Saturday, October 1, 2022

Weekly Congress Update

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Biden signs bill to honor Jackie Walorski (H.R. 8656)

McConnell blasts Manchin permitting bill as 'poison pill,' 'phony fig leaf'Manchin asks Schumer to cut permitting from spending billWhySchumer drops permitting reform, clears way for stopgap spending billSenate advances funding billWhite House hits GOP over removalTime-crunched Senate passes, House passes, sends to Biden (H.R. 6833) • measure omits Manchin Clean Water Act proposal, COVID, monkeypox funds • includes more Alaska money, gun control

SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions begun, passed, declined

Senate confirms US ambassadors to four countries

HouseWeekly Leader ColloquyBills • Actions passed

House passes antitrust legislation targeting tech giants' power (H.R. 3843)

House passes bill addressing mental health concerns among students, families, educators (H.R. 7780)

9/11 victims bill passes House in last pre-election vote (H.R. 8987)

House debates, passes bill (S. 1198) that could [via §6320(b)(F)] promote September 2022 rule allowing publicly-funded abortion for veterans; rule violates law (P.L. 102-585, Section 106)


National Security

Senators: Pentagon request for critical munitions acquisition fund should be in NDAA

Lawmakers raise concerns about Chinese-based firm's acquisition of land near US military installation


Foreign Policy

Taiwan bill introduced in House (H.R. 9010)


Constitution

Don't delay — update the Electoral Count Act now


Federal Spending

Why even permanent benefit expansions are never enough


Executive

Democrats urge Biden administration to back EPA union in contract negotiations

Union urges Congress to pass measure expanding collective bargaining for VA staff

'Buy low, sell high': Democratic bill would make oil reserve into investment tool (H.R. 8989)

GOP Lawmakers Tear Into DOJ Over Arrest of Pro-Life Father

With Manchin’s bill aside, other permitting proposals awaitManchin back to drawing board

Bipartisan group of senators press Buttigieg on overdue tourism infrastructure plan

Gohmert compares FBI to 'Sodom and Gomorrah,’ cites sexual misconduct ‘whistleblowers’


Justice — Punishing Evil, Praising Good

Proposed federal legislation would establish independent oversight over federal prisons


Corruption — Praising Evil, Punishing Good

House Democrat introduces bills to create national LGBT museum in DC (H.R. 9071)


Commerce Policy

Washington Spirit urge passage of equal pay legislation for athletes in international competition

Representative bitten by fox introduces bill to lower cost of rabies shot (H.R. 8995)

Senate bill would boost alternative assets in 401(k) plans (S. 4973, H.R. 9066)

Republican-Chamber of Commerce rift growing over ESG


Technology Policy

Patrick Leahy's war on innovation


Congress

Sinema says she supports reinstating full filibuster: 60-vote threshold should be restored

Conservative House Republicans roll out post-Dobbs 'Family Policy Agenda'

Field clears in race for Republican Study Committee chair

Hispanic Caucus calls on Biden to support Latino Museum on National Mall

Pelosi flexes power with world tour that could be swan song

Spanberger says Democrats need new leaders in the House

Sen. Tammy Duckworth on abortion and IVF

California Democrat Katie Porter blasts local police as 'disgrace' in leaked text messages

Hill Dems' hottest leadership ticket: House No. 6

Marjorie Taylor Greene's husband files for divorce

Rep. Ted Deutch submits resignation letter, effective close of business Friday

Investigation into congressional stock trading reveals massive corruption red flagsDemocrats introduce bill banning lawmakers, judges from trading stocks (H.R. 8990) • Democrats scrap plan to vote on stock trading ban before elections • Lawmakers furious at PelosiDemocrat accuses party leaders of derailing bill • Democrat slams Pelosi, 'failure of House leadership' over stock trading bill (H.R. 336)

Rep. Don Bacon recovering following emergency appendectomy

Levin's staff becomes first Capitol Hill office to unionizecongressional first



Committee Activity

Federal prisons ‘riddled with mismanagement’ probed by U.S. Senate panel (Hearing Link)

Abrams fetal heartbeat comments draw GOP ire in House hearing

Pro-Life Testimony at House hearing on National Abortion Ban (PDF) [Video]

Ginni Thomas appears before House panel probing Jan. 6Cheney: ‘Any interaction’ Trump has with committee will be under oath, subject to perjury penaltiescommittee members pressed on mysterious White House call to rioter • Riggleman at center of new controversy says Mark Meadows text messages reveal 'roadmap to an attempted coup'Wisconsin House speaker sues to block subpoenapanel scrambles to crunch evidenceSecret Service took phones from 24 agents involvedpanel postpones last hearing as Hurricane Ian barrels toward Florida

Progressive congressman beats moderate to head US House Middle East subcommittee


Floor Outlook

Senate

Senate weighs changes to Electoral Count ActMcConnell endorses bipartisan electoral reform bill (H.R. 8873, S. 4573)

Senate done voting until Nov. 14, setting up 'extremely busy' lame duck session

Senate preps piecemeal plan for NDAA (H.R. 7900)

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