Saturday, July 16, 2022

In Context: Identifying Tentacles

The first full week Congress was in session after the Dobbs decision overturning Roe has been unusually full of material ripe for commentary. A few notes have been added on three items in the weekly update. For this space, there is a larger trend emerging that is worth noting.

Committees held multiple post-Roe hearings this week. One of the more viral moments came between UC Berkeley School of Law Professor Khiara M. Bridges and Senator Hawley of Missouri. 

A more substantive policy point came later in her written testimony:

Weekly Congress Update

Daily Digests HouseSenatePrayers

Date and Issue No.DigestSenateHouseExtensionsEntire Issue
July 15, 2022 - No. 117D786-788 H6627-6681 E739-745 1 MB PDF
July 14, 2022 - No. 116D757-784 S3285-3318 H6511-6625 E729-737 3 MB PDF
July 13, 2022 - No. 115D742-756 S3245-3284 H5979-6509 E721-728 1—6 MB PDF  2—3 MB PDF
July 12, 2022 - No. 114D733-740 S3217-3244 H5947-5977 E711-719 2 MB PDF
July 11, 2022 - No. 113D725-732
S3187-3215 H5943-5946 E705-709 1 MB PDF

SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions begun, passed, declined

Senate confirms Steve Dettelbach to head ATF, first Senate-confirmed ATF director since 2015Why Did Two Republicans Just Save Biden’s ATF Nominee?

Michael Barr confirmed as Fed vice chairman for supervision in bipartisan vote

GOP senator blocks bill to protect interstate travel for abortion (S. 4504) • Democratic Senators attempt unanimous consent passage of S. 4504, Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act, a bill related to abortion and traveling across state lines • Senator Daines spoke in opposition • Senator Lankford objected, noting “there is another bill that is actually being discussed that would literally—if you are a pregnancy resource center dealing with crisis pregnancies, if you don't perform abortions, they would call that misinformation. In the other bill that is being discussed right now, they would fine you $100,000. I can't even begin to explain my emotion when I think, if you take the life of a child, there is pressure to say: We want Federal funding to take the life of a child. If you protect the life of a child, we are going to fine you $100,000. … So while there is conversation about how to put a piece of legislation out that may very well protect individuals who are being trafficked to go to other States to get an abortion or all kinds of other issues that are there, I come back to the most basic thing: There is a child in this conversation”

HouseWeekly Leader ColloquyBills • Actions passed

House passes bill expanding care for vets exposed to toxins, Compromise veterans bill heads back to Senate (S. 3373)

House passes active shooter alert system following failed vote last month (H.R. 6538) • one Democrat voted against

House passes annual defense policy bill, $839 billion, more than Biden's request (H.R. 7900) • Defense bill becomes battleground for culture warsagrees to measure to identify, monitor white supremacy in military, law enforcement (H.Amdt. 262) • adopts amendment giving DC mayor authority over city’s national guard (H.Amdt. 260) • approves amendment to create system for reporting UFOs (Amendment No. 156 in H.Rept. 117-405)

House passes bills enforcing abortion access following Roe reversal (H.R. 8296Floor Debate; H.R. 8297Floor Debate) • On the latter, House Republicans offered a motion to recommit that would have brought to the floor for a vote the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (H.R. 2223, S. 109), a bill to create new federal crimes related to transporting a minor across state lines for an abortion. The motion failed 209-219. As passed, H.R. 8297 • Fails to protect vulnerable individuals transported across state lines by abusers to receive abortions: Section 2(a)(4) • Preempts state laws restricting the use of chemical abortion drugs: Section 2(a)(5) • Protects late-term abortionists evading pro-life state laws and pro-patient regulations: Section 2(a)(1)

House passes bill to temporarily suspend tariffs on baby formula imports (H.R. 8351)

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