Saturday, March 5, 2022

Congress Update

Daily Digests HouseSenatePrayersCommittee Reports

SenateLeader Remarks • Actions begun, passed, declined, summarized

McConnell and Senators spoke on the Senate floor in advance of the vote against H.R. 3755 • Senate votes to block Democrat bill enshrining abortion as Supreme Court reconsiders Roe v. WadeBill Would Have Codified Roe v. Wade, eviscerated pro-life state lawsH.R. 3755

Congress Has Approved a Measure to Push More FDA and NIH Funds to Their Private Sector FoundationsS. 1662

Senate votes to strike Biden's vaccine rule for health care workersDebate and vote on S.J.Res. 32

Senate passes resolution to nix COVID-19 emergencyS.J.Res. 38

HouseWeekly Leader ColloquyBills • Actions passed, summarized

House passes bill making lynching a federal hate crimeH.R. 55

GOP blocks House bill to ban race-based hair discriminationH.R. 2116

State of the Union Address: as prepared, as delivered • Schumer reactionMcConnell reactionA plea for unity in unusual timesBiden condemns Putin, projects unitypraises Ukrainians as 'wall of strength' against PutinBiden pushes clean energy tax creditsBiden announces 'Test to Treat' initiativeproposes four-part unity agendacalls on Congress to pass China competition billPleas For Increased Restrictions On Social MediaGOP boos Biden for claim Trump tax cuts benefited 1%Lauren Boebert says Biden put 13 service members in coffinsAfghan war veteran slams BoebertFew wear masks after mandate liftedLawmakers praise and pan Biden's speech, wonder about actionCentrists praiseTlaib offers stinging critiqueOcasio-Cortez: Biden 'left a little bit to be desired for key constituencies'Biden's first State of the Union pins him between Manchin and Ocasio-Cortez DemocratsFact Check: 4 ClaimsFive viral momentsFive takeawaysFive things Biden didn't talk about

House agrees to resolution in support of UkraineH.Res. 956

House passes bill to expand health benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pitsH.R. 3967

National Security / Military

Defense Department IG Answer Lankford Call to Investigate DOD’s Failure to Provide Religious Accommodations for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Foreign Policy

House Republicans: Why Did US Not Review China Acquisition of Canadian Critical Minerals Firm?

Ukrainian leaders press lawmakers to back no-fly zoneUkrainian forces need more weapons, ambassador warns senatorsCongressional Ukraine Caucus meets with ZelenskyZelensky Zooms with US Senate, House members ahead of debate on $10B aid package‘Reckless ignorance’: Senators criticised for sharing photos of Zelensky after being asked not to

Senate Foreign Relations chairman calls Russian shelling a war crime

Lawmaker to offer measure allowing Americans to seize jets, yachts of Russia billionairesH.R. 6869

Bill introduced to solidify ban on Russian planes from US airspaceH.R. 6883

Graham offering Senate measure urging Putin to be investigated for war crimesGraham calls for Putin's assassination, calls for 'somebody in Russia' to take Putin outWhite House distances itself from Graham's Putin commentsCruz knocks Graham: 'An exceptionally bad idea'

Liz Cheney decries 'growing sense of isolationism' in GOP amid Russian invasion

Top Republicans raise concerns over reentering Iran nuclear dealMcCarthy, McCaul to Blinken: Don’t Resume JCPOA Negotiations

Homeland Security

Key Democrat says negotiators making 'progress' in border wall talks


Senator offers bill to revoke Russia's trade statusS. 3722

Pelosi backs ban on Russian oil importsMurkowski says banning Russian oil imports worth the 'hurt' of higher gas prices

Tax Policy

Cannabis advocates push senators to ease draft bill’s tax burden

Taxpayers Should Expect Serious Delays from the IRS This Year – a Tax Scholar Offers Tips but Says only Congress Can Fix the Underlying Problem

Federal Spending

Pelosi says Congress will provide Ukraine aid 'whatever the need', says deal on Ukraine aid is imminentBiden seeks $10B for aid to Ukraine, $22.5B for coronavirusSchumer supportsSenate Republicans oppose Biden's $22.5 billion COVID-relief requestChip Roy calls for defeat of government funding bill over vaccine mandatesSenate conservatives threaten to hold up government funding over vaccine mandateBipartisan retirement bill could hitch a ride on omnibus — government funding runs out Friday 3/11; the House intends to finish for the week by Wednesday, 3/9 — Large spending bills + Russia invading Ukraine + last year's Covid money running out = high risk of excess spending next week

Manchin pours water on Biden's attempt to revive Build Back Betterproposes dramatically scaled down version of Build Back BetterDemocrats frustrated

Monetary Policy

Powell signals Fed will hike rates this month despite uncertainty over Ukraine


Grassley blasts DOJ for dropping crackdown on Chinese espionage

Schiff: Justice Department 'not waiting' for Jan. 6 committee

Senate Democrats call on Biden admin to end Trump-era immigration rule


Biden court pick hits roadblock after GOP objection

Lankford, Hartzler Stand with Coach Kennedy

Supreme Court

Senate Democrats gear up to secure Supreme Court confirmation win

Supreme Court pick launches a cross-aisle charm offensive

McConnell: “I intend to explore why groups that are waging political war against the Court as an institution decided Judge Jackson was their special favorite.”

Collins to meet with Biden's Supreme Court nominee Tuesday


Democrats' abortion extremism will have consequences

Republican Senators Collins and Murkowski Introduce Bill to Codify Supreme Court Decisions on Abortion: Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey

Just 15% of Congress rate 100% on conservative family report card

Commerce Policy

Senate domestic energy bills amid debate over blocking Russian importsS. 3214, S. 3757

Introduced: H.R.6858: American Energy Independence from Russia Act

Health Care Policy

Democrats look for offramp from masking in public

The ‘science’ has impeccable timing

Technology Policy

Senate passes bill to mandate reporting of cyberattacks (S. 3600) • DOJ officials criticize


Capitol Police officer detained in Israel ahead of Pelosi visit

Bipartisan group of lawmakers travels to Poland amid Russian invasion of Ukraine

McCarthy criticizes GOP members who spoke at white nationalist conference: 'Unacceptable'

Kaine describes '24/7' tingling sensation from long COVID-19

Sen. Luján returns to Senate after stroke

‘Unworkable, Impractical’: Congressional Staffer Unions Would Bring More Dysfunction to Capitol, House Panel Told

GOP lawmakers warn staff union could hinder Congress' work 

Ted Deutch becomes 31st House Democrat to announce retirement from Congress

Sen. Feinstein's husband dies of cancer • Remarks from Schumer, McConnell

Committee Activity

Senate panel deadlocks again over nomination of Bedoya for FTC

The House Oversight Committee Continues Its Probe Into Trump Records

Jan. 6 select committee subpoenas Kimberly Guilfoyle, OANN host, former state legislatorpanel claims Trump engaged in 'corrupt scheme', 'criminal conspiracy'committee work shifts into new gear getting closer to Trump

Jackson confirmation hearings to begin Monday, March 21

Floor Outlook


Schumer wants to confirm Biden's Supreme Court pick by April break

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