Saturday, December 10, 2022

Weekly Congress Update

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No more ‘Tiger Kings’Bill restricting big cat ownership made famous by ‘Tiger King’ roars through Senate, heads to Biden (H.R. 263)

House, Congress sends same-sex marriage protection bill to Biden (H.R. 8404) • What's included

SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions begun, passed, declined

Senator Blunt Farwell

Senator Portman Farewell

HouseWeekly Leader ColloquyBills • Actions passed

House GOP support decreases for same-sex marriage corruption39 Republicans backed the billWho are they?House Republican support shrinks despite religious liberty amendment7 Republicans Changed Their Minds to vote against • 10 House Republicans flipped their votes (some decided to support) • Republicans Slam House-Passed Respect for Marriage Act

House passes annual defense bill (H.R. 7776) • In and out: The pet policies that survived inclusion in the $858 billion defense policy billbill allows military members access to abortion across state linesLawmakers agree to repeal military COVID injection mandate over Pentagon objectionsManchin permitting reform rider fails a second time

National Security / Military

US national security demands divestment from Communist China

Foreign Policy

Hawley presses Blinken to prioritize arming TaiwanBiden administration signs off on $425M in arms sales to Taiwan

Democrats express 'deep concern' about reported Twitter suppression of protests in China

Bipartisan senators advance measure to support Iranian protesters

WNBA star Brittney Griner freed in US-Russia prisoner swapRepublicans knock Biden for not freeing Whelan in prisoner swap


Senate GOP No. 2: ‘Of course’ Trump wrong to talk suspending ConstitutionSenate GOP pans Trump call to terminate constitution

Homeland Security

Texas House Republicans release border security plan


One month, 30,000 border crossers land in 434 of 435 House districtsDon't Rearrange Deck Chairs of Legal Immigration as Border Burns

Group of new House Dems call for immediate action to protect pathway to citizenship for DreamersSenators push last-minute bipartisan deal to boost border security, legalize 'Dreamers'

Republicans shouldn’t fall for lame-duck session fool-me-twice immigration bill

How China benefits from upending our legal immigration system (H.R. 3648)


Well-designed budget targets belong at the top of next Congress’s agenda

Tax Policy

This Christmas season, Congress should mandate an unborn-child tax credit

Federal Spending

Top Republicans ask watchdog to look at economic assistance to Ukraine

White House asks Congress for $3B to cover anticipated rush of illegal immigrants

Congress faces a funding time crunch'The clock ticks': Congress races to resolve high-stakes spending tug-of-warNegotiators dig in over tax credits in spending bill

McCarthy to McConnell amid omnibus deal talk: 'Wait till we're in charge'Conservatives ramp up pressure on McConnell to block spending billMcConnell floats short-term spending bill amid ‘significant impasse’Lawmakers try to work out omnibus as calls for short-term funding grow

Lawmakers labor to break impasses stalling massive spending bill

House Dems want to use DPA for electric transformers, seek $2.1B in funding

Dems plot their own government funding plan as talks stall


Senators urge Agriculture secretary to help Western states in '22-year mega-drought'

Don’t let special interests tie the FCC’s Hands

Senators press FAA over flight evacuation rules

Democrats tell Biden to ditch ‘punitive’ immigration measures

GOP senators tune out House conservatives' impeachment calls

Supreme Court

Christian Advocate Tells Congress of 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Leak

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

Retired MMA champ honored by Congress for saving 17,000 from Afghanistan

Cocaine sentencing reform hits 'tough negotiation moment'

Second GOP Lawmaker Renounces Vote for ‘Disrespect for Marriage Act'

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

Senate Democrats introduce bill funding travel for abortions (S. 5227)

Democratic Senate Foreign Relations Chairman joins critics blasting Griner/Bout release: ‘Deeply disturbing decision’

Commerce Policy

Lawmakers seeking information from Ticketmaster over Taylor Swift debacle

Senate Democrats gear up for battle with corporate America

House Democrats release more documents they say show oil industry 'greenwashing'

More than 70 lawmakers send letter calling on Biden to grant rail workers seven sick days

Technology Policy

Schumer open to reforming tech liability protections amid rising hate speech on Twitter

Hawley: Section 230 liability shield 'allows platforms to escape any real accountability'

Big Tech critics running low on time for major legislation


Schumer reelected as Senate majority leader

Minnesota’s Klobuchar rises in U.S. Senate Democratic leadership

Senate conservatives plot their second act after taking on McConnell

Six pledges McCarthy has made for a GOP House as he aims for SpeakershipSeven hardline House Republicans lay out Speaker demands amid McCarthy oppositionHouse Freedom Caucus Members Lay Out ‘Bold Agenda’ for GOP SpeakerKevin McCarthy backed by key figuresPragmatic ‘Main Street’ House GOP caucus urges colleagues to support McCarthy for Speaker

House GOP committee chairs selection delayed amid McCarthy opposition

Conservative think tank leader tells GOP to ‘get serious’ in new Congress

McCarthy taps Mike Gallagher to chair planned China Select Committee

Jeffries downplays notion of Democrats voting for moderate GOP SpeakerIncoming Democratic Whip Clark announces deputies

Longtime Arizona GOP Rep. Jim Kolbe dies at 80

Alexandra Pelosi opens up about her father's attack, says 'I haven't slept since'

Indiana Republican censured over same-sex marriage vote

Sinema leaving Democratic Party, switches to independentWhy Sinema leftSinema shakes up the SenateWhat this means for Senate balance of powerSchumer says Sinema can keep committee assignmentsDems shrug off Sinema's switchSenior Democrats extend olive branchProgressives: ‘Typical Sinema’White House expects to 'work successfully' with SinemaTop progressive firm drops Sinema as a client

Boyle to succeed Yarmuth as top Democrat on Budget Committee

Ways and Means chair contenders hone closing arguments

Lingering Jan. 6 divisions on full display during ceremony honoring law enforcementPolice, Family of fallen officer snubs McConnell, McCarthy

First Gen Z congressman-elect says he was denied DC apartment, noting 'really bad' creditRep.-elect Maxwell Frost says he was denied apartment in pricey DCAOC offers to help

Ocasio-Cortez under investigation by House Ethics CommitteeAOC should face 'sanctioning' for Met Gala ethics breach, watchdog head saysAOC's Met Gala ethics violations 'much worse' than Maloney's, expert claimsAOC responds

House panel directs Cawthorn to pay fine for improper crypto purchase

Lawmakers take $186M in donations from business interests reliant on Chinese chips

Markey says Musk has ghosted him in Twitter verification spat

Committee Activity

Key Democrats ask State, Defense for records on Kushner family business

House Judiciary Approves Bill Requiring Radio Stations to Pay Royalties to Performers (H.R. 4130)

House report says Commanders owner obstructed inquiry into 'toxic' workplace

Jan. 6 panel to release report on Dec. 21, chairman sayspanel reaches 'general agreement' on criminal referrals to DOJto release criminal referrals alongside final reportpanel plans weekend meeting to consider criminal referralsreferrals may 'stiffen the spine' of prosecutorscommittee considering criminal referrals for Trump, ~4 others: reportsLiz Cheney seizes on Trump's call to terminate Constitution

Senator Wicker seeks U.S. Senate hearing following Musk release of “Twitter Files

House GOP probing 'secret' US-Saudi oil deal

Republicans plan investigation into Biden's deadly Afghanistan withdrawal

FTX founder Bankman-Fried agrees to testify at House hearing on collapse

Floor Outlook

Will Congress steal Christmas?

Biden lacks clear legislative strategy after Democrats achieve Senate majority

What a return to ‘old-fashioned transactional legislating’ can get through a divided Congress

Jeffries and Schumer begin their Dem buddy act

Heartland Democrats are feeling left out — again

Hawley, Cruz, Rubio emerge as champions of GOP populism


Schumer prepares to lead Democrats with outright Senate majority

What Sinema's party-switch means for the Senate

House of Representatives

Pelosi, Democrats seeks string of victories in final days

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