Saturday, April 2, 2022

Weekly Congress Update

Daily Digests HouseSenatePrayersCommittee Reports

SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions begun, passed, declined

Cook inches toward Fed as Senate votes to discharge nomination50-49

Senate rejects Biden Labor nominee amid Democratic opposition47-53

Senate Moves Forward with Alvaro Bedoya’s FTC Confirmation50-50

HouseWeekly Leader ColloquyBills • Actions passed

House passes bill to honor Ginsburg and O'Connor with statuesS. 3294

House passes bill to bolster reporting of sexual assaults on public transitH.R. 5706

House Passes Bill to Limit Price of Insulin, Republicans Object to ‘Government Drug-Pricing’H.R. 6833

House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal levelH.R. 3617

National Security / Military

Defense Department provides National Defense Strategy to Congress

Military items may be renamed due to Confederacy references

Foreign Policy

Biden's 'careless remark' on Putin incenses GOPGOP senator says Biden's speech was 'strong' despite gaffe at the end Khanna: 'There's no support in the Democratic Congress for regime change'Top GOP Intel lawmaker says Biden's Putin comment complicates ending Ukraine conflictWarner: Putin is the one individual trying to make regime change in Europe

Cruz says Biden may be revealing secrets about training Ukrainian troops

Rand Paul cuts deal on Russia no-trade bill - H.R. 7108

Bipartisan group of senators request specifics on defense aid provided to Ukraine

Bennet, Portman introduce bill to use seized Russian assets for Ukrainian reliefS. 3936

Senators urge UN to kick Russia off human rights council

Senators meet with members of Ukrainian Parliament

Russia's struggles may deter China in Taiwan, top GOP lawmaker says200 Lawmakers Support Taiwan’s Inclusion in US Indo–Pacific Economic Framework

Homeland Security

Senate Republicans ramping up focus on border crossings


House Freedom Caucus calls on House Dems to back vote on keeping 2020 public health order Title 42 in place at border


Biden unveils 2023 budget proposal with tax hikes, spending boosts5 things to know aboutMcConnell on Biden budget: 'nothing remotely moderate'GOP lawmakers like defense spending, are wary of social programsWith the defense budget, GOP lawmakers say Biden is blind to a stubborn foe: InflationBudget recommends eliminating the life-saving Hyde Amendment, recommends providing funding for abortion and abortion providersproposes minimum tax on billionaires in budget (Biden in campaign mode), Manchin shoots down Biden's new billionaire tax planseeks $10 billion over decade to improve elections, make ballots postage-freeAdds Restrictions on Corporate Stock Buybacks$5.8 Trillion Spending Plan Calls on Congress to Fill in the Blanks‘Thank You for the Diatribe’: OMB Director Young responds border-related question

Tax Policy

Biden proposes tax on imaginary income

Block this legislative threat to charitable giving

Federal Spending

Biden amps up pressure on Congress to pass stalled COVID aidSenators trade offers in scramble for coronavirus dealSenators shrinking size of COVID deal amid disagreementsPOLITICO: Not spending billions more on testing asymptomatic people would be racial injustice

States must target water infrastructure funds to urban, rural areas with real need: lawmakers


The Federal Pay Advisory Panel Can Weigh In on Locality Pay and Other Issues Again

Congress Should Examine Potential Waste In Transportation Spending At Defense Department

Supreme Court

No. 2 GOP senator to oppose Supreme Court nomineeCollins, Romney, Murkowski emerge as swing votesCollins to back JacksonRomney planning 'a much deeper dive' on Jackson after opposing her for appeals court

Ginni Thomas texts leave GOP lawmakers scramblingSchumer says Thomas should recuse himselfJudiciary Committee chair calls on Justice Thomas to recuse himself from Jan. 6 casesGOP shoots down Thomas recusal as scrutiny growsMcConnell blasts 'clumsy bullying' amid Thomas scrutiny


Boebert, GOP lawmakers introduce resolution honoring second-place swimmer in Lia Thomas race

Commerce Policy

Shaheen says she has 'agreement in principle' with Collins on bill to lower insulin costs

Senate climate hawks announce 500-day energy independence plan

Democrats take aim at Big Oil

Congress wants to look into the NCAA's exaggerated 'equity' issue

Bill To Help Small And Conservative Media Orgs Stand Up To Big Tech Gains Traction In CongressH.R. 1735, S. 673


Capitol Police chief says staffing shortages are delaying Capitol reopening

Pelosi extends House proxy voting through May 14

Colleagues honor 'indomitable' late House Dean Don Young as he lies in state in CapitolLawmakers pay tributeLeader McCarthy Honors Rep. Don YoungRemarks

McCarthy to speak to Cawthorn after comment sparks frustrationRepublicans dare Cawthorn to 'name names'McCarthy: Cawthorn had 'no evidence'Roger Stone defends Madison CawthornCawthorn defends 'calling out corruption'

AOC: socialist rhetoric in America 'has been the political reality my entire life'

Rep. Fortenberry to step down following conviction for lying to authorities: report

Committee Activity

House Oversight launches probe into Credit Suisse ties to Russian oligarchs

Natural Resources chair says three oil execs refusing to testify

Matt Gaetz enters Hunter Biden laptop contents into committee record

January 6 panel loses patience as contempt claims pile upvotes to advance contempt proceedings for Navarro, ScavinoDismissing Negotiation Efforts, J6 Committee Recommends Holding More Trump Advisers In ContemptKinzinger: 'I'm not confident that Meadows has handed over everything' to Jan. 6 panelBrooks's turn on Trump could give the Jan. 6 probe momentum

Committee sets Monday, April 4, vote for Supreme Court pick Ketanji Brown JacksonPanel vote likely split

Floor Outlook


Democrats seek quick COVID-19 aid deal, Jackson confirmation

House of Representatives

Hoyer: Vote on contempt charges against Trump aides expected next week

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