Saturday, August 6, 2022

Weekly Congress Update

Daily Digests HouseSenatePrayersCommittee Reports

SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions passed, declined

Senate sends veterans' toxic exposure bill to Biden's desk (S. 3373)

Senate defeats Rand Paul amendment clarifying war powers in NATO resolution (S.Amdt. 5191) • Senate approves NATO membership for Sweden and Finland amid Russia threat (Treaty Document 117-3)

Manchin votes with GOP to cancel Biden environmental permitting rule (S.J.Res. 55)


Foreign Policy

Pelosi on Taiwan trip: ‘We cannot stand by’ as China threatens ‘democracy itself’Pelosi arrived in Taiwan amid tensions with China, most-tracked flight in Flightradar24 historyPelosi, Congressional Delegation Statement on Visit to TaiwanPelosi Defies China’s Bluster, Heralds ‘Taiwan’s Vibrant Democracy’, says US support for democracy in Taiwan 'remains ironclad', Pelosi: US will not abandon Taiwan, Solidarity with people of Taiwan more important than everPelosi met with semiconductor leaders during Taiwan visit to tout chips bill (H.R. 4346) • Menendez: US can’t afford to repeat Ukraine mistake with TaiwanWhite House National Security Spokesman Kirby on reported Pelosi trip to Taiwan: We shouldn't be intimidated by China's rhetoric, No 'public spat' between White House, Pelosi on Taiwan visitMcConnell defends Pelosi trip to Taiwan: ‘She has every right to go’McConnell, 25 GOP senators back Pelosi Taiwan tripPelosi courts controversy with Taiwan trip that’s personal to Speakertrip ratchets up US-China tensionsChina: Pelosi's trip 'gravely undermines peace and stability', sanctions PelosiTaiwan: Chinese military drills violate island's sovereigntyPelosi punctuates Asia trump declaring US won't allow China to isolate Taiwan, visits Japan


Constitution

Manchin says Electoral Count Act reform would target ‘bad actors’ trying to overturn elections (S. 4573)


First Amendment

4 Reasons Why Senate Should Oppose Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404, S. 4556)


Homeland Security

We knew the Biden border crisis was bad. We never knew it could get so much worseBipartisan group of senators introduce bill to expand Border Patrol, increase pay (S. 4775)


Tax Policy

It’s Not a Loophole Just Because Dems Don’t Like It

Today, about 20% of Highway Trust Fund monies are diverted to other purposes


Federal Spending

The House defense spending bill’s questionable priorities (H.R. 7900)

Earmarks in Senate bills favor small states, retiring senators

Senate appropriators want $4 billion for ships Navy didn’t seek

H.R. 5376
Sinema announces deal with Schumer on taxes and climateSinema’s tax tweaks: add stock buyback tax, scrap carried interestSinema Supports Revised Tax Billshields key tax incentive favored by supply-sidersSchumer defends dropping carried interest tax change to win over SinemaBiden takes victory lapBiden's big selling point? The IRSManchin-Schumer IRS funding boost will mean audits for middle class, GOP saysDemocratic inflation bill would have little near-term effect on prices: CBOTaxes Would Hit Both Rich and Poor AmericansInflation Reduction Act Is Euphemism, False Advertising for Bigger Government, Higher Prices, devastation of the economybill said to put emission goals in ‘striking distance’Coal industry 'shocked and disheartened'McConnell slams grants as open season for liberal climate groupsElectric cars, drug costs and more: 5 battles Democrats could lose on their marquee billTax bill’s electric vehicle credit requirements—key components must be sourced from U.S. allies—are discouraging to someDemocrats have taken aim at the stock market's safety net by taxing buybacks, potentially another headwind for investorsDemocrats Seek to Eliminate the Stock Buyback Advantage3 reasons why regulating stock buybacks is misguided: (1) stock buybacks devalue the company, (2) internal investment opportunities are not unlimited, (3) motivates companies to return value to shareholders by other meansManchin-Schumer 15% tax on 'book income' was tried and ditched in 1980sis still a bad ideaProgressives urge inclusion of uninsured in insulin proposalDemocrats Target Medicare Drug Spending to Shore Up ACAAARP, Big Pharma locked in battle over price controlspackage includes $4B for western drought resilienceMaher: 'Good to see' Democrats be 'bipartisan with themselves'Manchin’s Reward for Backing Democrats’ Spending Bill Could Be TossedDemocrats could see a bruising clash with Sanders, tough immigration votesParliamentarian approves energy and drug price provisions in Inflation Reduction ActSenate rules official strikes part of Democrats' drug pricing measures

CBO Identifies the Biggest Fiscal Threat to Americans: the national debt


Monetary Policy

Bipartisan legislation would regulate cryptocurrencies through the CFTC (S. 4760)

Every US crypto exchange is under SEC investigation, Senate staffer says

How High Can Uncle Sam Afford Interest Rates to Rise?


Executive

DHS watchdog halted efforts to obtain missing text messages from Secret Service, Trump officials

House Democrats ask for review of US monkeypox response

Portman warns against overlap in government cyber leadership


Supreme Court

Democrats urge Supreme Court to uphold affirmative action in college admissions (Cases: 20-1199, 21-707)


Justice

Bipartisan senators introduce bill to codify abortion (S. 4688) • Why one pro-Roe Democrat is still seeking bipartisanship on abortionWarren won't back bipartisan abortion bill

Senate Democrats unveil legislation to protect abortionists (S. 4723)

Democratic lawmakers introduce bill to make abortion more accessible to women with disabilities (S. 4764)

Democratic senators introduce bill to protect federal worker rights (S. 4702)

Sen. Tim Scott: What the Left gets wrong about 'the black experience'


Commerce Policy

CHIPS is a missed opportunity for real security (H.R. 4346)

House Republican introduces new bill to boost small business startups (H.R. 8634)


Health Care Policy

What's in the Senate Democrats' long-awaited marijuana bill (S. 4591) • Green industry: Inside the big business of marijuana legalization lobbying


Technology Policy

Here's where anti-Big Tech legislation stands as time runs out for Congress to act

Senate and House Members Introduce PLAN for Broadband Act (S. 4767)


Education Policy

Six GOP senators ask Education Department about transgender Title IX changes (Proposed Rule, Comments due September 12, 2022, Heritage Action background, action form)


Congress

Privileged nominees taking longer to confirm: report

GOP takes issue with ‘sensitive information’ released in eviction report

Rep. Jackie Walorski, three others die in auto accident, in IndianaWalorski's car crossed the road's center line, causing crash: Sheriffinformation from Elkhart County Sheriff regarding crashTributes flowHill mournsBiden 'shocked and saddened'White House flags fly at half-staffFuneral arrangements announcedsuccessor to finish final weeks of late Indiana GOP congresswoman's term

Murkowski gets late Rep. Don Young's 900-pound totem pole in Capitol Hill office

Ethics committee finds no intentional violations by Rutherford in disclosure of stock trades

Testing Positive: CornynYarmuth



Committee Activity

Senate Hearing on Diversity in Diplomacy Fails to Get to Real Questions

Senate review blames deaths, illnesses on mistakes in organ transplant screening

Senate Judiciary Committee airs threats against elections workers

Van Hollen grills Biden envoy over investigation into Abu Akleh killing

Senate Judiciary Committee grills FBI director on violent crime

4 Takeaways From First Hearing on Gain-of-Function Research, COVID-19

US Senate Committee Holds Hearing for 3 Women Nominated to African Ambassador Posts

Senators to take up bill to expand security support to Taiwan amid high-stakes Pelosi visit

Oversight Committee subpoenas Smith & Wesson for information on assault-style weapons


Floor Outlook

Senate

Weekend work aheadagenda on the lineclimate agenda intactDemocrats race to prep sweeping budget billSenate sets up first vote Saturday on Schumer-Manchin dealScenarios for how the battle over the climate, tax and health policy bill will play out

Democratic leaders to take up environmental permitting reform for Manchin vote

Schumer says antitrust bill will be brought for a vote: “in the fall”

House of Representatives

House looks to take up climate, taxes, health care bill next Friday, after Senate passage

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