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@CSPAN Capitol Hill Producer. Reads the Congressional Record every day. Former @RTCACapitolHill Chair. Philly fan since birth. @AmericanU alum. #FlyEaglesFly
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Aug 2 4 tweets 2 min read
86-11:Senate passes legislation expanding access to VA health care & disability benefits for veterans exposed to toxins including burn pits during military service. Jon Stewart & veterans were in Senate gallery when vote was announced.PACT Act passed House 342-88;Now heads to WH. 11 Senate Republicans voted No against the PACT Act: Crapo (ID), Lankford (OK), Lee (UT), Lummis (WY), Paul (KY), Risch (ID), Romney (UT), Shelby (AL), Tillis (NC), Toomey (PA) and Tuberville (AL).
Aug 2 5 tweets 2 min read
Schumer on PACT Act:"I'm very hopeful Republicans can work w/Democrats to breakthrough the impasse on the PACT Act immediately. We have offered Sens. Paul & Toomey votes on amdts they've been calling for, set at 60-vote threshold just like the cloture vote has 60-vote threshold." Image Schumer: "We hope to reach an agreement where we can act on this bill as soon as today. But for that to happen, our colleagues on the other side of the aisle should work with us in good faith."
Aug 2 4 tweets 1 min read
McConnell from Senate floor on Pelosi's Taiwan visit: "I believe she has every right to go, and it's been unseemly and counterproductive for President Biden and his aides to have publicly sought to deter her from doing so." McConnell:“There is significant precedent for high-ranking US officials visiting Taiwan, including a past Speaker of the House. Beijing claims such a visit is now unacceptable. They claim that things have changed. It’s certainly true China has stepped up its aggressive actions."
Aug 2 8 tweets 2 min read
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Taiwan today, the highest-ranking U.S. official in a quarter-century to visit the island. House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited Taiwan in 1997. Pelosi on her CODEL visit to Taiwan: “Our Congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy.”
Aug 2 7 tweets 3 min read
It’s “Super” Tuesday in 5 states today with Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington holding Congressional primaries ahead of the fall elections. c-span.org/campaign/?2022… @cspan.org In Michigan, 2 Democratic incumbents Reps. Andy Levin & Haley Stevens face off today in a primary for same district due to redistricting. And #MI03 Rep. Peter Meijer,one of 10Rs to vote to impeach Trump over Jan. 6th attack,faces GOP primary challenge from Trump pick John Gibbs.
Aug 2 4 tweets 2 min read
Senate unanimously passed legislation extending death and disability benefits to first responders who die by suicide or are disabled as a result of traumatic service-related experiences. House passed Public Safety Officer Support Act 402-17 in May & now heads to President Biden. 17 House Republicans voted No against the Public Safety Officer Support Act. clerk.house.gov/evs/2022/roll2…
Aug 2 8 tweets 2 min read
Senate Intel Chair Warner:”Al-Qaeda has been responsible for brutal attacks in not only the US, but Asia,Africa & Europe.I commend the efforts of our Intel officers & servicembrs for finally–21yrs after the horrific 9/11 attacks –bringing 1 of its last remaining ldrs to justice.” House GOP Leader on US killing of Al Zawahiri in Afghanistan following a “disastrous withdrawal.”
Jul 28 5 tweets 1 min read
Pelosi on Manchin-Biden reconciliation bill agreement: “It is welcome news for House Democrats, who have fought relentlessly to lower the cost of health care, combat the climate crisis and ensure that the biggest corporations and the wealthiest few pay their fair share.” Pelosi: “This agreement contains many of President Biden’s proposals…This agreement also honors President Biden’s pledge: no new taxes on families making less than $400,000 and no new taxes on small businesses.”
Jul 27 5 tweets 2 min read
55-42: Senate BLOCKS the House-passed bill expanding access to VA healthcare and disability benefits for veterans exposed to toxins during their military service (PACT Act) from advancing to final passage. 60 votes were needed. Image Schumer switched his vote from Yes to No and entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote on the PACT Act to allow for a 2nd vote to take place at another time.
Jul 27 9 tweets 2 min read
Schumer & Manchin announce an agreement to add the Inflation Reduction Act to the FY2022 Budget Reconciliation bill and vote in the Senate next week. #votearama Schumer/Manchin: "After many months of negotiations, we have finalized legislative text that will invest approximately $300 billion in Deficit Reduction and $369.75 billion in Energy Security and Climate Change programs over the next ten years."
Jul 27 6 tweets 2 min read
Manchin today announced his agreement with Schumer for the Senate to vote on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 which would "address record inflation by paying down our national debt, lowering energy costs and lowering healthcare costs." Manchin:"I have worked diligently to get input from all sides on the legislation my Democratic colleagues have proposed & listened to views of my GOP friends to find a path fwd that removes inflationary policies so Congress can respond to Americans’ suffering from high prices."
Jul 27 4 tweets 1 min read
64-33: Senate passes legislation providing grants and other incentives to the U.S. computer chip manufacturing industry to better compete with China in science and technology. The CHIPS Act now heads to the House for final approval. Image 17 Republican Senators McConnell, Blunt, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Daines, Graham, Hagerty, Moran, Portman, Romney, Sasse, Tillis, Wicker and Young joined all Democrats in voting Yes for the CHIPS Act.
Jul 26 4 tweets 2 min read
McConnell on the "flap" over Speaker Pelosi's travel plans to Taiwan: "I think much more important than traveling to Taiwan is making sure we have worked with them to make sure have their defenses are adequate to the threat that may come from mainland China." McConnell:"I think we ought to refocus on what kind of military equipment they (Taiwan) have. Is it the right kind?And if not,working with them to make sure they actually have weapons that would deter the Chinese in case there is such an attack."c-span.org/video/?521988-… @cspan.org
Jul 26 4 tweets 1 min read
64-32: Senate advanced legislation towards final passage to provide grants and tax credits to the U.S. computer chip manufacturing industry to better compete with China in science and technology. 60 votes were needed. Image 17 Republicans Senators McConnell, Blunt, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Daines, Graham, Hagerty, Moran, Portman, Romney, Sasse, Tillis, Wicker and Young joined all Democrats in voting Yes to advance the chips and science bill.
Jul 26 4 tweets 2 min read
Bill naming in the Senate: The bill first called the Endless Frontier Act, later USICA is now "the chips and science bill. That's what we're calling it: the chips and science bill."-Schumer from Senate floor ahead of today's vote to advance the bill towards final passage. Schumer: "While this bill contains the 2 major components of the science & chips bill, there are other major proposals from both sides that are still being worked on in the (House-Senate) conference cmte."
Jul 26 4 tweets 1 min read
Senate will vote this morning at 11am to advance legislation providing grants to U.S. computer chip manufacturing industry to better compete with China. 60 votes are needed. The vote was rescheduled from yesterday due to severe storms delaying Senators’ return to DC. @cspan 2 Cornyn from Senate floor Monday on the CHIPS Act: "It looks like Mother Nature and the weather may prevent a vote tonight, and it may be tomorrow. But, still, I expect in the next couple of days for us to address a major gap in our national security."
Jul 20 5 tweets 2 min read
All 6 Maryland House Democrats Reps. Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Majority Leader Hoyer, Trone, Mfume and Raskin won their primaries tonight per AP. Harris, the only Republican in the MD Congressional delegation, ran unopposed. 2nd term #MD06 Rep David Trone won his Democratic primary & will face GOP primary winner MD state delegate Neil Parrott per AP in the fall election.Trone defeated Parrott 58.9%-39.2% in 2020 prior to redistricting.District now includes all of Frederick Co & less of Montgomery Co.
Jul 20 5 tweets 1 min read
64-34: Senate votes to officially begin debate on legislation providing approx. $54 billion in grants and tax credits for U.S. computer chip manufacturing to better compete with China. 16 Senate Republicans Blunt, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Daines, Graham, Hagerty, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Sasse, Tillis, Wicker and Young voted Yes voted to advance the computer chip bill. senate.gov/legislative/LI…
Jun 30 5 tweets 2 min read
Schumer & Pelosi on China competition chip bill 6/21:"On behalf of House & Senate Democrats,we expressed our belief there is no reason we should not pass this bill through Congress in July."
McConnell today: No USICA if Democrats pursue their agenda thru filibuster-proof process. “Sen. McConnell is so beholden to PhRMA that he’s willing to help China, hurt American manufacturing, and screw over Americans with outrageously high Rx prices” per Schumer spox.
Jun 30 4 tweets 2 min read
June 30, 2022: Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the Constitutional Oath to Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 104th Associate Justice and retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, whom she officially replaces today, administered the Judicial Oath inside the US Supreme Court.
Jun 30 5 tweets 1 min read
Schumer: “The extremist MAGA Court’s ruling today in West Virginia v. EPA will cause more needless deaths – in this instance because of more pollution that will exacerbate the climate crisis and make our air and water less clean and safe.” McConnell:"In siding with the state of WV,the Court has undone illegal regulations issued by the EPA w/o any clear congressional authorization & confirmed that only the people’s representatives in Congress – not unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats – may write our nation’s laws."