Saturday, December 3, 2022

Weekly Congress Update

Daily Digests HouseSenatePrayersCommittee Reports

SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions begun, passed, declined

U.S. Senate passes same-sex marriage bill (H.R. 8404) • with 12 Republicans • bill tramples faithDemocrats political realityThe GOP's driftMike Lee Outlines How Respect for Marriage Act Will Affect People of Faith

Senate votes to avert costly rail strike (80-15) • rejects two-month cool-off period (S.Amdt. 6503) • rejects proposal to give rail workers seven days of paid sick leave (H.Con.Res. 119) • Union leader says fight 'far from over' for paid sick leavebill is rare rift between Democrats, unionsRepublicans flirt with economic populism

Senate Democrats reject proposal to share more power

HouseWeekly Leader ColloquyBills • Actions passed

House holds moment of silence for late-Rep. Donald McEachin

House passes bill to avert rail strike (H.J.Res. 100)

National Security / Military

GOP senators call to eliminate military COVID-19 mandate from defense bill

Foreign Policy

French President Macron meets with congressional leadersWhite House: No plans to amend climate bill in Congress despite 'glitches'

Dozens of senators warn China of 'grave consequences' if it uses violence against protestersConservatives Press Biden to Support Protesters in China

First Amendment

Don't Compromise Freedom of Religion for Faux 'Respect for Marriage Act'

Second Amendment

Murphy says Senate does not have 60 votes to pass assault weapon ban

Homeland Security

Democratic senators go after Biden plan to end Title 42 at border


Livestock farmers push for immigration bill


America is facing a financial inflection point

Tax Policy

Businesses look to lame duck to stop big hit by 2017 tax cuts

Federal Spending

Democrats return to Congress with big spending bill to passCongress weighs path forwardSenate GOP battles over strategyMcConnell holds the cardsRick Scott revoltsSenate conservatives press McConnell to puntSenate fight over 2023 budget imperils urgent Pentagon funds

House GOP's Next Opportunity to Drain Swamp by Banning Earmarks

HHS secretary signals sex-change surgeries for minors should be covered by taxpayers: Report

Parents could see $300 monthly payments under proposal Democrats seek to pass in December

Companies push for 'Buy America' waiver extension with deadline looming


White House to brief senators on Ukraine aid as war continues through winter

Top Republican accuses Biden administration of ‘unlawful’ stonewalling of Afghanistan oversight

Supreme Court

Lawmakers say Supreme Court response on alleged 2014 leak 'did not substantively answer any of our questions'

Justice — Punishing Evil, Praising Good (Romans 13:3-4; 1 Peter 2:14)

Senators introduce legislation to bolster Title IX protections (S. 5158)

Civil rights groups call on House to agree to resolution against racist 'Insular Cases' (H.Res. 279)

Cotton blocking quick passage of bill compensating 9/11 victims (S. 5045, H.R. 8987) • bill tangled up in Beirut victims’ push

Corruption — Praising Evil, Punishing Good (Isaiah 5:20)

Colorado senator eyes federal regulation of marijuana post-legalization

Commerce Policy

Manchin’s side deal on brinkpermitting plan attacked by progressive Democrat Ro KhannaCongress could reject Manchin’s permitting bill and enact genuine reform in 2023Bipartisan energy permitting reform stands a chance, but the path is narrow

Dems' rail-strike challenge: Save the economy and your ties to unionsTech companies start moving chip shipments off trains as strike threat risesWhite House defends Biden on unions amid push for rail deal rejected by workersSanders says tentative rail agreement doesn't go far enough


Senate Dems wrestle, reject rules change weakening leaders' power

House Democrats: Clyburn says he stayed in House leadership to rep the south'It's biblical': Clyburn explains why he won't leave House leadership with PelosiPelosi granted new title and Capitol roomLofgren introduces resolution to name Cannon Caucus Room after PelosiIn historic vote, Democrats pick Jeffries to replace Pelosi as party leaderHow Jeffries made his ascension to House Dem leader 'look easy'Hakeem holds courtProgressives warm to Jeffries as new Democratic leaderHouse Dems pass some more torchesHouse Democrats elect Ted Lieu as party vice chair

House Republicans: Conservatives sharpen their knives as McCarthy works to peel off skepticsFriends to the left of him, critics to the right: McCarthy's stuck in the chaseMcCarthy Speaker quest leaves balancing act on national securityMcCarthy huddles with opponents of leadership bid in latest effort to clinch speakershipGOP rep says there are 20 firm 'no' votes against McCarthy as SpeakerMcCarthy readies for floor showdown in Speakership bid as opponents dig in heelsMcCarthy: Democrats could pick Speaker if Republicans 'play games' on House floorGuy Reschenthaler to be House GOP chief deputy whipHouse GOP centrists: ‘Put posturing aside’ and back McCarthy SpeakershipRep. Guy Reschenthaler tapped to serve as next chief deputy whip

Cherokee Nation waits to see if Congress will make good on a 200-year-old promise

Rep. Steven Horsford elected to serve as next Congressional Black Caucus chairmanCaucus announces new leadershipmembers honor Rosa Parks on anniversary of arrest

Virginia House Democratic Rep. Donald McEachin dies at 61Pelosi orders Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff‘Soldier for truth and justice’: Congress reacts‘Fighter until the end’: McEachin remembered by Congressional Black Caucus

Langworthy says midterm elections gave New York Republicans a 'critical seat at the table'

Seven incoming House members to watch; More than 70 incoming lawmakers to be sworn into the House this January after winning their races earlier this month.

Republican flips northern California congressional seat

Watchdog demands investigation into Democratic congressman following Washington Examiner report

Lawmakers who questioned crypto rules pocketed cash from ex-FTX boss under federal investigation

Gingerbread Capitol gets Speaker inspection

Chris Murphy tests positive for COVID-19

Committee Activity

Senators grill Kroger and Albertsons CEOs over grocery mergerCEOs defend $25 billion merger to U.S. Senate committee

CFTC chairman urges strengthening conflict-of-interest part of Senate crypto bill (S. 4760)

Key Biden labor nominees approved by U.S. Senate panel

U.S. Senate panel deadlocks on abortion lawyer's judicial nomination

House panel gets Trump tax returnsWays and Means chairman coy about path ahead

House panel votes to designate Pelosi 'Speaker Emerita'

House Jan. 6 committee has completed all interviewspanel races to finish reportcommittee considering criminal referralsDOJ will have to wait for final report to access transcriptsRiggleman says Cheney had 'outsized' influenceSchiff pushes back on reported tension between Cheney, panel staffersMcCarthy indicates Republicans plan to investigate panel

An oasis of bipartisanship? (House Armed Services Committee)

U.S. Senate will not take up FAA nomination before 2023 -lawmaker

Graves plans aggressive oversight as transportation panel chairman

House committee to premiere documentary showcasing economic inequality

US House committee sets Dec. 13 date for FTX hearing

Floor Outlook

Congress' lame-duck to-do list

Biden meets with top GOP and Dem leaders on lame duck, hosts McCarthy at the White House

‘We might be here at Christmas’

5 Bills Democrats Want to Ram Through Congress in Lame-Duck Session


Schumer ties duration of next spending bill to Ukraine

House of Representatives

Democrats aim big before GOP takes over House

McCarthy fight for Speakership looms over lame-duck December

GOP prepares for House takeover: Five things to watch

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