Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) in his Senate farewell address December 12, 2014: "I will leave here with unabashed confidence in the Senate’s ability to weather storms and to meet the nation’s needs." RIP. c-span.org/video/?c451905…
Michigan Democratic Congressman Andy Levin is the nephew of the late former Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin.
President Biden: "I am pleased to join a bipartisan group of United States Senators and announce our deal to make the most significant long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century." whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/…
Biden: "This bipartisan deal is the most important investment in public transit in American history and the most important investment in rail since the creation of Amtrak 50 years ago. It will deliver high speed internet to every American."
Biden: "And, we’re going to do it without raising taxes by one cent on people making less than $400,000 a year—no gas tax increase and no fee on electric vehicles."
Schumer announced from Senate floor: "Members should be prepared to vote again on cloture on the motion to proceed to the bipartisan infrastructure bill as early as tonight."
Schumer on bipartisan $3.7B Capitol security spending bill:"I was pleased to hear the Republican Ldr (McConnell) support this supplemental appropriations bill this morning & I look fwd to working with our Republican colleagues to swiftly passing this legislation thru the Senate."
McConnell from Senate floor announces his support for the bipartisan $3.7B Capitol security spending bill:"I applaud the bipartisan work of our colleagues. I'm sure neither side finds the compromise perfect, but I believe both sides should and will agree it is absolutely needed."
Texas state GOP Rep. Jake Ellzey defeats Republican Susan Wright, supported by former President Trump & is the widow of the late Congressman Ron Wright, in special #TX06 runoff election tonight. Rep. Wright died on Feb 7 after contracting COVID-19 & was also battling lung cancer.
NRCC Chair Tom Emmer “Congratulations to Jake Ellzey on a hard-fought win. #TX06 District has elected a staunch conservative who will fight Democrats’ socialist agenda of open borders, higher taxes and massive spending packages that are causing the cost of goods to skyrocket."
Once #TX06 GOP Rep.-Elect Jake Ellzey is sworn in, the Democrats' majority will be reduced to 8 seats in the House of 432 total voting members:
3 vacancies: Florida 20: Hastings-D, Ohio 11: Fudge-D, and Ohio 15: Stivers-R
"We're going to speak without the masks, but wear the masks."-Schumer with Senate Democratic leaders outside US Senate after new CDC guidance on mask wearing was released.
Schumer on the status of US Capitol security supplemental spending bill: "We are now seeking a time agreement to put this important legislation on the floor and pass it this week."
Schumer: "On the masks, we're waiting for the guidance to come out from CDC, and then come up with what the (Democratic) Caucus recommendations would be...Right now you have to do what you think is best."
Senate chaplain Barry Black in the opening Senate prayer: "Lord, comfort our hearts as we mourn the death of our beloved retired Senator Mike Enzi. Be especially close to his precious Diana and the rest of his family."
"I miss Mike Enzi."-Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy from Senate floor pays tribute to the late Wyoming Senator.
Schumer begins his Senate floor remarks in tribute to the late former Wyoming GOP Senator Mike Enzi: "We'll remember him as we remembered him upon his departure from this chamber as a kind and gentle man."
House Select Cmte to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol holds its 1st hearing today & will hear first-hand accounts from US Capitol Police & DC Metropolitan Police officers,who were at US Capitol on Jan 6th. c-span.org/video/?513434-…@cspan 3, @cspanradio & online
“A peaceful transfer of power did not happen this year. Let that sink in.”-House January 6th Select Cmte Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) in his opening statement at the cmte’s first hearing.
“We cannot leave the violence of January 6th and its causes uninvestigated.”-Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) who was appointed by Speaker Pelosi to serve on the House January 6th Select Cmte.
54-40: Senate advanced the nomination of Todd Kim to be Asssitant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources.If confirmed, he would be the first Asian American to serve as Justice Dept's top attorney overseeing its criminal & civil cases to enforce environmental laws.
7 Republican Senators Blunt, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Graham, Grassley and Murkowski voted Yes to advance Todd Kim's nomination to be Asssitant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources.
Senators Booker, Cardin, Crapo, Inhofe, Murray, and Rounds were not present for Todd Kim's cloture vote.
Schumer from Senate floor on infrastructure: "Senators should be on notice the Senate may stay in session through the weekend to finish the bipartisan infrastructure bill...Further delays may mean the Senate will remain in session into the previuously scheduled August recess."
Schumer on the bipartisan infrastructure talks: "We have reached a critical moment...It's time for everyone to get to yes and produce an outcome for the American people."
Schumer on nominations Senate will vote on this week in addition to Asst Attorney General nominee Todd Kim "including members of the National Labor Relations Board and potentially votes to advance nominess from our Senate cmtes."
House NOW debating Senate-passed bill to compensate CIA personnel and US diplomats who experienced traumatic brain injuries while serving in Cuba, known as "Havana syndrome."
Castro (D-TX):"It's imperative the State Dept. working in conjunction w/intel community,dept of defense & other interagency partners & allies get to the bottom of what caused these events, how best to deter them from happening them in the future & how best to protect our people."
Foreign Affairs Ranking Member McCaul (R-TX): "We must call these heinous attacks what they are. They are attacks and the people attacking us need to know the consequences will be severe when we find out who they are when we get the attribution."
President Biden on #ADA31 with Pelosi and McCarthy in attendance at WH:"31yrs ago today on South Lawn of the WH,President George HW Bush signed the Americans w/Disabilities Act.He was surrounded by disability advocates & bipartisan members of the US Congress,just as we are today.
Hoyer: “Thirty-one years ago, I was honored to stand beside President George H. W. Bush as he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Today, I am proud to join President Biden at the White House to celebrate this anniversary.”
.@GOPLeader McCarthy spoke with President Biden in WH Rose Garden following the #ADA31 event.
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA): “I have COVID, Becca has COVID, my son has COVID. Becca and I had COVID before, early on, in January 2020, before the world really knew what it was. So, this is our second experience with the CCP biological attack weaponized virus.”
Higgins (R-LA) on contracting COVID-19 for a 2nd time: “This episode is far more challenging. It has required all of my devoted energy. We are all under excellent care, and our prognosis is positive. We are healthy generally speaking.” facebook.com/38845160817037…
Higgins (R-LA) did not vote in the House at all last week neither in person nor by proxy. His last House vote was July 1st. Members returned from their 2-week July 4th holiday break last Monday.
Speaker Pelosi today: “Today, I am announcing the appointment of Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran and Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard, to serve on the Select Committee” to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Pelosi on Kinzinger: “He brings great patriotism to the Committee’s mission: to find the facts and protect our Democracy.” speaker.gov/newsroom/72521
McCarthy: “Speaker Pelosi’s rejection of the Republican nominees to serve on the committee and self-appointment of members who share her pre-conceived narrative will not yield a serious investigation.”
House NOW debating legislation to remove Confederate statues from US Capitol and replace the bust in the Old Supreme Court chamber of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who authored the Dred Scott decision, with one of Thurgood Marshall, the 1st African American Supreme Court Justice.
House Administration Cmte Chair Lofgren:"It is long past time to remove from a place of honor in our nation's Capitol the statues & busts of those who favored war against the United States in support of a so-called government founded on a cornerstone of racism & white supremacy."
Speaker Pelosi: "Removing these statues will not erase the stain and that of other racist acts in our history, nor will it erase the racism that exists in our country today. But it is an important and necessary step."
House Chaplain Kibben devotes her opening House prayer today to Surfside, Florida building collapse victims and the recovery efforts: "Almighty God, in the aftermath of the disaster in Miami, FL, we commend to your care and protection the ongoing search and rescue efforts."
Kibben: "We fervently pray that you would deliver all those who are yet clinging to life beneath the magnitude of the wreckage. Preserve their spirit even as they struggle with overwhelming fear for their lives."
Kibben: "Grant them a glimpse of hope, even a miracle, that they would soon emerge from the terrifying prison of panic and distress."
345-67: House passed legislation tonight to boost science and technology research for the US to better compete with China by authorizing $78 billion over five years for the National Science Foundation.
351-68: House also passed a bill authorizing $50 billion over five years for the Energy Department's science programs including for the country's national labs.
Senate passed its own $250 billion science and technology research bill (USICA) aimed at countering China earlier this month on 68-32 bipartisan vote.
House NOW debating the repeal of 1991 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq.
House Foreign Affairs Chair Meeks (D-NY) supporting 1991 AUMF repeal: "By voting this legislation out of the House, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to reclaiming our authority over war powers."
House Foreign Affairs Ranking McCaul (R-TX) supporting 1991 AUMF repeal: "This specific point of this law was accomplished. Therefore, there's no reason to leave it on the books."
McConnell responds this morning to President Biden's Saturday infrastructure deal statement: “The President has appropriately delinked a potential bipartisan infrastructure bill from the massive, unrelated tax-and-spend plans that Democrats want to pursue on a partisan basis."
McConnell: "Now I am calling on President Biden to engage Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi and make sure they follow his lead."
McConnell: "Unless Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi walk-back their threats that they will refuse to send the president a bipartisan infrastructure bill unless they also separately pass trillions of dollars for unrelated tax hikes,..."
Pelosi: “Congress looks forward to receiving and reviewing the formal notification of this operation under the War Powers Act and to receiving additional briefings from the Administration.” speaker.gov/newsroom/62721…
Senate Middle East oversight panel chair Murphy (D-CT): “I expect to be briefed tomorrow by the White House on the U.S. military airstrikes along the Iraq-Syria border and look forward to hearing more about the circumstances.”
Murphy (D-CT): “My concern is that the pace of activity directed at U.S. forces and the repeated retaliatory strikes against Iranian proxy forces are starting to look like what would qualify as a pattern of hostilities under the War Powers Act.” murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press…