Saturday, January 22, 2022

In Context: Who are we as a Nation?

While last week's storm in the Senate has passed, it remains important for reflection because that which brought it on remains.

Near the end of the all-day debate Wednesday, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia began remarks saying, “Mr. President, I am glad that a number of my Republican colleagues are in the Chamber because I am going to speak very briefly just to reassure you that I am not so immodest that I believe I am going to persuade you, but I do want to try to reassure you.”

Interestingly, this came right on the heels of remarks from Sen. Murphy of Connecticut who spoke about the “stakes” of the debate, how “democracy may actually collapse,” and “it matters more than anything, even the traditions and the rules of the Senate.” It seems he needs some reassuring.

Congress Update

Daily Digests – House • Senate — Prayers — Committee Reports

Senate — Daily Leader Remarks • Actions begunpasseddeclinedsummarized

McConnell calls filibuster vote 'biggest day in history of the Senate' • Senate GOP blocks election bill • Ossoff and Collins clash over her past support for voting rights legislation (Floor Debate) • Manchin chides Dems over filibuster, saying he can't support 'such a perilous course' • Manchin, Sinema join GOP to sink filibuster change for voting bill • Vote: 52-48 • Biden, Schumer respond • Schumer, Dems accept floor failure

Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as Vatican ambassador

House of Representatives — Bills • Actions passedsummarized

House votes to award medal to Willie O'Ree, first Black NHL player

Members spoke on the House floor for an hour about the March for Life, and in several other speeches given and recorded

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