Saturday, January 28, 2023

Weekly Congress Update

Daily Digests HouseSenatePrayersCommittee Reports

SenateDaily Leader Remarks • Actions declined

Kamala Harris swears in Nebraska's Pete Ricketts into US Senate

Senators spoke on the Senate floor about the March for Life Tuesday

McConnell knocks DC officials over crime in city (Full Speech)

HouseBills • Actions passed

Representatives recognized the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade decision

House amendments: cheaper by the dozenLawmakers submit more than 140 amendments as House opens process for first time in seven years (Amendments offered 1/24, 1/25) • rule change opens door for Democrats to score political pointsHouse passes bill aimed at restricting presidential releases of reserve oil (H.R. 21) • Biden administration threatens veto

House passes bill to improve FAA system that grounded flights (H.R. 346)

Resolution honoring Iranian protesters passes House with one GOP ‘no’ vote (H.Con.Res. 7)

House lawmakers hold moment of silence honoring victims of Monterey Park shooting (Moment of Silence)

House holds moment of silence honoring victims of Half Moon Bay shooting (Moment of Silence)

National Security / Military

Chinese Communist Party Targets America's K-12 Schools

Sen. Josh Hawley to introduce bill to ban TikTok nationwide (S. 85)

West Point grad in Congress urges GOP to stop 'woke' accusations against military

Foreign Policy

Bipartisan reps introduce bill to designate Russia's Wagner Group as foreign terrorists (H.R. 506)

Senate reintroduces Iran resolution in support of 'brave' protesters

Senators pressure Biden for more China, Iran sanctions over Ukraine war

Romney defends US aid to Ukraine: 'We care about human life'


House Republicans seek to block DC criminal code overhaul

Delaware Democrat introducing DC statehood bill in Senate  (S. 51)

Second Amendment

Biden renews call for assault weapons ban, citing Half Moon Bay shootingsBiden lauds Senate Democrats who introduced bill to ban assault weapons (S. 25)

Homeland Security

House border security bill bumped amid Republican concerns (H.R. 29)


Texas Democrat hints at 'major progress' in Afghan soldier's asylum case

Congressional Democrats push back on new Biden immigration policies

Tax Policy

Here's what you need to know about the GOP bill to abolish the tax code (H.R. 25) • Key Republicans oppose House GOP bill to abolish tax code

Senate bill would repeal $600 IRS reporting threshold (S. 26)

Federal Spending

Rep. Andrew Clyde Proposes Bill to Defund Biden's Abortion Executive Orders (H.R. 407)

Rand Paul: GOP should give up 'scared cow' and trim military spending

Democrats Target the Hyde Amendment in New Legislation (H.R. 561) • Congress members introduce EACH Act to make abortion more accessibleaffordable (government/taxpayer-funded)

The Debt Ceiling Debate, ExplainedCould Congress claw back pandemic funding to cover spending cuts?McConnell is a key player in approaching debt ceiling fightMcConnell: Debt limit deal up to McCarthy and BidenSenate GOP to McCarthy: Debt fight is all yoursScott pushes plan to prioritize certain payments if debt limit bill stalls (S. 82) • Manchin: White House not negotiating on debt ceiling is a mistakeManchin meets with McCarthy on debt limit Manchin claims McCarthy said Social Security and Medicare cuts are off the tableMcCarthy: 'We won't touch Medicare or Social Security'Senators eye Social Security reforms as some in House GOP consider cuts Kaine: Biden invitation to McCarthy to discuss debt ceiling is a 'good thing'Durbin says Biden shouldn't negotiate with Republicans on debt ceilingDemocrats grapple over whether Biden should negotiate with McCarthy on raising debt limit Democrats hesitant to support Biden negotiations with McCarthy over raising debt limitDemocrats Introduce Bill to Eliminate Federal Debt Limit (H.R. 415) • Democrats may have to bend on negotiations with GOP on debt ceiling Schumer calls on House GOP to unveil proposed spending cuts in debt ceiling negotiationsVeterans of the Obama-era debt ceiling standoff on the current one: We may be doomed

Monetary Policy

Stablecoin regulation is on the menu, GOP lawmaker says


Lankford Exposes DOJ Memo for Violating Law & Promoting Abortion on Demand

Hyde-Smith, Latta demand FDA reverse illegal actions promoting mail-order chemical abortion drugs

Lindsey Graham reveals questions he has for Biden on classified documentsComer asks Secret Service for visitor information from Biden's Delaware homeGOP senators demand Secret Service release Biden visitor logsSenators livid Biden administration 'stonewalling' them on classified documentsWarner, Rubio push for Intelligence Committee access to Biden, Trump documentsCotton vows to block nominees until Congress sees documents seized at Biden, Trump residencesDemocrats play defense after more documents are found in Biden’s homeDemocrats express alarm over Biden classified docs: 'I'm very concerned'Dems concerned over handling of Biden documentsTop Democrat: Classified documents scandal has diminished Biden's statureSenate Dem Dick Durbin says elected officials bear 'responsibility' for classified materialsAs Media, Biden Rush to Explain Document Scandal, Here's Real Issue: “how government agencies so easily can use technicalities in the law to selectively go after those they don’t like.”

Democrats ask GAO to investigate IRS Trump audit delay

Senators bewildered by Pence classified document revelation

FAA lacks leadership amid key challenges

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

Tennessee lawmakers urge 'accountability' for Tyre Nichols

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

Senate Democrats dig in their heels on abortion access: 'America is on our side'

Commerce Policy

Manchin proposes bill to override Treasury on electric vehicle subsidy rules (S. 63, Manchin unanimous consent request, McConnell comments)

Bipartisan group gears up for push on paid family leave

May 17: Railroad Day on Capitol Hill

Agriculture Policy

After past farm bill stumbles, GOP this year faces the challenge of inexperience

Technology Policy

Ted Lieu: 'I am freaked out by AI'

U.S. Congress could vote on measure to regulate AI written by AI

Don't mistake big tech for bad tech

Musk huddles with McCarthy, speaks briefly with Jeffries in quick Capitol visitMusk wishes McCarthy happy birthday, and talks Twitter too

Education Policy

Ted Cruz Bills Advance School Choice Through Tax Credits, 529 Accounts (S. 56, S. 57, S. 60)

House lawmakers introduce Holocaust education bill on Holocaust Remembrance Day (H.R. 603)


NJ Democrat rips return of indoor smoking to House 

McCarthy taps Garret Graves for resurrected House GOP leadership position

Inside the McCarthy-Jeffries relationship: “Something unusual is happening in the Capitol: Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries are getting along. … The good feelings between Jeffries and McCarthy are considered so sensitive that several aides to both men asked us not to write about it.”

Rebranding rift guts Blue Dog Dem ranks

House Democrats launch sustainable investing caucus

House lawmakers launch 'Congressional Dads Caucus'

House Hispanic Republicans name leadership team

Months after explosive report, lawmakers still unsure how to handle Capitol architect

Ted Cruz wants to remove ‘entrenched politicians,’ proposes term limits for Congress

Sinema passed over for Appropriations after Democratic Party defectionThune urges Sinema to caucus with GOP to avoid three-way re-election race 

McCarthy taps three conservatives for powerful House Rules Committeenames GOP members to run sweeping weaponization investigative paneltaps GOP members to investigate Covid policiesnames Michael Guest to lead Ethics panel

Jeffries submits Schiff, Swalwell for Intel panel, forcing fight with McCarthyMcCarthy formally blocks Schiff, Swalwell from Intel panelEviction notice: Why trio of controversial Democrats is being booted from powerful committeesMcCarthy might have a math problem in blocking Omar from panelDems mobilize to defend Omar in face of GOP defectionsSpartz won't support McCarthy in denying Omar seat on Foreign Affairs committeeSantos unsure on voting to remove Omar from Foreign Affairs panelKen Buck joins other Republicans rejecting plan to oust Omar from committeeRepublican Ken Buck opposes kicking Ilhan Omar off Foreign Affairs committeeThese Republicans will serve on panels to probe COVID-19, 'weaponization' of government

Rep. Cory Mills reveals why he handed out grenades in Congress

Top Big Tech critic snubbed for key House panel in setback to GOP antitrust hopes

AOC eyeing leadership position on Oversight Committee: ReportAOC in line to become her party's No. 2 on Oversight panel

Hawley introduces 'PELOSI Act' banning lawmakers from trading stocks (S. 58)

Minnesota Democrat reintroducing bill banning members of Congress from owning, trading stocks (H.R. 507)

Adam Schiff faces ethics complaint

Rep. Andy Ogles appears to violate federal law by not disclosing finances: experts

Santos’s financial woes pile up, threatening his political careerSantos loans deepen questions around campaign financesCampaign finance regulator asks Santos to clarify who's in charge of his political accountsMcCarthy says Santos will be removed from office if Ethics panel finds he broke law'I have no enemies, at least': Where Santos really stands in the House GOPAs Santos digs in, both parties ramp up campaign plans for his demiseEric Adams calls for Santos to step downGeorge Santos could learn from Seinfeld

Steube says he fractured pelvis, punctured lung in fall

Sen. Angus King tests positive for COVID-19

Committee Activity

After Taylor Swift ticket fiasco, Senate panel calls Ticketmaster a monopolistic anti-heroTicketmaster takes heat from senators, witnesses over its powerTicketmaster fees draw Klobuchar's attention in Senate hearingKlobuchar accuses Ticketmaster of 'monopoly' power over ticketing industry

House Oversight zeroes in on Biden finances in wake of classified documents

House Oversight asks gallery owner about Hunter Biden art sales

Treasury tells Comer to wait on decision on possible Hunter Biden bank records

Thomas Massie's red lines for Rules

Storied Senate Judiciary panel eyes a new era of quieter productivity

Democrats reach agreement with GOP on House committee ratios

Broad focus planned for revamped COVID panel under GOP majority

House GOP tees up first hearing on Biden's COVID response

TikTok ban could get House committee vote in February

Floor Outlook

Why Senate Democrats are playing it safe with their agenda this year

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