Saturday, September 17, 2022

Weekly Congress Update

Daily Digests HouseSenatePrayersCommittee Reports

Bill eliminating statute of limitations for child sex abuse civil suits heads to Biden's desk (S. 3103)

SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions begun, passed, declined

Sanders blocks proposal to force rail unions to accept labor deal (S.J.Res. 61, Debate)

Biden court nominee fails to win confirmation as two Democrats miss vote (47-50)

Senate confirms 2nd Circuit judge; panel advances five other nominees

Biden beats Obama's record for putting public defenders on federal bench

Senate confirms first-ever cyber ambassador

Cruz Slams Senate Democrat for Blocking School Safety Bills; Murphy reports Lankford approached him and already began negotiations about the same bill (S. 4586, Debate)

HouseWeekly Leader ColloquyBills • Actions passed

House passes resolution honoring Queen Elizabeth II (H.Res. 1341)

House swears in three new lawmakers, including Alaska’s Mary Peltola

House passes bill strengthening whistleblower protections for federal employees (H.R. 2988) • House passes bill seeking to protect federal civil service employees from TrumpHouse Democrats Pass Bill Blocking Trump-Era Order to Hold Federal Employees Accountable

Census bill to prevent political interference passes House (H.R. 8326) • After Botched Census, Democrats Push Less Accountability for Bureau


National Security / Military

Senate Republicans demand Schumer bring defense authorization bill to floor (H.R. 7900)

The military needs more rockets, missiles, and bombs

Top members of Congress spotted going to secure room with CIA director

Panel recommends removal of Confederate memorial at Arlington National Cemetery


Foreign Policy

Democrats divided on Taiwan policy due to China threat


Constitution

Blackburn Resolution Calls Out Democratic ‘Attacks on the Constitution’ (S.Res. 770)


First Amendment

Senators Should Stop Playing Games With Religious Liberty and Marriage


Fourth Amendment

Twitter Whistleblower Reveals Congress Must Act on Data Privacy


Immigration

Democrats' blood boils over Abbott and DeSantis’s migrant busingHispanic Republicans say DeSantis migrant flights expose border issuesDemocrats seethe over migrants at Martha's VineyardDemocrats decry GOP migrant transports


Federal Spending

McConnell, Rick Scott on collision course over spending deal

House Freedom Caucus Calls on GOP to Stop Democrat ‘Tyranny’


Executive

Lankford, Hartzler, Colleagues Challenge Department of Education on Its Progressive Gender Ideology in Proposed Title IX Rule

Regulatory oversight nominee made a career studying regulation

GOP expresses hostility to Manchin permitting reform campaign, counters Manchin-Schumer permitting deal, introduce separate permitting-reform bill (S. 4815) • ‘Sleazy backroom deal’: Progressives tangle one more time with Manchin

Progressives flex against Manchin side-deal on permitting reformTo fight, or not to fight? Progressive Caucus warily eyes Manchin's energy dealWill progressives sink Manchin's deal?House Democrats putting foot down with Manchin's permitting provisions dealPelosi confirms Manchin deal while downplaying clash with liberalsMarkey opposes Manchin push to include permitting reform in stopgap funding billWill Capito whip Manchin's energy bill?Ron Klain quietly courts disgruntled progressives

Democrats call on federal agencies to address 'misguided' school shooting prevention efforts: school resource officers

Biden moves to open up public benefits to illegal immigrants

Jim Jordan accuses 'woke analyst' at FBI of labeling veteran-led group a domestic terrorist organization

‘Outrageous’: GOP Lawmakers Slam DOJ Official for Smearing Legal Defense Organization as ‘Hate Group’

Durbin: FBI seeing 'stunning' uptick in threats after Mar-a-Lago search


Justice

72 Percent Oppose Abortion Beyond 15-WeekGraham introduces nationwide 15-week abortion ban legislationAfter Baby Can Feel Pain (S. 4840) • 15-week abortion ban would bring us in line with the rest of the civilized worldMcConnell throws shade on Graham’s proposed national abortion banHouse bill to protect pain-capable unborn children from late-term abortions introduced | U.S. Representative (H.R. 8814) • House GOP leaders hedge

Baldwin pushes back on GOP arguments against same-sex marriage legislation

Former special agent tells Sen. Blackburn crime wave will 'get worse' before better

Marijuana black markets flourish despite legalization

Rubio, Gonzales introduce legislation to make distributing fentanyl a felony murder offense (S. 4876, H.R. 8845)


Commerce Policy

House GOP urges Democrats to examine environmental impacts of marijuana legislation

Gun wrongs: Corporations need to put customers ahead of power-hungry Democrats


Congress

Pelosi to visit Armenia as fighting erupts with AzerbaijanLead by Pelosi, congressional delegation lands in Armenia

The Democrats’ filibuster schemeHarris 'cannot wait' to end Senate filibuster if Dems win seats in midtermsDemocrats are aiming to score an own-goal by abolishing the filibuster

Public allowed greater Senate access as pandemic restrictions lift

House reopens floor tours in latest step toward normalcy

Elise Stefanik to seek second term as House GOP chair, not whipThe Black conservative who's challenging Stefanik for House GOP leadershipIt's on: House GOP whip hopefuls crack their own whips

Mary Peltola pledges bipartisanship on first day in Congress

Nearly 100 members of Congress trade stock in companies influenced by their committees

Rule changes open door for lawmakers to rely further on ads funded by taxpayers



Committee Activity

Senate panel considers, approves Taiwan bill after diluting some provisionsSenate panel advances Taiwan policy overhaul (S. 4428)

Twitter employees worried about Chinese access to user data, whistleblower saysFour takeaways from the Twitter whistleblower hearing

Paul clashes with Fauci over child vaccinations

Senators criticize federal health officials for lagging monkeypox response

Senate Committee Approves Coast Guard Funding Bill

Senate grills SEC's Gensler over climate rule, crypto stance

House Democrats probe PR firms' work for oil, gas companies

Senate Intel chair says briefing on Trump classified documents on holdSpecial master order throws intelligence briefing to Congress into doubtArchives still not certain it has all Trump recordsHouse Oversight Committee calls on Trump to certify he surrendered all documents

House Oversight asks for information on federal employee threats

Congress wants in on Trump oversight. It may get stiff-armed.

Jan. 6 panel set to reemerge with eye on Newt Gingrich16 weeks left for a heap of questions: panel weighs its endgameTrump and Pence invites? committee to debate seeking top-level testimonyJudge nixes Peter Navarro’s petition to investigate criminal contempt chargespanel weighs new DOJ cooperation after Trump world subpoenaspanel weighs optionspanel members report progress on Trump-Secret Service probeUS House Panel Gets More Secret Service Records in Jan. 6 Probe

Gotta keep 'em separated: Why the Jan. 6 panel is keeping distance from DOJ's Trump probes

Senate to investigate former US attorney's claims of Trump DOJ political interference

Senate markup set on bill to overhaul presidential elector law


Floor Outlook

Democratic tensions rise to surface

Senate

Bipartisan Senate negotiators (were) ready to release same-sex marriage dealRepublicans push for delay on votebill stallsSenate punts vote to after midterm electionsWhite House signals it is OK with delay

House of Representatives

Pelosi teases September vote on bill banning lawmaker stock trading

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