Saturday, March 19, 2022

Congress Update

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Zelensky Speaks to Congress, Asks for Fighter Jets, No-Fly ZoneFull Text

Zelenskyy Invokes Pearl Harbor, 9/11 In Plea To US LawmakersZelensky challenges conscience of Congresslights new fire under Congress — with limitsCongress gives standing ovation to ZelenskyMembers of Congress Praise Ukrainian President’s Speech‘Throw On My Uniform’: Congress Reacts To Zelenskyy’s Emotional SpeechFive takeaways from Zelensky's virtual address to Congress

'Protect our sky': Zelensky calls for no-fly zonePelosi rejects


SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions begun, passed, declined

Senate approves making Daylight Saving Time permanentS. 623
Push to make daylight savings time permanent has longtime backersWhat's really happening when we change our clocksOn year-round DST, Congress is springing into errorWhat would change

Shalanda Young confirmed as OMB director61-36

Senate votes to nix mask mandate for public transportation57-40

Senate passes resolution supporting Putin war crime probeS.Res. 546


HouseBills • Actions passed

House votes to bolster efforts to educate public about Japanese American internment campsH.R. 6434

After Zelenskyy speech, House passes bill to revoke normal trade relations with Russia and BelarusH.R. 7108

House passes CROWN Act, banning race-based hair discriminationH.R. 2116


Foreign Policy

Zelenskyy: Russia-Ukraine peace talks 'more realistic,' but indiscriminate killing of civilians continuesLawmakers fear Ukraine could spiral into US-Russian warSupport in both parties grows for providing air power to UkraineGraham says he would back no fly zone in Ukraine if Russia uses chemical weapons, introduces resolution urging Biden to help facilitate planes for UkraineSenate Armed Services Committee Member Requests American Airpower in UkraineCongress looks for Putin pressure pointsGOP pushes to add Russian oil ban into Russia trade billSenator says US moral leadership on the line with Russia-Ukraine warMark Kelly says White House should characterize Putin as a war criminalCassidy says transfer of Polish jets to Ukraine 'within the rules of the game'McCarthy calls out Cawthorn over Zelensky: 'Madison is wrong'Kaine say he thinks Russia wants to use Britney Griner 'as a negotiating chip'

Lawmakers back Biden on potential economic penalties for China

Bipartisan group of senators visits Poland, Germany to meet with NATO partners over Ukraine


Homeland Security

Bipartisan group of Senators press Mayorkas on US readiness for Russian cyberthreat

HBCU leaders urge Congress to up protection against bomb threats


Trade

Republican senators introduce bill to ban Russian uranium imports


Tax Policy

Democrats divided over proposal to suspend federal gas tax

Top Senate Democrats mull bill to nix credits for companies paying Russian taxes


Federal Spending

Congress cuts humanitarian spending despite billions for Ukraine

Pelosi says White House should request $45B in new COVID aidThere is no need for more COVID moneyStand-alone COVID-19 relief bill faces difficult path forward in Congress


Monetary Policy

Tired of Rising Inflation? There’s One Old Law That Deserves Some Blame

Divisions hamper Democrats' inflation strategy


Executive

House Democrats press HHS Secretary Becerra on access to abortion medicationCarter leads House Republican rebuke of HHS’ abortion agendaLankford, Rubio and Colleagues Want to Nullify Biden Administration Rule, Stop Federal Grants to Abortion Providers

Progressive Caucus presses Biden for executive action on student loans, immigration

Dem, GOP lawmakers press State to renew focus on Haiti

Manchin announces opposition to Biden Fed pick Raskin, imperiling her nominationRaskin asks Biden to withdraw her nomination for Fed vice chairman


Supreme Court

GOP raises red flag on Supreme Court nominee's Guantanamo work

Hawley says sentences in 10 child porn cases raise red flags on Supreme Court pick

White House pushes back on 'disingenuous attacks' against Jackson


Justice

Biden signs reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act • VAWA reauthorization included legal liability for anyone sharing nude photos of others without permission

GOP senators seek probe of 'egregious' conditions at NJ nursing home


Commerce Policy

House Democrats call on Biden to renew climate push

Congressman Refutes White House Claim That Energy Policies Are Not Responsible for Record-High Oil Prices

Ex-Dolphins coach Brian Flores cries foul over NFL’s forced arbitration practice, backs bill to ban it

Warren leads bill to ban mergers worth more than $5 billion

Lankford Continues Push for Charitable Giving Deduction to Encourage Giving & Support Nonprofits


Health Care Policy

Scalise calls for Fauci to testify at 3/30 hearingFauci Braces for House GOP Investigations


Technology Policy

Introduced: Fair Repair Act

House GOP struggles to nail down priorities on Big Tech agenda


Education Policy

Lankford Calls on Senate to Support School Choice, Stand Up for Parents


Congress

The People’s House — Without the PeopleOfficials weigh phased reopening of Capitol starting in late March

Members of the 'People's Convoy' given Capitol tour by GOP senator

House eyes advantages of proxy voting beyond pandemic'Think about resigning': Chip Roy slams proxy voting, calling it 'unconstitutional'

Alaska's Don Young, most senior member of House, dies at 88Leader McCarthy Honors the Life and Legacy of Rep. Don YoungBiden remembers Don Young as 'tough' and 'larger than life'

Capito to make Senate GOP leadership bid

Testing positive: Democrats after retreat, Lofgren, Rep. Dean, Sen. Shaheen, NJ Democrat, Maine Democrat



Committee Activity

Rand Paul introduces amendment to eliminate Fauci's jobRejected

House Oversight Committee opens investigation into New Mexico 2020 election audit

House panel presses DOJ, Treasury to review drugmakers' opioid settlement tax breaks

Hearing on lawmakers' stock trading ban postponed after chair gets COVID


Floor Outlook

House of Representatives

House leaders want to take up daylight saving time bill — later

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