congress Members Pledge to Oppose Vaccine Mandate FundingSpending negotiations appear headed for another stopgap billDems expecting short-term spending patch amid tough omnibus talks

Democrats mull how much to build back, and when, in budget billBreyer retirement latest complicationSome Democrats hope climate can save budget billProgressive groups push Senate for action on spending, climate packageBuild Back Burner: Revival of Biden spending bill isn't happeningPelosi: ‘I’m never giving up on BBB’


FDA nominee meets hurdlesWyden undecided, presses for plans on accelerated drug approvals

Paul promises investigation of Fauci if Republicans take Senate

Supreme Court

Schumer on judicial philosophy: “When Americans come before the courts and look up at those who preside in the courtroom, they should trust that those who render judgment on them will be able to understand each litigant's lived experience and bring a modicum of human understanding required to apply the law equitably. The best way—the best way—we can do that is to elevate judges from a broad range of backgrounds. Diversity, in all its forms, matters.”

White House Confirms Judge Michelle Childs Is Under Consideration For Supreme CourtGraham lobbies White House on Childs, says wouldn't be affirmative actionJudiciary chair says 'several' Republicans could be open to Biden Supreme Court pickManchin 'anxious' to confirm Breyer's Supreme Court successorSchumer promises speedy vote on first black female Supreme Court nomineeSenators give glimpse into upcoming Supreme Court nomination battleCotton says he will keep an 'open mind'Collins: pledge to nominate Black woman politicized processCruz offendedPence criticizesKennedy: Supreme Court nominee should not push 'woke agenda'


GOP politicians say University of Pittsburgh fetal tissue probe a 'whitewash' and not nearly sufficient

Commerce Policy

Bipartisan bills look to boost nation’s lagging recycling rates

House panel debates bill to create federal price-gouging policy

Democrats unveil bill to ban legacy admissions at universities

Gloria Estefan presses House Judiciary on radio royalties bill

Technology Policy

Graham, Blumenthal reintroduce Section 230 billS. 3538


Biden urges unity in remarks at prayer breakfast

Senators try to speed up lengthy votes as frustration builds

Manchin hired security detail amid threats and protests

Sasse reintroduces bill to bar lawmakers from trading stocks

Sen. Luján suffers stroke, expected to make a full recoveryJust another healthy 49-year-old having a strokeLuján stroke jolts 50-50 SenateCongress ShakenLujàn out for next 4-6 weeks

Testing positive: Hoyer, Hoeven, Democratic rep after Ukraine trip

Pelosi giving 'full support', Congressional staffers launch efforts to unionize

Retiring Tennessee Democrat pens 'obituary' for 'political life of Nashville'

Committee Activity

NTSB chair: Pittsburgh bridge collapse 'should serve as a call to action'

Biden FCC pick Gigi Sohn's scheduled committee vote gets pulled

OMB nominee says new Biden budget coming in March

Manchin facing pushback over Interior nominee second hearing

Biden nominee faces scrutiny over fintech work, compensation, company got prized Fed accountToomey presses Fed bank on whether Raskin lobbied for special accessRaskin defends climate views at Senate hearing, rejects Fed climate regulation — Leader McConnell raised concerns about this nomination during his Thursday remarks

Senate panel advances bill targeting Apple, Google app store power

House panel says company probed for COVID-19 misinformation is withholding info

Congressional Committee Presented With Incomplete Terrorism Data

Former Washington football team staffers detail sexual harassment, humiliation, racism to House panel‘Women were objects’: employees allege repeat harassmentLawmakers battle

Pence chief of staff testifies before Jan. 6 committeeNational Archives Plans to Turn Over Pence RecordsPelosi says she has not provided any informationpanel subpoenas people allegedly involved in false elector scamNew revelations raise pressure on Barr to testify

Floor Outlook


Democrats hit limits with Luján's absence

House of Representatives

House to Vote on Postal Reform Next WeekH.R. 3076

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