Saturday, June 25, 2022

Weekly Congress Update

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Senate, Congress passes gun legislation, Biden signs (S. 2938) • What's in the billexpands school safety spending beyond securityAbortion had slowed gun bill’s health care provisionsMike Lee on gun bill: “schools under this legislation easily could use the clinics established under the bill as a means of accomplishing the provision of abortions and also prescribe abortifacient drugs using State rather than Federal Medicaid funds.”

‘Keep Kids Fed Act’ passes, extends kids nutrition waivers nationwide (S. 2089)

SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions begun, passed, declined

Senate passes bill addressing the formula crisis (S. 4261)

‘Blue slip’ problem hangs up veterans toxic exposure bill (H.R. 3967) • bill stalls as lawmakers head home

Supreme Court security funding bill heads back to Senate with COVID-19 vaccine injury adds (H.R. 4346Hagerty Floor Remarks, House Amendment)

Senate Democrats block vote on Tuberville bill to ban males from women’s sports (S. 251Floor Debate) • Tuberville: Biden plan to allow trans athletes in school sports ‘an offense to every woman’

HouseWeekly Leader ColloquyBills • Actions passed, declined, summarized

House Approves Medical Research Bill, to Create Biomedical Agency Wins House Passage (H.R. 5585) • Congress Moves to Give the New Health Research Agency More IndependenceThe campaign to host the newest billion-dollar agency, ARPA-H, has begun

House passes package addressing mental health (H.R. 7666)

House passes LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act (H.R. 4176)

National Security / Military

Defense appropriations bill not yet sufficiently funding US needs to survive inside saturated Chinese missile, air, and navy deployments

Foreign Policy

The rush to arm Taiwan

Second Amendment

Is the guns bill a first step, or last for a while?

Federal Spending

AOC to Biden: Open abortion clinics on federal lands 'right now' • “There are also actions at President Biden’s disposal that he can mobilize,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I’ll start with the babiest of the babiest of baby steps: Open abortion clinics on federal lands in red states right now.” • Does she hear herself? Does she know why we call baby steps “baby steps”? • Also, that would actually be a large step, a vast expansion of Federal involvement in abortion.

Supreme Court

Abortion decision draws congressional GOP praise and Democratic ire (Dobbs v. Jackson Opininon) • McConnell was Trump's essential partner in crafting Supreme Court that reversed Roe • Trump on Dobbs: God made the decisionManchin ‘deeply disappointed' by decision striking down Roe, calls for codifying Roe into law

Commerce Policy

Senators release bill targeting insulin prices (Press releases: Shaheen, Collins)


Rick Scott declines to back McConnell for majority leader

'Voice to the voiceless': Mayra Flores sworn in as first Mexico-born congresswoman

Republicans demand security footage of Colbert team arrestsStephen Colbert addresses the arrests of production crew by Capitol Police

Pro-abortion activists vandalize building housing Rep. Walberg's district office

Rep. Greg Pence, brother of Mike Pence, recovering after heart procedure

Sen. Kevin Cramer sustains 'serious' injury to hand, may require amputationthe risk is to his fingers, specifically “Part of one little finger.”

Committee Activity

Senate panel wants to boost pay for low-income troops

Bipartisanship reigns as House panel bulks up annual defense policy bill with more money and weapons

House Ethics panel issues Justice Department criminal referral for Guam delegate

Jan. 6 committee planning at least one additional hearingReporter says Democrats in Congress told her 'nobody gives a bleep about Jan. 6'

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