Saturday, May 21, 2022

Weekly Congress Update

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SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions begun, passed, declined
Legislative Session

Senate passes $40 billion Ukraine aid packagePaul says opposition is 'common sense'

Senate blocks $48 billion aid package for restaurants, other small businesses

Executive Session

Senate confirms Brink as new US ambassador to Ukraine


HouseWeekly Leader ColloquyBills • Actions passed

Joint Meeting to hear an address by His Excellency Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic

Considered Pursuant to a Rule

House passes bills to address baby formula shortage (H.R. 7791, H.R. 7790)

House passes domestic terrorism bill in mostly party-line vote (H.R. 350)

House passes gasoline price-gouging bill (H.R. 7688) • Moderates lukewarm

Suspension of the Rules

House unanimous on measure condemning antisemitism, apart from one GOP no vote


Foreign Policy

McConnell urges Biden to name Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

Lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to expand US war crimes jurisdiction (S. 4240)

Biden says he will press Congress, allies on NATO membership for Sweden, Finland

Lankford, Lee Question World Health Organization Abortion Guidelines


Constitution

Bipartisan group unveils Puerto Rico status consensus

Klobuchar, Warren introduce bill to provide $20 billion for election administration (S. 4239)


Second Amendment

Democrats call for action after Buffalo, Milwaukee shootings: ‘It doesn’t have to be this way’Black Caucus chair on Buffalo shooting: 'Thoughts and prayers are not enough'Manchin throwing a wrench into Democrats’ push for broader gun controlSenate Democrats propose DOJ license requirement for gun purchases


Immigration

Republicans on defense over anti-diversity 'replacement theory'


Trade

White House seeks to assure senators on solar investigation


Federal Spending

The Ukraine supplemental adheres to its purposeCongress’ Plan For Ukraine Aid Surpasses the White House Request by $7B

Jeff Bezos says Manchin saved Biden administration 'from themselves'

Sierra Club presses Senate Democrats for climate spending


Executive

DOJ asks Jan. 6 committee for its transcriptscommittee declinesTensions rise

Mullin legislation would expunge Trump Jan. 6 impeachment

Warnock says he's meeting with Biden to push for student loan forgivenessBlack Caucus leaders want Biden meeting


Justice

Authors of bipartisan bill to increase police funding call on leadership to schedule vote (H.R. 6375)

Tim Scott pushes back on 'stunning' Yellen argument that abortion helps single Black mothers

GOP resolution defines ‘woman’ on basis of biological sex


Commerce Policy

Pelosi hints at indictments for baby formula deaths as Dems unveil emergency fundingSenators press FDA commissioner on infant formula shortageSenate Democrats press Biden to appoint coordinator for baby formula shortageDemocratic senators introduce bill to avoid future formula shortagesFDA chief: Infant formula shortages could ease within days

Republicans split on adding semiconductor tax breaks to competition bill

Elizabeth Warren forgets that demand affects prices too


Health Care Policy

To save lives from addiction, Congress should pass the MAT Act

Refundable tax credits could be the healthcare reform we need


Technology Policy

House Dems Urge Social Media Networks not to Delete Evidence of Possible Russian War Crimes in Ukraine

Senate Bill to Train Acquisition Workforce on artificial intelligence gets House Counterpart (H.R. 7683)


Congress

House Democrat uses graduation address to blast professor over Trump impeachmentProfessor responds

Gwen Moore opens up about her abortion: 'I was never sorry'

AOC confirms engagement to longtime boyfriend

San Francisco archbishop bars Pelosi from receiving Communion over abortion stance

Van Hollen had minor strokewas hospitalized after 'minor stroke'

Peloton, booze delivery perks for House staff draw GOP ireHouse administrator canceling Peloton staff perk after criticism



Committee Activity

Senate Hearing Highlights How Single-Payer Would Ration Health Care

UFOs 'potential national security threat,' House intelligence panel head saysFive things to know

House Judiciary Committee debates future of abortionAbortion witness tells Congress men can get pregnant and have abortionsPro-Life Testimony from Americans United for Life President Catherine Glenn Foster

Lawyer blasts House committee's claim of quid pro quo with Trump officials

Jan 6 panel has no plans to call Trump, wants to ask Rep. Barry Loudermilk about tour it claims he led one day before Capitol riotGiuliani met with Jan. 6 committee for 9 hours

June 8: House panel to examine 'gun violence crisis' after shootings in New York & California


Floor Outlook

Senate

Schumer pledges Senate vote on domestic terrorism bill (H.R. 350)

House of Representatives

Pelosi says Congress could pass 'transformational' Competes Act before July 4

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